Almost 300 hours. I feel like I need to make a recommendation now. I am not much into buiding games per say, but this game caught my eye almost a year ago. This game has an absurd amount of potential that I do not even know where to start. The developers have been extremely consistent with their updates by giving us an update EVERY thursday.
Whether it is a new feature or a fix of some of the old features Thursdays have been my favorite day of the week now because of this. They listen to the input of the community and try to implement what would be feasible in this type of game. Solar panels, batteries, passenger seats(I am sure I am missing a few others) all have been the requests from the community.
This game has very little amount of rules. Bob Ross would be proud "Go ahead its your world, Do what you want". If you do not want to build ships you can build something else with the large variety of blocks. If you want to build a sculpture go ahead. If you want to build a race track or a nice little condo by all means do it :).
There is a learning curve, but the biggest part of that curve is learning how each block functions. Once you have that down you will see the crazy potential this game has. This game feels more like therapy than a game. Well It has been for me. All I have left to say is I am very glad I got this game and it has me dreaming about what I am going to build next everyday.
-Graphics are way more pleasant than Minecraft. We just got damage particle effects for many of the blocks.
-The ability to explore huge expansive space. There are even community made abandoned ships out there.
-Ablility to build what you want.
-create your own scenarios per say.(with some verbal rules of course)
-Ingame programming C# ( program when you want your lights to come on or create a virus to upload to an enemy ship)
-Voxel drill through that ice cold rock and shape it the way you want it to be
-Destructable ships and environment.
-HUGE library of mods that grow day by day.
-Share your ships on the steam workshop.
-There is even a company that will create a physical model of your ship. Using 3D printing.
-Creative mode(for those peaceful times when you just want to build or test out new ideas)
-Survival mode(with your energy depleting will you be able to mine and build the ship you need to survive against the other players or the environment?)
CONS(the hard part for me)
-Still buggy at times
-Not all the blocks are fully textured...yet.
-You can walk around on a ship while it is moving, but right now it depends on the speed of the ship if you will glitch out or not.
-Not fully optimized... yet
-No A.I. ....yet
--Do not buy the game if
-You expect to have HUGE action packed battles like the ones from Star Wars.
-You get bored of building easily. Some have even referenced this game to LEGOs in space.
-You want objectives and to be told what to do next(this is a sandbox game)
-You expect the devs to create the game the way you want it instead of the developers creating the game their own way.
All in all. Every time I have gifted this game to a friend They have completely enjoyed it.