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In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We were at a point in Starbound's development where it was already pretty fun, so we decided to release the game in beta through early access to ensure the community has a chance to help us shape the game.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“It's difficult for us to give a solid release date-- we're not so good at those, we've learned. Starbound still has a ways to go, but we'll keep you posted via our website!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Starbound will contain a plot and sidequests, more dungeons, more bosses and lore, among other features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Starbound is already extremely playable and contains a vast amount of content in its current state! There are two beta branches currently in use-- [STABLE] and [NIGHTLY].

The stable branch receives less frequent updates, as we're currently working on one big update that will complete the first few tiers of player progression.

The [NIGHTLY] branch is updated automatically every night, and is for players who want to track progress or simply can't wait to check out shiny new features. :D Play at your own risk, though, as these builds are not tested and bugs/crashes are likely.

Find out more about how to opt into the nightly builds here: http://playstarbound.com/support/#unstable

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will likely change after Early Access!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We post daily progress updates on our blog, and we're always hanging around IRC.”
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[DAILY BLOG] Update Round-Up! pt. 2

August 20th, 2014

Continuing from part one! In the future these will be shorter and fit into one post, but we're taking on 20 days worth of posts here (and Armagon talks a lot :D).

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Remember the late time I mentioned documentation I said I’d eventually make it automated?

I did that today. It’s now tied to the steam upload so it should update every time Steam does (ie, nightly).

You can find the documentation here: http://doc.playstarbound.com/

You can navigate around by classes or by namespace, but the front page is mostly blank (because it’s the default doxygen setup).

The bits that you lua modders are most interested in are located here:
http://doc.playstarbound.com/namespaceStar_1_1LuaBindings.html under the namespaces section ( for instance:
http://doc.playstarbound.com/namespaceStar_1_1LuaBindings_1_1WorldEnvironmentCallbacks.html )

Hope this helps!

Also did a few things with the Sky today. I’m currently separating the Sky from the Celestial Coordinate system so that we can give fully featured Skies to Outputs and Instances and the like. Nothing too exciting though.

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Sorry, I was supposed to do the daily update yesterday and I missed it :(

I’ve been working on a ton of things lately, instancing and unique world support, world <-> world warping, new world generation types and general world generation fixes, material light sources.

But right now I’m fixing a loooong standing series of bugs in starbound regarding projectile disconnects between the client and server. I’m basically done, and with any luck you will see it in tonight’s update.

If I finish and merge today, I’ll do another post later today that goes into how the fix actually works.

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Projectile disconnect fix is complete and pushed to master. It’s less of a fix and more of a.. near total rework.

I promised I would go into more detail but.. it’s late so here’s the very VERY quick version:

Projectiles are now proper synced entities with entity update deltas and everything, and damage is sometimes applied where an entity is not necessarily the master entity. Our old concept of a disconnected entity is gone, and there has been a lot of simplification with other damage and status related parts of the code. Self damage no longer routes through the damage manager, and instead entities can produce arbitrary damage notifications themselves. Damage requests and now also a new thing called *hit requests* can travel over the network before being applied, and there is no longer a need for direct status effect requests over the network. Total change in lines of code: -120

PvP needs lots more work still, but PvE locally and over network should be MILES better.

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Hey guys!

Over the past few days I’ve continued my work on the lunar base mission with a nice steady rate of progress with some feedback from Tiy and George along the way. As I’ve stated previously, I don’t wish to spoil any plot details, but I’m okay with teasing a small piece of the environment. You may also notice a subtle new feature that crept its way into the game. Blocks are now capable of casting light.



It can be challenging at times; sculpting out a cave environment in such a way that it looks natural while also keeping the player’s ability to traverse it firmly in mind. That said, I think it’s coming along nicely.

On a side note, yesterday’s upload of the nightly build failed, so if you’re interested in trying out Kyren’s new projectile code, the update only went live a couple of hours ago. Personally, I’ve already noticed a huge improvement!

Area-of-effect projectiles like grenades are hitting and damaging multiple enemies far more reliably. The issue of projectiles outright disappearing when shot point blank into an enemy’s face is gone. If you have a bunch of monsters clustered together and you land a melee attack it now damages all of them as it should, rather than just a fraction. The PvE combat is feeling really good right now. Nice work, Kyren!

Anyway, that’s it from me. Stay classy and good night!

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Here’s a little something I’ve been working on… The Novakid will be needing their own armor sets.



