OK I've had this game for a while, lets load it up and see what it's all about.
Let's build a ship. Hmm the engine has to face backwards... I don't get it, it's on the back of the ship. I'll try pressing buttons maybe I can rotate it. Nope none of my random button mashing is working. Oh wait it finally stuck on somewhere. Ok great I have space ship with a cockpit and a hull and an engine and a gun. Lets get flying!
Why doesn't the warp drive do anything? I can barely move. Wtf is going on with this game?
(10 minutes later after reviewing the videos)
Oh OK, I have to add components after putting the things on, and you press R to change the axis and q and e to rotate. R for rotate I guess? Whatever.
Ship 2 built! It looks much smoother and has a warp drive and shields this time, and a nice big gun, and a sweet red and yellow paint job. Time to go bust some heads!
Yey I'm flying! Flying in space! Listen to those engines purr!
Oh look an asteroid, I'll warp over to it.
Wow, that was... abrupt. OK, now what do I do with it? Nothing? Uh. Huh. I would be feeling really underwhelmed but hey, some red dots on my HUD -AND- some treatening messages popping up on my screen. It looks like these pirates picked on the wrong guy!
They're... they're flying away from me. At just a little above my top speed.
No problem I'll fire a warning shot (presses 1, nothing happens). I'll... fire... a... warning... shot (presses 1, nothing happens).
OK, surely there are some other pirates who DO want to fight, or at least fly near each other meanacingly while pressing 1 and having nothing happen. Oh, I'll warp over to that other group of red dots.... and they're flying away from me too at just above my top speed.
So uh... this is a space simulation designed to give the player feelings of confusion, futility, social rejection, and impotence?
I can get that by talking to my girlfriend for free. Maybe the next heir to Privateer will be worth the trouble.