Yeah I really love this game. I think I said it in another thread, but it’s likely going to be my favorite game this year.
I think I’m close to wrapping it up. It’s a little tedious to play clean up once you know almost everything, but I’m invested to see what note the story ends on so I’ll almost certainly see it through. I think I know what I need to do to “beat” the game, but I still need some small pieces of information to accomplish it.
It’s cool that it almost doesn’t matter which order you find the clues in (and the game doesn’t really force you in a specific direction from the start). It was even compelling to fill out the backstory for threads that I had already found the end of.
The sense of exploration and discovery in this game, especially in the first 6 or so hours, is nearly unrivaled. I can’t think of another game I enjoyed exploring as much as this one. It also just has a huge capacity to surprise. Each of the locations are very unique and intriguing, and there were at least two times I found large new areas on planets that I thought I had almost fully explored.
It plays really well into the fear of unknown, too. The sheer scale of the sun or the geological effects on the planets take your breath away. There are a lot of times that I just stopped exploring for a bit to marvel in fear at my surroundings.
The physics and the physical aspects of flying around the solar system combined with all the varied environments to explore and the compelling mysteries make it a really special game. It’s an extremely impressive package.