Hero, merchant, Pirate, Police, Trader, you decide. This game gives you the opportunity to decide your own path on what you choose to do in the game. Whit freighter class ships you can bye and sell goods between over a hounded planets and stations in the different systems in the galaxy in witch you play in. You can join the corsairs or other pirate clans in the outer sectors of the galaxy, stop traders, smuggle illegal goods, you chose.
I have played many flight simulator games, but Freelancer is the best space flight simulator game I have played, you have completely control over your ship. You can fly a dusen of different ships whit witch you can equip whit different kind of equipment from weapons, shield, engine and so on.
There are lots of different unexplored systems to explore, planets and bases to visit, and missions to complete. There are nebulas, asteroid fields, mine fields, jump holes, jump gates and more.
If you are into role playing and space games, you should definitely try Freelancer.