The moment I saw that thread title I was like, "yep, this is one of John's threads" :D
Glad you are enjoying the game. I really loved the idea of this game (open universe adventure...what's not to love), but was disappointed with the execution of it. Mind you, from what I played of it I thought it was a good start but did not come close to many of its promises. It largely felt barren to me. In many ways, I had a similar feeling when trying out Sea of Thieves. I am glad that the developer stuck with it and continued to improve it despite the negativity and skepticism radiating from the game community. Based on what I have seen and heard of No Man's Sky Next (my best friend is in love with the game now despite the fact that he too was disappointed with the original release), it has become a siren's song beckoning me to come back and play it. Hopefully, I will delve back into this gem once I have some free time (ideally I am hoping to try the multiplayer mode with my friend).