I had no problem with combat or arcade sections in SC2, I just hated how clunky they were. I was a huge Space War and Asteroids fan back in the day, I loved the vector graphics, the smooth way the ships moved, the skill necessary to master momentum. Most home versions just couldn’t do it justice, and Super Melee in SC2 felt like another janky effort.
The only one to really get the feel and look right was Starship Command on the BBC Micro. Every so often I’d get the chance to take a BBC Micro home (I mean, virtually nobody I knew actually bought one of the damn things!) and spent every waking moment playing it! Put that version into Star Control 2 and I’d still be playing it.