Friday, July 29, 2016

No Man's Sky: Before You Buy


By: Jessica Dillon

No Mans Sky is an upcoming exploration/survival game by Hello Games Studio. It is being released August 9 for both PC and Playstation 4. This game is highly debated thanks to the studio's lack of a track record and the possible hiccups that a procedurally generated survival game could have. This article will hopefully help you decide if this game is worth your hard earned money, or if it needs to take a price drop to get you cash.
Do you like Multiplayer only?
No Man's Sky technically is multiplayer, but you can't invite your friends into play. The No Man's Sky universe is procedurally generated and appears infinite. There will always be other players roaming around, but chances are high that you will never encounter them. Even if you tried to meet up with friends, the game has walls you will hit that will keep you from successfully getting to them in a timely manner. But yeah, it is possible you can run into a stranger, so technically it's multiplayer. What you need to ask yourself is, will you feel lonely while playing a game this vast?
Are you into Survival?
The Survival genre is a less touched-on marketplace in gaming. The problem being that it's not a game type that you can prepare for all the time and that ship you spent 30 hours building isn't immune to everything in the universe. There is also the constant fact that luck plays into a procedurally generated open world exploration game. Anything can happen at any time, and no matter how carefully prepared you are, it can be downright unfair. So are you the type of person who finds that extra challenge invigorating, or will it just send you into a fit of rage?
Do you need goals? 
People love goal-oriented games and quest lines that give them creative spins on the game. No Man's Sky, however, is a very player driven game. While the main point is for you to get to the center of the universe, everything else is on you. Everything from how to make money to what direction to go in is left up to you with no help from the game itself. The closest thing you may find is achievement hunting, which could prove hard due to the random factor mentioned above.
No Man's Sky Overall 
If your answer to any of these questions is currently no, you may want to sit back and let the reviews roll in. It can be really tough when a fresh IP by a newer studio comes out, especially at full price. If this is the only thing bothering you though, remember that even Naughty Dog and Bethesda started out small. Be sure to check out the 4 part video series currently out on youtube about No Man's Sky titled “Explore, Fight, Trade, and Survive.” The game world is yours for the taking, so find something you will love.

*All images are taken from No Man's Skys official Gallery.

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