This alpha is not meant for impressions on the game. It's strictly for testing and feedback. If you're looking for something better than the mod, wait until it's done. If you've heard of all the upcoming features planned for the game (and content), you'd see how very incomplete the game is in this state. Most of the work they've done in the last year is getting the network architecture working. I'm amazed at how well it has performed on release day. Took me mere seconds to connect to a server and start running around. Only had occasional desync problems. Not bad at all for a game untested with thousands of players.