The good, the bad and the ugly.
This game is interesting, and it is "EVE like", which might be a reason for some to give it a try, for others to turn away.
If you join a corp, and if they back you up from the start, the game might become more interesting for you through participating in organized PvP.
There are a lot of different corps in the game, before you join one, read the official forums a bit, to get more informations about them.
You can do harvesting, mining and assginments on Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 islands on your own, to get your first own money.
The developers team seems to be small, but at least filled with people, that are very dedicated to the game, something that is getting hard to find these days...
It will take you a lot of real time, to get your hands on those Mechs you were allowed to test (there is your carrot...) in the tutorial.
You only get EP once every day, and you have to log in every 3 days at least to make sure to get that EP package for every day.
Harvesting, mining or assignments is boring work, but will provide you with NIC on your own, to afford your first Mech.
Buying a Mech means, getting enough NIC and finding someone that is willing to sell and transport it to your terminal... forget about transporting anything big on your own in the beginning.
Your first robots won't be able to transport that much, and depending on from where you have to transport your new items, you might run into trouble along the way and loose your robot and cargo.
If your new shiny Mech gets destroyed at some point, doesn't matter if that happens in PvE or PvP, its gone.
Some parts of your installed equipment might be recoverable, there will be a can to loot at the spot where you died, but you will only get a few items back, and those have to be repaired, before you can use them on another robot/mech.
But if your ending happened during a PvP fight, the "spoils" belong to the winner.
If you're part of a corp, you might get a replacement for your loss during "wars" with other corps.
You can of course insure your Mech, but there are costs for that and the outcome wont even cover the NIC you paid for your Mech empty... say thank you to players, that abused the insurance system a while back.
About assignments, you can only choose between "industrial/combat/transport", but all of them are more or less combat assignments, even those that are marked "industrial/transport", there are only a few different assignments, and be prepared to travel slow and far in the beginning to accomplish them.
Other players won't stopp at using any kind of exploit or bug they can find against you. That is of course something, you might find in any other game, but in a "full loot" game, the developers need to keep an very close eye on that.
Last but not least,if you want to get the best Mechs with the best equipment, you need a lot of EP, which will take a lot of real time.
And even if you take the "shortcut" over an EP booster, it will still take you a very long time to reach that goal.
Keep all of that in mind before you consider to buy Perpetuum - then why the thump up?
I think the game and the developers deserve a shot at this, therefore i supported the game with my purchase and invested a lot of time into it.
I would really like to see this game go on and evolve into more, something that is enjoyable for new and vet. players, and for PvE and PvP players alike.
But for that to happen, the developers have still a lot of work to do, sandbox or no sandbox, players expect more from games today.
Sand alone does not make the box more interesting or fun, you also need varying kinds of things to play with in that box too...
In the end, it's your call.