A horrible parody to terrania/minecraft. Avoid at all costs.
I was tracking developement progres of this game for a year, and being fed with promises from chucklefish i hoped they would make a candy out of an underdeveloped game...
After a year from release they made it even worse. WORSE.
Lots of boss fights were removed and crafting became more simple. Level design is mediocre, because when you can just kill bosses from behind the door, what fun is it?
Youd expect some battle crafting from such a game but noooo, nono here, you have a hundred recipes for cooking some useless cakes and beefs, but you can craft only 3 guns though the game, and same boring weapons at each level just from diferent material.
It doesnt end here.
EVen at the early stages player community has developed an awful amount of mods, teleportes, gun crafting, chainsaws, anything wou'd expect to BE in the game bundle. Year passed, and was anything from community added to the game? - NO, JUST NO.NOTHING FOR NOBODY. Why bother with you playes, just give money and get lost.
Can we have bombs? no, just look at this useless gunpowder and eat your cake.
All of the problems with gameplay and emergense are even worse than they were at the beginning.
Developer promises to have a good release one day, but this is not going to happen.
I wish steam would ban all those eary-access games, or enable refunds for mediocrity and irresponsibility of developers. Though it would not because it's profitable, and nobody cares about morals and game quality anymore.
Dont let nice screenshots and trailers catch you, because this game is just a beautiful empty box. Dont waste your time.
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You expect sandboxing approach with custom options but gameplay is so straightforward and devoid of any alternatives, like in FPS games, but wait, you cant shoot until its endgame! And when its endgame you will feel so so depressed because you have all the precious gear, and nobody to use it on - you dont need resources on the planets you could not visit earlier, there are no final bosses to beat with mighty sword.
There were some cutscenes in the beginning of the game in original release. Gone! Looks like you dont need a story or background and more importantly - you dont need a goal, you are not even forced to survive, just stay on your ship in safety - you won by not playing it!
More useles items,- by the end of the game you'll have piles of many different materials that have no game value and are just fillers for inventory slots.
Promised ship upgrades? Well looks like im unfortunate to miss them, or more like they are simply not there yet, and what for, when you can fit everything on the small ship you have from start, yes thats how much you will have to play with. And cooking table will have most of all.
Rocket fuel - you know it was fun to digging to the core for pieces of uranium to fuel your ship, and be able to move on. Now - just go to the moon and drain erchium liquid in seconds for lifetime supply of fuel, and forget it.
You just feel so far away from world with all the processess being simplified, you cannot 'drown' in this game anymore. It just pushes you to the dry surface of casuality and despair. Chucklefish has lost its spikes, literally.
I really regret that i have been such a fool and was bought with fancy graphics and music of this game, i wish i have never ever played it... the expirience of seeng potentially good game being destroyed and cut down, starbound gave me nothing but a glimpse of hope and then despair. Dont fall in the same trap, get minecraft(with yougcast mods) or terrania, the will live up to expectations and give you positive enjoyable experience.