Well I took the plunge last night and just bought the game. It works now, thankfully. A server is up and joinable.
I had a suprising amount of fun in it, it shows great promise. Kind of a fusion between Space Engineers, GRAV and 7 Days To Die.
It has the building from 7 Days to Die, the scenario from Space Engineers and the survival and enemy-thing from 7 Days to Die. All in all, I think this could be one of the better games of this genre that we have.
My Story So Far...
I was thrust into the game as my escape pod was hurtling towards a planet. It gave me little time to survey my surroundings and attempt to choose a good landing spot. I crashed into the middle of a forest and clambered out. Thankfully there is a pretty good tutorial (press F1) in the game to give you hints on the basics and get you up to speed.
I retrieved what I could from my pod and messed about with the interface and keys for a bit. I equipped a gun and laid down my Constructor. After messing about with that for a bit I went off to explore. I cut down a few trees and suddenly a POI appeared saying I had discovered an ore deposit. I went off to find it.
On my way to it I was shot and killed by a hovering drone. Woops. I respawned and ran to get my stuff. I grabbed my backpack and equipped a pistol to take out the motherfucker. I did. The drone came crashing down on top of me. I looted it for supplies and continued on. As I reached the ore, another POI popped up - another already existing base of some kind. Great, I thought, I will go there. That didn't work out. A massive cannon on top of the base opened fire on me and killed me. Upon respawn I realised there was no way I was getting my backpack again, so chose a "Fresh Start", wherby the game drops you in the escape pod again.
This time, I was on the opposite face of the planet. Fair enough, I thought, at least I know not to go anywhere near the base. After a short trek, I found a crashed cruiser, which I scavenged and got tons of ore and parts from. I set about running through the tutorial and established a base right next to the crashed ship. I made some guns, a sentry turret, a fridge and various other bits and bobs.
Much of my initial time spent was simply understanding how things worked, but I must say I really enjoyed what I saw. The server generated a random solar system for us to explore with about 7 different planets in it. I must say I look forward to group play with this one.
Captain Jimbobslimbob: Space adventurer, signing off.