I will of course finish up my trial first; talking about the trial, you can download the trial as a torrent if you so wish, too.
The game itself reminds me very much about an old (single player) Macintosh game called Escape Velocity which I used to play when I was a kid, in a good way. The interface is very intuitive as the developers have realized the importance of context menus - it's as though the game had a whole operating system of its own.
After three days of playing my impression is that I am enjoying even solitary PvE quite much, as once you find the right agents it becomes very challenging, which in turn makes you feel a great sense of urgency about the combat. The situations become very evocative, and somehow the ships have a lot of character even as computer-generated enemies. Here are some excerpts:
[02:48] <@Mortis> TIME TO KICK SOME ASS
[02:48] <@Mortis> Fuck
[02:48] <@Mortis> Wrong peeps spotted me
[02:50] <@Mortis> Gotta jump
[02:55] <@Mortis> This Gistior Haunter is going to get it
[02:55] <@Mortis> BAD
[02:55] <@Mortis> It's going to beg for mercy
[02:57] <@Mortis> It had no time to BEG!
[02:57] <@Mortis> BITCH!