Time to go back to my Devcave. K Bye!

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As we’ve been working on the progression of the early game, one awkward point that kept coming up is the Matter Manipulator. You’re given this all-purpose future tool, but then immediately replace it with stone age pickaxes because of their superior digging ability. So, for the past few days, I’ve been prototyping a system of upgrades for the Matter Manipulator that should keep it useful throughout the course of the game and give players something more futuristic than hand tools. This is all WIP, obviously, but so far it seems to make more sense both aesthetically and mechanically. Here’s a quick look at the current range of upgrades we’re testing:



Players will be able to upgrade the area, digging power, and other numerical aspects of the Matter Manipulator as well as enabling new harvesting options such as liquid collection. Hopefully, this should make it a satisfying tool in your character’s arsenal and even offer a bit of customization to suit your play style.

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It’s pretty much been business as usual for me the last few days. The lunar base mission is getting to a really nice place, and I’ll be able to start populating it with enemies and loot very soon.

Kyren kindly implemented a quick update to our lighting engine that provides far greater control of how a light flickers. Previously the controls were a little vague and it was often difficult to get the precise results desired. It was difficult to get lights doing anything other than dimming and brightening in an largely unpredictable fashion.

Now we have the capacity to make lights pulse, strobe, or flicker erratically as we wish. As a side effect of this update, you may notice in the nightly that any lights that previously flickered currently are not doing so, but I’ll be quickly zipping through them to make them work as intended again in my downtime.

I put a quick video test together with a variation of the spotlights that flickers erratically. I do not advise watching this video if you are sensitive to strobing light effects as I have purposefully used a lot of them in one space simply to demonstrate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXvOLZEdeQY

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No space left for Omni's post from yesterday on the JSON patching system, so I'll just leave a link here.

http://playstarbound.com/august-19-the-day-when-all-your-mods-died/

'Til next time!

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[DAILY BLOG] Update Round-Up! pt. 1

August 20th, 2014

For awhile now, we've been posting daily progress updates (weekdays only) over on our blog! At least one person posts every day, so you can check there every night (GMT) for info about what we've been up to.

We've also been posting them in a sub-section of the Steam forums called "Dev Blogs", but several people noted that they'd prefer if we posted a round-up in Announcements as well.

So here's a round-up of front page updates we've posted since the beginning of August! You can find many of these changes in the nightly builds.

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1 August - Quick Progress Report
#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Evening folks! Looks like I’m doing another daily update, but since it’s my second in a row, I’ll be keeping it fairly brief. :P

For my part, I did what I set out to do and finished setting up the moon mine dungeon file and key, so I’m good to start building at any time. That said, I opted to spend some time fixing an issue that’s been bugging me for quite a while with all the chests. Up until this point they opened up in a painfully slow fashion and as a side effect were not appropriately playing their closing sounds if players closed them relatively quickly.

As for the others, here’s what I know:
- Supernorn has continued working dilligently on the Novakid ships.
- Metadept has been working on implementing a new item type. Not quite ready to talk about this one yet. ;)
- George has been producing new assets for the gateway to appear in the nav UI, along with some other elements relating to Metadept’s work.
- Kyren has been doing some cool stuff with instancing, specifically concerning how they can be located and reached in the world. I’m afraid I don’t fully understand the specifics, not being a programmer, but she should hopefully be able to make an post about it sometime next week.

Afraid I’m not really clued in on everyone else’s activities, but exciting things are happening. I’m looking forward to starting work on the dungeon next week.

Until next time guys!

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4 August - Liquidity
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Howdy! My main project for the past couple of days has been prototyping a tool for sucking up liquids into the player’s inventory. Aside from the obvious utility of being able to move them around, we plan to make them used as fuels and in crafting recipes, so finding biomes with certain kinds of liquids (such as oil) will become important. Here’s how it looks so far:



Since this is the first real scripted item we’ve built, it’s involved a lot of testing and adding functionality to the Lua item API, so that’s been a nice side benefit. I’m definitely looking forward to making some more interesting scripted items and tools in the future, as well as seeing what modders make with it!

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5 August - Mission Prototyping
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Evening guys! I’ve been up to something a bit different today.

With the recent addition of the floating dungeons and player spawns, I spent my day building a rough prototype for what our missions could be like. The objective was for me to create a level for players to move through from start to finish, with environmental hazards and enemies to fight. The main objective of this test was to assess how long I would need to produce a mission, so we can gauge precisely how many polished missions we could create in time for 1.0, and to highlight any issues we may run into.

