NO MAN’S SKY
Space explorer finally gets the release it deserves
After a tumultuous start marred by controversy and inflated expectations back in August 2016, the expanding universe of No Man’s Sky has undergone quite the transformation.
You might be aware of the drama of ‘unfulfilled promises’, as many gamers expected features such as being able to play in multiplayer that weren’t communicated well and was talked about a great deal in gaming circles at the time. But don’t worry, the game has changed a lot since then. Thankfully all that fuss has put it in a great position for Xbox One owners – it’s been updated loads since with more changes on the way, meaning we get the superior version right from the get go.
It’s an action-adventure survival game that focuses on exploration of randomly generated planets and solar systems. You start with a crashed ship on one planet that you need to fix using resources you find lying about, but along the way you’ll find all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures that have also been randomly generated. From lop-sided dinosaurs to fluffy but horribly dangerous ankle-biting monstrosities with scuttling crab legs, you never know what you’ll meet next. Almost everything you see will be a completely new discovery for you to name and research, although you can find areas where other explorers have travelled before and stumble across their discoveries.
As you find more upgrades for your ship you’ll be able to start planethopping and then eventually jump to different star systems. You’ll also find space stations inhabited by alien races you can interact with or even become embroiled in ship battles. As you explore further you’ll find odd monuments and fragments of lore that piece together a wider story surrounding the universe. You’ll find yourself pushing closer and closer to the very centre to see what secrets await for you there.
The journey won’t be easy, however, as along with randomly generated flora and fauna, you’ll also have to deal with extreme temperatures and different atmosphere types that could prove toxic to you. You can upgrade your armour to help mitigate it a little as you go, as well as upgrading your multitool to be more powerful or weaponised. That’ll particularly come in handy should you encounter hostile sentinels – roaming robotic eyeball things that scan you for hostile actions, or just outright attack you for the mistake of existing.
The Xbox One version will include all of the previous updates as well as the upcoming ‘Next’ update that’s said to be the biggest one yet. That means you’ll be able to build and customise your own base on a ‘home planet’ of your choosing, but if that feels too stationary for your liking, then you can always choose to get yourself a starship freighter to customise in a similar way as a travelling base. Unfortunately there still isn’t a lot of info on what else is being added and Sean Murray, co-founder and MD of Hello Games, is remaining tight-lipped: “We know that there is a lot of hunger out there for news and updates on
No Man’s Sky. We appreciate your patience, and we promise we are working hard to reward it.”
After almost two years since its launch it feels like we’re finally going to get to play the ultimate version of this beautiful universe. If you’ve stayed away until now, this will be the perfect time to set off on a starstudded space journey of your own.
“You’ll be able to build your own base on a ‘home planet’ of your choosing”