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!
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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.”

Approximately 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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December 20

Winter update [UNSTABLE] Edition! ~*The More You Know*~

Hey there!

We pushed the changes mentioned in our recent trailer to the unstable branch last night– rejoice! Anyone who’s been playing the nightly builds won’t see a huge difference, but anyone who makes the switch from stable to unstable will see some pretty massive changes.

So here’s what you need to know about the unstable update, starting with…

How to Switch to the Unstable Branch

There’s a handy tutorial right here about how to switch to the unstable or nightly branch of the beta. Be sure to follow the instructions to switch to unstable. :)

World/Character File Compatibility

If you choose to switch to the unstable branch, please know that your characters and worlds will not yet be compatible with the latest version of the game. Your old characters and worlds will still be there, but the unstable branch will use a different storage location than the stable branch for the time being, while we work out how to upgrade old characters.

We will try to maintain save file compatibility within unstable as much as possible, but it will depend on what sort of changes we have to make during unstable, so we cant make any promises.

If you are currently running nightly, then you probably already know how everything works already. FYI The unstable branch will use a ‘storage_unstable’ directory while we work on compatibility with stable.

Known Issues:
  • Many progression quests aren’t final, some are placeholders for future missions
  • Combat balance is still WIP
  • Performance issues, particularly in dense areas like dungeons and the outpost
  • Background parallaxes have problematic transitions between world layers, e.g. oceans
  • Pixel costs and rewards not yet balanced
  • Interface windows (containers, AI, etc) can remain open after switching worlds or moving away from the triggering object
  • Cooking recipes for tier 5 and 6 crops need to be implemented
  • Crops sometimes get out of sync when grown on ship
  • Enemy hit/death sounds sometimes fail to play
  • Some errors in enemy movement and pathfinding
  • Rare crash when removing items from containers, appears as “(InventoryException) Not allowed to discard stack when locked.”
  • The launcher, on some people’s machines, will spew dll errors about missing ordinals. This is not fatal however, and the launcher will still work after you close them.
  • And a whole lot more (probably)

    We’ll keep everyone posted as we make more updates and plans evolve, but thank you all for being so patient! Have fun!

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    Tiy also did an AMA on the Starbound subreddit last night answering lots of questions about development and the unstable update, so be sure to check that out. :)

    Hope you all have a nice weekend and a lovely holiday. <3 :)

    ːSBHorseː

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December 19

[DAILY BLOG] Weekly Update Round-Up 19/12/2014

#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Evening folks!

When Starbound’s overall balance structure was first established, humanoid NPCs weren’t really a primary consideration at the time, nor was PVP, so the game was largely balanced based around the damage between players and the monsters. While this system was fine at first, it has been the root cause of much difficulty in balancing humanoid NPCs who were primarily balanced to fight against the player and got absolutely trashed by monsters, which was a problem, especially with our growing focus on missions. This necessitated a rethink of how everything was balanced.

To that end, Tiyuri and I, have gone over almost everything with a fine-tooth comb. Here’s a brief overview of the biggest changes.

- NPCs now use armor, so damage inflicted on them is reflective of their armor. Additionally their health now scales on a curve similar to the player’s.
- Damage values across the board have risen. Monsters now die more easily, but they can also kill the player faster too. Fight carefully!
- The energy scaling curve on guns has been completely reworked for a more gradual and consistent climb.
- Tiered armors have been completely rebalanced to suit the new armor and energy scaling levels.
- Players now start off with access to two weapons from the offset, with most races gaining a one-handed shortsword in addition to their broadsword. The novakids gain a two-handed rifle.
- Generated weapon values now typically sit somewhere between the tiered weapons. Rare weapons may still potentially be more damaging, but this should help to keep tiered weapons useful all throughout the game’s progression.

It might not seem like much but these changes have involved a frankly exhausting amount of configuration, but it has transformed the game feel quite significantly. A pleasant side effect of this humanoid-centric rebalancing is that the game is largely balanced for PVP too, provided all parties have suitably leveled equipment.

Guns are more dependable weapons overall, but melee inflicts monstrous damage for those willing to take the risk. In our testing, we found ourselves having heated 1-on-1 exchanges, rapidly alternating between ranged sniping and clashing swords when our energy reserves were locked away. It was both frantic and fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys make of it.

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#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Evening, everyone!

In my recent post, I mentioned that we’d soon be uploading a trailer highlighting some of the biggest changes we’ve made to Starbound since the last stable build. Without further rambling, here it is!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sz2zr3pZEo

As Tiy noted yesterday on Twitter, we’re trying to push these updates to the unstable branch next week and, depending on how that goes, pushing them to the stable branch in January.

