What is worse than a game with angry fan boi's? A game in alpha early access full of angry fan boi's... Seriously, this review will get 10-50+ "was not helpful" within a week of being published, all from these same fan boi's. Don't think that is true? Look down at the reviews, anything that said "would not recommend" for any reason have 0/10 found this helpful and every one that said "would recommend" (even if all the review said was, darrrr I went up in tree fell down died, darrrr would die again 11/10) has 10/10 found helpful. I would post names but 'Rules and Guidelines' would have my head- if you are really curious just look up some threads and you'll know...
Edit: within first 10 hours of posting this I am up to 6 people found this unhelpful... How could this review NOT be helpful in determining if you want to join an early access? Ferral wolves man, ferral wolves...
You want an actual review and not some digital pleasure fest the fan boi's are giving free of charge? Here it is...
What you want from early access:
-A game that is somewhat playable
-to be able to feel like you can constructively critique said game
-to be able to feel comfortable enough to give feedback
-to feel welcome and able to bring yourself to the table without selling yourself short
-dev's that respect the critique as much as the praise and try to calm their fan boi's that are trying to impress down
What you get here:
-A game that is playable but full of pay to win/play/continue whatever you feel like calling it built into the gameplay and mechanics. Some pay to play features are turned off, but if something confuses you in game and you wonder "why is that?" ask yourself, "could they charge money to fix that problem?" and you'll have your answer... It's as easy as just 'turning it back on' when the time is right, and when you ask the dev's about it they are very clear that the store will be coming back; so saying they are not there currently in game is a half truth as they are just currently 'hiding it'.
-A game that will be pay to win/play/continue at launch and is showing no signs of changing
-Fan boi's that will attack and troll (aggressively) anyone who even brings up the pay to win's placed throughout the game, denying that they even are there
-Fan boi's that will attack and troll (aggressively) anyone who even brings up Minecraft, Terraria, or any other similiar game for any reason other than to say they sucked
-Fan boi's who will attack and troll (aggressively) anyone who even suggests that some (any) game mechanic is broken and needs to be fixed
-By all accounts (according to fan boi's) a game that shouldn't be in Alpha, should be on shelves everywhere today as it is a complete product that God himself would play
-A game that what you buy now in early access will most likely be what you get when game launches, any new content (such as stained glass and a slew of other building obects) will be for sale at the store... Yeah, if you want to build in this building for free game it will cost you... But it isn't pay to play! I swear!
-Dev's that will respond to you within minutes of post if all you are doing is giving digital pleasure provided free of charge, and Dev's that will all but ignore any of the threads that have critique, mention Minecraft/Terraria, pay to play, etc and will let their army of fan boi's attack like wolves
-If you get in now a lot of what they might be selling to others later you might get for free! But wait... It will cost you to get in now...
Pros of this game:
-If you are lonely and want to feel like part of a wolf pack and don't mind selling your soul to get it, there is a tight group here that wouldn't mind taking you in. You can feel warm and protected and important and VIP and better than all of those 'other people' who actually want the game to get better
-If you have money and don't know what to do with all of it, this game will help you!
-Breathtaking graphics for this style of game and just enough content to get you interested, frustrated, and then annoyed to the point where you wish there was something you could buy to fix your problem...
-Currently called 'Minecraft on graphical steroids with less content but that's for sale'
Cons of this game:
-What you see is what you get, the hogwash being thrown around like 'your voice matters' and 'they actually change the game based on critique' is really not happening- fan boi's make sure of that and dev's let them. Sure, if you want to throw in an idea for a brick? Absolutely they want to hear that, they can sell it!
-Huge two faced community, over the top fake friendly on the one hand and trained feral wolves on the other. If you think something is broken, keep it to yourself.
-The entire point of being in an early access is broken because of above points, might as well wait for game to come out
-Feels more like a Beta, in which the game is in the condition it will be at launch, and all they are doing is getting 'block ideas' from community (and other similiar objects) to sell in the future
-Serious lack of content... If you are coming from Terraria, or even Minecraft, you will find yourself in an empty world. But it is early access, that will change! Maybe... But most of the dev's time is clearly spent trying to 'fine tune' their pay to play mechanics and bricks they plan on selling you and not on actual content.
-There are a ton of great looking sandbox games coming up soon which are not going the FTP pay to play route, this is not an 'only option' kind of deal
-Currently online only on their homemade servers; further putting up the red flags that you have a dev CO that wants all the $$$.
Could this game be worth playing at launch? No doubt about it... But is there any reason for you to pay now just to give them ideas on what they can sell back to you in the future? Is the early access worth the money? No... Don't waste the time and/or the support, there are other indie companies that would die for your support and are actually trying to add real content to their games; not just pay to continue, or artificially inflating gameplay time, or riddle the game with 'slow downs!'. And if you think you can come in and change anyones mind, that you could save this game and help it become bigger and better than Minecraft; think again, fan boi's will attack and insist the game is in perfect working condition. I beg you gaming community, don't support pay to play games and ruin gaming forever; let these games change or die.
As with any early access game reviews, things can and will change as things progress; the review is for the game in its current state and direction in "early access", and currently there is no control over the trolls in the community (on the threads or grief in game; as such myself and my friends have left the community worlds as well as unsub'd from all the threads) and the game has way too many stop blocks put into place to take money (currently it is centered at and around the 'obsidian level', where the best lights, extractors, ect are all made with obsidian) where everything degrades and you are forced to rebuild and search for new minerals to farm to build the same item again, etc etc etc; anyone who is familiar at all with the pay to win/play games and has half a brain can see the writing all over the walls of this game. If the game direction changes and if the dev's get control of their own community (in game and out of game), things could change; but in its current state and direction of pay to play, the gaming community needs to step up and let these games die or watch as gaming as we know it dies.