This game is a lot of fun to a degree... I have to say even for how old the game is at this part the graphics are great, HD great but good enough for a space game. Controls are great and even better with a joy stick.
For everything great about the game the only real problem with this game i really have is it doesn't have much of a story or anything to really drive you forward outside of your want to get money, get bigger space ships, and basically making your own space empire in a sector you basically took over.
Another problem is your all of your other ships controlled by the AI are just dumb. you will set up lets say 4 body guard ships and if they go fast well guess what they will either run into you or each other and blow up. considering how much money you have to put into a ship that is very hard on you and almost not even worth having them. 90% of the time i just go at it alone and just have them guard my transports...this makes it very hard to take on the many missions that pitch you against 7 to 8 ships at a time.
But the last problem that is and isn't a problem, is how much time it takes to get around the map. They have a item you get and sometimes you have buy because it can be destoried by the way to speed up time. it doesn't make you go faster, it just makes time go by faster. it can take a lot of time getting anywhere...
So there is a lot of good things about this game but those few things make this game hard to play and enjoy. But it is doable if you take the time, you can get Moddings that can make the game more enjoyable so have fun.