Those looking for a game without restrictions where the goal is what you make of it No Man’s Sky delivers.
The is not made for everone
Keep hearing that same excuse.
It's just a fact. It's a game for people with imagination, creativity and a certain intelligence.
Yep. Literally. I mean, he just described every game in the world.
A game that requires creativity where you create nothing? sounds epic. Way out of my league. Only game I'm capable of playing is Peggle2.
@Errorist Wow, didn't know you needed all those prerequisites to break rocks and name planets after body parts. Does the game also come with a high horse?
It's not an excuse when some people legitimately love the game. It's already single handedly responsible for my not getting more than 5 hours of sleep on any night since it came out. The last game to get this addictive this quickly for me was Rocket League.
@frostypants I'm glad you are enjoying it but I think it goes without saying that some people will like the game and others won't. I don't think we need to be constantly reminded of this fact in nearly every NMS review.
Survival games, in general, are a niche market and most score around 5/10 on average... Don't see it as an excuse so much as mass attention to a game that most people normally ignore because it's not for them (Rust, State of Decay, Elite Dangerous, etc.).
Yeah any game can not be for everyone
@Christopher It is an excuse because such a general and bare statement can be applied to any genre of game, even the more popular ones.
@gangsta_red, but that's got nothing to do with what you said. You called it an "excuse". That doesn't make sense. An "excuse" for what? If "it goes without saying that some people will like the game and others won't" (your words), then that's not an excuse, it's a viable observation. You then say "It is an excuse because such a general and bare statement can be applied to any genre of game, even the more popular ones." But...again, how does that make it an excuse? It's not an excuse, it's a point of fact. Survival and exploration games tend to be more niche, as Christopher said. As such, they'd basically have to change their fundamental makeup and become something else entirely to get a better mainstream score. Those of us who ENJOY these games DO NOT WANT that. Calling it "an excuse" implies that we would want or welcome such a change. We wouldn't. It's already baffling enough to gamers like us that something like Call of Duty or Halo could possibly get better scores than games like these. But that's OK, what's popular is popular. But we like our niche.
@Errorist76 Maybe if the game had the ability to create a base or a large ship with supplies like Starbound, The Forest, or even the settlements in Fallout 4 ect I'd agree with you but aside from imagination as in wondering what the next planet will look like ect there really isn't much to this game in it's current shape, all the tasks you do are very simple.
@frostypants It is an excuse, people are applying this only to the low scoring reviews of this game.
***It is an excuse because such a general and bare statement can be applied to any genre of game, even the more popular ones.*** You do realize that the 'more popular' genres are actually made for 'everyone' possible, though, right? They are popular genres because they grew from being made for as much of the market as possible. So, no, I can't see it being appied to more popular genres at all. And, I still don't think lildudexst was using it as an excuse, merely a statement of fact. The exact same thing one can say about Japanese story games, or rapelay games and the like. I think you saying that this is an excuse attempts to remove it as a point of contention as to why many people who don't typically review or play these sort of games wouldn't like them and why they are questioning why there isn't more when it is typical for many of the games of the same genre. I'm not saying it's a fun game or whatever, but I know people who play and enjoy a ton of survival games for what they are while I question why I even installed and played them (and why I should never review one, because I would likely rate it poorly as well).
@Errorist76 So...if you don't enjoy this absolute bore of a game, you're not smart? It doesn't challenge on any intellectual level and it has the depth of a puddle. Nice logic, m8.
@Christopher "You do realize that the 'more popular' genres are actually made for 'everyone' possible, though, right?" That really makes little sense and I disagree with that completely. Every game is made with the possibility that 'everyone' will or can enjoy it. Every genre has the potential to break through and become popular to the masses. And with that comes the followers who make games to capitalize on that current success. Not entirely sure what point you're trying to make here. I think it's obvious that using "this game isn't for everyone" excuse only attempts to invalidate negative reviews for this game or to dismiss comments from others who expressed that they did not like this game, whether or not this genre is popular is irrelevant. @Ziggurcat "Do you have evidence that supports this statement? Because that statement could be true for all games that receive low scores." Sure ziggurcat, it could also be applied to other games as well, but I am applying it to this one right here. Anything else?
"It is an excuse, people are applying this only to the low scoring reviews of this game." Do you have evidence that supports this statement? Because that statement could be true for all games that receive low scores.
if the game isn't very fun, the planets all have the same things on it, if it ends up being just a grind fest where all you do is mine mine mine mine all while being handled in a rudimentary inventory layover, and the game has technical issues like frame rate and severe pop-ins then it doesn't matter how niche the genre is. reviewers are likely to lower their scores.
I don't fancy it myself. I watched the guy from Eurogamer playing in 4k as id be interested in the PC version, & my god it was so dull. He even said people watching may get bored, it's so dull to watch, I suffered about 20 mins of him shooting a laser at rocks & gave up...
Low scores galore
Sits only 6 points below Quantum Break on meta so apparently its not too bad.
I haven't seen a game get low scores like this in a while.
Apparently you haven't seen the higher scores it's gotten either, because you never seem to go in there and say how it's also getting high scores galore...since the high scores are roughly equal to the average or "low" scores(as you like to call them).
@rain No kidding hey? Games at a 50/50 split on meta, 28 positive 30 mixed with an avg now at 72%, UP from 68% last week. It's not an open and shut case. Ya wouldn't know it though, the way a particular handful have been stalking this game, or more specifically the lesser reviews as if to say "told ya so". It's so transparent.
I'd be super curious to see how NMS would be received if it never had gotten any of those hype building trailers, if it just came out real quiet with just a boring trailer and announce and then let reviews and word of mouth do the rest. Over-hype has certainly been a problem for this game, attracting all kinds of attention from the wrong kinds of crowds and by that I mean people that might not normally buy that kind of game. I'm sure tons of people bought it off of hype alone even though they had a nagging feeling it might not be for them. Those first couple of trailers really started that train rolling, I don't think anyone can deny that they are excellent trailers.
It probably wouldn't be getting nearly as many reviews, nor would most people even know it existed nor care what the scores were, but I'd imagine the scores that are out there would be pretty consistent with what they are now, with the removal of the biased ones which play into console preference regardless of which end of the spectrum they fall on.
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