Paladin's Review for Starforge
Welcome to Starforge. This is what I would like to say for this game, had I not been so gravely disappointed. It has been a (not) fun ride from the original release of this game into Steam's Early Access. A Ride full of a lot of Drama, Lies, Misinformation, and utter disappointment.
There are many grave issues with this game that I find, including game breaking bugs, and of course the fact that this game is almost nothing like it was originally pitched to be. People used to call this game a scam, and while I defended this game in the past when, at the time, there was still hope for this game, the idea that this game pulled the wool over our Eyes is only ever stronger, rather than diminished.The Game Breaking Bugs
First I shall start with the most common bugs I encounter in this game, among the many other people who do as well. Objectively these are the worst offenders of the issues I will be listing here today, and the ones that matter most to people interested in purchasing this game.1.)
Player blocks placed by Players are not guaranteed to be saved, and rather, have a high chance to be completely deleted, upon logging out of the game. This bug is encountered by many people, very often, in both Singleplayer and Multiplayer. I personally find this bug to be the sole reason why this game is currently valueless to me, as I believe having a sandbox game that features the gameplay mechanics of placing blocks, this is not only detrimental to the gameplay, but critically destructive to the value I find in this game. The little fun I do manage to find in this game comes from it's Base Building aspects, and this bug makes it nearly pointless to partake in base building, which is a core gameplay feature and one of the few features this game actually has.2.)
The game is extremely unstable. Even on more powerful machines, the game is prone to crashing easily over extended play sessions. While I am very tolerant of game crashes, this game reliably crashes for me within an hour of gameplay, everytime. Other users experience similar play sessions, sometimes even less on lesser hardware. From what all I can see from the error reports, I cannot figure out the actual cause, and it certainly is not an issue of running out of memory on my PC. I have yet to get Starforge to effectively use all of my Memory, before crashing. Not only is it a common problem most/all users have to deal with, but it effectively feeds into the first problem I listed, where all of your player-made blocks and items will be erased. Crashing of course forces you to relog your game, which means you have a good chance of running into all of your blocks being erased.3.)
Digging. The game promises you the ability to dig underground with Drill tools. Unfortunately however, digging underground causes many framerate, and eventually crashing, issues. Simply digging underground too much can harm your gameplay experience, and building underground seems to be a guaranteed way to lose your placed blocks there (even more so than in the other bug, when building on the surface) as well as just making the game eventually unplayable or forcing it to crash, and effectively ruining your save file.Other Issues worth Mentioning
This game promises to be a Procedurally, infinite world, that allows you to build into space, and dig to the planet's core.
However this game is not fully Procedural. No matter what Seed you punch in on the map generator screen, you will always get the same "Pizza-shaped" terrain of Biomes and Resource Nodes as every other player, within a certain diameter from the center of your map. All of your Biomes are in the same locations, all of the resource nodes for ores. Only the map outside of this Pizza's diameter will actually be fully procedural, and it will typically only contain the same old forest/plains biome that Early Access users experienced in earlier version, completely void of any actual resources or landmarks of real value.
On top of this, the game has relegated Infinite Terrain to an option, that is best left "Not Recommended" to use. Infinite Terrain serves absolutely no purpose, as no Ores or Important Locations will spawn in the Procedural areas of the game. The only purpose Infinite Terrain allows is for player to explore the empty forest/plains it generates. There is no gameplay value here to be found, outside of seeing procedural terrain with no other gameplay elements connected to it. You will be forced to always return to your original Pizza Origin placement of the map to get all of your resources and items. I should also mention that this game is extremely unstable with Infinite Terrain turned off, turning it on makes this worse.
Digging. Again. Another aspect I would like to mention about Digging in this section is that there is absolutely no point in terms of Game Mechanics to dig in this game. It is enjoyable to morph the terrain, and I would enjoy building underground bases, but not only does Digging wreck your framerate and induce more crashing, while not being a sound place to place your blocks, but it serves no purpose mechanically. No Ores will be found by digging randomly. The only locations you find Ores are within giant Mounds of resources found on the surface, and they will store pockets of resources underneath of those specific locations. Digging at random yields you nothing but more dirt, and serves no purpose other than to dig. There is nothing underground.The Broken Promises
Finally I would like to remind people of what this game was pitched to be, and what is currently is not. For reference, here is their original trailer put onto Steam and their Indiegogo Campaign, when I first bought the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxBSYit49c8
The game was meant to have Infinite Space. While I don't know whether or not Space is actually still infinite at this point, I wouldn't care to find out. There is nothing in Space by Asteroids which serve no purpose, except to exist and perhaps look pretty. You can build blocks up into Space, but there are no Space Physics, there are no other Planets to visit, there is no actual space flight, and It is literally just playing very high up on the map. It has no specific elements that are any different from playing or building on Terra firma. Other trailers (since deleted from their official Youtube channel) used to showcase spaceships flying around, and Players moving about in what looked like a troop carrier of some kind, leading Customers to believe that their might have been/would be space gameplay involve spacecraft. The only element of "Spacecraft" we have, is a terribly controlled "Space Helicopter", that is extremely slow, buggy, and often can increase your risk of game crashes. It is basically a painfully slow Elevator device.
Promised Game modes since removed. The game originally pitched that it would have 3 seperate game modes, all singleplayer or multiplayer, featuring different objectives to accomplish. We were to have a Survival mode, Wave survival/base defense mode, and a competitive RTS styled mode involving collector drones similar to peasants or workers in Warcraft/Starcraft games. Of these, only Survival is in the game.
On the original Steam page and other trailers since deleted, they also promised Structural Integrity to the blocks, where blocks would require proper Structual Support, or else they would collapse (similar to 7 Days to Die). This is not in the game.
The game also promised to have Parkour Physics of some kind, which originally existed in the game. These have since been removed.
It should probably also be mentioned that almost all content in this game is from Unity Store Assets. Especially the Creatures you will find: https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/en/#!/content/10781