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My experience with Astroneer *may contain spoilers*

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So just finally completed the game for the first time with 302 hours of gameplay. Astroneer is a great game all around which is why I stuck it out and forgave many of the abundant glitches. However, as I was nearing the end of my playthrough the occasional game crash became very frequent. Basically, the last two planets I needed to activate were Glacio and Atrox when the constant crashing began and the fun turned into me wanting to bang my head against the wall. Trying to make any sort of progress became painfully slow and gameplay became disjoiunted. It became a very repetitive loop of launch the game, do some exploring to find and activate a node and cross your fingers to about a 30% chance the game would save instead of crash. Usually, it would crash and you would find yourself... somewhere with total lack of direction and loss of progress. By the time I got to Atrox, it was more like a 90% crash rate. Luckily I'm bullheaded and really didn't want to give up after being so close. By the time I completed Atrox it felt more of a relief than a triumph. The stability desperately needs to be fixed! I can totally understand why so many people have played and quit now.

Long story short the game has a lot of potential, but the crashing really hurts the gameplay experience. I would love to see the game continue to grow with more solar systems which are actually hinted to in the ending. Perhaps more advanced materials, fuel and crafting to build a space station between solar systems as a jumping-off point to the next. I would get pretty excited about that!

I was planning on continuing my gameplay of setting up a massive primary base and secondary bases on each planet, utilizing the fully unlocked teleportation network once I finished the game. Unfortunately, that just isn't practical with the stability of the game at this point. It just isn't worth playing when you only have a 10% chance of the game actually saving. I did discover that if you load up fresh and only play a little bit like 10-15 minutes you can get almost a 50% save success rate but it's not really worth the hassle. The fact that the game attempts to save every time you enter a vehicle likely isn't helping matters as it can be frequent at times. But regardless of the cause, the code for saving the game when entering a vehicle needs to be looked at as that is clearly the cause of the crashing in my case at least.

I would recommend removing the game auto-saving when entering a vehicle personally. Add an option to save in the menu! It would also be nice to have a way to back up your saves. But if nothing else, look at the game save code as the problem is in there somewhere.

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