I should preface this with review with this- I was once an owner of this game on Steam. It is now and probably forever will be the only game I've ever asked for a refund for, ever, from anywhere.
Originally, I bought this game after watching a few short reviews that gave it good praise for potential and watching the EA video. This was a mistake on my part- you see, some of the videos were a bit older and I assumed when I watched the EA trailer that the game had gotten more features (the stuff I saw in the EA video). In reality, the game had *lost* most of the features I had seen in the review videos, and the features it showed in the EA video- which explicitly stated "these are the things you can do in Starforge Alpha" were not, indeed, in the actual game.
So there was a humongous amount of false advertising, and I felt very, very burned by that. Valve made Starforge devs change their video because it was false advertising of the worst kind.
Please understand, if they'd been honest about their game and what it's current state was, that would have been fine. I don't have any problems with EA titles being unfinished or buggy. But it was a combination of the fact that the game was utter garbage (at the time just a boring, stale tower defense mode and an "open world" that was really just empty landscape with no ability to find extra resources or literally ANYTHING to do but walk around) *and* the fact that they lied about their product.
I see now that the game is "finished." I'm not really interested in putting more time into researching, but if you're thinking about getting it and you saw the EA trailer you might want to check on some things. Did going into space get added? That was a feature they claimed was already in. How about that awesome free-running we saw where the guy was tied to the back of the jeep and running behind it while being tossed around with cool physics- did that ever get added? I don't know. These are things you should look into if you're going to buy, though.
As for the game itself, please note that these things may have changed, but at the time I played it, it was boring, the action was absolutely stale, the guns were ridiculous looking but didn't have the ridiculous results you would hope for with such a spectacle. They all did exactly the same thing- put identical bullets downwind. It didn't matter whether you had a triple chainsaw double machine gun pistol. It just didn't matter.
Moving around always felt like your character was riding a unicycle, oddly tilty and awkward, falling over and reacting to the physics engine in the weirdest way possible.
There was no skill or challenge to the combat, just point the right way and wait for a few minutes and one of the dull, uninspired monsters would eventually die.
If this sounds like a scathing review- it is. I've played Flash games on Newgrounds I thought were better designed and more fun. Coupled with the false advertising and utterly unapologetic devs, even if this turned around and was the best shooter on the market now, I still wouldn't give them my money, and if I were you, I wouldn't either.