If you liked freelancer, you probably will like this one also. Personally I think this one is better than freelancer. Not just about the graphics, but the whole game including game mechanism and everything. The game play is very similar to freelancer, except you wander around with a 'mothership' instead of just one vessel. The mothership can release up to 6 fighters in battle as long as you got enough pilots. Thus the control is different from freelancer too, it is more like EVE type rather than freelancer's 3rd person space shooter.
You can replace your mothership and fighters with more powerful onces, or upgrade them with powerful weapons/modules. There is a good varience of different weapons in game. Unlike some games where different series of weapones just differ in names, the weapons in this game are quite different from each other in practice while still being quite balanced. You actually have to consider using different fighter/setup against different enemy or to match up pilot specialty. And yeah, there is also a skill tree system where you can choose which battle style you would like to go with. Each pilot's skill tree is a little different while the protagonist can select from 4 quite different skill trees in the beginning.
And the storyline was rich and vivid, too.
The only complaint I have about this game is that you can not 'free play' as in freelancer after story ends. Although there is a period of time before the end where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.
BTW, it is not an easy game and might make you frustrated in the very first few missions as I was. But once I figured it out, I started enjoying the game.
9/10 One of my favorite.