When I say the prototype is rough, I mean super rough. I didn’t spend any time dressing it up visually, since it’s just for testing and it only involved me using randomized monsters for now, which means no configuration of behaviours or dialogue as there would be when using humanoid NPCs. I ended up using the glitch dungeon files as the base for the mission.

For my test playthroughs, I would attempt to get through it repeatedly with a tier 1 broadsword, shortsword and shield, 10 bandages, and my starting clothes. It would typically take me anywhere between 10-15 minutes to get through in one go (without dying).

The difficulty of the mission varied greatly since the monsters are randomized on each instance, but when approaching the actual missions we’ll have a good idea of what the players will have by that point and be able to scale the difficulty accordingly, not to mention we’ll be using specific enemy types with known behaviours, making it easier to craft challenges with a bit more thought. I imagine it’ll be a tricky balancing act when we factor in whether you have other players with you too, but that’s just one the many challenges of game design!

This test mission also highlighted what the current benefits and limitations of using wiring within the missions are. Because I am able to plan around a linear approach, I have the ability to set up traps and obstacles that may change as you progress. In the case of the glitch, they have a number of switch objects and even hidden door objects that can also double as platforms when used in an open space, so I was able to create timed alternating platform jump puzzles, passages that only open when all switches in a room are activated and the like.

All in all it’s been a valuable experience that will prove most useful once I start working on the missions proper.

Apologies for the lack of screenshots by the way, I’m writing this from home.

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6 August - Progression Progress
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Everyone’s been working on the various elements for the gate and outpost stuff, and today we’ve started putting them all together!


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7 August - Blog of Dev
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Today one of the many things we worked on was improving the visual distinction between the various ores and bars. This will continue to change over the Beta and this is not final.



Click to enlarge!

BYE!

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8 August - Mission to the Moon
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The last couple of days have been really exciting. As our work on progression continues, we’ve been putting some serious focus into our missions; what they will be, and how they’ll tie into the grand scheme. Those of you who follow the daily updates will likely recall the moon mine George showed a mockup of a little while ago. Well, now you know what it was for!

We sat down and mapped out the overarching goal, structure, events, and enemies for the player’s first mission. Unlike the dungeons where I would generally build a single carefully detailed room at a time, we intend the development of this mission to be a highly iterative process, with feedback and ideas from other members of the team.

For now I’ve got the entire layout boxed out with a loose scale reference, but next week I’m going to really go to town shaping it into an actual environment. Detailed decoration will come later after we’ve got something solid we can actually play through.

I’m honestly really excited. Being able to work on a carefully constructed experience from start to finish will be a refreshing change of pace from having to build dungeons that are inherently dynamic in nature, as I am not bound to the limitations that randomly generated layouts bring with them. In the interest of keeping specific elements a mystery, I won’t be sharing any media of it today, but I’m sure you guys can understand.

In any case, that’s it from me. Take care and good night!

Down with character limits! Onwards to part 2.

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About the Game

In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.



You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends!

Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.


Key Features:
  • 6 playable races
  • A procedurally generated universe with unlimited procedurally generated planets
  • All content available in online drop in/drop out co-op
  • Generated dungeons full of unique enemies
  • Randomly generated monsters
  • Thousands of items
  • A deep crafting system
  • PVP gameplay
  • Own and decorate your own Starship
  • Develop your own home planet
  • Menacing boss battles
  • Procedurally generated guns and melee weapons
  • Farming, hunting and survival mechanics
  • Built from the ground up to support modding
  • Ongoing free updates
  • Multi-platform multiplayer

What will you find?

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c compatible gpu
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete GPU capable of directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible discrete gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
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Early Access Review
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.

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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/
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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'' or ''Flamebait'' 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

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.

subforum: http://i.imgur.com/whDlgwy.png
inside: http://i.imgur.com/uIE45GQ.png
rules: http://i.imgur.com/axj8kG1.png
excuse: http://i.imgur.com/qHahXv7.png
emptied: http://i.imgur.com/sPqigON.png

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.

