Well, I’ve been playing it for a couple of weeks now. Still don’t know what to think of it, to be honest. The graphics are cool, and I love the open world sandbox aspects of the game. I never played minecraft, but I’ve seen enough videos to know this is like minecraft in space. But with space ships. And a less blocky and more pretty world. Oh, and space ships. That you can fly around. And crash into stuff.
Basically the game is all about resource gathering and then building or repairing stuff. In survival mode you start off with a partially broken down space craft and like 15 minutes of fuel. Enough to get to an asteroid and set up. I figured out that the ship itself can generate gravity, and that this gravity field can be narrowed or widened, and that doing this burns more or less fuel. But turning on the gravity is also essential in mining, since without gravity not only you but the ore just sort of flies off in all directions (the physics is actually pretty good in the game). Also, you have to find the right kinds of ore…there are different types and finding exactly what you need and processing it is pretty key to your initial survival. I lucked onto some uranium pretty quickly, and was able to mine and process enough to keep myself alive (oh, you also need to watch your personal energy requirements for your space suit…run out of energy and you are dead meat) and the ship running.
Having passed the hurdle of immediate death, I’ve managed to mine a bunch of different types of ores that allow me to build lots of different things. I’ve figured out ways to mine, and even managed to hollow out the asteroid and begin building my evil lair (still no frickin sharks with frickin lasers on their heads though). I have even managed to build a reactor in my base, and through trial and error how to actually make it work and put a gravity generator in the mix too.
Since there are various weapons in the game, including some sort of space rifle, I assume that PvP will be a feature at some point…or maybe PvE against aliens or something. That would really add another dimension to all of this, though if it took me literally weeks to build a big ass space dreadnaught and then it got wrecked I’m thinking that would be a bummer…or if someone nuked my evil lair. Still, this game has potential I think.
Wish there were more 'dopers that played, as I have tons of questions, but that’s my take on it so far, FWIW.