Over time you'll be able to enhance or alter just about every aspect of gameplay. There's different artifacts and computer programs that can truly change the baseline game, sometimes for the better, sometimes not depending on playstyle.
The game will be initially tough but later turns in to luck that determines more how far one gets. I usually get about half way through until things start to get truly hairy with either multiple enemies or dangerous hazards. I usually die because I don't know how to approach a given situation when first encountered. You learn over time how to deal with each element that destroys you. Multiple enemies can be singled out or attacked from a distance with missiles and things like solar storms can be dealt with by temporarily hiding behind asteroids or in caves or derelict ships. Everything has a pattern.
Evidently, I haven't set a signature for the message boards yet.