I was mildly interested in this game until about three hours ago. Then I read the recent Steam reviews since 1.0 launched and lost any interest I may have once had. The original Starbound sounded cool and dynamic. It had a lot going for it prior to the 1.0 release and had really turned into something I felt I could sink my teeth into. Then it turns out they decided to rip out basically everything interesting and dynamic about the game and turn it into a random, wandering, little impact and low risk title for the official release.
I do not accept having to mod a game just to make it worthwhile. It's why I have so many issues with Bethesda titles since half the mods are just fixing broken things, forgotten features, or poor UI decisions. Mods should not have to make a game what it should have been to begin with to significant degree. So, ya know, maybe if Starbound becomes what it once was, I'll really consider it. In the mean time, I take genuine issue with Chucklefish's approach to reaching what they felt was a stable and feature rich 1.0 release.
I'm curious to know what you were expecting Starbound to be like. I started playing it over a year before the game reached 1.0 and each update brought something new to play with. Some things did get taken out at 1st, but most of them were added back in 1.0, and there were new things to play with, even now. The game does have some issues, but it doesn't feel like the game took things out. When I 1st played the game, it was rather bare bones compared to now, so it doesn't feel like the game lost what made it interesting, but only add more on top of it.
If you have any questions on the game, I may be able to answer them. I've been playing this for awhile now, especially since 1.0 finding all sorts of new things and secrets I can find. So I feel I have a good understanding on the game.