Originally Posted by SchmoSalt
I've played Starbound for about 15 hours and I feel like that I've exhausted everything that the game has to offer. It suffers from the same problem that Terraria had. It's just a big ore grinding fest to rank up through the world. I hope that this is just because it's in early beta. I can't help but feel worried that this is how it will be. It is such a core gameplay mechanic after all.
There has to be a better way of progressing through a game like this besides grinding out ore.
It is because the game is in such an early stage of the beta and it will have a better sense of progression as time goes on with, as mentioned above, quests, more story elements, better incentives to explore other planets, etc. The team seems to be very open to community suggestions as well so that will help.
As it is, 60% of the progression is hardly even there. After you beat the 4th boss, you can pretty much skip every other tier until you make your way up to Impervium. It's not going to stay like that.
Pretty much what I'm saying is the game has a long way to go before it's finish and by that time, it will be quite different from what it is now.