I have created a Playthrough of this game about the last couple of months here
Maybe you can use it, for some impressions. Even the playlist describtion has a personal review.
Was my first time of this game.
I like it in terms of voice-acting, story- and universe-presentation. Even some missions have a good design and some good ideas (Free-Form mission etc.) but most of the ideas are only used once, unfortunately.
But gameplay-wise i do not like it very much, because the AI is nearly non-existent or is passive the most of the time and let you kill them without any reaction atleast Afterburners. The only real challenge in this game are turrets on stations.
Also there are some few bugs in some missions.
Did not need even missiles...
Actually i played a Pre-Release Demo of this game a few days ago, that was released nearly one year prior the release of the original game. In my opinion this was a much better game back then, because the energy was much more limited and so i was forced to use more missiles in this six-mission spanning demo than in the 50-mission spanning full version.
For the price it is alright i think. Because of the universe-design, that will hook you up for FringeSpace maybe and especially because of Bruce Campbell's voice-acting. But if you are looking for a challenging space shooter... i do not recommend this.