Katzeus at Starbound has done an awesome job summarizing most of the changes here.

Thanks again for your continued support and patience. :) Enjoy the trailer!

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Alien Alpaca jumping sweet jumps!


Alien Alpaca playing video games and cooking!


Alien Alpaca taking a breather!

Alpaca in spaaaaaace!

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Reviews

“Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played.”
9 – Polygon

“Starbound's delivering on its core promises even in its early access incarnation.”
Eurogamer

“This might be a bare-bones version of the game to come, but boy, check out those bones. The game's minutiae will be mapped out across various wikis for years to come, and many mechanics will be added and refined, but even now, Starbound is an enticing journey of discovery that reminds you just how exciting it can be to stare at a sky full of stars.”
Gamespot

About This 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:
  • 7 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?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    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
    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
Helpful customer reviews
507 of 682 people (74%) found this review helpful
354.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Early Access Review
I wrote a positive review for this game a long time ago, but things have changed (or rather, have not) and I feel it necessary to clear up some of the confusion the Steam userbase is suffering. Yes, you people could go read the official forums more often (or ever) but you're not going to.

Starbound is a 2D sidescrolling exploration game where everything is kind of randomly generated. It's like Terraria except it isn't chained down to the linear world types and just about every aspect is in an evolved state in comparison. First off, let's get this out of the way... Terraria is not the sequel to Starbound and only one person, Tiy, ever worked on Terraria. It is not made by the same people and should not be compared to it in anyway except visually and by the fact that both games are 2D exploration games.

That said, the game has digging for items like ore and treasure, building with blocks that can be placed in the foreground or background, combat with many different types of weapons and armor and you can explore different worlds. The different worlds are not just copy and paste like how in Terraria you may load two world saves but they are essentially the same thing with the same biomes. In Starbound, two planets (which you travel to through your ship that also acts as a safe house) are rarely the same aesthetically. The trees are different, the ground, the ore, all of that. Even the mobs are generated procedurally.

The combat involves using both hands. You can take up both of your hands using a two handed weapon or put a shield in one and even a gun in the other. The possibilities are very broad.

Building is also very enjoyable because it has a ton of depth to it. There are a lot of different styles and you can put blocks in the foreground to create walls, floors and ceilings. Or, you can put them in the backdrop to make blocks you don't collide with. This allows us to make a wide array of new things with insane levels of detail for a 2D game. You can even go as far as to make houses in the background to give life to your towns.

The game is also very moddable. It CAN be easy to make just about anything.


Now.... With the positive out of the way, we must talk about the negative. This game has been indev for a very long time. Yes, the devs release unstable builds frequently but those are buggy and cause a lot of online problems. A stable update has not been seen in this game since March of 2014 as far as I'm aware. That is completely insane to me. The state of the stable game borders disastrous. The online state of the game is unplayable. I have superadministrated two servers, one of which I was hosting myself and had access to the technical aspects. On both servers, CPU usage and memory usage spiked every time anyone did anything. Moving blocks, releasing sand, moving water, dropping items all saw the memory and processor usage go through the roof. I could watch the graphs peak. If I rebooted the server (flushing out all the memory caches and giving the server back its breath), someone would come on, find a cave and release sand from the ceiling. As it fell in such large quantities, the server would then grind to a halt and we'd see a 2,000 ms to 13,000 ms spike in latency because players have to wait on the server to process everything that is happening before it can register player activity, which creates a lag spike in the form of latency issues.

A server with these specs: Dedicated Hardware Dual Intel(R) Quad Core Xeon @ 3.00GHz 64gb Ram. 1gbs Upstream

Should not have problems hosting 5 people digging blocks for a half minute after a fresh reboot.

It has been discussed on the forums that there has been a long lasting memory leak as well as the game poorly optimizing how blocks and various other game mechanics are processed. The game does not handle memory usage well and that has been admitted by the devs repeatedly. The stable build people use to host the game is like this.

Not only is the online performance of the game terrible, but the actual framerate performance of the game can also dip when near a lot of objects or NPCs. Entities filling areas like a military camp on a planet can see framerates drop 15-30 frames within proximity. Even high end system users have reported this issue.

It needs to also be stated how the game handles accounts. It doesn't. In Minecraft, a user has to have a global account with Mojang to log into the game. In Starbound, there is no account system. Players just make a character and use it to log into any server. This is bad because it means that if you get banned, you can just make another character or change your IP address then log back in. Because you can make infinite numbers of characters, it also creates an issue where players can type out insanely long and convoluted character names making it impossible to be banned. As a host, I saw nightmares come to life where hackers would log in and cause absolute destruction, but all I could do was watch because the game would not allow me to ban people since administrator tools WERE NEVER RELEASED.... and the third party programs did not allow me to ban users with the ban command if their names exceeded a certain number of characters. And, again, since they can just make new characters, it didn't really matter if I could type their names.

