Author Topic: Is No man's sky any good these days?  (Read 694 times)

Kryton

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Is No man's sky any good these days?
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:42:29 AM »
Just bought it on steam, but need to wait a few days to play it. Has it improved since release?
How's the base building? Exploration? How much content is in there?

Basically will it scratch the itch of wanting a survival(lite), base building style game?

Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 10:29:25 AM »
Just bought it on steam, but need to wait a few days to play it. Has it improved since release?
How's the base building? Exploration? How much content is in there?

Basically will it scratch the itch of wanting a survival(lite), base building style game?

I've played it on and off since launch and it's unquestionably improved. As much as I loved playing it in the months after release, it was little more than a tech demo really with a simplistic game loop. These days it has a properly developed story-line, plentiful ongoing procedural quests, actual multiplayer and several different modes including survival (more challenging), permadeath (survival with 1 life only) and creative (sandbox with infinite resources).

Just following the story-lines to their end should provide 40+ hours of play without taking into account the open universe and online elements. I have hundreds of hours logged over the last 2-3 years.

I think it'd scratch that itch. Some people do nothing but build stuff. But outside of creative mode you can expect a grind. The early game is rather top-heavy, I think, and it takes quite a while to get off the tutorial rails and into the game proper.

I'd also mention that there's a large update due this summer which is supposed to expand the multiplayer gameplay amongst other things. That should be a good thing, but in the past they've had made a habit of changing all the resources and blueprints in major updates, which can be rather irritating as you're forced to relearn the systems, and their quality control has been pretty abysmal, with game-breaking bugs often lingering for weeks.

On the whole though, I think it's genuinely a great game that still has a future and this would be a good time to get into it.

kalowski

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Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 11:39:00 AM »
There are story lines? I just seem to spend hours mining copper and then my air or radiation protection runs out.

Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 12:05:43 PM »
Yeah, there are, but you can ignore them. Early on, unless you play an old version, the game should be setting you objectives that lead to getting a working ship, hyperdrive and the ability to warp between systems. After that you can do what you like.

Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 12:09:40 PM »
It was good from day one

Kryton

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Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 12:55:40 PM »
Blimey this is beautiful isn't it?

I've built a kind of shack in the shadow of a crashed freighter on a planet that is soaked with corrosive rain - It's not much but it's home. I'm calling it my first base as I scout other planets looking for ideal locations


In the second system I explored, I was awe-struck in discovering a glacial planet that consisted of about 80% water with tiny lonely islands dotted around all basking in an orange/pink glow. I can't wait to figure out how to get a submarine and explore the damn thing. I already have plans for a building something on one of the little islands and basking in my own lonely paradise.

The world generation is fucking astounding. I spent about ten hours playing this yesterday and I've just been gobsmacked by how beautiful it is...

https://imgur.com/a/Q0ynRG7


Twed

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Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 03:42:47 PM »
It is gorgeous. Here's why I don't think it's beautiful. Some other worlds from No Man's Sky:


Kryton

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Re: Is No man's sky any good these days?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2019, 05:37:28 PM »
Just got myself a free fucking freighter after fighting off some pirates!
Meanwhile, I've been building up my shitty base and exploring a few planets. S
till utterly loving this game.
Also found two crashed ships that I've nabbed but they need some serious repairs.

Still enjoying just hopping from planet to planet in the downtime between the quests.

No real idea of what I should be doing but that's kind of wonderful as I can take everything at my own pace.

No idea how I get a submarine either, but I can't wait to get one and take it to my proposed glacier/water planet for a mooch about.