No Man’s Sky should be something to look forward to.
Or should it? If you troll the internet looking for information on a game that you are looking forward to playing, is akin to looking for information about a movie before watching it. You”ve done your research and as soon as you watch the movie, you realise that all that research you did ruined it. One of the greatest exploration games I have ever played is a game called Starflight which was released in the 80’s on the PC. It was then re-leased updated on the megadrive, and what a fantastic exploration game it is. No Man’s Sky to me, is hopefully the feeling of me playing Starflight for the first time. But this is my personal feeling.
Now let’s have a look at what No Man’s Sky has to offer as it is officially released in a weeks time.
Size of the Universe.
Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space. As a player, you will start at the edge of the universe with the ultimate goal to reach the centre. Something along the lines of 18 quintillion planets will exist in the universe and each one you can visit. Will certain planets hold information to the universe, lore and possible clues to a story? Starting from the edge and working your way into the centre, only 1% (guess-ti-mate) of the planets would be covered in your journey. What mysteries and such would the others behold? This would make your journey very unique.
What about story?
The news is that there is no LINEAR story to follow. As touched above with the size of the universe, it will be your points of contact with lore, mysteries, alien languages to work out, (hopefully they will have an alien alphabet from Futurama!) space stations to visit and NPC’s. This feature has not been released on how much depth there will be with contact. Let’s hope they get this right and it can make and break a game. In short it does sound like your journey will be personal. With as many variables as there is for 18 million billion trillion planets, would you need to join the dots as it were to make the story connect? It was always fun in the fallout games finding an abandoned shack, surveying what actually happened, and piecing together what happened to the inhabitants? It sounds like this game will run on a similar premise.
It is your Ship!
Just like your very own car you can treat however you want, no matter how much the wife pesters you, you can call your ship your own in No Man’s Sky. As big as space is, and the trip down to the chemist, you will need a reliable ship. This sounds pretty standard in space exploration games . You can upgrade specific components on your ship to match how you play, and also visit space stations to buy new ships. You can only own one ship at a time, but that’s a good thing! Each ship will have a hyperdrive to jump between star system and star system. This, no doubt, you will need a large amount of fuel for, but fear not as new fuel can be either bought or scavenged on planets.
What we think?
Right, like a movie, stay away from the internet and do not search too much about it. Just read what we have to say above, that’s all you need to know at this stage. There are stories of leaked games, a player that bought the game early and has reached the centre of the galaxy already, fans of the game getting their hopes deflated by watching gameplay. NO, don’t read up on it. When it is released, and the dust settles a bit maybe give it a thought. Don’t take away the feelings of discovery in such games as Don’t Starve, Minecraft, any Elder scrolls game or any Grand Theft Auto game. Don’t take away the moments in story from games like Tomb Raider, The Last of US or Heavy Rain. The point here, with such a game like No Man’s Sky, is make the experience to you unique and special, and try to go in with a blank slate.