GG Starbound Review

Hey geeks, it’s Andrea. And it is time to restart a semi new section here for Geeky Gaming. It’s time to begin our reviews. We have posted a review video before, but I was unsatisfied with it so we took it down immediately and here we are a few months older, wiser, and with a better idea of the direction we want our channel to go into. So, if everyone is ready it is time for our review of Starbound.

It’s a little weird reviewing games that are in Early Access because we know they aren’t completed. I mean, you wouldn’t review a painting in a sketching phase, would you? But because the game is available to purchase, download, and play, we are going to review the game in its current form. Keeping in mind that there will be a lot of changes to it.

As of recording this review, Starbound is in the beta stage they are calling Pleased Giraffe – Update 5. So keep that in mind if you are watching this at a later date.

The first thing I want to point out is that Josh and I got this game late November 30th and had pretty much done everything that we could possibly do by November 2nd. And it wasn’t completely for a lack of content, we sincerely enjoyed the game. It was sad getting to the end without an ending, but a game giving us 16+ hours of content within early access, is definitely not something to be mad about.

So, let’s talk about the bad. The way you connect with your friends could be extremely frustrating for your standard player. I really hope that they have a better system for this in the very near future. It was without a doubt the worst thing about the whole game. There were a couple small weird glitches and some weird random lag issues in the main city, but nothing that couldn’t be chopped up to being in early access and having kinks to work out. Also, there is no end game yet. But these are all things that will come with time. And even though there is no end game, you can still go and explore more planets while you wait, so there it isn’t like there is nothign at all to do.

The most obvious thing to compare this game to would be Terraria, but I don’t really see that as a fair comparison. There are completely different goals in the games. Starbound is more of an exploration game where you go to different planets and gathere resources while you keep your home base as your ship, and Terraria you are on one planet that morphs as the story goes along. I also consider Terraria to be more of a fight-based game than Starbound. There are a couple “boss battles” in Starbound, but nothing major or even really that difficult. At least as of yet.

There are also challenge doors that appear as a one-time use. They can be a little challenging and take a certain amount of skill to do them. If you like obstical courses in your games, this is for you. We really enjoyed them.

Over all, we are both very satisfied with Starbound and whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys games like Minecraft, Terraria, Creativerse, WindForge, and so on.

Keeping in mind that it is in early access, I am still comfortable giving Starbound a 4 out of 5 rating. It’s definitely worth checking out and I can’t wait to see what it grows into.

Alright guys, thanks for coming, we’ll see you next time.


Review by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming

Developer: Chucklefish
Publisher: Chucklefish
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013 (Early Access)
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