Starbound is a 2D space exploration sandbox game developed by Chucklefish Games. Star systems, planets, weapons, and enemies are randomly generated, but unlike other games in the genre there is also plot the player can follow if he chooses.
This game was in development for a seemingly long time in order to perfect the mechanics, content, and maximize player satisfaction. The team has worked long and hard to finally release a beta test that was just launched on 12/4/2013. The game has its flaws, but it is very minute, the random generated aliens and procedurally generated guns are great and the crafting item descriptions are very humorous.
A fantastic game, so many hours ahead of me boldly going where no gerbil has gone before.
I love freeform sandbox games and this will give me the freedom to do what I want with so many planets to explore each with their own unique land, creatures and natives.
The game also has a thriving mod community and it has not yet even released a full version yet.
Take a look at my First impressions Video Review to see what you can expect to see.