I've got a couple of close friends that played the Alpha. My understanding is the closed alpha was incredibly short. What was seen of the story was too small to get a sense of anything, customization of the armor wasn't allowed and every time you turned around in the game, you were told it was locked out / blocked in the Alpha. They all said it played a lot like Destiny with more emphasis on abilities and less on gun play. They also said that it feels like a shitty console port as the menus were designed for controllers. One guy I know plays everything on the PC like a dirty console peasant by way of a controller. He said the menus worked fine, so that pretty much confirms that. Its hard to filter through the garbage you read online. You get a lot of "BioWare didn't let me in so I'll never buy anything of thiers ever" bullshit and a ton of negativity based on very little information if nothing at all. The more I've seen in the official videos, the more I've been interested. However, the impressions I got from the people who have played it were not exactly glowing. One guy said the game wasn't very good with it being pretty dull. He's kind of a negative person anyway, so I take that with a grain of salt. He said Destiny 2 was far better, and he's not played Forsaken. Two others who are pretty huge fans of BioWare's games (who both liked Andromeda) were somewhat positive, but they weren't glowing with anticipation for the full release. One of them sounded almost like he was making excuses for the game already. Granted, we are talking about an alpha, and one with limited content at that. The other person I know that played it said that the menus were clearly designed for console players and the game had a feeling of being a bit sluggish. Granted, he's running at 4K on a 1080Ti and its probably not optimized very well at this stage. He had the most positive stuff to say basically calling it a Destiny clone with a Mass Effect influence and that he'll reserve final judgement for when it launches. He said its promising, but I could tell there are some concerns there. My concern is that they had potential customers playing an alpha version of the game when this thing is supposed to launch in late February of 2019. I'm not sure how they are supposed to go from an Alpha to a Beta and final release in under three months with two major holidays, travel season and what not mixed in there. I know BioWare was supposed to release this a long time ago and that they reworked a lot of stuff after the loot box fiasco with EA and Battlefront 2, but if its still truly an Alpha, that's not encouraging. Of course, it might not be an Alpha and the term is being used as a built in excuse for the game being called shit by people in closed testing. Only time will tell.