When I was first ‘discovering’ the game and how buggy it is, the animal corpse physics annoyed me as just another example of things wrong with the game. So many things!
However, over time playing, I actually came to enjoy that ‘bug’ to the point I hope they don’t change it. I enjoy the ragdoll effect of the corpses flopping around a bit, and astronaut rhinos are rare enough that it’s hardly a problem for me. I’m far more bothered by things like getting stuck inside them and dying, though this hasn’t happened (to me) for ages either, maybe it’s been fixed?
I definitely know what you mean by the lack of polish. It’s so frustrating and disappointing precisely because of how good the underlying game is. If it wasn’t as amazing as it is, no one would give a sh*t… we’d just forget about it and move on.
The concept(s) is brilliant, many aspects of the game (building, world map, art direction, combat system, music etc) are superb, and the potential is off the charts…
It’s a real shame that for whatever reason(s) the team hasn’t been able to fulfil their vision for the game, or at least polish it sufficiently… yet.
If they ever do… this game ‘should’ have been an Ark-killer. It still could be, but it’s hard to see that happening at this point. A lot of work would have to be done on the devs part, and I doubt that Funcom management would care enough to devote sufficient resources to try.