Freelancer was very good.
The desing of some ships is somewhat lacking, of other is very good.
What bugged me is the huge FOF the guns had - fighter manuverabiltiy was not important since your guns could rotate allmost as good as turrets! and of coruise the stupid progressive scaling that most games get trapped into.
A Libery elite fighter is ten times weaker than a kusari light one.
To increase my singleplayer experience I changed everything - added shield to all capships, changed the in-missions ships and their loadouts, added two ship and a new system, rebalanced the guns, shields and spacecraft and stuff like that...
I'm still not done and the damn game chrashes way too muich (it over sensitive I'm telling you!)
Bottom line - Freelancer could have been better. In fact, there is a demo trailer that shows a LOT of great stuff that has been cut out of the game!