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OTHER REVIEWS TO CONSIDER

http://steamcommunity.com/id/Omegacorp/recommended/211820/
http://steamcommunity.com/id/sweetjbro/recommended/
Posted: July 4th, 2014
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Video games don't exist in a bubble. They don't exist independently from their makers when they're as horrifically unfinished as Starbound. The game itself is deceivingly shallow, having a huge lack of content, especially compared to Terraria. On top of a lack of content, it has tons of issues that still aren't fixed.

It has been months without a substantial update for a game that they swore would be released in 2013.
https://i.imgur.com/J1zHrOB.png

On top of that, the developers and moderators have taken to blaming the community for their disappointment.
https://i.imgur.com/M3JBlk8.png
https://i.imgur.com/2zJax3Q.png

They've gone so far as to blame "vote brigading" for negative Steam reviews.
https://i.imgur.com/91TgOme.png
https://i.imgur.com/YY0UmkZ.png

And of course, they don't want you to get refunds anymore.
https://i.imgur.com/sDGmkYM.png
https://i.imgur.com/egHvklC.png

Don't waste your money. Buy something else, and don't support rotten indie developers.
Posted: July 17th, 2014
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Early Access Review
I once had faith in this game, but that faith died, and it died hard.

A little history first;
This game's development started in about february of 2012, after Andrew Spinks temporarily left terraria to take care of his family. It had appeared referenced in his leaving post, which also seemed to indicate he was leaving terraria and that he may not comeback, but as we know now he came back about year and a half later, and came back better, with a team too. People jumped to starbound in hopes of finding a game to take the place of terraria at the time, knowing that the game may not return with updates. And so, the wait commenced...
One must for a moment note, that terraria's development started in January 2011, and 1.0 was released early due to a beta leak in june. And note that that initial 1.0 version, and even the beta, was more polished then starbound is now. One must also note that terraria only had a coder, artist (who now is starbounds director), and a composer (plus a fantastic community manager who is no longer around due to complications behind the scenes). Only in the last year does terraria now have a larger team.

Wait passed, and in december 2013, an entire two years later, starbound's beta came out....
The game had, and still has almost no content. Barely anything that the devs said they wanted to do with the game has been done. The game has been in development only one year less then terraria, yet it is lacking in every way in comparison. The community was confused. The tier system refered to was a mess, throwing around broken data values, and requiring a full fix to get it to even remote functionality. The combat is mainly click to kill, with almost no interesting or unique weapons. The enemies, weapons, worlds, and dungeons all scream of quanity over quality. There are many of each, but none of them have anything of real note, making each mostly a reskin of the other.

So of course, Tiy, the director, decides the best option is to.... stop development and move all of the developers over to europe, which took about 4 months, and was barely talked about. The move finished in may...
A few Months later, we are here. Nothing has changed.

The game has no content in comparison to terraria. It has no interesting/well made combat mechanics to speak of. The planets are reskins as well as the underground biomes, which only have slight differences (one is cold, one is not, one has brown mushrooms, etc). The cave generation is empty and disjointed, requiring minutes of digging only to find another empty cave... even if the cave is in sight. The villages in game are soulless, and purposeless, having no useful purposes, and thus become only another thing to click to kill. The random weapons aren't even remotely as interesting as the borderlands style weapons they are trying to build on. The unique items the game does have are too few, and aren't even that interesting. The tiers consist of; mine tier ore, fight simple boss, mine tier ore plus coal, fight simple boss; and repeat, exactly. Until about halfway through where they don't have anymore bosses at all.

An example of a design decision that makes this game worse then terraria. The dungeon system only allows the order of the dungeon rooms to change, and the chest contents, nothing else. That means, unlike in terraria, in starbound the dungeon will not have procedural/randoml; enemy placement, trap placement, chest placement, room layout, corridors between rooms, furniture placement, tileset placement, and so on. Thats right, the enemy placement is always the same as well. Not even the dungeon chest items are unique, with only some crappy dungeon enemy items being unique (and those enemies are mostly reskins, again).

Even the small underground building rooms are the same every time you find a type. One underground graveyard room look the same as every other. This is in stark contrast to terrarias underground wooden houses, which have bizzare procedural layouts, interesting randomly placed furniture (that is often unique to said area), useful and interesting items in a chest which is placed somewhere randomly in the room, and sometimes even traps.

There is only one single positive; building things is easier then in terraria..... but only slightly. Since the building has no purpose in starbound, even that is a moot point.

The game hasn't had a full update in months; the only updates are in a completely unplayable nightly build for dev use. Even then, not much has been done.

