and not in a good way.
i just played it for the first time ever today for about 3 hours, spending that time making shelter, getting wood, etc. then, i decided to dig a super deep hole, just to see what was down there. it was just a bunch of lava.
that's when i had no idea what else the fuck to do with this game. i have a shelter and crafting box and some pickaxes. everyone talks about how harrowing and scary this game is at night, but once you have a shelter that's totally irrelevant. why would i ever go out at night if its dangerous, when i can just wait in the shelter?
which leads me to my next point, there's no way to advance time in this game? at night i board up my shelter and minimize the screen so i can do something else till day comes.
maybe i just havent crafted enough stuff, but i just dont know how to (obviously) cause the game doesn't explain a goddamned thing. so i'm at a loss as to what i'm supposed to be doing. should i be digging arbitrary holes, hoping something cool's down there? what's the point of it all? if i don't have the patience or desire or spare time to create huge fortresses and houses and villages and shit, is this game just a waste of my time? if i don't see the point in building a huge majestic castle to store my shit and protect me from the night, when just a dirt box accomplishes the same thing, is this game just not for me?
for instance, i've heard about dungeons and fighting stuff and making weapons and armor. why would i make weapons and armor when i can just build myself a shelter when it gets dark? do i have to intentionally put myself in harms way just to feel like i'm accomplishing anything? why would i explore some dungeon hoping to find some cool item or something when there's no one to then sell that item to? i enter dungeons in other games cause theres something in there that i need or want, or that will help me make progress elsewhere; why would i do that here, in the absence of any reason to do so? cause there's nothing else to do?
this game is really fucking with my whole sense of what a video game is, and what a waste of time is. i used to think i loved open-world sandbox-type games, but now there's a literal sandbox game, i don't know what to do with myself, and feel like i'd be wasting my time making spaceships and shit just for the sake of making them. this game is like an RPG without the P and the G. its all role, no play, no game.
sorry, i don't know how anyone will respond to this, i just had to get it off my chest. i don't mean to seem like a jerk in anyway, or like i'm jsut trolling and smashing this game for no reason, i just can't understand how such a hyped and praised game can seem like such a monumental waste of time to me, and its kinda throwing me for a loop.