I've been playing 'Freelancer' quite a bit at home. It reminds me a lot of 'Privateer'. It is prehaps a better game. The graphics are much better for sure. There are more weapons and more detail to the weapons, etc. The non-story parts could use a little work. All of the missions so far have been of the 'fly to here and kill someone' type. At the start you have little opertunity to be a merchant because your ship can only hold 20 units of goods which means you can make like 200 bucks. You can make much more than that by killing stuff and selling the remains of their ships.
I'm feeling pretty good about work right now. I'm having trouble with Ionosphere STRS. There are so many problems. I would just go fix them myself, but the unclassified interface here is very slow.