I Started playing this game waaaaaay back when beta first started. So ignore low play hours on steam.
This game has gone through some rough times, and 2 major and complete overhauls since they first invited people to beta. They started pretty weak... then turned it into something amazing, but far from complete. Then a bunch of whiny babies complained about it and thus left us with another Sub par major overhaul of the core game mechanics.
This game used to be all about exploring where ever you wanted. Thumping where ever you wanted, grinding where ever you wanted. An actuall sandbox about resource collection, crafting your own gear out of what you collect and true exploration.
Now, it's just another "grind missions here, then move on to the next map, grind missions here, then move on.
They limited you sooo much from what their 2nd core systems had. Now you have to follow their paths, do what they want you to do. Not to mention you have to grind for yer gear. Stupid RNG system with Loot rolls, really original guys...
While it is a unique game, they ruined what it could have been instead of taking a risk and sticking to the amazing game systems they had.