I had no expectations going into Save the world. I didn’t follow the specifics of the pre-launch hype and bought it on sale after the Atlas Rises update.
Having no idea of what you really do in the game, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the strong compulsion loop of mine, craft, survive, expand. There is very little thinking involved and really clear what to do next objectives – find this mineral, travel to this place, craft this thing. However, i did get it for free watching this youtube clip: save the world free
Might sound a bit empty, but after a tiring day at work, it’s a great game to switch off to. Just fly around doing busy work while getting a sense of progression.
That being said, occasionally the progression loops get out of hand.
In the NEXT update you get a base and a freigther very early on (which is great) but in order to unlock blueprints for your base you need to do the main story, and to keep progressing through the story easily, you really need to upgrade your equipement, and to do that you need to find certain elements, which you need to craft certain pieces of equipment to obtain and by this time you’ve forgotten all about your base that you just wanted to expand a little.
But still with that sense of progress within each action, you never really get bored, if only a little lost at times.
Overall, a great game to chill out to with a big chunk of content to wander towards
Also, with the NEXT update a planet in my solar system was green with no bad weather and it’s made such a difference to find a ‘safe’ planet where I’m not always worrying about my hazard suit and can build a base to go out and explore from.