guys the minecraft killer in the title is a question not a stament.
This game? It's kinda obtuse in that regard. Sure, the graphics are curvier, but that also means that it's much harder to pin down what an interactive object is. Are the trees punchable? Can I dig into the ground? These are things that the game in its current state does not teach you adequately (at least when starting in sandbox mode).
thats because is not finished, the story mode teachs you to play more of less, and its still a open world even in story mode, the others modes are in but not near finished yet, the game will launch in 2014, this alpha is just a small demo for the kickstarter, from what ive tell it does not even has the 10% of all the features.
It is a sandbox, exploration, building, both cities and vehicles/hovercrafts/boats you can design, share and produce.
The game right now is unfinished, unbalanced, and yes, it has a lot of shortcoming when it comes to tech you to play, but anyway i have to say, i did not need the game to tell me how to chop down a tree or to dig... i mean, i want to dig? minimum a need a shovel, in the story mode the first time ive played i ended out selling plants and woods ive collected to i could buy the wood shovel recipe from the npc... after that i did the same for the wood axe so i could choop down trees more effectively than with the dagger.