Is Astroneer worth buying?

There are many different survival games that are just plain boring, and many of them are copies of another good survival game. All the time I see new games coming out that, when I do research on them, they just turn out to be a reskin.

Astroneer is a survival game that takes everything to a new level, and it is up to the person whether they think the game is for them. Some people may think that it is boring, but there are others that might love the game. In my opinion, this game is a unique work of art.

It might not be for everyone, but it is a relaxing and beautiful title. I am here to tell you all the things that make Astroneer a great game that is worth a buy.

Here are the things that make Astroneer a good game:

  • Crafting
  • Unique inventory system
  • Vehicles
  • Planets
  • Weather conditions
  • Graphic style
  • Base building
  • Exploration
  • Different hazards
  • Byte system
  • Terrain sculpting
  • Soundtrack

Related: Ultimate guide to Astroneer

Crafting

When it comes to crafting in Astroneer, it is very different from other games. There are two ways to craft items in the game and the first one is making a 3D printer to print whatever you want in-game. The second way is through your backpack. When you have a certain material, it creates the item that you want.

What I like specifically about the 3D printer is the way that it shows everything being printed. In other games, there is just a timer or you create it instantly using a crafting bench. The way Astroneer does it is very unique and fun to watch.

When you make something very big, it takes a long time to print. The crafting system is one aspect of this game that makes it so unique, and it seems like the designers tried to make every other aspect of this game just as original.

Unique inventory system

The inventory system that was created for the game is also unique. The materials you get can be fit onto your backpack in 13 different slots. Each slot can hold one item. These slots can hold upgrade materials or mod to give your character new abilities.

You can put all types of items on like solar panels, extra oxygen tanks, terrain mods for your drill, and even batteries to charge your backpack. The limited backpack space forces you to have a more strategic approach to mining.

When your character dies, you can go recover all your lost items from where you died. Your backpack will be lying there waiting for you to recover your lost items. You can also find other backpacks of previous explorers. These backpacks sometimes have rare or hard to obtain items.

Vehicles

There are tons of different vehicles in Astroneer, and each of them help benefit you in some capacity. Rocket ships are very useful in that they allow you to travel to different moons and planets. Also, there are different sizes for rockets from small, to medium, and large rockets.

Rovers are very helpful to traverse the harsh terrain of each of the planets, and can even help you store extra materials if you have too many. There are also small, medium, and large rovers, and each have their own place.

The tractor can help you go mining by adding on a drill mod on the front of it. It can also be used to haul materials from one place to the other with the wagon that you can attach to it. Vehicles are a very important aspect of Astroneer because of all the things that they help you do. They are also a very good addition to the game.

Planets

There are a total of five planets and two moons currently in the game. When you first start the game, you will start on the planet of Sylva, which is a very green and luscious planet filled with plants and materials. It also has a moon called Desolo, which has many rare upgrade materials.

As you progress into the game, you can build a rocket and fly off Sylva, and you are able to go to any planet that you would like to. Other planets include Calidor, Vesania, Novus (Vesania’s moon), Glacio, and finally Atrox. Every planet has their own unique landscapes and offer different upgrade materials to the player.

All the planets in the game can be eventually linked together using alien tech which is found all over each planet, but it is very hard and time-consuming to do so. If you are successful, the reward is definitely worth the time.

Weather conditions

One thing that has been debated about Astroneer is the weather system. You could be exploring a planet and then all of a sudden, a storm might appear out of nowhere. During the storm, you must find shelter, or else you might get hit with a flying object and die.

It’s scary because a storm could happen at any time. It’s especially stressful when you have items you don’t want to lose. There are not that many different types of weather other than it being cloudy or stormy, but more will be added in the future.

Graphic style

The graphic style of Astroneer is very unique. All the different ways that the game pops certain things out at the player help make it more immersive. The cartoony graphics make the colors stand out and also make it very pleasing to look at.

Each different planet you go to has its own plants and terrain that makes for a better experience when exploring. Sometimes I catch myself staring at certain things because they look so good. I would highly recommend buying Astroneer even just for the graphical style.

Base building

Base building in Astroneer is also very different from other games because there is not really an inside area for you to run around in. You start out with a small base and a 3D printer to get you started. The game also gives you a platform to land a rocket at your base.

There is a lot of stuff that you could put around your main base, like storages, scrappers, furnaces, bigger 3D printers, condensers, science centers, and much more. Everything you need to get is acquired through the in-game currency called bytes.

With bytes you can unlock almost anything like upgrades and buildings, and the byte menu can be accessed through your backpack. Building your base is probably one of the most satisfying things to do in Astroneer, and is definitely worth it.

Exploration

There are so many things to explore like the surface of the planets which are filled with tons of plants and materials. As you get further around the planet, you will run into abandoned bases and rovers that will give you valuable tools to make your base better.

You can also traverse into caves on the world which will give you a lot more rare materials. It is more of a challenge to survive down there, as there are hostile plants and limited oxygen supply. You can also make your way to the core of the planet, and it will allow you to teleport to different parts of the planet, and eventually to different planets.

Different hazards

Hazards in Astroneer are very different because there are no actual aliens that try to hurt you. Most of what you are going to be killed by are plants that shoot out toxic gas, or running out of oxygen. You can also count storms as a hazard because you could die by being out in the open during one.

It is scary when you are running around on a different planet and this giant plant shoots explosive bulbs at you. Many of the hazards in the game are very hard to see and, when you do see them, be sure to stay away. You can either destroy them or avoid them, but both can prove to be dangerous.

Terrain sculpting

When you start, you get a drill to go along with your backpack that can collect materials. The way you collect materials is by deforming the ground beneath the materials and dislodging it from where it is sitting. Once you dislodge it from the ground, it goes directly to your backpack.

There are many different types of mods for your drill that allow you to deform the ground faster, put material back onto the ground, flatten the ground, and even turn the ground different colors. Everything that you can do with the terrain will benefit you as you make your base more organized and simple.

Don’t be afraid if you make a hole in the ground in the wrong place because you can go back and fix it later. The terrain sculpting is a very good add-on that helps you as you play the game.

Soundtrack

The music in Astroneer is very relaxing and fun to listen to. It is very simple yet very thought through because when it plays, you know that it fits right in with the atmosphere of the game.

There are some game soundtracks that are mediocre, but I am here to tell you that this game has some good music to go along with your exploration.

Conclusion

It is definitely worth the money if you like sci-fi exploration games. If friends play this game with you, it makes it even better. If you want to buy the game, here is an Amazon link for the game on either PS4 or Xbox One.

Astroneer is a very good game with a lot of hours of content. Everything put into the game is there for a reason, and it is left up to how the player plays it. If you are looking for a relaxing survival game, but also one that also has some blood pumping moments, then this is the game for you.

Caleb Simmons

I first started playing video games on my Nintendo Gameboy Advance, and I have not stopped playing ever since. My goal is to help others with questions about their favorite video games.

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