- Jan 16, 2005
Thanks for sharing your experience. As someone who hasn't run the demo since 2.4 (I think that's over 2 years ago now), I was interested in your experience.Yes I literally fell through the planet and found myself floating in space. The unfortunate part was because I had already landed my ship on the planets surface I had no other recourse but to kill myself and start over. I find it telling that SC has a built in self kill button because all I had to do was tap the backspace key and then I found myself back at Stanton.
You bring up some fare points but it was really frustrating not knowing were to go. Sure the first 5-7 minutes was cool just running around and looking at the scenery but eventually I just wanted to get to my ship and get into space. I will say if the game was just a little bit more intuitive for beginners it would go along way in helping alleviate the frustration.
Like asking for permission to take off. No were did I see that this was a necessary step I just had to learn the hard way which wouldn't be to bad except I had to wait to retrieve my ship or PAY to get it retrieved faster. I shouldn't be penalized because the game is vague on little details like this.
Overall though I did have fun and have logged in and played some more. I found my way over to Port Olisar and now when I join the game I start there instead of Stanton. I haven't tried anymore jobs though. I'm just getting myself used to the controls and the ins and outs of flying to different systems in the PU.
Your experience is similar to what I read a lot on the SC forums.
Supposedly there are environment clues (signs, arrows, etc.) that help you know where to go from the start. But the common advice is to just get on chat and ask for help. That seems to be CIG's approach to a tutorial right now: other players. I think that makes sense - since it's just a tech demo and things are going to change, it doesn't make much sense to build a tutorial. Except that CIG market this product as a game you can "play" right now.....
The train and elevator rides (the length of time) are also a common complaint.