The game is very clearly under development.
Expect to find bugs. Performance issues. And expect things to update, break, and be fixed.
If those things bother you, wait for launch. Personally, I enjoy following games through the cycle and seeing them evolve.
This game currently reminds me of the early days of minecraft. Plenty of blocks. No monsters. all creative mode. The difference? This game does things a milion times better. I see huge potential here. Combat against monsters should be in by christmas as well.
Overall, I like the game, and would tell people to grab it on a sale. Or at the very least, only buy settlers pack. The others are not worth it unless you LOVE the game and want to support the team. But even then, buy a settlers pack and later upgrade depending if you like it.
-------------The Item Shop--------------
Pay to win!!!!
Its more of a "Pay to play by yourself!" shop. Its for those people without friends. Or the people unable to make friends in the game.
I see tons of people playing this solo. An MMO themed/inspired game....being played solo....is a bad idea.
Let me put this in perspective:
Total resources gathered = (Party Size) x (Collected resource)
(2 players) x (10 dirt) = 20 dirt
Two players also = 1/2 the time to collect.
I saw a review of some guy crying about 10k of dirt being like $5.
I have played 2 days. Not full time. I work after all. And I have over 200k dirt. Without trying.
The friend I have been playing with also has over 200k dirt.
Together, we have over 400k of dirt.
(imagine if we played with a guild of players....)
Thats a ton of dirt.
If some1 wants to pay $5 for 10k of dirt. Go ahead.
Cash store like I said is geared towards solo players. These people generally dont even effect people in an mmo.
Read above. Play with friends. There is no grind.
My advice though. Get the items for the ore locator and gem locator. you will probably find double the resources.
I have seen some amazing, completely awe bringing, jaw dropping creations. I have also seen piles of ♥♥♥♥...literally.
Obviously, there are very talented and not so talented people. But all the people can enjoy the creative mode.
As monsters get put into the game, traps, or other things. Player creations could turn into mini-dungeons and maybe have special loot as well. Who knows.
But so far, player made content is pretty good.
I dont see too much clutter. The crappy builds go away as those players dont really tend to their creation and it expires.
the nice builds last a long time, because those players care and try to keep them in game.
Looks like there are updates about 3 times a month. But only time will truly tell.
Game is good...with friends!
As a solo experience the game would "suck" or rather be too slow for my personal taste.
If you have a few people to play with. Or are good at making in-game "friends" this game is for you!
Remember kids. Buy Settler pack. The other packs are not worth it! bonus inventory is not needed. (it is less than 5$ in store if you really want the extra slots) And other items in those packs dont do anything!
You can always upgrade your settler pack later if you want. But once you buy a $100 trailblazer you are forever down that money and stuck with it. for most of the same content as the $20 pack.
Hope this helped.