No Man’s Sky may be the killer app for the next couple of years of gameplay, and that’s really unfortunate for some gamers.
Some people say I’m an easily excited person, but my excitement for No Man’s Sky was hard-earned. A spaceflight simulator with the ability to pierce orbit and explore the surface of a planet, explore, harvest materials, and all sorts of things, No Man’s Sky is aiming to be the title that makes me break down and upgrade. I’ve been playing similar games for quite some time and they’ve all been lacking what others have and I think what we have here is a glorious amalgamation of starshippy goodness.
I’ve been waiting a long time for a spaceflight game that I can call home. My first foray into the genre was Fury3, where you were a star pilot who went around blowing up bad guys while awesome nineties techno played in the background. I loved that game. Unfortunately, it took place on different levels and you couldn’t actually leave the planets that often.
Next I got big into Spore, which had me really hopeful. All the early stuff is neat and all, but flying around space dropping your designer species on planets and getting rich off of spice is rather nice. At first. Unfortunately it gets bogged down with incessant calls for help and I just got tired of it.
After Spore was X3, and that was a game I adored. It was a little frustrating at first, the learning curve and all, but the freedom was exhilarating. I was flying around in space saving lives, making deliveries (sometimes successfully) and commandeering the ships of my enemies. Unfortunately, for all its charm, I always felt so lonely. “Go play EVE!” they said. “It’s fun!” they said. And I enjoyed it for a bit too, but I’m not hardcore enough for that. People commit real life property damage for this game! Way out of my league y’all!
So that leaves me with No Man’s sky. When I saw the first ever footage of the game, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at. Spore 2 maybe? I heard talk of a fully procedural game and here I am watching someone swimming with sea life and they’re walking out and my mind is blowing over and over.
Look at them leave orbit! Look at those huge ships! The space battles? It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven, except replace bland old cloudy cities and pearly gates and replace them with an entire galaxy to play around in to my heart’s content.
So as I’m watching the trailer and freaking out, it occurs to me that there’s no way my current set-up is going to be able to handle the game. You have to be this tall to ride and I’m a foot too short. At the time of this writing, No Man’s Sky is available for the PS4 and the PC. How do I choose? I mean, the Xbox is definitely out (sorry, Chief).
Sony has quite a few things that appeal to me on the PS4, especially Transistor and No Man’s Sky. Unfortunately, those are also both PC titles. I think practically the only reason I would want to play No Man’s Sky on a console is because when you have a big TV and a small monitor, sometimes you want to sit in the dark on your couch rocketing around space even if it isn’t the absolute most high definition it could be.
Now, I have some definite concerns about the game, on PC or PS4, with regards to its multiplayer. The fully procedural universe is universally procedural, so everyone has the same universe. To that end, if some jerk decides to engage in a quest to depopulate planets, those planets would be ruined for you. Now, the universe is a big place and all but I’ve never seen griefers back down from a chance to ruin a game for everyone.
Also, given my experience with other huge games is memory leakage and I’d definitely have concerns about a huge universe and slowdowns as I got further and further into the game. But I could be wrong. But maybe I’d be best not being an early adopter and letting the bugs get sorted out. Bide my time watching Let’s Plays and keeping an eye out for any shenanigans.
I guess what this means is I’ll just have to wait and see. The price of a PC, built with parts bought on sale, would come to about the same as a PS4 if I’m lucky or a little more. I’d probably have to consider the other space titles coming out, and balance that with the fact that I really, really want to play The Last of Us Remastered. Weighing that against Star Citizen and Dreadnought… It’s so hard to say since Dreadnought will also be on the PS4.
My current set-up of peripherals is severely lacking and while I could improve my quality of play greatly by spending more money, sometimes I’d like to get the most bang for my buck. If I absolutely had to decide now given all the other titles I’m interested in I’d probably get the PS4 now and wait to upgrade my computer because while the sky may be no man’s, it’s definitely this woman’s and she’s going to play the heck out of it.