So after years of waiting, the moment has come (at least for PS4..)
Popped in the disc, downloaded the update - and prepared to set off on my epic space odyssey.
After zipping through thousands upon thousands (millions?) of systems, I awake from a daze to find myself on a semi-lush planet with a busted ship, a mining laser, and an environmental suit telling me that I will freeze to death if I don't find some Zinc ASAP.
My first planet was essentially a practice world, and I assume all starting planets will be relatively similar. I didn't have a ship to lose yet, the animals were passive, and as long as I didn't piss off the ever watchful floating robots, I only had to worry about keeping my suit powered up. The materials I needed to fix my ship were abundant and not too difficult to locate, so I was soon piercing the planet's atmosphere and heading for the stars.
Important note about the starting world - There is something by your ship that you can interact with that presents you with a choice that is (perhaps, because I really don't know yet) one of the most important decisions in the game. For what it's worth, I chose in the affirmative.
I checked out a few other planets, learned some alien words, equipped my ship with a hyperdrive, and blasted off to the next system...
A few notes, if you would hear them:
- Carbon is cheap, abundant on any planet with plant life, powers several of my devices, and is used to open dialogue with alien life-forms, so I try to keep a stack on me at all times
- Managing my inventory has been a huge part of the game so far, so I cant just mindlessly lay waste to the landscape and collect everything
- I was attacked by pirates and died once in my ship and lost everything, but since I reached my death location without dying again, I got my inventory back
- Mining asteroids is a good way to find a particular element needed to fuel your ship, so I would recommend that over trying to find it on planets
- More to come in later days