Skip to main content

To Boldly Go...Wherever the Hell You Want

Hello Games has released their groundbreaking new game; No Man's Sky. Available on PS4 and PC, it gives players the opportunity to explore a galaxy of 18 quintillion planets (yes that's a real number), with the ultimate goal of reaching the centre of the galaxy. Along the way they will have to create, mine and trade resources to power and advance their equipment and their ship.

The game is built on four pillars:
  • Exploration
  • Trading
  • Combat
  • Survival
The developers have done a good job of capturing the feel of both Star Trek and Star Wars whilst also taking inspiration from Frank Herbert's Dune and science fiction authors Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein. Every planet in the galaxy is explorable. When players log in for the first time they will find themselves on a random planet, where they will have to complete certain tasks before they can leave. From there players can go wherever they want provided they have the resources to do it. Players can upload details of their discoveries to the Atlas, if they are the first to discover a planet they will be credited with the find. Each planet differs in terms of environment and indigenous life forms, 90% of the planets are uninhabitable. Obviously some life forms are hazardous to your health whereas others will just run away from you. Within 24 hours of release over ten million species had been discovered. Every planet holds resources in the form of plants and rocks, these can be mined using the player's multi-tool, a device that also acts as a weapon. If players continuously mine resources from a planet they will be attacked by robots called "Sentinels", they range in size from small flying probes to large walkers that look like the offspring of an AT-ST from Star Wars and ED-209 from RoboCop. The action isn't just planet based either. It's possible to mine resources from asteroids, visit space stations for trade and take part in ship to ship combat as well. Once your warp drive is online you can travel to new solar systems or revisit systems you've already discovered.

Now this all sounds very exciting, the ability to explore this massive and diverse galaxy how and when you please. And it is...for a little while. But then the activities can start to feel repetitive, searching planets for the resources you need to power your ship and your equipment so you can move on to the next planet and do it all over again. As I've mentioned before; mine too many resources and the Sentinels will attack, apparently their numbers vary on different planets but so far they've got in the way of everything I've done. There is also very little explanation of the Atlas and how to acquire an Atlas Pass other than that you can't access certain drop boxes and parts of space stations without one.

Now this may sound contradictory given everything I've said but don't think that I hate No Man's Sky. I really like this game. It's open world - or galaxy - is amazing and groundbreaking and it's a fun game to play. The problem is it's only fun in small doses, I can quite easily see myself returning to it every few weeks or months. Personally I think it would have worked better as a multiplayer game; you and your friends create characters, choose your specialties and either man your own ships or form the crew of one larger ship. The opportunity to explore together has been a winning formula for MMORPG's for years and could do the same for No Man's Sky. It's possible that the game will become more interesting as you get deeper into the galaxy, but in the outer rim, what started out as interesting and becoming tedious.

What do you think of No Man's Sky? Let us know by leaving a comment below or find us on FaceBook and Twitter.


Popular posts from this blog

Breathe Easy: Average Guy Movie Review

Breathe Easy is an independent film, shot in multiple locations throughout ten countries. This global accomplishment took more than 20 directors roughly a year to make. Strange clouds have appeared in the sky across the globe and people are starting to behave in very strange ways. Governments are scrambling to deal with the crisis, but without knowing the cause, what can they do except...Breathe Easy? 

In a time when Hollywood studios can afford to film all over the world, it's easy for us to become indifferent. But an independent film shooting in ten countries including the UK, US, Australia and Hong Kong is an incredible achievement. And the results speak for themselves. Instead of focusing on one region or group during a global disaster - with small updates of events occurring elsewhere - the action is shared pretty much equally across all locations. It's an interesting look at how different people react to the same situation. Some will run, some will hide. Some will just ge…

Anticipated Movies of 2018

2018 is nearly here and with it comes a years worth of highly anticipated movies, here are a few to look forward to:

Molly's Game - 1st January
In his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin tells the story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain). Bloom - a former Olympic Skier - ran underground poker games for the Hollywood elite, eventually becoming the target of an FBI investigation.

All the Money in the World - 5th January
In 1973 John Paul Getty III - grandson of the wealthiest man on the planet - was kidnapped by the Mafia and held for ransom. But Grandad refused to pay leaving JP III to suffer 5 months of brutal captivity and his mother Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) fighting to bring him home. Her only help, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), an ex-CIA Agent working as a Fixer for John Paul Getty I.

Darkest Hour - 12th January
Winston Churchill is brought to life by an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour tells the story of Churchill's first 4 weeks in off…

Anthropoid: Average Guy Movie Review

On the 27th May 1942, Jozef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan) put into effect their plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the architect of the Final Solution, third highest ranking Nazi and head of German forces in occupied Czechoslovakia. Gabcik and Kubis were Czechoslovak agents working for the government in exile. 'Anthropoid', which means "resembling a human being in form" was the operation's codename. It's interesting to note that the agents were trained by British Intelligence. One of the men responsible for training them was Sir Christopher Lee.

The movie begins with the two agents parachuting into Czechoslovakia and covers the entire operation, including the bloody aftermath in which 15,000 Czecholslovaks were killed. Anthropoid has been praised for it's historical accuracy. Shot entirely in Prague, many of the real locations were used.The assassination scene plays out in real time, accurately depicting the movement…