For those looking for information on the game since 2.0/2.1. I have spent alot of hours in game since XR 2.0/2.1. (Free play) If your wondering if you should buy the game, I strongly recommend waiting another 6 months before picking this game up.
The games performance has improved but there are still a number of issues with the game.
A small list of the most annoying:
Ships not refueling I spent a good hour trying to get a couple of my ships (with jump drives and space for fuel) to refuel at a station. They dock then undock without picking up any cargo.
Stations not building Construction ships are VERY flaky on whether they are actually going to build for you or not. They wont build if they're even remotely close to other ships and often wont build for a very long time even after getting all required materials.
Pathing Ships still ram stations instead of attempting to move around them.
Crashes Occasional game crashes for no apparent reason
Huge performance hit in hi population zones (I have a high end machine, this shouldn't happen)
Ships in fleet on combat missions Your fleet ships are not by any means accurate and they don't give a dam about reputation. If your doing a combat mission near a station expect to get into trouble with the faction that owns the station.
Mining ships not mining Self explanatory, sometimes they will just ignore their orders and chill where ever they are. Their info says looking for minerals but the ships themselves aren't moving.
Cant dock Occasionally you cant dock on your capital ships (fresh undamaged capitals outta shipyard). This means you cant assign crew to the ship, if you cant assign crew then the ship is often useless. (really annoying with construction ships)
You need to rebind the controller to be able to target enemies.
You have to hit up or down every time you want to move up/down on a menu, you cant hold the up/down button down to move quickly through items.
Setting quantities is really slow, quantities are set with a slider the slider does start moving quicker after holding the up/down button down for awhile but the delay on this is far to long.
Economy: *This is non existent, npcs spawn the materials they need out of nowhere.
Lack of content / Size: This is the major one for me. The universe itself feels extremely small, the space available to build your empire is very limited, there needs to be way more clusters with a lot more factions (with some of them actually fighting it out). There definitely needs to be a lot more hostility to the game in freeplay.
Reliance on NPC construction facilities: You cant build your own shipyard, unless i'm dropping the ball here and missed this completely. (wtf on this one)
Limitation on where you can build a station: You can only build stations on designated construction points. I never played X3 or before so I dont know if this limitation existed previously but in a sandbox environment I should be able to build stations where ever the hell I want.
Finding specific NPCS: I spent a few hours looking for a specialist for a station I built. I tried talking to ships and tried 3 different clusters (Albion, DeV and Omicron) and still couldn't find the npc I was looking for. I suppose specialists aren't meant to be easy to obtain but you shouldn't have to spend hours upon hours trying to find someone to give your station a 2% bump in effeciency.
Trading: Even with the trade computer the trading system is still garbage.
NPC chatter: NPC's will flat out say no to your requests.
You: Where is item X? Them: No. This is incredibly frustrating, if an npc has no interest in talking to you they shouldn't answer the hail or they should give a valid excuse to give some indication to the player what they need to do to be able to get the required information.