Star control 2 had a lot in common with realism, that's part of what gave it depth, wonder and excitement, yes of course there was comical aspects ,most notably the aliens, but the rest was very much inline with realism, i don't want to play in a comic world with comic planets.
i don't mind the aliens being what they are, it's perfect, and what they have done so far with the aliens is also perfect ! I Love the ships.
HOWEVER, one thing that set star control apart from any other game ever, was the ability to relate to what it might feel like to leave our solar system in real life and see a planet that might very much be real, feel real.
And explore planets based on scientific data of what is out there ! That realism cannot be beaten in any other form ! You could add a lot of comical factors wrt aliens in it but NOT the planets, NOT the universe,hyperspace,the fundamental laws of physics and gravity in the game, the vastness of space.
If you turn it all upside down into a full blown comical reality, that will not capture the wonder of star control and it would indeed alienate the game by far from SC2 and it's winning formula.
I'm not saying SC2 was absolute realism, but let met tell you in terms of everything else excluding the aliens (even the aliens felt so real dealing and talking with them) it felt as real as it can be, and to THIS day, there still has not been any game to match the surreal experience of being in Real space, exploring Real planets. I'm not talking rts space games i'm talking Star Control's very unique Genre, being in space exploring the universe, the amount of freedom, the dangers and rewards that comes with decisions, that no one ever recreated, bettered or matched.
Think magnetars,super earths, hot jupiters,moons such as Titan, Io, that's just a drop to mention in our own little solar system, look at this: There are literally millions of variants out there.
Black Holes, Quasars ! ! Massive Stars. Binary Star Systems, Binary planet systems,
Fire worlds, Ice worlds, Tidally locked planets, Stormy planets with winds over a 1000mph and even planets with winds much greater than that, Rocky planets, water planets, If you look at only mars alone, it has a mountain more than twice the size of everest and a canyon that makes earth's grand canyon look like a walk on the beach, below some good inspiration, the finer details when entering a system seeing planets like these below would be beyond inspiring ! These are a drop in the ocean of what's out there ! ! ! So they could play with physics and create all sorts of exotic worlds in SC2 the developers have so much they can work with ! !