Man you people dive right in huh. Whole bunch of requests to work on. Because of that, I am closing requests again till I go through this new batch. So if you noted me in the last day or two apologies.
So I've got that space sim itch again, but I also dive straight into the same problem. Many of them are fighter jet focused. Very few focus on say, a cruiser, carrier or battleship. As much as I enjoy Freelancer and such, sometimes you want something new.
I've tried multiple times to get into X3: Terran Conflict but that game is way overcomplicated and slow to get into, despite how deep it can ultimately be. I've play Bridge Commander to death, and can't even now as it doesn't support Widescreen Windows 7. Space Pirates and Zombies and Starfarer do fit the bill more but the former is a bit more arcadey than usual and has the issue of grindy missions, the latter isn't finished in development. As for Nexus: The Jupiter Incident? That's a bit more RTS than really space sim.
It's a shame really the one that does fit the bill is Battlecruiser series. Shame that game is stupid complicated and buggy as hell not to mention a decade old.