This game is massive. The new free 'Reveltaions' patch/content update has made it even more enjoyable.
And unlike nearly all other MMORPG's if you dont watch what your doing and die, you lose your ship and all fittings! (you can insure all of the tech I ships though, but none of the equipment).. I'm ok though, i got about 7 different ships including huge battleship drone boats, crazy support ships, tiny ultra fast interceptors and even some that can cloak & some others..
Also its all one giant universe, its not sharded. So if there are 33,000 players on at one time you can go out and meet any of them.
Give it a try i think they are still doing the free 14day trial.