Online is a hackers playground. Now, the fact there is no account system is bad enough, but modding is CLIENT SIDED! That means people can make mods and hacks then log into a server and use them. As long as they did not use any custom visuals, they can do pretty much anything. I saw a person bring a hand gun onto one of my servers that fired giant meteors at rapid speed and each one had an instant death effect. Everyone was killed instantly and the server stopped functioning because it created intense lag that could not be processed. We never got rid of him because his name was 'A"S: }{SD}{ AD:A"SD: lIlIlIlIlIlIl the THIRD' or some such nonsense. This is the state of online in Starbound. No tools to deal with these problems without having to rely on dodgy third party modder software and that can only do so much.

The exploration can also be a tad dull. While the game is procedurally generated, that actually only means that things look different. Nothing actually is different. One planet may be a desert and one may be a volcano planet, but they're essentially the same thing with a different coat of paint. You will find trees and plants on the surface, rocks and dirt, but that's usually about it. The NPCs have no AI and do not do anything other than run or fight. You can't claim land and colonize worlds unless you're roleplaying. Nothing is official. We were told pre-release we'd be able to officially colonize worlds, build towns and manage them and the people who live there. However, this is not the case. You can manually build on planets but you cannot claim the planet in your name and you cannot protect the land. Since you can build and store items in your ship, there is no real reason to go back to planets you've already visited.

You will find yourself getting items you need from one planet, going to your ship, visiting the next planet, doing it again over and over and over. The progression in the game is awful. You mine ore to make armor and weapons. Then, you make a boss summoning item. You kill that boss, get a chip that extends your ship's travel to higher tier worlds, repeat X times. That's literally all there is to it. The progression is limited to that, you learn new recipes like that and by building new work benches.

Now, it also needs to be said the devs have clarified that eventually, they are going to update the progression in the game as well as a few other aspects, but the development time with this game has lead to countless arguments on the official forums as to what the hell the devs are doing. I wish there was a 'Maybe' option, because if I were you guys, I'd wait. 5/10.
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91 of 134 people (68%) found this review helpful
267.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
So many people are giving this awesome game a negative review simply because the "Dev's havent done anything"
...
Alright, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sz2zr3pZEo
and explain to me that the "Dev's havent done anything"

Edit: Ignore all those other negative reviews that say "The devs never update the game" ... the devs released word that, instead of releasing multiple small updates in the actual game, they'd do so in a beta version so folks could keep up with events. There's many players writing reviews that're completely ignorant of this fact.

Edit(2): People have mentioned that the "major problems" arent getting fixed... This update shown in the video, plus the claims that Chucklefish has made point to the fact that they will HOPEFULLY be fixed.

Buy this game. It's 100% worth your money.
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159 of 272 people (58%) found this review helpful
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Early Access Review
It WAS fun for the time being, I use to non stop play it. But the updates just stoped comming, I bought this game thinking "Oh, Im gonna do everything! Then it wont get boring because new stuff with come out!"
(A year later)
*Boots up TF2*
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125 of 216 people (58%) found this review helpful
87.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
So much has been promised with this game, but so much hasn't been delivered- various dates for release stages have been pushed back (often repeatedly), much hyped content (ship upgrades, etc) has never been implemented.
It's easy to get pretty much high-end gear and have a huge fortress of your own built *full* of scavenged/crafted furniture/chests/etc without much game time- the number of hours I've spent on this game is including several times where patches broke save files, so I had to start again, and a lot of time leaving the game running while I go and do other things.
As of currently, there hasn't been a proper content update in quite a while (not counting the "night" updates, which are sort of unstable unofficial patches/updates. So it's beginning to seem like this game will never be truely completed, and therefore never follow up on all it's promise, which makes me sad as it started off seeming awesome.
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111 of 192 people (58%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
Prime example of why paying for Early Access games is generally not a good idea.

Broken promises and terrible customer relations hang over this game like the grim spectre of death. You can have some fun with it, but you're far better paying for a finished game and just waiting untill they (hopefully, eventually) get this finished.
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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
Well, it's almost a year after the game was released, and I can say a few things: Sure, it's fun for the first few times you play it, and it's a really good concept, but it's been updated maybe 2 or 3 times since release, the devs have added very little that they've promised, and they're already talking about releasing it as a full game.

