I was able to play some No Man’s Sky tonight and decided to share my first two hours of gameplay with everyone.
No Man’s Sky has gotten a lot of hate and it’s well deserved in my opinion. You can’t advertise features being in a game that aren’t there and expect people to be happy about it. Especially from a “Indie” game. I don’t consider No Man’s Sky a Indie because Sony helped fund it. Once a huge company like that funds a game it’s no longer Indie in my opinion.
When I started No Man’s Sky it was very underwhelming. I expected the graphics to blow me away because that’s one of the few things that people praise about this game. Imagine my surprise when I booted up the game and saw this:
It didn’t get any better from there. The entire planet had muddy textures and the controls are awful. Simple things like aiming my mining laser were a pain because of how much effort I had to put into it. At first I thought it was just me. Maybe my sensitivity was too low, but adjusting it didn’t really help at all. The gameplay is very stiff and slow.
I spent my first hour gathering all of the necessary materials to fix my ship and then rushed off into space because that’s what I really wanted to experience and it was much better. Flying around planets and blowing up small asteroids was fun. I even found my first space station and learned two words of a strange alien language.
When I landed on another planet I immediately got bored again because I know exactly what I have to do. Gather resources until I run out of inventory space, run back to my ship to store everything while occasionally fighting off drones that guard flowers for some fucking reason.
No Man’s Sky is like Minecraft in space so far and that’s not really a good thing in my opinion. The soundtrack is nice so far, the graphics are hit and miss, and the gameplay makes it hard to have any fun because it works against the exploration that this game has to offer. I don’t know how much time I’ll put into this game yet, but I’m not really in a rush to jump back in at the moment.