I read some negative reviews, and I was like nah they have to be wrong im gonna buy it. I loved the 2d one it was a really simple formula and is kind of imposible to srew it up. well they screwed it up game cant be less fun.
I've only played a little on PC but I have many more hours on console.
This is a game where you dig, find valuable minerals, and return to the surface to deposit said minerals and refuel. You spend your funds on upgrades that allow you to go deeper and deeper, receiving cryptic transmissions along the way - eventually reaching the center of Mars.
That might sound boring but this game does a pretty good job of keeping it fresh. Soon you will encounter rocks that block your way, find upgrades that reward you for picking up specific minerals in order, and lava that you can drill through at the cost of a good portion of your health. Soon, the game becomes a puzzle, trying to figure out the most efficient way to drill in order to reach the valuables.
If you want a basic idea of how this game works, look up Motherload. It's an old (free) browser game this one was based on.
This game's presentation is fantastic, featuring a powerful and atmospheric soundtrack by Eric Cheng and beautiful art by Scott Carmichael. Despite being a simple digging game there is crazy amounts of atmosphere.
The voice acting ranges from "good but weird" to "unintentionally hilarious". It can break immersion but usually it's not a problem.
Regular mode is fun for a while but it gets boring when there's no consequence of being stupid. Enter Hardcore mode. Hardcore mode is not for giggles with your buddies. If you die, that character is dead forever. You'll need to start a new save to use that particular character. If you run out of fuel, you die. Also, all players in the session share fuel so die, die, die, and die.
I love it.
It's pretty good. It's not absolutely captivating, but it's... reasonably compelling. You are an employee of Solarus corporation, mining into Mars. As you drill deeper and deeper you hear strange transmissions from the other miners and discover that something's gone wrong - and that's not Solarus talking to you.
It's a good game. It isn't fun in the same sense that some games are, but it's absolutely worth playing. Again, if you're on the fence, look up the original Motherload.