I started Starfield. I’m character level 14 and just bought my dream home outright. I’m having dueling perspectives on it. On the one hand, the part of me that has loved Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, and Fallout 3, New Vegas, and 4 is more than satisfied. Exploration, looting, basically running around with a knife while going down the science perk tree: very nice.
On the other hand, I compare a few individual elements and think of where games did a better job with that slice of gameplay:
- Anything starship flight: Elite Dangerous, Evochron series
- Navigating a cave or a potentially dangerous planet/space: Lethal Company
- Scanning planets: Mass Effect, Star Control 2
It’s not even that these elements are bad in Starfield or that Starfield should follow their example. To use Lethal Company as an example since I’m also playing it now, the comparison is pretty superficial: in both games the characters wear a spacesuit, land on a planet, and go into a space to find what they can while dealing with monsters. Otherwise, Lethal Company is far more about multiplayer play and horror, it scratches a different itch, but it scratches that itch very well.