The game is bad..... but that isn't all. The developers and forums are also in bad shape.
A recent example involves adding a horse with boobs as a ship AI for a robot race. Over half the community was bothered by this. Many of the developers have gone out of their way to mock the playerbase for stating their displeasure with this choice, with troll posts saying they would replace all AI with animals with boobs, and even the dev characters wearing horse hats. They then made a poll for it.... and it turned out they were mocking the playerbase the entire time, and were never going to use that AI. Many people got banned for even stating their displeasure in a kind matter, and for months even. Anyone acting rudely/offensively in chucklefishes favor did not get banned, and was instead left perfectly fine. Shortly after, forum white knights started saying it was rediculous to think that it would be the AI.

The critics on the other hand, pointed out that the developers have done equally rediculous things in the past. They have added bouncing poop monsters, countless idiotic jokes and many a pop culture references. This all combined into a game where they have an avian race whom cuts eachothers limbs off eachother in the name of a broken religion, a human race lacking a homeworld, and a race of apes which have lore jacked from George Orwell's "1984". Thats right, they took a book about the horrors of a dystopian world crafted off the experiences Orwell had in spain during WWII, and slapped incomprehensibly stupid jokes, items, and enemies into the game. Awful.

Most of the admins on the forums do a questionable job, with specific mention to an Eonwe, who is particularly awful. I personally have not been banned, but I have seen many taken by the banhammer for almost no reason.
The community manager mollygos is also bad at her job. She barely does any sort of community management, mostly promoting games they are publishing, and when she does manage the forums, the same awful results can be found.
The developers have been blaming their community for problems caused, and won't treat their community with respect in most cases, not to mention the unprofessionalism on their twitter accounts.

I cannot say enough now; do not get this game. Get terraria. Heck, if you have that, there are other options. Want early access; you have edge of space and crea.

Want 3d? You have the highly moddable minecraft.

Still not content? If you look only for the procedural gameplay, look into roguelikes/roguish games, like spelunky, dungeons of dredmor, magicite, don't starve, tower of guns, diehard dungeon, sword of the stars the pit, the binding of isaac, full mojo rampage, AND SO ON. Don't have much money? Free roguelikes like doom the roguelike, ADOM (ancient domains of mystery), ELONA (eternal league of nefia), and dwarf fortress will make you far happier then starbound will.

DO NOT BUY IT, DO NOT.
At the LEAST; wait for the games full release to see if it improves. Mind you, thats not even known, since the last many release dates they gave they couldn't meet (last date 2013), so they stopped trying.
But PLEASE, at the least just wait. Perhaps, it will become something good.... though it still won't fix the developer actions and comminity issues... perhaps if you wait, something might come out of it. And if not, you saved your money.

DO NOT BUY NOW, NOT RECCOMENDED. AVOID.
Posted: July 15th, 2014
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Early Access Review
I would not recommend this game at this time. Perhaps in the future.

I have a few reasons for not likeing this game, but mostly they break down to the game not being fun. For instance, the 'Randomly generated monsters' that are touted as a key feature just end up making the enemeys less unique. The combat system is slow, and unrewarding.

Crafting, while the game boasts 'thousands of items' and 'a deep crafting system' that crafting system is really just a menu where it shows you every thing you can make, and you have to search out what you have the materials for.

And while i do like the idea of owning and decorating my own starship, and going to diffrent planets, there really is no need to, nor is there a need to return to planets you have been to before.

The farming, hunting and survival mechanics spoken of are simply a food meeter that ticks down, it dose not add anything.

I think what really makes this game not fun is the 'free updates' part, this game hasnt been updated in two months, while in early access, why would they update it affter release?
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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Early Access Review
Boy, Starbound, Starbound, Starbound.

I was one of the first backers to pre-order Starbound, and all I can say is that I've been completely disappointed. I can barely play this game anymore without realising all of the things that have been promised, but don't even show promise of being implimented yet. Not to mention the countless bugs that seem to never be fixed, all the while drama storm after drama storms keeps getting stirred up by devs, modders, and the community itself.

It feels like a beta, it plays like a beta, and the devs keep saying that it's in beta. The game is going nowhere fast, and I can't help but to feel ashamed of buying this game.

Please, if you are really interested in this game, don't buy it now. Wait a few years until it's finished. If it's finished.
Posted: May 12th, 2014
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Early Access Review
You don't have to wear pants in this game.


11/10
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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