I was a little hesitant to get it because a lot of people seemed disappointed with this game, but I'm glad I did. I love it. It feels a lot like Minecraft in the item crafting and vastness of the in-game universe. You can follow a story path if you feel like it, or you can spend time just exploring and finding new alien words.
No Man's Sky, Sony, PlayStation 4, 711719501466
Arrives by Friday, Feb 28
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No Man's Sky
Social & Economic Simulation
Space . . . The (Almost) Infinite Frontier
Summary: Few games have the honor of being as highly anticipated as No Man's Sky. What was promised was nothing short of revolutionary. The scope of the game was almost unfathomable. The sheer amount of freedom and discovery gamers looked forward to with this release is nothing short of the uncontrollable excitement a child experiences the night before Christmas. Does it deliver on all the promises? Yes and no is the best answer to that question. Graphics: The visuals are delightful and mostly on par with what you would expect from this title, technically speaking. I felt that detail could be a little higher when being very close to things such as plants and terrain. The art style is fairly unique and the palette fits well. Most colors are slightly ‘washed', or have a pastel feel to them, adding to the unique sci-fi feel. There is a familiarity in some plants and creatures from planet to planet, but that is to be expected to some extent when considering the scope of the game. Sound: The sound effects work well and are thought out. The technology sounds are appropriate and add to the ambience. The dynamic creature noises are interesting and even amusing at times. There's not a lot of background noises, but what is there increases the realism. The sound track is nothing less than stellar and an absolute pleasure to experience in the game. I thought it would have been neat on the PS4 to have the system feedback announcements come through the controller speaker. Gameplay: This is where gamers choose sides. I've seen a lot of negative feedback on the game, both from gameplay and technical issues. In a time when MOBAs and high action shooters seem to reign supreme, I was looking forward to a slower-pace exploration game. The gameplay can get monotonous for some due to the constant necessity to mine materials to charge your life support and other critical tools and systems. You fly to a new planet, start scavenging materials, possibly find monoliths and other cool discoveries that increase your knowledge of certain alien races, go to another planet and repeat. A player can take extra time to interact with the alien species, trade, and upgrade their equipment, which I find satisfying. I enjoy taking my time experiencing the different planet's characteristics, making discoveries, often renaming them, and then uploading them from the world to see. As for the technical issues, the game has crashed twice on my PS4 (which I'd not yet experienced a crash on my PS4 yet), and I've experience no issues on my PC. The framerate stutters a bit as the game is loading but after a few minutes the framerate seems solid and smooth. Final Thoughts: I think the game is a huge success and I love playing it. I love how small it makes you feel when accessing the galaxy map and how I can take as much time as I want exploring as long as I keep my critical equipment charged. I love discovering upgrades for my multi tool and finding really strange creatures. I also love not being forced into explosive combat situations all the time. Not everyone will love the game as I can see how some would find it tedious and monotonous, but I, for one, am very pro-No Man's Sky. I love it and keep an eye out – you just might find one of the many planets I've discovered!
Are you a fan of Science Fiction
This game reminds of ages past, being thrown into an environment and just figure it out. It seems simple enough on the surface but as you delve deeper into gameplay, you'll find it is not so "simple". The choice is yours in how you play/motivation. Is it work full game prices? Maybe not, but I do not mind supporting indi game companies doing something different and giving me a game type I've been waiting my life for. Visually the game reminds me of many scifi novels of the 70s/80s I personally think this is a good game and so far am enjoying my time exploring the vast galaxies in my attempt to reach the core.
Oh where to begin...
Alright first off, do not go to youtube and scope out the trailers they showed for the game they are mainly false. Find some actual footage of people playing the game to see how much they really left out! I have honestly played the game well over 100+ hours to give it it's fair try and before I could truly criticize it. They did have an update for the system a few months back called "The Foundation Update" which did improve it a little but not up to the specs of where they showed it should be. If you're looking for "Amazing graphics" this game will let you down in comparison to Next Gen games most are seeing lately. The only true factor is yes it is endless there is no way anyone even if they played it 50 years straight would ever come close to getting to all the planets. But, on that note keep in mind as many planets as there are there maybe only a couple of dozen really because after you hit say the first 30 planets, I doubt you find any others that will really stand out as unique they all have the same skins after that. But on a positive note, it's truly great IF you love to do some exploration and just wonder around. There are many times I caught myself looking up at the sky in the night and seeing 5 planets all around me which was quite awesome simply because I said "hey, I wanna go there right now to any of them" and could. I hope this kinda gives you a good idea of what you're getting and honestly with the price drop, it's worth it at $20. To any of the parents reading this, aside from what is a toy laser gun to Mine objects with there isn't too much violence unless you're kid just likes shooting aliens and space ships.