No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky Is Almost Mine

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I’ve waited a long time for No Man’s Sky, the epic space exploration and survival game from independent studio Hello Games. It almost arrived back in June but, as is often the case with ambitious games these days, it was delayed. This morning we got notification that it has been despatched and is on its way.

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The game features over 18 quintillion explorable planet-sized planets and a “near-infinite” universe of space dogfights, remote moons and some massive and exciting surprises. Thanks to the game’s clever use of procedural generation, no two planets are the same and many are filled with flora and fauna, again each species unique.

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I have a plan to review this game – as well as anyone can review a game that is, basically, a unique experience for each and every player – as soon as I’ve given it a proper play. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that I revisit my thoughts on this game on a fairly regular basis. I’ve even toyed with the idea of doing weekly “mission reports” outlining the happenings in my game. I may still run with that format (and if I do I’ll put the reports on a separate page to avoid boring you all to death).

So, if you’re interested, join me soon for more on what promises to be a gaming experience unlike any other. I’m so excited to be able to say: Not long now!

 

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No Man’s Sky – My Pledges

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One of the most anticipated games in years is released on June 21st; No Man’s Sky is on its way. I can’t wait to play this (literally) universe-sized sandbox space adventure game. I’ve watched and read everything there is about the game and have decided to make some pledges about how I will play:

  1. I will remain on the planet I start on for at least three real-time days. There are billions of star systems to explore in No Man’s Sky but I plan to take my time with this game so I will not be rushing into space (unless forced to do so, by inhospitable environments etc).
  2. I will play as a trader and/or explorer, with minimum violence. I won’t aggressively follow a path of combat, instead focussing on survival and exploration. I will only engage in combat if absolutely necessary. I’ll defend myself, of course, but that’s it.
  3. I will play the game as much as I can with my wife. I have a feeling it’s the sort of game she’s really going to enjoy. I want us to experience it together, so late-night solo gaming sessions will consist of basic wandering about. I won’t explore anywhere new without her.

And those are all of the rules I’m setting myself. There is so much to do and see in this massive, massive game and I want to get the most out of it. I’m going to follow the “rough objective” of this game and head towards the centre of the universe, but not directly and I won’t rush there. I want to savour every odd planet I come across.

This game is going to blow my mind, I know. June can’t come quickly enough! For gameplay videos and trailers, search YouTube for “No Man’s Sky”.