Video games have a widely available launch during the beta phase of the game is happening more and more each month it feels like. The latest game to release in an un-completed stage is the new world building 8-bit game Starbound. After the jump is a trailer that features gameplay and highlights the excellent soundtrack.

Starbound visually looks similar to another world-building game, Terraria, which is to say that Starbound has a really nice 8-bit graphics look, and that soundtrack sounds so good.

Starbound will be releasing in beta stage later today, but if you want to get a few extra goodies to go with the game, you are going to want to pre-order it ahead of time.

What are your thoughts about developers releasing games in beta stage? Will you jump in and play, knowing that there could be bugs encountered? Or, are you willing to wait until the full version is released to get your game on? Let us know in the comments below!

via Kotaku 

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  1. December 4, 2013 at 9:01 am — Reply

    I usually wait for the product to be done before I buy in. More feature complete, less bugs, better experience.

    I would caution against getting Starbound right now because it seems like there are serious balance / progress issues still to work out. I watched someone stream this game for almost 12 hours during the press phase (Ohmwrecker), and there was some noticeable issues with tech progress and resource availability. Looked frustrating to play, spending hours and hours of repetitive grinding to get even meagre progress.

    I played Terraria a lot, so I’m into Starbound. But I’ll be waiting for the kinks to be ironed out.

  2. SidRiel
    December 4, 2013 at 9:52 am — Reply

    Personally, i’m very excited for the release today after having followed development for so long. You can see a roadmap of how far they’ve come and the percentage that the game is completed and it’s looking really, really good!

    Ohmwrecker was probably the worst person to watch in regards to streaming starbound, to be honest. I’ve been watching streams of it as well as it seems he’s one of the very few having serious problems with the game, not understanding mechanics and just generally having a hard time playing. Admittedly, i’m told you have to kill the first boss to advance to tech stage 2, which seems a bit insane seeing how hard it looks to kill without guns!

    The building looks insanely fluid, a lot like painting with a brush instead of doing multiple mouse clicks to place blocks and i look forward to that immensely when building my Floran command center! And of course, crafting will always have a special place in my heart.

    The fact that the planets are litteraly spherical and you can just walk left continuously and completely circumnavigate the planet is also really cool, not to mention the molten cores which have all the best goodies near them! (I know this from watching Pbats streams)

    Best 15$ i’ve probably spent this season!

    • December 4, 2013 at 11:31 am — Reply

      In its current state, it is not worth 15 bucks. Maybe if you want to support the devs, but I am going to wait for the bug fixes and tweaks. That way, it will be more fun and I will get more enjoyment rather than playing and getting frustrated with an incomplete game.

  3. December 4, 2013 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Should clarify that Ohm wasn’t the only one having the resource scarcity and tech issues. He is just the one who complained the loudest about it.

    It is probably worth 15 bucks, but it don’t think it is worth playing yet, unless you really need to scratch that itch. The NPC AI is laughably bad. I guess I would just rather wait and play a more complete game than spoil the experience of discovering things properly when it is finished.


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