Ten Reasons No Man's Sky Game Will Be Awesome
The hype train that is No Man's Sky is at full bore right about now and there have been all kinds of details released in various ways in the last few months. It's a very ambitious title to say the least. The idea of exploring an actual, full size, universe is pretty amazing. But just like anything as ambitious as this project, this game has had its fair share of criticism as well.
One of the biggest criticisms is this: What the heck are we going to do? A game this large is bound to have some pretty bland sections of the game. Maybe even more then some. So is it going to be one of those cases where after the initial “oohs” and “aahs” wear off it gets pretty boring?
Part of me is a little worried about that scenario. As impressed as I am with this game, I’m a little worried that it’s going to get pretty boring after a while and I know other people share this sentiment. So that got to thinking if it’s still worth a purchase. In defense of No Man’s Sky, I did some research and came up with 10 reasons I think this game will be worth it. I’m sure there are other reasons this game will be awesome but this is a good start.
This is a survival/sandbox game. I’m sure you all know what those are thanks to Minecraft and the countless other similar games on the market. You’ll do a lot of resource collecting and crafting. Which can be seen in action below.
Of course a major part of the game, if you so choose, is exploration. There are millions upon millions of planets to explore. Billions even. There are space stations to land on and check out. Each planet has its own distinct flavor. Sometimes you’ll find buildings or monoliths. Or there might be large cave systems underground. Plus there are all kinds of different critters that you could discover and name. It remains to be seen if this gets boring or not. But as of right now, the prospect of so much unknown is very exciting.
3. Planet day/night cycles
There are day and night cycles on each planet. They actually spin on their axis like a real planet and are affected in different ways. The cycles can affect the temperature as well as what kind of creatures are out. For example on one planet predators might show up when it turns nighttime. Which would make exploring at night a bit more perilous.
As well as having day/night cycles, each planet will have its own weather which is something you will have to contend with as well. Some planets are very cold or very hot. Your suit will protect you for a time but eventually it wears out and you’ll have to find shelter of some sort. To do that you could find a building or get underground where the temperature may be different.
5. Equipment upgrades
Speaking of getting underground you can upgrade your tools to dig your way underground if a cave opening is not close at hand. You can upgrade and create several different kinds of equipment using the aforementioned mining and crafting. One example is a pair of binoculars that can be used to scope out the area and mark a location. Or a terraforming upgrade that can be used to make your own way underground. Or a jetpack which would make getting around convenient and fun. You can also upgrade your ship so that you can travel further into the universe. Just to mention a few.
Sean Murray recently revealed that there will be NPCs in the game as well. They are of different alien races that you can interact with. Some will help and some might not. How you behave also affects how they react to you as well. If you destroy or steal stuff from a certain race they will remember that and may react accordingly. As will rival races. If you help them out then they may help you out in return. An example might be a race that leans towards scientific discoveries. If you get in their good graces (or steal from them) you could get access to better technology. Or a race that might be more militaristic which might be good for weapons or ships.
7. Alien languages
Not only are there different races in No Man's Sky, they each have their own language. Which you don’t know but you can learn. The monoliths that are littered throughout the universe can help you learn the language a little at a time. There isn't complex syntax or language rules to learn but you will learn the vocabulary. As you find the monoliths and learn words from those they simply replace the alien words in english. It reminds me of learning the Al Bhed language in Final Fantasy X.
8. You can shoot and steal but there will be consequences.
You can make the decision to go the aggressive route and take everything instead of trading or finding. For example you can break into a factory to steal the valuables inside but not only will that particular race notice but so will the “police” of the universe. Even taking too many resources will get their attention and bots will be after you with lasers firing.
You’ll have a wanted level, similar to GTA, and the more bad things you do the more this level goes up and the more force they will use to get you. This isn’t probably a path I’m going to take personally but there something that’s pretty appealing about being a space pirate. Just make sure you have the upgrades to survive that lifestyle.
9. No Man’s Sky is huge
It's massive! So big you may not run into people. If you don't upgrade your ship it could take literal hours or days to travel to another planet. Almost 99% of the planets in this game will not be discovered or seen by anyone.
This is a bit of a double edged sword really. Technically it’s amazing. And you will definitely be able to explore and discover things that other people have not. But on the flip side running into another person will be rare. This game is technically multiplayer but it’s so vast that you’re not likely to run into a real person very often. Honestly this doesn't bother me but I know that this is a bit of a turn off for some people.
This is one of the things about No Man’s Sky that I’m on the edge about. I’m impressed with the scope of it all. But I’m not sure how long that feeling will last. Is it going to be boring for a majority of the game? Overall I’m still impressed and I think it’s still a high selling point for the game even though it could turn out to be a negative. We shall see.
10. You are free to play how you want
You are capable of playing the game how you want. You can be an explorer, a pirate, or a trader. And you can go in any direction. The center of the universe seems to be a goal that keeps showing up but you don’t have to do that if you decide not to. Think about the possibilities. There is an entire universe to explore. Quite literally. That is what makes No Man’s Sky interesting, that sense of wonder. There are all kinds of potential for adventure. We shall see if it holds up when it releases in June.
No Man’s Sky has a lot of potential to be very innovative. In some ways it already is. I think there is enough here to be a great game though. And I’m hoping it will be as amazing as it sounds. What do you guys think? Are there any other points that make this game awesome?
As a bonus here is new 20 min gameplay video from IGN showcasing a few of these cool features.
4/18/2016 Christopher D. Anderson