While this is the Japanese version of the game (the U.S. version is in English, of course), this clip does a good job of showing how the game's command inputs are carried out.
Star Battalion does offer online multiplayer — a feature I was not able to test as I couldn't find a host. The idea of Star Battalion multiplayer sounds great, though!
Toggling between cockpit view and the third-person view is helpful for many of the fast and furious dog fights.
The graphics really are quite pretty.
The bosses have weak points that must be exploited so that they are destroyed. The final boss's weak point was a real stickler for me, though.