the boss on normal is HARD. unfortunately, it can't be beat without exactly the right equipment... I don't consider it consistent with the rest of the game, so I don't take it too hard if I lose. the rest of the gameplay is perfect, although it sucks when you randomly get an enemy you can't beat... but it's usually due to a poor choice of ship build. last night I was kicking *** all the way till sector 6, ran into an AI ship with level 3 shields and wicked mean anti-ship drones, and it absolutely ****ed me... I even ragequit. but then realized it was my lack of shield piercing attacks that resulted in the fail.