So, what do you actually do in No Man's Sky? - Sean Murray explains

"Space is big", wrote Douglas Adams in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. "You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space..."

It's a description that could not only apply to No Man's Sky, the enormous PlayStation 4 game being developed by the tiny Hello Games studio in Guildford, but also one that you sense would bring a smile to the lips of its likeable and loquacious lead, Sean Murray.

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MasterCornholio1272d ago

Basically he aims to achieve the same level of addictiveness as Minecraft. Instead of being on a planet building stuff you are exploring the universe and discovering new planets and life forms. In order to go deeper (just like mining in Minecraft) you have to collect resources and upgrade your equipment.

Sounds pretty neat to me and I'm happy that it isn't your typical space shooter.

Bennibop1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Its the game I am most looking forward to this year as it seems to be different to 90% of console games.

Do we know when it launches yet?

MasterCornholio1272d ago

My guess is 2015.


It's been a while in development and I believe it will launch this year.

XBLSkull1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Gonna receive this years "most disappointing" award after last years Destiny. A vast universe lacking gameplay. I've never understood the allure to this game. Procedurally generated content sucks in general, and we really have yet to see anything but a spaceship flying into and out of atmospheres. It's possible I could be wrong but from what has been shown of this game I have no idea why people think it is going to be amazing, it looks boring as hell.

The fact that we need an article "So, what do you actually do in No Man's Sky?" is all the proof you need.

Tiqila1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

It needs an article because previous information on what the core gamplay mechanics will look like were very sparse.

You are saying this:
- Destiny sucks
- No mans sky is lacking gameplay
- No mans sky gonna suck
- procedurally generated content sucks

Maybe you should play some CoD.

Mega241272d ago


"Procedurally generated content sucks in general"

So minecraft sucks in general? huh.

The negativity of some people astounds me, haven't even tried the game and already knows hows going to play out.

OT: Patiently waiting for this game. There's always an Indie game that defines a generation, really hope this one does.

freshslicepizza1272d ago

i'm glad he explained it a bit further, albeit a very long explanation. however i'm still very hesitant it will actually deliver. sounds like a huge undertaking with these grand ideas which leads me to two things that might happen. one is it will constantly be delayed and might not ship until 2016. the other is it might be broken up to deliver it in chunks like destiny and its famous dlc tactics.

very interesting game but can it actually deliver because to me it sounds like it would be a million times better if you had thousands of people to interact with online. yet he mentions you might bump into someone. which again means to me they are limited in what they want to do either by time constraints or some technical reason.

JamesBondage1272d ago

as long as it only costs like $20, i'm totally down to play, but i dont think i could spend $60

jambola1272d ago


his comment was bad, but yours was just as bad
you seem to be one of those people who will automatically assume someone only plays call of duty whenever they say they don't like a certain idea for a game etc

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thekhurg1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

So if I'm the type of gamer that finds Minecraft to be stupid - this game should be off my radar as well?

It already kind of off my radar is since it's an indie title but I always try to keep up with games on the off chance I'll still like it.

medman1272d ago

Sniff....sniff...something stinks. Oh, it's the khurg, never mind.

thekhurg1272d ago

@1 bubble medman

That made no sense. It's a legit question, nothing troll about it. I think minecraft is stupid and so far to date, I haven't liked a single indie title I've ever played.

TheStrokes1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

I'm really looking forward to this. My son loves minecraft and I play that with him, but I don't like the game... This on the other hand looks way more interesting AND im sure I can get my son playing along with me.
The scope of this is astounding! I'm a very picky gamer and only a few games are coming out this year that I'm really looking forward to. This is in my top 5. I love games that draw me in and keep me hooked in that world.
I cant wait to see more about this and see how it's panning out.

@XBLSKULL - It's plain to see why you have one bubble left. I just wish I had more so I could reply to pessimistic fools like you directly. I think you need more sunlight in your life.

