I am enjoying this game.
Unlike most players, I have never played Audiosurf 1, so I came to the game with no expectations or preconceptions. It's fun, my computer runs it quite well and it is cheap. For less than the price of a combo meal at a popular family restaurant I have had hours of enjoyment. Actually, I'd probably still recommend it at double the price.
However, I had to work pretty hard at it to get to this. This is an early release and of course it will be unpredictable and incomplete. I'm fine with that. In fact, it's interesting starting it up and seeing what has changed. The problems I found getting up to speed was partly due to the fact that most forum hints assume a knowledge of AS1. If there's a tutorial for AS2 - as some forum posts suggest - I haven't found it. Collecting colours in mono, puzzle characters, a radio station? If these are in AS2 then I've yet to find them.
I find the tracks to be smooth and the ship is perfectly manoevrable. I had no trouble finding my music on my computer in any file and it plays without problem. I enjoy the leaderboards and the dethrone list is wonderful. It's a real buzz to find that someone else out there has my obscure music when this happens.
I did have lots of trouble finding other people's games. At first I assumed my songs had not been played since nearly all of them gave 'No entry'. But then I found some songs discussed in a forum thread and realised they were there - somewhere. This has been my biggest problem and one which won't impact the knowlegeable but really needs fixing before the game is sold to a wider market.
The internet only came to my home town 18 months ago and I have years of CDs. WMP since several years back has read the tag of a CD and searched online for content detail. Those of us with no internet connection had no choice but to rip as 'Unknown Artist' - 'Track 1' onwards, and manually transcribe the details from the CD cover. I also had a whole heap of vinyls converted to CD back when this was the done thing. Resulting in non-standard or nonexistent tags for thousands of songs.
I can be somewhat OCD so I have spent the past several days learning all about Musicbrainz and running my music through it, only to discover that many Australian releases are not on there. So I have learned tag name standards and become a contributor, and it takes me about fifteen-twenty minutes to prepare a 'new' album to play in Audiosurf 2 so it can be found and matched against other players. This is not how it should be and someone who buys the game should not have to go to this much effort to make their music compatible so they can compete against the group. At least they ought to be aware that this is required before they purchase. It's okay for beta, but not after that. I think a tutorial on music tags might help - I didn't know they even existed and I won't be the only one.
Having come this far, I am enjoying the game and beginning to try the different modes and test my skills against others. It's a great way to relax. I will probably now find the tutorial, radio etc.
PROs: Attractive, undemanding, cheap, helpful forum moderators and developers, has good music :)
CONs: Requires an understanding of the mechanics of the game to play in its present state, not much support for the total newbie