I originally bought Starbound under the assumption that there was loads of content, but now it just feels like it's all the same, just retextured. It's not as much procedurally generated as having a different texture for the same things. I mean, it's an amazing idea, a great concept, and it would be a great play, if the devs stopped farting around playing other games and start listening to the people instead of censoring everything they don't like, maybe it will be better. Unless they've secretly been overhauling the game and waiting for a 1-year anniversary massive overhaul update, I've lost all faith. If it turns out they've added very little by the time 1.0 comes out, we can only hope modders add the missing content the devs failed to provide.

Thanks for your time.
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74 of 131 people (56%) found this review helpful
180.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
Early Access game, don't buy if youre expecting the stable release to have alot of content. There is only about a good 3 hours worth of content in the current stable release and it has little to no replay value.

Starbound is a 2d sandbox game similar to Terraria. It features 6 (7 later) different races to choose from and you begin your survival throughout the universe.

I can see this game having a ton of content and potential to be as fun as Terraria in the future, but they are still working on it and putting some of that content in the nightly builds.

Pros: Space sandbox, creative lore, nearly endless planets to build on, Each race gets their own crafted weapons and armors that look different from the others. Modding system that is really easy to understand and you can just make about anything into a mod.

Cons: The game's progression system is getting overhauled at the moment, and in the stable release, the amount of content in the stable build is low. Difficulty curve and ore distribution needs work since its a pretty steep curve.
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90 of 162 people (56%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Amazing concept.
Terraria with space travel.
But the game feels like it'll be in early access forever- I rarely use the steam workshop, and it appears thats the only thing making this game content rich. When the developers "complete" this game, and take it off early access I'll give it another chance but it's just so bland, you're better off playing terraria some more.

It's pretty well polished, but I'm just not interested in playing this game any further until it's been completed- after a few hours it's done holding my attention and I just wish this game wasn't such a dead end.
I totally understand imaginitive gamers spending days and weeks in this game, but the reality is I just don't have the time or patience to dedicate to this game enough to let my imagination take the reigns. It needs more substance.
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91 of 164 people (55%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Surprised someone can get away with selling a game that is this incomplete. After coming back to this game after several months (almost a year now) I see little to no change in gameplay or features. No idea how user rating is "very positive" when all of the most up-voted reviews are negative. This game is as dead as its late game gameplay. Would not recommend.
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97 of 176 people (55%) found this review helpful
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
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.
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67 of 120 people (56%) found this review helpful
132.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
I do recommend this game, however there seems to be the same problem with Starbound that Cube World faced, and that is the lack of regular updates and thus people thinking that the devs ran off with the money and that people shouldn't buy this game. Many people on Steam have said that they rue the day they bought this, but I honestly enjoy it. The reason that I still recommend this game is because it IS still being worked on despite what these reviews say. Yes, it has been a long while since the last update, but the fact of the matter is that the game is being actively worked on and you can see this through the fact that they release nightly builds akin to Minecraft's pre-releases, even if these builds aren't stable for everyone. This isn't me just plugging my ears andd refusing to listen, I just don't get what people are saying.
tl;dr, I love this game and honestly don't see why people hate everything about it.
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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
83.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
I don't recommend anyone to buy this game. It's been a year and nothing have changed.
We can say now, that developers are going to leave it in it's current state and don't care anymore.
During the beta, when lots of things were supposed to change and there were promises, we all ended up with an RNG unfinished game, that lacks interesting combat mechanics or proper exploration.
Yeah, you can install a ton of mods in this game, but the core mechanics are still here and they're really bad.

On top of it, the way developers spoke to customers is outrageous.
Don't waste your money.
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
Game has been in the making for quite some time and is yet to be released officially.

Content gets released in small and really slow paces and the game is quite lacking in the department of it.
The game is supposed to be about exploring yet you as the player do not get quite rewarded as you explorer the "huge" universe you are put into.

Promising game that didn't deliver :(
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31 of 53 people (58%) found this review helpful
166.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Early Access Review
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.”

Do not believe this. It is a lie. You do NOT have any say in the game's development. To Chucklefish, you are just material. Don't even DREAM, THINK, or CONSIDER the idea of buying this disfigured mess of a game. The developers are bad, this game has been in early acess for a year now, and the chances of it getting any actual love slowly come down to miniscule

Secondly, the Stable and Unstable branches have not received any updates, and the "Nightly Branches" Are nothing more than place holders and the right to have an excuse to say, "We're still workin' on it!"