LightofDarkness1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

That's a lovely sentiment, but this game doesn't have three things that make Minecraft so popular:

1) The ability to create practically anything, including the entire game world, which is the THE most important aspect of Minecraft. It focuses the imaginations of people of all ages and allows for group collaborations. Creativity, not discovery, is the fuel that keeps Minecraft burning. Simply serving up randomly generated content that can't be interacted with in very meaningful or creative ways is not nearly as exciting for kids who want to show off the crazy things they made with friends. The sense of community this game has is closely linked with the popularity of social networking.

2) The sense of community MC has is closely linked with the popularity of social networking. This game may not even mark other players from the AI all around you. The game's social aspect relies on images or videos shared with people via PSN/Youtube and such. Minecraft allows you to invite you and all your friends to a private server and just go nuts.

3) Mods. On PC, mods make Minecraft infinitely replayable and fuel a pretty large Youtube culture around playing through the various mods that can be found.

Now, while you can share videos via the PS4, I sincerely doubt you'll have the ability to edit/direct them in the way Minecraft videos on Youtube are created, which is another huge boon to its continued popularity. I'm not saying No Man's Sky will be bad, but hoping it's going to be the next Minecraft by not competing with Minecraft in any direct manner is not the best way to do it. Minecraft is now the de facto, really, and trying to beat it at its own game may be a fool's errand in any case. But I can't see this game stealing much of MC's audience based on the aspect of discovery alone. Heck, this game is a bit like Spore, and that game let you create your own species and still failed.

EDIT: from reading this, I haven't gleaned that info from it at all. It will have some addictiveness to it for those who enjoy discovery and exploration (me), but he seems to be going to great lengths to avoid comparisons to games like Minecraft. In order to avoid over-hyping, I suggest we all should as well. It's going to be its own thing.

SaveFerris1272d ago

Good point. No Man's Sky looks to be more like an exploration game with the goal of making it to the centre of the galaxy by trading resources and upgrading your ship.
Personally, Minecraft doesn't really interest me, maybe because there is too much freedom and I lack creativity. Same problem I ended up having with Lego.
In any case I will buy No Man's Sky because I do like Sci-fi games and I never did finish Elite back in the day.

Jdoki1272d ago


I can understand people not liking the sandbox nature of Minecraft, but if you are at all intrigued by it...

...On PC there's a lot of mods that add structured game play based around crafting. Some of them also throw in Survival modes to make life harder.

And there's quite a lot Adventure maps you can download that have very focused objectives (such as the recent Minecraft remake of Alien isolation). No crafting or creativity required! :)

SaveFerris1272d ago

Thanks for that. I wasn't aware of those kinds of things but I guess that is what the modding community is for, huh? Alas, I don't own a PC and my macbook is very old. Perhaps when I can afford to update my laptop then I'll seek it out.

frostypants1272d ago

Minecraft has very LITTLE sense of community in-game.

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3-4-51272d ago

* It seems like the next logical evolution of Minecraft where you can do all that, but throughout an entire universe and not just on one Land or planet.

* That and the art style & graphics are better, which is something missing from Minecraft since day one.

* I personally don't want to know much more about it....I just want to play it and be amazed and discover new things for myself, and I'm pretty sure that is how they would prefer most of us played it.

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No_Limit1272d ago

Good read. It seems like a large game and the news that the planet surfaces are destructible really caught my attention. One of more exciting games I am looking forward to later on this year. Hope to see more of the gameplay at E3.

LightofDarkness1272d ago

Yeah, that's great news. I was worried every planet would just be a plastic veneer with some similar looking wildlife all about (just varying in colour and size from planet to planet), with few interactive elements. Now it sounds like this game has even more potential and may be deeper than we first imagined.

Zenith4k1272d ago

Really impressed enough said

Saijahn1272d ago

I don't get the hype behind this game either. Different strokes for different folks.

Jdoki1272d ago

I'm intrigued by this game, but holding myself in check until it launches.

I love Elite, Wing Commander, Freelancer, Privateer 2, X-Wing / TIE Fighter space combat games, and I love Minecraft - so it should be a good match for me!

The idea of flying through space and landing on planets, exploring and discovering new life forms, is something any sci-fi fan would have dream of.

If NMS turns out a dud, so be it. Move on and wait for the next big thing - but I am very hopeful it'll have the great emergent sandbox game play and the longevity to back it up.

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