after the free weekend on steam i bought the game, because i like the storys and the gameplay. There are a few things i don’t like as much. As someone who likes progress in game i was more than a little disappointed as i could not buy any ship from other factions as from london or get new and more wares for better prices (also equipment). i know that i can get some good equipment by following the storyline but not that much. Also the a.i seems to be a bit flawed: it gets stuck very often, ignores vortex (it can just cross ist), ignore ships from enemy factions (if a pirate crosses a monster or a freighter it does not shoot) do they have some kind of gentleman agreement?
right now this game is much storyline and less gameplay and i hope if you plan to do an addon that there will be a little more gameplay and things going on at the zea (the zea is really tranquille right now, a good way to meditate) a few suggestion: battles between different factions you could stumble in on the zea, maybe even ships who sometimes help you win a fight, if you win a challenge.
Also, for me as a new player it is hard to progress because some items have only a little information text (if at all) so you never know if that item is important or not. you get a feeling for those things sooner or later but then you have so many different items (because you know that you need them for different questlines) that you have no place on your ship to hold them. Something like a bank account in london would be useful to store items.
And then, the trade factor of this game: its a pitty. On one side normal trade routes don’t do much or any profit, because, so i think, the game wants the player to focus on the storyline. on the other hand you need money to progress in the storyline and at a certain point in the game there are only few ways to obtain it (dealing sunlight, golems, spider eggs) and so on, which you cannot direclty buy in a port but which just act like things you could directly buy in a port.
so, there it is back again. the trading part :) just hidden behind the trade goods that you don’t need to bother with. And the sunlight deals sooner or later will kill your character if you don’t rest for a looooong time. its as if this parts of the game are not in a final state where i would say that they work.
The storyline quests do to less money or ships, and equipment so that you could just focus on them, following the best part of the game, the written part. It would be great if you get more items, even equipment through that storyline. it would be great even if that was normal equipment, like the things you can buy in london (new engines, lights, ships)
right now, i have to grind ( at least sunlight, golems, strategic reports) for hours to progress in my storylines as i need things that need things that need things that i already have forgotten about (which is also … meh)
Back to the point: I do like this game. I just that a few things can make this good game a great one :)