Bear in mind that this is a review of the game in its current state
Starbound sets out to expand the foundation built by Terraria and create a fully explorable universe with different planets, all with their own look, feel and randomized creatures. At first the game feels absolutely massive, and entering new biomes and finding civilizations can be a blast.
Upon starting the game you're given the choice between 6 different races, and get to customize the looks and appearance of your chosen character. You then start in your spaceship, and beam down to your first randomized planet. From now on you'll have to explore, mine, hunt and survive like in most games of this caliber. The game has some nice startup quests to 'ease' you into the game, and teach you the basics of crafting and hunting. As of now they run out very quickly, but more quests are hopefully getting added in the feature. Audiowise the game is really good, and the music is nice and relaxing.
Unfortunately this is where the game takes a turn for the worse, and you're left with a tedious grind for resources and Pixels (similar to the xp in Minecraft, except that it also functions as currency for vendors in the game). The game becomes extremely linnear, and I always felt like I was on a pre-determined path. Everything you want to craft takes Pixels, and let me tell you, they got really carried away with this idea. The best ways of getting Pixels is by killing enemies, the harder the enemy, the more Pixels they will drop. Say the enemies drop 50 Pixels each. Let me give you an example of how this gets really redundant. At one point in the game you need to create a robot that summons the second boss of the game, which will give you what you need to advance and see new parts of the universe. All in all it costs you 3000 Pixels to build it, that's 3000 Pixels to advance slightly. that's an absurd amount of monsters you have to kill. Another way to acquire Pixels is by using a refinery which transfers ores into Pixels, a method which prolongs the already massive amount of time spent mining in the game. I can appreciate a good
grind and working towards something, but this is just ridiculous.
Combat in the game is laughable at best, and pretty much amount to pressing the button until you, or the enemy dies, and the navigation as you're both jumping around is frustrating beyond belief. The guns in the game are completely worthless and feel more like peashooters than actual lethal weapons.
Overall Starbound could have been a good experience if it hadn't fallen flat on it's face in so many areas. As of now, you should not bother with this game. There are far better Early Access games out there that deserve your money and attention.
Note: After reading through all the feedback, the most common criticism of this upcoming part (and greatest argument in defense of Chucklefish it seems) was that it was focused more on the forum moderators than the actual developers. Hopefully this updated version will be more satisfactory. Special thanks to Steam user sweetjbro from whom I took some of the screenshots. His review can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/sweetjbro/recommended/
__________________________________________________________________ THE DEVELOPERS
If the game doesn't already sound bad enough, I am sad to inform you that Chucklefish (the developers) are even worse. The last noteworthy update was in December, and the information being released to the public is in my opinion not exciting at all, and are pretty much just gifs and pictures of things you won't get to play before they release a solid update, which as it looks now could be quite some time. The official Chucklefish forum is one of the most heavily censored websites you will ever visit on the internet. Most criticism, how valid they may be, are brushed under the rug as ''trolling''
and the user has a good chance of getting banned. In the light of the negative attention rising over the slow development and their childish treatment of criticism, they've resulted to blaming their player base for the lack of progression.
Blaming their player base: http://i.imgur.com/KsDvRHN.png
Link to the updates: http://playstarbound.com/
After numerous P.R catastrophes, a lack of updates and overall censorship of the forums, negative reviews (including mine) started rising to the top, colouring the game once described as ''The way to do Early Access right''
in a new light, instead of acknowledging their mistakes or (god forbid) apologising, they instead chose to blame the negative reviews on ''Vote Brigading''.
Vote Brigading for those who don't know, is an act commonly associated with websites like Reddit, where a group of people band together to upvote or downvote a post/review/comment to push forward their own beliefs and ideologies without viewing them in a critical or objective matter. To add to this a moderator over on the Chucklefish forum claimed that we're just a small vocal minority spreading our hatred and paranoia. Chucklefish can never be in the wrong!
Vote Brigading: http://i.imgur.com/NrI9VdG.png
Vocal Minority: http://i.imgur.com/NMNeGLK.png
It was also leaked that they had their own hidden subforum full of hardcore defenders of the game, all making fun of the rest of the player base behind our backs. What differentiates them from us? That they're constantly kissing their asses, unwilling to call them out when they inevitably screw up? The funniest part is the made-up excuse from one of the forum moderators ''I dont even remember that subforum. Unless it was one they did for April fools or something.''
yeah, nice try. As expected, the subforum was emptied shortly afterwards.
I could go on, and on about the horrible forum moderators and how Chucklefish have said we've had our money's worth, and the lies, but that's the beauty of it, I don't have to. There's plenty of evidence out there, in other reviews, on the Chucklefish forum and on the Steam forum. These developers don't operate with clean hands, and the once intriguing game with the promise of updates ''Thich and fast''
is now nothing more than empty words and 8 months without a decent update.
I am not one to tell you what to spend your money on, but with their broken promises, silencing of critique and overall incompetence, I would not recommend you support rotten, clueless developers like these.
_________________________________________________________________ OTHER REVIEWS TO CONSIDER http://steamcommunity.com/id/Omegacorp/recommended/211820/http://steamcommunity.com/id/sweetjbro/recommended/