I don't know how many of you were following No Man's Sky like I was, but I'm posting this here anyway. I first became interested in this game 3 years ago when they had a cover story in Game Informer. I was very excited for the promise of No Man's Sky. It seemed like it was going to be great. Unfortunately, what we ended up getting was not so great. I recently completed the main objective, as well as the one little shred of a story questline it had called the Atlas Path.
The main objective of the game is to reach the center of the galaxy, which took me just over 50 hours to do. You start off on a random procedurally generated, life-sized planet, your ship crashed and unusable. Your first task is to explore this planet and repair your ship with resources you've found. Once you're done with that, it's time to leave and explore the 18 quintillion fully life-sized planets. Yes you read that right. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well... not so. It's fun for the first 2 hours or so, but then it starts to settle in... how not fun this game actually is. There really is no objective whatsoever, other than the Atlas Path if you choose to follow it, which in itself is kind of pointless anyway.
The game is just... the same basic 5 or so planets repeated over and over again with different colors and layouts. You want to get to the center of the galaxy because you're told that some amazing mystery that you have to see to believe is there, so you want to do that. I did... and I regret it. From where I started off in the galaxy, I had 175,000+ light-years to travel to reach the center. This is a tall order. The game decides to make this easier by offering the option of going through black holes to speed things up, but each time you do so a part of your ship breaks, so you have to land and gather more resources to repair those parts. Eventually you wise up and decide to stock up on those resources so you don't have to land and mine so much, but your starting ship can only hold so much. So now it's time to go mine and mine away to earn Units, the monetary system in the game, to buy a new ship. If you want anything with decent storage, you will need at least 5 million units, which is no small task. It's basically, mine resources, run back and sell them due to your small inventory, and then go mine again. You will do this over and over again on different planets until you've gathered up enough units for that nice new ship. Yeah, that's well and good but your upgrades that you made to your previous ship do not carry over, so unless you destroyed them to gain back half of the resources required to make them beforehand, it's time to start mining again to get your upgrades back, and you desperately need your upgrades, which of course you have to randomly find the blueprints for. The basic ship will do you no good. If you're traveling to the center, you will need the three warp reactor upgrades. The first one is fine as it requires common resources. The second and third one are horrible, as they require rare and uncommon resources in great capacity. Now this wouldn't be so bad if you only had to do it once, but if you want to make any real progress you have to use the aforementioned black holes to travel, and more often than not, the parts breaking are your precious warp reactors... so it's back to grinding rare resources so you can use them again. Not to mention the fact that you need warp cores to even use the warp function, and your hyperdrive only holds 5 of them at a time. Now add the resources needed to make them, along with the resources needed to keep your ship running all into your inventory, and you are pretty much dead on space at this point. And this is the entire game. Warp, repair, warp, land, mine, make cores, repair, warp again.
Now here is the most infuriating thing about this game for me. The center of the galaxy, the prize for all of your hard work and dedication. Guess what happens once you reach it. Go ahead, just take a guess. It must be something miraculous and worth the journey, right?
There you have it, $60 poured down the drain.
Now supposedly the game is not done, and is essentially early access right now, which is a load of bullshit for what they are calling a completed, full priced game. They are working on adding new features such as building bases on planets, and the ability to own trade-freighters, so maybe No Man's Sky will be good in a couple years. Maybe not.
Check out this astonishing list of things promised to be in the game but are no where to be found.
Edited by Vincent, 21 August 2016 - 04:22 AM.