Finally sat down and did something OTHER than the combat sims! Open game even!
I didn't die. That's about all I can say about my time playing: I got my first mission, managed to get to my destination, walked through an attack, and landed: and I didn't die. There isn't so much a learning curve as there is a learning escarpment: but if you aren't being shot at and aren't flying into a star, there's also plenty of time to stop, alt-tab out and look shit up.
Unless you're trying to land: that damn timer stressed me out. I did make some good coin (even a bounty! Some ass started shooting me, so I put him down, and got paid to do it... cause reasons. Not gonna question it even though there were cops helping.) dropped a paint job on my ship, bought a landing computer and a new power plant.
It's... I hesitate to say realistic since we haven't actually gone out there and done it, but it is something else. There's multiple levels to super cruise: intraplanetary, intra-system, and you apparently need to step up to each, and there is a process do it right. I... almost spent 20 hours flying to another star system, before I looked it up and got the hyperspace jump right.
There is a LOT to remember: which is fair because in truth: space flight is bloody well complicated! And it's damned well hard trying to fly using a joystick, throttle AND keyboard to fill in the gaps. Still, it's fun, the game is beautiful, and I think I like it.