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Developped by hello games, No Man’s Sky (NMS) is marketed as a “game about exploration and survival in a procedurally generated infinite galaxy”. While that’s an apt description, it wasn’t obvious how true that was until I had 200 hours of gameplay under my belt.
Released in 2016 on Playstation and Microsoft, then in 2018 on X-Box, this open-world concept sandbox game represented in its lifetime the worst and the best marketing and gaming for a video game. Since 2016, Hello Games has been working to gradually improve the gaming experience. These updates include adding a multiplayer option; extended character story elements and goals; review of sentries; and the addition of space freighter bases and one-time expeditions.
The game usually begins on an uncharted planet in the Euclid Galaxy starter, with relatively mild surroundings, which serves as the first challenge. Keeping enough oxygen, cobalt or maybe ammonia will be a priority just to survive. Along the way, the collection of ferrous materials such as Ferrite Dust, Pure Ferrite, and Carbon will be needed to support the construction of shelters to stop the endless mineral collection. Over time, the player evolves from hunting and gathering to creating shelter. By then, you’ll be hooked.
Throughout the terrain, both above and below ground and underwater, are various flora (plants), fauna (animals) and minerals. The types differ for each planet, so there are almost endless combinations. Fauna can be useful either as food, or to be fed and ridden or adopted as companions, which opens up other possibilities beyond the food items they provide and transportation.
Your starting gear includes a multi-tool with various abilities. Initially, it has a basic scanner and you receive credits for scanning flora, fauna and minerals. There will be opportunities to upgrade the scanner using nanites, which are looted during scavenging and trading in various encounters. As should be obvious, the better the scanner, the more credits.
The hierarchy or class for all equipment goes from C to A. Above A is Class S. Advanced technology is available from collecting galactic trash across the planet, in the form of data from recovery. There are also various cargo drops that allow you to get buildable technology until you gather enough data to buy the blueprints so you can build it yourself. Other ancient planetary discoveries, including ancient bones, keys, and other curiosities, can be a real boon when looking to earn credits.
Be careful when gathering as there may be a “little” irritant in the form of sentries. Thanks to a recent update, Sentinels come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but the most common is a hovering robot that traverses the surface of many planets. Your scanner will alert you to the presence of a sentry or their former four-legged companions, including a dog-like quad and an AT-AT-looking sentry known as a walker.
As your resources increase, more travel options will become available, including an exosuit. The exosuit is essentially a vehicle. There are several different forms, and they make it easier to move around, gather resources, fight sentries, and protect the player from surroundings. The usefulness of these is greatly amplified as they are upgraded.