One of the most anticipated releases of the year (if not this generation) with every media outlet writing some form of article depicting their expectations. The question I asked myself prior to the games release, "is it possible to live up to the hype?". Well, the answer was quickly given to me as the game launched.
Obviously No Man's Sky is a massive universe in which the players may travel where they want and explore planets until they die of lack of sleep. Mining, exploring, surviving, and trading are the main features of the game. Unfortunately that simply isn't enough content in today's gaming age. Yes, you will have an awesome time for a few hours exploring and finding the secrets of the game however you will eventually get tired and bored of the same old elements the game offers. Is it worth $60? Depends who you are honestly. Some will enjoy hours upon hours of simply exploring the planets while others will get bored with maybe even a couple hours. It completely depends who you are. That's probably the main reason reviewers are so split with this game. Don't let the low reviews scare you from the game.
No Man's Sky does have a number of features to allow hours of gameplay. Whether flying from one unique planet to another in search for species while mining the planets minerals and trying to survive either from weather or the sentinels or even some angry weird looking species. However, the list comes up quite short. You would think a game this big would never get boring right? Well, if it doesn't get boring it will certainly get repetitive or just stop being fun. Sure, you can trade or explore to your hearts desire however trading ends up becoming a hassle and exploring can get boring. After playing 20+ or so hours of the game, I have a reached a point where I am in a constant loop of mining and selling and have simply got tired of exploring. This would be incredibly boring if I didn't have a friend talking to me about all the content Hello Games could add and listening to the games impressive soundtrack.
Sean Murray and Hello Games have created a massive game which they can take anywhere. My question is where should they take it? I would personally love base building or having the option to play with friends or even just adding a nice story or some lore. I have so many ideas flowing through my head that could almost certainly add another 50+ hours of fun to the game. It's not like we haven't seen games gone from bad to bad ass within updates after launch. DriveClub is considered one of the greatest racers of this generation and that had a terrible launch. But either way I feel this game could become something special with updates to improve and add more content.