Saturday, March 11, 2017

GAMING - No Man's Sky

"No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.  The game was released worldwide in August 2016.

The gameplay of No Man's Sky is built on four pillars: exploration, survival, combat, and trading.  Players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion (1.8×1019) planets, many with their own sets of flora and fauna." - Wikipedia

The above is an understatement.  It is also an open universe and open world.  It also plays somewhat real time, like how long it takes you to fly to a planet even with your 'Pulse Engine' aka Hyperdrive (as-in Star Trek).  Also, as you approach a planet you encounter asteroids that have to be avoided or destroyed with ship weapons.  Then there's the enemy starships.

They just released Pathfinder Update v1.20:  "The Path Finder update introduces planetary vehicles, Base Sharing, PS4 Pro support, ship/weapon specialization, permadeath mode, and much more.  It shows the path for the future."

Base Sharing:  "Bases can now be shared online, allowing other players to discover and explore your outpost."

The play goes like this:
  • You start with your starship crashed on a planet
  • You have to repair your starship so you can take off, which means....
  • You have to salvage parts, gather minerals and ores, etc, needed to do ship repairs and upgrades to your environmental suit and 'weapon'
All the while avoiding getting killed by the 'natives.'

I am really having fun playing it.

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