I sure hope this games gets a lot of mods that really change things up. I am at the final mission in the unstable branch. Tonight I plan on copying my game to the release version and finishing it there. I am not sure what the future of the unstable branch will be.
Anyway, I basically teched first and then did the story. The story missions are very boring. Just locate a few planents where race X has a presence and scan everything. Then teleport to an area and fight a boss, each more ridiculous than the last. It is just that sense of discovery and “oh that is cool” from terraria is missing. I also am not impressed with the weapons.
The only upgrade is going from tier planet to one higher. However, imagine that you are on a tier 5 planet and find a fire element shotgun with a grenade launcher. Great. Now you go on looting that and other tier 5 planets and collect another 20 elemental shotguns with grenade launchers. None of them will be any better. Some will do a bit more damage, but will cost a bit more energy to compensate. Some will fire slightly faster, but do slightly lower damage. In other words, there is no real loot hunt in this game.
It would be also cool to find rare armors that were really good and if your backpack had multiple upgrade slots. A custom gear creation system would be nice. Or a system to add mods to existing gear.
All in all its just kind of an “ok” game. I am not sure if there will be any point in continuing to play it after I beat the final boss.