"The game's graphics are extremely mediocre. The animations are stiff, the explosions and lighting are wretched, and the voice work is even worse. The dialogue itself puts all this to shame. It's stilted, long-winded, and obtuse and bears all of the marks of poor localization. In general, it's as unpleasant a game to watch as it is to listen to.
If the game's adventure, trading, and diplomatic elements were well-implemented, one might be able to look past these faults or at least ignore them for a period of time. They certainly are extensive especially the trading and shipping elements. Much like in more complicated 4X games like X3, you'll need to learn the best places to ship to and from, the best boats to ship goods in, and how much protection you'll need along the way.