I'm not saying this is a bug, but I'm confused how this is game breaking. Honestly if graphics were my forrie in games I probably not play galactic civilizations it has never been big on eye candy.
So what you're saying is you wouldn't mind watching a Star Wars movie without the light sabers being animated, or the space battles without the blasters shooting. Just watching ships blow up. But it's not 'movie breaking' because you have the dialog, intrigue and plot twists.
Stardock put the battle viewer in for a reason. To show off the cool space pew pew of your epic fight to control the galaxy.
But more importantly, it's got to be a real turn off for the mod guys that spend hours upon hours customizing ship designs only to see their space boats just firing 'kinetic' animations.
I'd like to see Stardock address it, but sadly, it seems to be ignored.