patch tonight is good to hear. i don't think i'll really start to enjoy this game until thing like combat speed and 1dN are removed as game mechanics, though i don't expect that to happen tonight.
i'm amazed how bad the reiews have been even still. most of the problems only become apparent once the game is well underway; i still feel like i have lots of options when i start the game, which is important imho.
stardock have been fortunate that the big sites have held off on their reviews for a while i think. if it was me, i'd try and pretend the game had not been launched at all, then stage a big media relaunch in a couple of weeks with a huge patch once you have got the performance right and fixed some fundamentally flawed gameplay mechanics. give the patch a flashy sub title, make an actual trailer, prod the reviewers and generally pretend that THAT is the actual release date.
while i still find it hard to get into the game, i'm sort of glad because i never got onboard for the beta; now i feel like i can help with the game like i wanted. i don't feel cheated because i knew i was going to buy this eventually anyway, though i can't say the same for other people.