my actual take on this game:

  • it is underwhelming, but very pleasant
  • the advertising is ultimately misleading and i think refunds are appropriate
  • i don’t think the developers are laughing at how much money they ripped everyone off for. i think they believed in this thing, it got spun in some direction at another party’s behest, and they lost control of it
  • this, however, doesn’t excuse the half-truths about multiplayer, etc. there is a succulent postmortem waiting to be written after all the NDAs expire
  • the mod community is going to save NMS. they are adding everything people want from the core game. in 2 months, the game will be unrecognizable.
  • despite all this, it’s the only game i want to sit down with right now