The first 8 hours are interesting and full of wonder.. after that it's basically 100 hours of the same thing.
There's plenty to do:
- Increase your inventory slots
- Increase your multitool slots
- Increase your ship's slots
- Upgrade everything (with recipes you find)
- Warp to new systems
- Explore planets and see weird creatures
- Learn alien languages to improve your ability to answer dialog challenges and trades
But all the content maxes out very, very quickly.
Soon every upgrade recipe you find will be a duplicate. Every planet has the same resources. Ship upgrades cost an insane amount of units (max ship upgrade at 48 slots with decent upgrades could cost as much as 180,000,000 units)
Trading is meticulous.
You find the variety dies out and all you're doing is grinding.
- Where to find Atlas Pass v2, v3 recipes
Use bypass chips at beacons and search for Operation Centers. Get enough of them right and you will have them
- What to do with Atlas Stones
Save 10 of them and turn them in to the Atlas station during the Atlas path mission to create a new star
- Move a little faster on the ground
Hit the melee button while sprinting (r3, r1) then use your jetpack (x) to do a "long jump"
- Upgrade your ship for cheap
two options here:
1) save up then delete all the upgrades from your current ship when you're ready to go ship shopping. The ships that show up are relative to your current ship's value
2) find a distress beacon on the planet to lead you to a damaged ship you can salvage. The damaged ship will sometimes have more slots and it's MUCH cheaper to repair the launcher than buy a new ship outright
- Turn the stamina bar on in the HUD options.
- Run until the bar reaches a point where it's almost to the S in ST above the bar.
- Let go of O
If you time it right you will do a little burst run and your stamina bar will fully recharge.