Stardrive. This game has legitimate potential for the new 4X throne. Watch out!
So you're playing the closed Beta? Cool. I've actually been watching this one on SpaceSector.com, and yes, it does seem to have the potential to give Distant Worlds a run for its money, though of course this remains to be seen.
I did like the interview with Daniel DiCicco on SpaceSector though, and it gave me reason to be optimistic about StarDrive. For one thing he decries the generally sad state of diplomacy in most 4X games, and means to rectify this with StarDrive (BTW, I think that DW has one of the best diplomatic models I've ever seen in a 4X game, though there is room for improvement). For another, Mr. DiCicco is a Firefly fan, and anyone who likes that great series is alright by me.
Concerning playing Betas, I had to mention: I played the open Beta of Fallen Enchantress for a while, and although I mostly enjoyed it, I found I was tired of the game by the time of its official release. Having said that, I think I'm going to avoid the open Beta of StarDrive when it becomes available on Steam next month, and just sit tight for the official release and reviews.
BTW, one or two of you mentioned the 'propaganda' machine regarding StarDrive, and I wanted to add that I think I learned my lesson about succumbing to the propaganda machine and fanboy hype from the dreadful Endless Space.
Yes, I am in the closed beta. I'm not one to give in to hype and I certainly don't go out of my way to hype a game up. That being said, Stardrive is shaping up to be very similar to Distant Worlds, only with better graphics, better diplomacy, espionage, and much better shop design. And that's just now, in closed beta.
I feel you about betas burning you out. I have done a few and more than a few have left me feeling burned out, but Stardrive still excites me, even if I have played well over 100 hours of it in total.
That's gotta say something.