I am not ready for what is to come.
No Man’s Sky is scheduled for release here in the US on the 9th of August, and my copy will hopefully be arriving sometime on tomorrow. I’m not ready for it though.
Ever since the announcement at Sony’s press conference back in 2013 when I first heard of it, I’ve been dying to get my hands on the game. It’s been nearly three years and I’m still on board even though I’m trying to temper my expectations. Remaining grounded has been a task in itself however. I’m a huge sci-fi nerd and the thought of being able to explore vast expanses of the void in a spaceship is something that has grabbed my imagination since I was a child.
My first experience with a space flight simulator, Descent: Freespace – The Great War solidified my love for the genre and hasn’t let me go since. I’m still wanting to go back to Freespace despite my inability to get the game to work on my computer. I love sci-fi games, movies, and even books. I even want to write my own science fiction book someday.
But I digress.
Hype has taken me fully. I bought a PlayStation 4 primarily because I’ve been anticipating No Man’s Sky’s release. Sure I’ve come across some gems on the console and even reviewed a couple like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but the main reason I wanted a PS4 was to explore the procedurally generated worlds of No Man’s Sky.
I’ve deliberately avoided the spoilers and complaining from select individuals and publications that procured illicit copies for broadcasting. This is mainly because I genuinely believe that Sean Murray is right that I should experience the game with a fresh perspective.
Alternatively, I am doing my best to go into the game dark because I’ve been pining for this game for years and don’t want to fill my head with doubt or negativity before I have a chance to play it and write a review.
“But Shelby… Isn’t it stupid to be ignorant of a game’s flaws? Wouldn’t you want to know before so you could save the money for something else?”
Well, on some level you are right, Hypothetical Pessimist. Let me deflate that realist-balloon for you.
First off, I love reviewing video games. Now that may not seem obvious considering that I’ve written very few game reviews compared to my incessant supply of opinionated drivel, but I do. I sincerely want to write about games for you folks that want a little heads-up from the everyman. If that comes at the cost of me buying a game that I hate, so be it. I will tell you one thing though: It has been a long time since I bought a game that I ended up not enjoying. I have a knack for these things (and no, I didn’t buy Knack).
Second, hype very rarely has burned me in the past. Destiny was the last game that I bought which I felt burned but even then I managed to get at least 200 hours of fun out of it before I felt like I got ripped off. I actually enjoyed Watch_Dogs too!
- Space Travel – There’s a near-infinite number of places to explore and you get to cover the vast expanses in between planets without waiting for a loading screen.
- Space Combat – You are able to take part in space battles on either side of a engagement.
- Space Semi-permadeath – Dying in No Man’s Sky won’t be as inconsequential as most other games.
- Space RPG elements – No Man’s Sky will have upgrades for you, your ship, and your equipment. There will also be something called “The Three Paths”. Sounds ominous… Or awesome.
- Space – Did I mention it takes place in space? How can a science fiction nerd not love the idea of No Man’s Sky?
I am well aware of the possibility of No Man’s Sky not living up to the hype. I’m also aware that it is entirely possible that I may not enjoy it at all, though I find that idea extremely unlikely. However, despite the game being teased for so long, costing me over $400 for me to be able to play it, making me wait for almost three years, and being so cryptically talked about; I’m still hyped for the game.
As far as I’m concerned, my copy can’t arrive soon enough.
My review will be posted as soon as I feel I have enough playtime to justify writing it. I will provide a link to it here as soon as it is up.
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