The release date for one the world’s (literally) biggest games ever is almost upon us. On August 9th, gamers will be treated to No Man’s Sky, a space exploration game of galactic proportions. To call this massive project a sandbox game would definitely be a bit of an understatement, as the game features over 18 quintillion (18,446,744,073,709,551,616) planets and would take over 5 billion years to complete on your own. The size of the game can truly be dizzying, so it makes a lot of sense that many people around the world are itching to get their hands on it, but is this indie game really worth the $60 price tag. Here’s everything you need to know before deciding if you want to cop No Man’s Sky.
If you’re a fan of endless exploration, then you’ll love NMS. We’re not joking when we say the game is featuring an unfathomable number of planets to explore, all of them boasting unique creatures, materials, and landscapes. The game mainly sets you up as an explorer of the stars, as you hunt for various rare materials from the planets you discover, and slowly work your way to the very center of the galaxy. If you’re the very first human player to step foot on a planet, you’ll have the option to name that planet and all the creatures on it; a perfect feature for all you narcissists out there. With all these planets being generated, it begs the question if NMS will have the same problems “Spore” did when it came out. Will planets and animals begin to all feel the same after a time? Well, thanks to a guy who paid over $2000 for a copy of NMS that was snuck out of a warehouse, we know that, surprisingly, very few if any of the planetary features felt repeated throughout his play time. We have to wonder though, just how much did this mystery gamer enjoy NMS while playing it completely alone? This brings us to some potential cons.
Some of the cons for this game kind of go on the same hand as the pros. Depending on how you look at it, NMS sheer, almost unbelievable size is one of its bleak points. Yes, there is a “story mode” of sorts, where getting to the center of the galaxy is the end-game. However, you anal gamers who love to see a “100% complete” achievement/trophy in your collection will definitely feel a bit unfulfilled with NMS. It’s impossible to see all of this game, and after years of playing, you probably won’t even get close to 1% of it explored, meaning the game is only “complete” when you’ve grown tired of it. Another con, for you more social gamers, is its lack of PvP play and ability to find other players. Head developer, Sean Murray, has already claimed that the chances of you running into another player is extremely rare, and there is no real method of linking up with any of your friends. Can you shoot another player’s ship down if you did happen to find someone? Definitely, but the chances of that occurring are extremely slim.
So overall, if you’re all for exploring a big new world, all by your lonesome, then No Man’s Sky is definitely for you. But if you want an experience to share with friends in a big online community, you may want to skip out on this one, and pick up an MMORPG. Do you think No Man’s Sky will be a hit or a bust? Is it worth the $60 price tag? And will the gaming world will accept the world’s biggest game with open arms, or subject it to the noose of mediocrity?