The truth behind this, is that Chucklefish has taken over 20 million dollars in combined funds from players on BOTH steam and their website, and ran, choosing to work on other projects with money that was given to them SPECIFICALLY for Starbound. They have nine projects, and are no longer even an INDIE Developer. They have started publishing games, And i'm convinced they might be the next Nexon North America/Europe or Perfect World Entertainment (No offense directed toward you bros and broccolis in Nexon Korea and Perfect Online).

LASTLY, and the BIGGEST issue here, is not the game, but the company's ethics in videogame development. This is what I was talking about in my opening statement. Any and ALL crticism, no matter HOW well-worded or politely typed out, is brushed under the rug, slapped in the face, or shivved right in the flatulence as trolling or flaming.

Chucklefish has repeatedly attacked their fanbase. Antyone who originally funded this game has likely left, and the only remainders of the community are hostile overly attached fans, who will do anything to make Chucklefish happy. INCLUDING not giving them input on a game that is supposed to please their intended audience (Which i doubt there is even an audience this is intended for at this point).

Now, ONTO the game itself, anything I'd have to say is pretty much covered in every other review. It's repetitive, a grindfest worse than Destiny, which is quite shocking, most worlds appear pretty similar, and there's a lacking in content. Still, it's least not up for $60 like Bungie pullled with Destiny. However, both games suffer from the same issue: Lack of content.

Now, i've already read the recent news on playstarbound.com about the update coming out. However, my concern for this is that mods working for Enraged Koala, won't work in Rampaging Koala, because Chucklefish broke the mod system and laughed at the people who figured it out. From what i'm seeing, Chucklefish IS delivering on SOME of their promises, however i'm also seeing stolen content from mods they did not get the permission to use from the users who made those said mods. They already had permission for the Novakids mod. However, the rest? None. No questions asked, no permission given, nothing. Rather than putting in the effort to make the game good, they're taking from other peoples' mods and making the game that way. There is NOTHING I hate more than intellectual thieves, and it is where Chucklefish has crossed the line.

If you want some light on Chucklefish's activities with their community, check out BaptizedInFire's review. He has evidence to support what he has said to go along with it.

As for me? I'm through with this game. It is an insult to the videogame industry, and scum like this company are the reason Early Access has become a plague. Early Access isn't a f**king CRUTCH. It's a Gods damned EARLY ACCESS. Like what goes on for Bungie's Halo Betas. They're supposed to be a TASTE of what the game will be. Not fund its freaking production.

Oh, one little detail. all of you Fanboys who intend to downvote this? Just going to let you all know. YOU ARE MY B*TCH! For downvoting like one without giving any remote explaination that makes logical sense or even regurtitates "points" made that aren't even valid. So again, Downvoting fanboys, YOU ARE MY B*TCH!
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92 of 169 people (54%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Starbound just... isn't as good as Terraria. it's kind of that simple. and the direction it's going, I'm not sure it ever will be as good as Terraria (let alone BETTER). Starbound is more grindy, the progress is more forced - you can't just run around and explore and do what you want - and you can't expand the one thing you want to expand: your ship.

I kind of feel like: someday, Terraria will add spaceships and galaxies... and then no one will ever think about Starbound ever again.
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40 of 71 people (56%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
Some promising developments, but there has been no progress since last december. The Same 10 quests. A few more environments. Maybe a few bug fixes? A few mods developed by the community are interesting. I doubt any major relases are forthcoming at this time.
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51 of 92 people (55%) found this review helpful
130.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
This game had tons of promise when it was first released on Steam way back when. Unfortunately the developers of this game have failed to come through on the promises of all the planned features on the store page. Do not buy this game untill the official release, if that day ever comes. I'm to the point that I do not believe that day will ever come and that is why I'm writing this review almost a year after buying and playing the game. I've been waiting for a playable game for a long time since buying this and the developers are failing miserably. There could be so much to love with this game, but it all seems like a fantasy at this point and nothing more.
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
Its pretty good... for the first hour...

I dont really recommend this game. Get terraria. Starbound is fun for the first hour or two, but after that it gets boring. Trust me.
They might come out with more updates for new stuff, but still, I just dont like how this game was made.
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Love the crap out of this game and I think it has a lot of potential. Haven't played in a while since I didn't see any new content. Came back after 3 or 4 months and still no content.

If you've never played terraria or just like the idea of flying from planet to planet and mining for ore, this game is for you. Otherwise, keeping going, looks like devs abandoned the game.
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
When I first played this game, it blew my mind. The soundtrack was excellent, there seemed to be so many things to do. But then you hit the "endgame." There becomes nothing. An endless grind for no reason. And then the updates stopped. For a year. They said they were going to update it weekly. Of course, they could always start work on it again, but after such an immense dissapointment, I don't think I'll ever be nearly as excited about this game as I once was.
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