For those that find the X series of games a little intimidating this is probably the game for you.As a big fan of the X series I was looking for a 'Space Fix' as the new X game 'X Rebirth' is very very broken at the moment but I should point out that Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is no where near as in depth as those games so if you are a fan of the X series this game may not fulfill your space sim need.If however you are looking for a more arcade type space sim Galaxy on Fire 2 maybe the game for you.
The basics are simple enough..there is a storyline(a short one) and there are various freelance missions you can take at the stations to earn money and buy upgrades for your ship or buy another ship..you can also mine asteroids (an annoying mini game but a cash cow non the less).
It's certainly not a perfect game though, maybe it's because it was originally made for the Android/IOS platform and the pc version was an after thought but there are silly bugs and game oddities to contend with..For instance Pirates attack you on sight, regardless of how many 'friendly ships' are attacking pirates at that time the pirates will ignore them and come straight for you..sometimes shooting at you the moment you enter a sector(and before the sector entering animation has even stopped playing).Also some freelance missions have you attack convoys smuggling goods..fair enough..but the escort ships for those convoys may well be a 'friendly' fanction so once you shoot them down your reputation goes down with them and they will all attack you on sight..doesn't seem to make a difference how high your reputation is either with a faction...try to help out in the middle of a pirate attack and it just takes 1 stray 'friendly fire' laser and they all turn against you.
The freelance missions are the typical transport goods..deal with some pirates..taxi some people around..there isn't much else to do though they do pay well at higher levels if you are just going for the 'make money' approach.
Overall i obviously enjoyed it enough to play for over 40 hours but as I said I was looking for a space fix and was prepared to see past the flaws in this game..if you are looking for an easy introduction to space sims(and I use the term Sim very loosely) then give this a go(when its on sale)..ideally though you would invest 40 hours into X3 Terran Conflict or Albion Prelude for the same style of game..just done a heck of a lot better.