Humble has a big sale going on, where I'd like to highlight the Elite Dangerous
sale, €16 for the core game, which I think is a great deal for what you are getting.
It's somewhat like the later X-series games, but more streamlined perhaps. You can focus on combat if you wish, or on mining and trade, many do a bit of both. I'm focusing on trading myself. It's a game you can really immerse yourself in, the game-world is just so massive.
If you've played an X-series game, or even a Euro Truck game, you should know what to expect. It's not really a space action game in my opinion, like Rebel Galaxy, Wing Commander, X-Wing or Independence War. Elite Dangerous is more of a grindy resource collecting and faction-relationship type of game.
I'm playing it with my Xbox 360 controller and it works really well, no €100 joystick is needed. The button configuration system is intuitive and the movement system very good. The problems I've had in combat had nothing to do with my controller, but with my ship being simply too weak against the opponent.
Be aware that the publishers have a very
obnoxious registration system in place, where you first need to create an account on their Publisher website, where billing addres have to be
filled in, so that you can then
register your Steam product key with them. All are necessary steps in order to even launch the game. Like I said, it's annoying.