Don't buy this unless you have the time to dedicate days to learning even the basics. Massive learning curve and a very tedious start make the game unbearable boring for the first several hours. If you happen to start near a nebula and you want to go anywhere, your screwed because you can't see anything outside of a tiny radious around you. The combat is boring and very finicky, and if bounty hunting your kills have a high chance of being stolen by a random passerby which make everything but a trader orientated start ridiculously hard.
Some of the positives are the freedom it gives you, even if it is a bit much for a beginner. The variety is also a nice touch, many different ships from different civilizations. Being able to just trade, just bounty hunt, or be an imperialist are all right there. Much like a single-player EvE but without the overly aggresive die hards playing it.
Would I recommend this to anyone I know or in general most people? No, but for some it would be something they love. That's what it seems like though, you either love or hate the game. The game design is amazing but immense and complicated, not for most. I started to enjoy the game after the long initial grind but eventually lost interest because it didn't hold my attention like most games in my library. Be wary when purchasing, learn about it and watch gameplay before purchasing.
*Important* It seems theres a bunch of people just rating "Unhelpful" on all negative reviews, and as such do not pay attention to negative reviews helpful ratings. Read a bunch of negative reviews and it will start to make sense why these reviews are negative.