For starters, I know the game has been out a little longer than a week by now but my wonderfully terrible chromebook has not let me edit the website since I posted the news stories on Tuesday. After doing everything Google support told me to do and getting no results for three days now, I decided to give up writing on my chromebook. For the time being, I will be typing from my phone so you may have to bear with me a bit. Now on to much more important matters like No Man’s Sky.
A game that went from being an indie gem, to most hyped game of this year, to now the most controversial topic in gaming right now, whether you have loved the game or hated the game, you have probably talked a good bit about the game in the past week. If you have played the game you either have played way too of it (like yours truly) or you probably already resold your copy. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground with this game. In my opinion, it just has to do with the hype surrounding the game and the lack of research people do before willingly spending $60 on a game, but thats a topic for another time.
More importantly, I have gotten to spend nine days with the my most anticipated game since The Witcher last year and I could not be more pleased with the game. A lot of people have had a lot of gripes about the game, and rightly so. There have been some features that were said to be apart of the game and have not shown up, which is very unfortunate, don’t get me wrong, but they have already said there will be plenty of updates and will hopefully change that.
Despite all of the negative outlook on the game and the misleadings by the development team on some aspects, I have truly enjoyed the game and all it has to offer. Since I have been following the game since it’s initial announcement, I knew going in that No Man’s Sky was intended to be played alone. I was more than okay with that because I enjoy the Witcher and Fallout types of the gaming world that cling onto that single player adventure game experience.
No Man’s Sky is truly an adventure unlike any other. When you start on your first planet, you are left with a ship in need of repair and are simply told you have to repair it by mining for resources. That is the fullest extent of hand holding that this game gives you. After that you are sent off to find out what you can mine whether or not it will help you in repairing the ship.
This is just the start of a long process of learning the ins and outs of the game (I personally didn’t learn some mechanics until three days into my playthrough). There is an impressive amount of depth to this game despite some features not making it into the game yet. You peruse the different inventories (there is an inventory for your character, and ship, as well as an inventory to upgrade your multitool) and try to figure out what minerals you need to keep your suit and ship maintained as well as how the upgrades for each of the three inventories fit into your inventory to activate them.
Once my ship was repaired when I was starting the game, I continued to explore the massive planet for a bit before deciding to head to space as the game was urging me to do. I discovered a couple locations on the planet and befriended an animal species native to the planet then headed back to my ship. The first time I left a planet for space in No Man’s Sky was an experience like no other. Seamlessly going from the ground of a planet to space was a spectacular feeling as the morning sky of the planet turned to the vast unknown of space. Once you get out from the first planet, the massive universe of 18 quintillion is yours to explore at your own pace.
I have spent approximately 20 hours with the game now and I have had so much fun discovering the varying planets and minerals on those planets that it keeps me coming back for more everytime. However, the most intriguing part, and my favorite part, of the game is the interaction you can have with alien species. At the different colonial and space stations, you can interact with aliens from varying races that have entirely different languages and receive aid from them. Now the trick is, none of them speak your language, so a big part of the game is finding ruins and monoliths of these races and learning words of their languages. This will help you to understand the aliens you meet better the more words you learn. In turn you will be able to properly assist aliens in their personal endeavors. If you choose the best option for helping them out of your available choices you can get valuable technologies to upgrade your equipment with, more knowledge of the language or money.
I will say the game has it’s moments where it may feel a bit repititious but there are also so many special moments that you can experience with this game if you maintain a curious mind while enjoying the vibrant universe the game offers you. My favorite moment so far was on a fairly bland planet. It had an arid atmosphere which meant not a lot of fauna or oceans to traverse. I was on my way to a trading post and I saw a vein of gold rock to mine and with plenty of space in my inventory I decided to stop so that I can mine the gold and sell it once I got to my desired destination.
Now, I will preface this next part by letting you know that most veins of gold in the game will give you anywhere from 90-150 units of gold and that each inventory slot in your suit can hold 250 units. So I approached the vein of gold and begin mining it with my multi-tool. Since this particular vein was much taller than most I wasn’t surprised that I was there for a few minutes and mined almost 500 units of gold. For reasons unknown, I felt compelled to continue mining downward after I had mined the massive rock and most times there is nothing there but the planets surface. This time, however, the gold vein continued down further and further until I had mined 1250 units of gold. I had mines so far below the planets surface that I actually had burrowed my way into a vibrant underground cave filled with different things to mine. To me, going from mining on a bland, barren planet to being in a vibrant cave lit by plants was a moment that has pushed me to explore more. So it’s safe to say that this game has it’s hooks in me for sure.
Is this game for everyone? No, but if you are a gamer with an endless curiosity like me, you will find yourself getting lost in this game for some time to come.
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