Well, the game arrived yesterday and I was initially very dissapointed - extremely choppy framerates and some awful cache stuttering, combined with no joystick support were making the game very unplayable indeed. However, Egosoft quickly released the 1.2 patch and everything's pretty much fine. What can I say, from what (little) I've played so far, I must profess that I really enjoy it. From the instant you start, you're not pressured to enter the plotline at all - I've just been flying around different sectors, interacting with stations and talking to ships. It's all very immersive. The game feels very 'alive'; each sector has a wide variety of activity - taxis, police vehicles, civilians and freighters to name a few, all going about their daily business. They're not just there for aesthetics. The combat feels very solid as well, and the flight physics feel incredibly genuine. The game is so huge that I simply can't decide what to do right now, I'm quite tempted to get a police liscence and hunt down pirates for money, but I'd also quite like to get into the heavy freighting business and rack some huge profits, hopefully leading to starting my own factory station empire. Oh, the possibilities! A few screenshots of the eye-candy on offer (and believe me, it really does look good). They're not that good as I've had little opportunity to cap, just so much to take in.