I would love to recomend this game, I honestly would. I played it for a very long time, Baught many of the packs, and contributed as a community member... And loved every moment of it....
The Game keep's growing, Keeps expanding, and keeps getting better and better content wise, as a game.
As of late, in the last 6 months, the game seems to be degrading based on my below observations:
1. F2p, P2p. Or Sub Based?
* It is now 100% Pay to win (Actually it's sub based desguised as an F2P, you can download the game for free, even play for free "Technically", but if you actually want to progress your character you must purchases a Sub, or Licence).
If you are not willing to spend money, do not install this game, I am one of the payers telling you this.
I saw people complaining about this, so I let my licences and some other things run out, just to see what the deal was and if the complaints were valid, Sadly.... They were. You can not progress at all without one.
2. Power Tripping, Unprofessional, Abusive Admins and GM's.
I am not going to sit here and insult the Admin Staff as a whole like some, as there are some who are generally good people who try to do the job properly.
A great majority of the "Visable", Admins, community managers, and GM's etc, are sadly infact exactly the above. They will make comments, level threats, make up rules, or interpret rules to their advantage so they can punish you, just to show you they can.
Not because you actually did something "wrong" or violated a rule, but because you "upset them personally" with something you may have said or an opinion you have expressed.
The main issue I suppose is that if the Admins etc, were to actually follow the rules and enforce them, they would be forced to permanently ban themselves for violating them.... Repeatedly.
3. Some of the changes to the ships, have rendered them almost useless, when compared to other ships of the same class. Some small tweaks would fix this issue, and Balance between the races is now definitely an issue due to ship specializations, and specifically their assigned special weapons/abilities.
An easy fix to this would be to allow the player to change these like any other module, to whatever they want.
So with that, I can not conciously recomend this, what could be, a fantastic game.
I am not going to stop playing, and of course if the above changes, and the Dev's crack down and get professional admins, rather then immature ones, as well as fix some of the other issues, I will happily change this review, and recomend it in the future,