This game is deceptive. Looks good, seems to have some fair depth, but the reality is that it's straight-up awful.
Starting off, following the usual (cheesy) story introduction, you're dumped in the middle of a fight, with only the basic nav controls explained. No interactive tutorial, no chance to get used to the controls and UI. Just dumped in a fight and left to figure out every single relevant interaction in 5 seconds flat. Then, if you survive that ("if")... well, don't expect much else. There's a marker to pick up a mission, but that's it. You're on your own! I'm not one to advocate for games holding your hand every step of the way, but this is just masking poor design under the guise of "freedom". Honestly though, I couldn't stomach getting any further anyway, because...
...the UI is pretty much unforgivable. The basic information displays are largely ignored - absolute velocity for starters. When in space, with little visual reference, this is pretty much mandatory. I also noticed that the primary-fire lasers are limited by some kind of refilling capacitor (standard in games like these), but there is no indication of that on-screen; you're again left guessing. The few details that are visible are done so in a poor slap-dash manner, with irrelevant items instead given more prominent placement. For example, the comms screen, which shows static 98% of the time (and pre-animated heads on occasion), is given marked priority over more vital engine read-outs (the few that exist anyway)
It's not just visual interaction that suffers, but controls too. By default, primary-fire actually launches your secondary missiles as well, despite there being a separate missile-fire key. So, if you don't want every shot of your lasers to near-instantly waste your missile stocks, you have to... completely unmount your current missiles. Hope you don't want them in a hurry during a fight!
This game could have more depth than X3 and it wouldn't matter. The interaction is so poor that it doesn't take long before you're left mashing Alt-F4 in frustration.