After hearing about this one from Greg and doing some talking to others and searching myself, I decided to head to Steam and see how much it was. It is currently in Alpha (like how KSP started out). Buying it now nets you future updates for free. Seeing this one up for grabs at a low-low price of £10, I could not resist. Using my "xmas money", I bought it.
From what I had seen and heard before purchase, it looked like a Kerbal Space Program/Evochron Mercenary/Garry's Mod/Minecraft-type thing - meaning pretty much all the games I love crammed into one.
So, what's the game actually like? I have played about 3 hours so far and absolutely love it! The graphics are really good and the physics are top-notch. Crashes and the like are really cool - metal gets twisted and broken with great effect. It is actually quite simple to get the hang of too. It's far simpler than KSP - you will be up and running in your first ship in no time.
As it stands, there is not much else to do at the moment (as it is only Alpha), but future updates promise multiplayer and various modes that make you scavenge for the raw materials required before you can build stuff. This holds much promise!
It's early days yet, but given what I have seen it's shaping up to be really good. Even now, it's a blast and I recommend it to anyone interested in this type of thing.
It comes with Steam Workshop integration - meaning you can download and share your contraptions with others (just like Garry's Mod). Multiplayer is already in the works, with dedicated, persistent servers. You can guarantee that when it's released, my server will be hosting one
Check out my gallery here
to see some screenshots of my time with Space Engineers so far - including the Aliens Dropship I made
It's also truly amazing what some people have built already with it. Searching youtube for related videos will explain. People have made the Enterprise, Star Destroyers, the Sulaco and loads loads more.
I will leave you with some truly amazing stuff that people have done: A mining ship that attaches itself to an asteroid, mines and collects via a massive funnel The Enterprise The Millennium Falcon Sulaco Red Dwarf
You can check out even more wonderful stuff on the workshop