the hype was a bit much, sure it gets weird at the end but it didn't exactly blow me away either. But looking at it a different way, this is probably as good as this type of game can be, very polished and atmospheric. if your still on the fence wait for a sale and you'll probably enjoy it more.
I liked it quite a bit back in the day, put about 1000 hours into it. But the last big re-design of the movement really put me off, and that combined with the increased grind necessary to get new stuff sealed the deal. It's really much more than I ever expected a free to play game would be, but I prefer those bigger games like Destiny over it. But man those super jumps you used to be able to do after wall runs were so fun.
This was a great read that matched a lot of what I thought about the game, just reminds me that I need to move on to a different game because I can never get to an ending I will want. But the other issue that came up for me pretty early was the whole idea of the synths in the first place, why build them at all other than you can. I was hoping for a goal, transplant people into new better bodies to save everyone, instead robot slaves, much less interesting to me.
Looks to me that it's just saying that if their new model holds true then singularities don't exist (like that which is described before big bang) and that by that logic the age of universe is unrestricted. Also that dark energy/matter doesn't exist as it is corrected for. As for expansion, that may still exist just not from a singularity. The most interesting to aspect to me is the reinvention of a concept close to ether, which was thought to convey light, but in this case conveys gravity. Like all theories, this requires further study and testing, thanks for the links.
Try the recruiting chat channel as well as making your sessions open to public for those hard missions. Hit me up if you see me online and need help. Good luck, it's a neat game once you make it past the rough start.