I promised I wouldn't leave a review until it was finished, as leaving negative feedback on an early access game is just unfair. I loved this game, and with every patch it got better and better.
So why don't I recommend it?
It's simple. It's far too unpolished for a finished game.
Missing text, UI errors, dodgy AI prioritisation, (it's good most times, but it puts things like "stomping out fire on the other side of the raiders" over "omg the raiders are shooting at me run away" and you end up with "look a fire behind those raiders that they just set that doesn't affect anyone, let’s get every civilian to run over to the raiders and stomp out a fire while they shoot us all"
My personal favourite is "the oxygen recyclers are breaking? No, don't fix them, lets panic for two hours while the oxygen slowly runs out"
Now you can put most people down to blind panic in situations like those, but out of a crew of 64, 52 of them went to stop out the fire (they ran all the way from a safe section of the base, past security and into the raiders, most of which were assigned to security and tasked with killing the raiders. You just wouldn't get a situation like that in real life.
I understand the reasons behind it, and the bug fixing is ongoing. but in its current state it is still very very difficult play smoothly (and I don't mean that the game is hard, I mean the game visibly holds you back when you want to play it) and a single bug can be a game breaker.
If you like the look of this game, feel free to get it back up your saves MANUALY on a regular basis, and don't be surprised if a sudden bug/glitch wrecks your experience. However please don't buy this game if you are thinking it will be epic. It's epic until a bug kills it.
Once the major bugs are patched I will play it again, but it’s just gotten harder and harder to cope with the bugs as builds went on.