I completely agree with PCGamer here. In fact, I've recommended to my own friends not to buy the game now (but to wait a few months).
The game is simply not up to the standards that people expect right now. I have complete confidence that Stardock will get it up to acceptable standards in a few months. So I'll come back to it then and tell my friends to do the same.
Frankly I wish that Stardock would stop shipping out products that are in a beta state. It absolutely murdered Demigod (although yes, Stardock was only the publisher there and GPG was pretty bad with that game all around). Its really going to hurt Elemental's long term status IMO, although I'm sure that there will be a lasting community with this game.
I also hate Frogboy's attitude about these things. I think that he has really let his successes with GCII go to his head with some of the stuff that he said about Demigod when that game was failing and with comments like PCGamer linked too. No Frogboy, the current state of the game is NOT good enough for release. When people say this for every game that you have published or done yourselves recently, maybe you should listen to them.
Stardock has built up a good reputation, so I dont think that the shenanigans we have seen on release of a few of their games is hurting them yet. But it will eventually - in fact, I think that the release of whatever game they release next is going to have serious issues because they have really harmed their reputation for games at release lately. I'm a big fan of Stardock and I've already made a mental note to never buy their games near release again because I dont particularily enjoy beta testing.