After playing Neo for a while now I became a bit worried after reading the steam progression bar ->
The game is almost complete it seems, close to 80%+ done as a whole. The reason this worries me is because I've followed this game for a long time and I was hoping for ALOT more content.
The game feels empty with very little to do. For example why can't we work as a mechanic/tech in DMC? Why can't we build an actual terrain car like a jeep or something? I mean the DMC guards can have flying hover craft but we cannot even assemble/buy a jeep? I taught mechanics would be good at this but we are only allowed to use our engineering skills to make a small trolley. In all honesty none needs to be an educated mechanic to be able to make a trolley or to attach a string to a sled. I also see no point in having both "Electric" and "Mech" perk. It would be better to have one perk called "Engineering" perk/skill.
I think there should be:
Ability to repair stuff
Build simple houses
Create ammo (ammo press)
Make a faction/small party (Why would all stranger be hostile?)
Trade Caravans/Trade with strangers
Ability to saw of barrels on shotguns
Seeds from scavenging forests for farm (Should be rare though)
Ability to create a small farm or hydroponic area near or close to your home base (I mean this is survival after all)
Ability to plant berries for berry bushes (farm)
Hoe for farm.
Traps for defending your base/house
Ability to place containers for storage at your base/home.
Refrigerator for food.
Different seasons like winter (Increased risk for freezing)
(Note that in order to build a car/refrigerator etc you need to find all parts or make them yourself which should be hard)
I can think of hundreds of things that would be useful for surviving. Why would I only rummage trough forests for food when I could plant some like a true survivor? Makes no sense to me at all. It seems as though the game was build around the idea that short term survival is the only thing that's viable/possible, excluding long term survival entirely. Last time I checked NEO was however a sandbox survival game. Thus in order to survive longer I need a base and a steady source of food.
Why is there only deer and squirrel to hunt? This game has been under development for over 2 years and we still don't have anything else to hunt?
Why so few areas? I would like to see underground areas with secret labs etc to discover! (e.g Fallout/Stalker ish)
Or perhaps some old military bunker installations where you can get some half decent armor/weapons etc
Maybe some underground railroad system similar to Metro 2033? Where both monsters and survivors can reside.
The possibilities for awesome areas like these are endless.
Also why is there no stat bar for weapons? Like range and damage? Why must I check the wiki for stats in order to figure out what to use? The game is very clunky like that. For example why is there no "Use All" button? It's a pain to click every food item in a stack to consume them. Or why is there no "Swap All" button? When I find a similar container with better condition I have to swap my items out manually every time.
I just wish the game was a bit more user friendly. I mean even old games like Fallout 1-2 are less frustrating than NEO. And those games are like 15 years old.
I'm fine with no quest markers as I don't like hand holding. But why can't we have a quest journal of some sort?
One thing that I personally don't like is the way you have to find the doll in order to survive the patrol in DMC. That's just unreasonable and makes very little sense. As you are told to go to the "Glow" first and not to the mines.
What lured me into playing NEO was the survival aspect of it. Originally I taught NEO was a blend of fallout/don't starve. It seems I was wrong on that notion. As you can't really build anything up (Fixing the vents in the cryo lab doesn't count)
There is so much that could be added yet the game is kinda shallow and empty. Thus I wonder is this all we are going to get? I mean the game is almost done after all. It feels to me like the game is in early alpha to be honest.
As for now I'm sticking to my other survival games and maybe I'll play this game again once it's been fully released. Hopefully it will have gotten massive amounts more content/tweaks till then, I kinda doubt that tho. Good thing it was cheap atleast.
Sorry for my bad English I'm still learning it. I hope you understood what I meant and if not I'll clarify as needed.