First of all this game is in a early stage. There are issues and bugs so before you even consider buying it you need to ask yourself if you're patient enough to help an upcoming MMO shape into you want it to be. If you do not have the ability to be able to figure how the game works on your own and deal with problems then I would say your best bet is to move along.
The game is a great concept with lots of potential in my eyes. The graphics are nice and even though there weren't a lot of character creation options (hopefully a lot more will be added) I still made a character that I was happy with. When I first logged in everything was pretty much easy to figure out. Once I got to the station after following my quest line I came across an issue with being unable to find an item to complete my quest.
Once I was able to continue with my mission progress I received another quest asking me to go to an Unknown Sector - I am now unsure of what to do. I leave the station and port out onto the map and there is no direction telling me where to go. I tried exploring on my own but was killed several times. I plan to try again today and figure out where I need to go.
As for combat it's very smooth and fluid and the only thing I don't really like is having to hit "alt" for free mouse movement, which normally but be fine, but it puts your ship in a bit of a freeze frame yet still moving though space. If you could just keep your camera the same and use free mouse that would be great!
Overall I see myself sticking around to help the progression of the game. The devs seem really nice as I have spoken to them and just really friendly people who really want to make a great game that is community focused.
I never figured out the mission I was working on and instead I abanonded it thinking it was bugged (it was) then later found out that there is no way to pick up a dropped mission (it was told to me a fix will be implemented to pick abanonded missions back up.)
I decided to try going back to the first station you come across and when I did the mission board was full of missions and the encounters were a lot easier and "green" to me. Only issue I find now is I don't get credit for the missions.
So figured I would toss in a quick update on my review to let everyone know a little expoloring and things can be figured out without tool tips or a guide. However, I do really hope to see a lot more explantion in mission logs and tool tips.