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  • Summary: Explore and reshape distant worlds. Astroneer is set during the 25th century’s Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe. On thisExplore and reshape distant worlds. Astroneer is set during the 25th century’s Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe. On this adventure, players can work together to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system, and use terrain to create anything they can imagine. A player’s creativity and ingenuity are the key to seeking out and thriving while on exciting planetary adventures. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 81
    Astroneer is a survival space simulator that offers a rich and colourful experience based on some interesting game mechanics.
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Although there is no particular story or purpose to follow in Astroneer, a very deep gameplay along with entertaining multi-player and stunning visuals are enough to make it worth your time and money.
  3. Feb 11, 2019
    80
    Astroneer is a nice and relaxing survival game that does away with some the typical mechanics of the genre to offer an experience that's mostly based on exploration and crafting. The basic gameplay loop is very engaging at the beginning and manages to carry the game quite far, but the complicated controls, especially on pad, and the repetition, which will eventually set in after a while, damage the experience a little. Still, Astroneer is a very solid game that no fan of the genre should pass on, especially if they love outer space settings.
  4. Feb 12, 2019
    77
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Feb 12, 2019
    72
    Astroneer is a great adventure if you play it with someone, since playing it alone makes it quite simple and repetitive.
  6. Feb 7, 2019
    70
    Astroneer provides a (mostly) tranquil environment to explore with your friends, or by yourself to unwind. The fact that the game doesn’t bury you in a collection loop and actually gives you breathing room to explore and tinker will be a downside for some, but for those with the patience, it’s a game you could easily spend hundreds of hours unraveling.
  7. Feb 7, 2019
    60
    Astroneer succeeds when it's enraptured you with its beautiful visuals and the irresistible call to explore the planet you find yourself on. Although it lacks a central through line to give you guidance, the variety of structures you can build helps point you towards new resources to hunt for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    I watched this game for two years. The difference between then and now is amazing. A ton of graphical improvements, much stronger progressionI watched this game for two years. The difference between then and now is amazing. A ton of graphical improvements, much stronger progression system, fun open world, and a very active dev community. The game has been out for barely a week and has already been updated four times. Problems identified by the community are transparently addressed and action is quickly taken. The addition of world puzzles with 1.0 is a great way to encourage exploration, and the cave system is much more expansive than it was in alpha. Looking forward to continued regular updates. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2019
    10
    Astroneer is a wonderful and accessible open world survival crafting game, where you land in a solar system and need to survive.

    The
    Astroneer is a wonderful and accessible open world survival crafting game, where you land in a solar system and need to survive.

    The visuals are spectacular, I often find myself standing on the top of a mountain taking watching a sunset, or standing in my base listening to the hums and beeps of my modules whirring while I wait.

    The game has 6-7 distinct new planets, all with their own visuals and things to do, and the game now has an overarching "story" that pushes you from planet to planet while you try to understand these massive monolithic structures.

    This is an excellent indie title, and proof that developers can make early access games and release a solid product at the end.

    Pros: Incredible visuals, tactile UI, diverse solar system, multiplayer, new added goals that make me want to progress, free customization

    Cons: some annoying bugs and sub par performance in multiplayer. I fully anticipate them figuring this out ASAP though.
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  3. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    The game is really fun with some friends and i don't understand why some people say that the terrain is bad. The only critic i have is theThe game is really fun with some friends and i don't understand why some people say that the terrain is bad. The only critic i have is the optimisation when you are the host. Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2019
    8
    Been playing the game since 2016. From the start, I enjoyed it and could lose a ton of hours in it.
    Since the game has been released I have
    Been playing the game since 2016. From the start, I enjoyed it and could lose a ton of hours in it.
    Since the game has been released I have played it a lot of times and the major bugs I encountered first have been fixed sure there are still a couple of small bugs but I have not encountered bugs that are game breaking.
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  5. Feb 7, 2019
    6
    Astroneer is a sandbox open world game where you can build stuff on different planets and fly to them in spaceship that you've built. I likeAstroneer is a sandbox open world game where you can build stuff on different planets and fly to them in spaceship that you've built. I like the "Lego" kind of building mechanism and the terrain modification (digging mechanism) that opens the doors for creativity to the player. But many would agree that it becomes boring over time. Many people believe that the game is boring because it has no purpose or no story behind it, but i think the problem is something different. Unfortunately there are still not enough survival challenges to face with for a game that calls itself a "survival game".

    First of all, you don't have to eat nor drink, which makes the game easy enough from the start. But I think the game doesn't really needs that, instead it should be focusing more on the space and planet conditions, which eventually increase the survival difficulty and make it harder to live. In the alpha version, there was only one or two natural disasters which appeared frequent enough times in different planets. That's the storm and the toxic rain. First time I saw a storm coming after me I paniced yet was very exited of the game. I was exited for surprises like that because that would mean I would have to find creative ways for protecting my base and myself, that would be a great challenge for a survival game. But no matter what, the base would still remain the same and nothing breaks, which made me sad and unsatisfied. Right now is a 1.0 version, and nothing has changed. Moreover, there are not enough enemies either, and most of them are pretty easy to avoid and are repetitive. They do not threat the player by chasing him, and they do not destroy the base. Which if they would, that would give more fun to the game. For addition, it would be cool to see some diseases that the player gets from the places on the planet and its conditions. That could increase the challenge of the game too.

    By giving a challenge to survive, the player instantly enables their survival instincts, and tries to survive. This gives the game an instant purpose for playing it, which the players are seeking to find. We can take an example of another space based strategic game which called "no oxygen included", that makes an incredible job by making itself challenging to survive.
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  6. Feb 11, 2019
    4
    I've created a Metacritic account today because either the devs or some die hard fans are upvoting Astroneer on Metacritic currently which,I've created a Metacritic account today because either the devs or some die hard fans are upvoting Astroneer on Metacritic currently which, uh, feels odd imo. As for the game, it is okay. It is not ground breaking, nor good looking, it is rather... average? Currently Steam reviews are going down for good reasons I suppose. The terrain looks ugly most the time. Check out Steam reviews for more complaints, esp. by disappointed long time players and Early Access fans. I, personally, find Astroneer a bit too buggy, laggy, the terrain with either too many cracks (mesh holes, actually) or too ugly? How did they come up after so many years in EA with such awful textures and models? This is not okay for that price. And the long term gameplay... is just not fun. Wait for a decent discount. Astroneer is no way worth more than $4-5. But, of course, it could be so much more, but my guess is, as some journalists pointed out, that the actual devs did not have the experience in handling such a game on their own, as if they did not fully grasp what survival fans need and want. But I fully understand why other players enjoy it, for sure. Cheers Expand
  7. Feb 9, 2019
    0
    Waited over 2 years since purchase for full release, only to be majorly disappointed. Compelling and fun gameplay was never added, anWaited over 2 years since purchase for full release, only to be majorly disappointed. Compelling and fun gameplay was never added, an artificial grind was introduced to slow down gameplay which makes it worse. Major bugs were introduced at launch, some that had been fixed previously mysteriously coming back. Developers refuse to fix an issue with European keyboards. Major graphical changes were made for the full release with no warning, many of them for the worse and not better. Astroneer community manager censoring valid complaints and feedback. Avoid this game and developer. Expand

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