Had a couple of 4-day weekends over the holidays, so I finally logged in to try out Rust.
And hoooooly crap I got sucked in hardcore. I love how open-ended it is, and how the various systems within the game interact with each other in ways that are pretty easy to explain/learn, but still have a lot of nuance. And the intense PvP, something I anticipated as solely a source of angst and frustration, has turned out to be one of my favorite aspects of the game, as it constantly forces me to think strategically, plan carefully, and execute everything with a sense of focus and urgency.
On top of all that, it's also fulfilling a deep, kid-like desire to build and defend forts, set traps, and scout around in a hostile, danger-filled wilderness.