STarbound hardly needs any help with promotion. I bought in on the kickstarter almost 2 years ago it is now and finally on December 4th it got a Beta release on Steam. It quickly became the #1 seller on Steam, although we have a long waat before we get a completed game here. Many bugs and patches, including a complete save wipe already in the first week. More save sipes seem to be on their way so even though the game is fairly stable and playable it has a lot of mechanics issues that they haven’t decided on so any of you ready to buy it now are in for a long haul of beta testing. FAr too early to give any sort of review. IF you haven’t heard of Starbound just take a look at their website and buy it whenever the Beta stage is far enough along for you to not whine about it being in beta.
Amazingly, a game I put in for on Indigogo about the same time as a kickstarter, Darkout was released on Steam the exact same day. So as you can imagine I am spending a bit of time playing both. I have spent considerably more time playing Darkout the last week than I have Starbound. With the impending save wipe, and the feeling that the Starbound universe is still very clunky and the combat feels very stiff along with the enemies still I decided to give Darkout my attention to give my Steam Friends a good look at it as it needs more help getting noticed.
Darkout falls into the same sort of genre as Starbound, and subsequently Terraria, but it has a much darker atmosphere and the graphics are of much higher quality. The world detail is incredible and looks virtually nothing like the other two.
Darkout has a research system in which while exploring you gain a ton of materials that allow you to go through a ton of research trees. This is a very fun system and I have spent most of my time seeing just what new things we can create in it. IT is very deep and adds a lot of exploration elements to the game to find all the materials needed to craft and research.
The other thing hat Darkout has that is much different than Terraria is a complete story and quest lines. Starbound has some of this too, but Darkout is based on a dark vs. light world and begins with one character stranded and lost. They must go through gates, build a shelter to survive, and explore. While Starbound seems to get worse the more I play at the is early stage, Darkout gets much better and deeper. The early tutorial is a little rough, but Darkout is also in Beta stage too, but has most of the pieces there for a full release. It plans to add on a bunch more stuff like multiplayer, but it is still ironing out a few gameplay mechanics. IT still is FAR a head of Starbound in playability and you can finish the game with no worries about having any of your saves deleted.
IF you are short on cash and only have enough for one I would strongly suggest getting Darkout now and waiting on Starbound for a couple more months. They are updating Starbound a lot, but it also has so much further to go before I consider it a game I would highly recommend. Darkout is more immersive to me and the huge graphical upgrade over the others makes the world seem fresh, while STarbound is much more like Terraria in design, although it dos look better in some respects.
Here is the Darkout Steam Release video, and here is their Steam Store Page (currently 15% off) to take a look at. I still say to buy BOTH these games if you can. STarbound will be one of the biggest games on Steam eventually, and maybe one of the biggest games on Steam ever with the integrated modding tools and the massive amount of content. Both are easily as much fun as the goconnect real estate crm app you can get.
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