Back to my experience, first weekend and logged about 20 hours. So, yeah. I kinda like it a little bit.
I’m still overwhelmed by the immersion and how ‘in the moment’ I get while playing it. I can’t remember the last time when playing a POV game I felt as vulnerable as when I’m out in the kelp forests for example. My vision is limited, and it’s quiet. Too quiet. And then I hear a Stalker and I’m looking all around, up and down and DAMNIT it’s bearing right down on me! Moments like that will keep me playing this game for a long time all by themselves.
What I am suffering from is a bad case of “Restart-itis”. I do this constantly with games I genuinely enjoy. As soon as I figure out I’ve been doing it wrong or there’s a more efficient way I feel the need to restart and ‘do it better’ this time. So finally I figured out all of what are probably the beginning issues: Making food and water, where to find resources (silver took a while to figure out reliably), building my underwater base and replacing everything needed from the initial lifepod.
But building the Seamoth? Man, that was way too obtuse. I think there was one game among my many restarts where I stumbled upon some of them and it didn’t stick with me and later, when I was doing things better, I could not for the life of me find any of the parts. So I reluctantly found a guide and now I’m scooting around with impunity in my personal submarine!
I guess I’ve seen all of the Beginner’s Reef and most of the Kelp Forests and Red Grass biomes. I’ve been exploring wrecks, inside and out, and I’ve also accumulated the blueprints for some of the upgraded goodies and Propulsion Cannon. I took a tour around the Aurora in my Seamoth. Was way too afraid before due to the damned Reapers. I’ve been out in too deep water and seen the Sea Emperors (?). But I can only imagine there is much, much more out there. I haven’t found any Diamonds yet and I know I need those for some upgrades. I haven’t really fleshed out my base much. I haven’t hatched any creature eggs or grown my own food.
DAMN! This game is too much fun! Both plays and looks amazing. Hands down my game of the year to date (I know it came out Dec. 2014).