What can I say? This is one of the BEST space simulation empire building games I ever played. Yes, even better than Distant Worlds. For the price it is now you're getting a steal. I have 180+ hours into just one game now and still got a long ways to go eradicating all the Xenon, Pirates, Khaak and that Yeti race. It's been a blast all the way.
Now if course there are a few issues. One is if you hit a station too many times during a battle that race like Argon or Teladi will start a WAR with you and if you're early into the game like I am that spells disaster and a lot of save scumming.
I usually don't save scum but in this game you have to if you want to succeed. There's just no way around it as accidents happen. I have this one huge ship and I mean huge that destroys ai ships all the time just moving because they crash into it and if a military ship crashes into it welp yeah you guessed it WAR! LOL
Nevertheless I still love this game and I don't know if I will ever tire of it. A lot of work went into this to be able to do all you can do. Build factories, explore, trade, build ships, build fleets, build wings, NAME ALL YOUR STUFF. I have UNIVERSAL TRADER with "my name" It just is soooo much fun. You can send Patrols around sectors of your choosing and if you trade and take out enough enemies of that race you get bigger factories and ships to buy from a hidden place on the map usually but sometimes even in open shipyards and equipment docks.
If you've ever wanted a real space LIFE this game gives it in spades. You could spend your lifetime playing it and I don't think you would ever see or do it all. Great game but you might have made it too great as I have no interest in the new version until it falls way down in price. :)