I wrote this on the 2nd day I was playing it, and after the 3rd I had finished the missions. I will agree with what the other bloke said about you being the hardest man in the galaxy after than, and when I befriended the Corsairs and bought their ship (hardest in the game) and hoovered up all the level 10 weapons you can find in abandoned ships I was stupidly hard. I can't find any more reason to play it now, as there is no more story, I have explored all the systems and have bought all the coolest stuff. 5 days solid playing from that one until I'd done everything there was to do.
Considering what was promised I find this game a bit lacking now, it's not truly open ended enough to stand alone as such, and there isn't enough of a story. I actually have a list of criticisms as long as my arm now! Why do pussy little outcasts attack what is officially the "Hardest Ship in the Galazy" when a single shot kills them? That should be sorted.
Also, why is it that you can slaughter all of the pirates and assorted scum but there are still infinite numbers of them all over the place? I would like it if your actions against various groups in the sub-missions or otherwise actually affected the balance of power.
While I'm on the subject of the sub-missions, they are crap. Same thing over and over and over and over again. Go to space, shoot some stuff. Why not some variety, like patrol or escort duty? Hell in 4 years you would have thought they would have come up with something!
All in all, after several days of skiving things to play this game I can say that after showing initial promise it becomes an above average space shoot-em-up, nothing more. It's no Elite, I'm afraid.