One of my greatest memories is when I played in an earlier version of NMS, and I was on a planet at start that basically killed me within 1 minute. Problem was that my ship was 10 minute walk. I had to constantly find and hide in caves, and avoid the crabs (back then it was the scariest sound you could hear, freaked me out every time). Man... great times. But do I want to do it again? Probably not. Still have PTSD from it.I love the multiple save slots. It allows me to experiment. Unlike Frontier, Hello has determined that you have spent enough with one purchase of the game.
Easy Mode is great as a tutorial, but very time consuming, as gathering materials is a pain. The sense of accomplishment is greater with the harder modes.
I've tried several start points. My original one, that has the thermal hazard and critters isn't too bad, compared to the insta-death of some start locations. Once again, Elite players might ragequit if encountering this kind of mortality. Almost as bad as docking.
Oh, btw, the first time you can take down a walker sentinel on your own. That's the real feeling right there.