Gameplay 7/10 Refinements are coming slowly and improving the gameplay
A.I. 4/10 Randomized enemies seem to all act similar and not very smart
Building 7/10 Easy to use building system to create detailed, mostly decorative structures
Story 5/10 Game lore does not make a good translation into the game itself
Graphics 8/10 Starbound has some very talented artists on board Cute pixelart style
Sound 6/10 Nothing special here, pretty standard fare. Playing custom songs is cute
Music 7/10 Needs more tracks, variety and smoother transitions between songs
Replay Value 3/10 You'll have to make your own fun with this one if not on a server at endgame
Overall Impression 48/80 Still can't recommend for purchase since currently it's in Early Access and Chucklefish Devs are not currently participating with players here on Steam forums.
This wants to be a great game... when it grows up. The "Winter Update" added alot of the features that were already available on the nightly versions to a somewhat playable version, however there isn't a stable version update planned for release until sometime in January 2015.
This game has a great concept and the backbone of what could be a great game is in place, BUT this game can be considered a "not worth it" at this point and you should spare yourself the grief of waiting for the glacial speed of development if you actually want to own the game to play the game.
Just buy it later so you don't get stuck wanting for more. If you buy it later. You will simply miss out on an incomplete game now. Check back after a stable update for and see what people are saying about it again. Proof will be in the pudding.
Very, very disappointed with the decisions of the dev team to not engage the steam community in our forums and address their concerns after being more than willing to take thier money. This game has been handled badly in regards to PR in the early access program here at Steam and with early statements of how development was going to happen differing GREATLY from what has actually happened.
Why ban people commenting about things they don't like about the game when we're supposed to be giving feedback on what we think? Seems a bizarre tactic. I'm simply pointing out facts of what has happened in the past during early access program on Steam to prospective buyers who want to participate here. This should not be a model for other developers to follow in my opinion.