One of the best space fighter simulations out there, Evochron Mercenary gives you the freedom you should expect from space.
Even though it's not perfect feature-wise, those who loved Elite, Wing Commander or Freelancer must try Evochron for sure.
There's a good number of missions to do and places to go, and the seamless universe is a very change of pace considering all other space sims available.
Differently from almost all other space sims, you can fly to (or jump to) anywhere, without loading screens. You can also fly to planets, land on their cities or land anywhere and hop into a mech-explorer, then back to space seamslessly.
There's an economy going on and lot's of combat to get into.
You can also modify your ship to make it most efficient for the role you want (Trader, Miner, Multi-Purpose, etc) or even get a Military Ship that's best fitted for combat.
The flaw of this game is exactly on its strongest point: there's a lot of random things to do, but nothing is really persistent or makes sense in the long run. All existing ships are random, the stations you build are not yours (you own a license that gives you discounts, among other things), you cannot command ships bigger than a fighter and you can't (properly) own and command a fleet. The universe is big and has no boundaries, but the game's scope is actually very limited.
If you ever played the X series (X: Beyond the Frontier, X2: The Threat, X3 Reunion etc), the lack of decent combat, freedom, proper flying model and seamless universe that X has, is fulfilled by Evochron Mercenary.
However, the lack of persistence, fleet control and ownership, consistent and non-random economy and capital ship control is found on X.
Therefore, Evochron Mercenary satisfies those who want a good space fighter simulator with a basic sandbox thrown in, but for large scale economy and anything more persistent, consistent and less random, you should look somewhere else.
Still, as said before, if you're into space games, you MUST try Evochron!
It's a must-have for those who want proper space-flight experience.