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No Man's Sky - The "We Fixed All That Stuff We Promised Except For Some Stuff" Edition


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I held off on playing No Man's Sky when it first came out because I don't trust hype, and then because it turned out I was right to not trust hype. Anyway, fast forward two years to now, and the game has received some really good reviews from players. So, I bought it and started playing.

 

It's a really interesting game. It plays like a survival game in the beginning, and then you build up the stuff you need to fly your ship into space and then you, well, go into space.

 

First, the universe is huge. I've seen two planets so far. And a space station that I found last night. I imagine there's a whole lot more that I haven't seen so far. So yeah, the universe is freaking huge.

 

And there are things to do. People give me quests, and I do them. Usually, it's tag something or kill something, or go somewhere and do something, but it's a lot more interesting than some games that have way more fedex missions than they should.

 

The graphics are excellent. The different ways to travel are interesting, ranging from running across the terrain to really fun dune buggy vehicles that jump all over the terrain like dune buggies do.

 

There is a sense of mystery within the game, too, meaning it's a story driven thing that you start on a path towards solving. You have to learn the languages of the people you meet (which takes a lot of time as you learn it word by word), and some alien encounters can be a bit baffling (but not in a bad way).

 

My only complaints so far involve how complex the handling of a ship is, the lack of a directional system (it has an interstellar map for areas close to you but I have yet to be able to figure out how to match it with what I'm doing in space at that moment), there's no planetary map, and I suspect this last one is just a problem I'm having that probably has a solution, but travel between solar systems (when you can finally do it) took me 25 minutes of holding the target in site and pressing pulse engine the entire time. I have to believe there's a better system in place I can't find.

 

Also, the mapped buttons (and the options menu that shows it) doesn't tell you how to open your inventory. Took me 2 hours to discover it was the TAB key. Even went on every web site I could find, searching for an answer, and all I found were people asking questions of "where is the inventory key"on the PC" version" and almost every answer was an Xbox explanation or a PS4 explanation.

 

But for a seasoned lego spaceman, I think I might find many hours of pleasure, and frustration, with this game.

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Yeah you're supposed to use warp drive to travel between systems, and it takes 20 seconds. You need to follow the main mission to acquire your first warp cell. Then in the next system you get recipes for the stuff needed to make more. Follow the mission tips on the bottom-right side of the screen, and make sure to enable the main story as your mission in the mission log (press ESC and then go into Log).

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4 hours ago, CitizenVectron said:

Yeah you're supposed to use warp drive to travel between systems, and it takes 20 seconds. You need to follow the main mission to acquire your first warp cell. Then in the next system you get recipes for the stuff needed to make more. Follow the mission tips on the bottom-right side of the screen, and make sure to enable the main story as your mission in the mission log (press ESC and then go into Log).

So, my main mission isn't the "you detect a signal from a ruin on another planet" mission that's been active the whole time I was on the first planet?

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