@sweep: Buying into hype is all you're ever doing with a pre-order and at the end of the day you're fueling a marketing machine to do whatever it can to do this again.
Exactly. I mean fuck, the people in this thread complaining are doing so on a website which has a 3-star review that talks about all the issues which they are complaining about. Nobody here can claim they didn't have access to all the information they needed to make an informed purchasing decision. Objectively; whether on not the developers lied or were deliberately deceptive is completely irrelevant.
As someone who waited for that information before deciding not to buy No Man's Sky, that information wasn't really clear-cut at launch. Alex's review took over a week to come out, and most other sites didn't have full/final reviews because of how late review copies were sent out (and also that day-1 patch that would've made chunks of those reviews wrong anyway). So yeah, some people here could totally claim they didn't have access to all the information they needed, if they wanted to.
Hell, I'm still not even sure if I have all the information I need, with all the bullshit surrounding this game.
You don't really need to buy it day one. Hell, waiting a week to read multiple reviews is not a bad idea ever. The excitement to get something day one is still part of the marketing machine, and really should not be the focus. I can understand still being unsure about it still being a good purchasing idea or not if you're not sure just how short you'd be with the game's survival mechanics, But everyone who's opinions I can relate to have all said they really really like the pretty planets and just sort of turning their max/min gaming brain off to enjoy that. Had I not seen that in these reviews I'd probably just ignore that the game existed and moved on. But that's just me, but maybe will help narrow down if the game is for you? The other alternative is just hold off entirely until you can try it yourself later, or it goes on sale at a price that you're willing to risk putting down on it.