Bought this game like 2 years ago. Took me 3 attempts, but I finally got into it.
Attempt 1: I spent about 30 mins in Timber Hearth before having to stop playing. “I’m sure it autosaved at some point.” Nope.
Attempt 2: Fly to the Attlerock and discover the Eye Signal Locator. “What is this shit? Some sort of puzzle? Looks complicated. It’s too late at night for whatever this is.”
Attempt 3: “Alright, it’s been a couple of years, let’s give this game a real shot.” YOUR SAVE DATA IS CORRUPTED. “Ok, fine…whatever, I wasn’t that far into it anyway.”
I loaded up my corrupted save to check it out and other than the error message, it worked fine and I was able to blast off in my ship immediately. That’s when the game really sunk its teeth into me. Ended up finishing it in 30 hours within a week, absolutely loved the game. I got really invested into figuring out what happened to the Nomai. Eventually the corrupted save message just went away. Since it had been two years since I played through the tutorial area, I had forgotten everything, which actually made it more enjoyable. Stuff like the gravity stones, anglerfish, and ghost matter were much more interesting to discover than if I had already known about them before leaving Timber Hearth.
I ended up having to look up the solution to 3 places. The Ash Twin Project warp I just thought was broken. Getting to the Sun Station was another one, I had never seen the room with the cacti with sand so I thought I had to get to the warp by going underneath somehow. The one that really drove me nuts was getting into the core of Giant’s Deep. I knew I had to get inside of it. I knew that the jellyfish were the key to it, but all the live jellyfish were electric. I tried flying my ship under a jellyfish, but I was electrocuted so I figured I had to utilize the dead ones. Went back to Feldspar’s jellyfish a bunch of times thinking I had to somehow upgrade my ship with its corpse or something. Also found some jellyfish near some ghost matter on Giant’s Deep but wasn’t able to interact with it in any way. The Probe Tracking Module is Nomai tech and it penetrated the core, maybe I need to use a Nomai ship! I recalled one of the ships at Brittle Hollow and launched it into space. I’m getting caught up in the gravity of Giant’s Deep! Woohoo! I’m doing it, I’m doing it! My Nomai ship punched through the atmosphere and into the water where it stopped dead, looking straight at the core I could not reach. Fuckkkkkk youuuuu. At that point I just looked up the answer. My way is better dammit.