No Man’s Sky
18,446,744,073,709,551,616 randomly generated planets to discover and explore, No Man’s Sky leaves gamers to fend for themselves in the big, wide universe. Hop on board your skip and take to the skies in No Man’s Sky.
August 11, 2016
Set for release on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in August 2016, avid gamers will finally get the chance to explore the universe that they have longed for since it was announced back at E3 2014. The fact that No Man’s Sky was the first independently-developed game to be unveiled at E3’s main event seems to suggest that Sony believe this universe simulator will go far. The concept is spectacular and, barring any catastrophic failures, No Man’s Sky will go down in the gaming history books as the Game of the Year 2016.
The best feature is undoubtedly the sheer scale of the game, which is outstanding to say the least. Advancements in technology have opened up video games to a range of new possibilities, but No Man’s Sky has taken gaming to the next level. There have been a number of video games over the years that have been big; massive even, but when you consider that No Man’s Sky has 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets in total, it kind of takes the cake when it comes to size. Considering that each of these planets will have their own resources, wildlife and weather systems to explore and experience, the amount of content on offer is close to infinite.
It has been stated that it would take 5 billion years to explore every inch of the No Man’s Sky universe. To make a good thing better, the developers have stated that 99% of these planets will never be discovered. This means that every time you go off to a new section in the universe, the likelihood of you finding a completely unexplored planet or a new species of animal during your explorations are incredibly high. Not only that, but when you discover a new species or planet, one that has never been encountered in the game’s history, you will be credited as the discoverer and will be given the opportunity to name it yourself.
Just like in our own universe, things are constantly on the move. Planets can and will be affected depending on their proximity to a nearby star or sun. Similarly to how Mars, believed to have been habitable some 3.5 billion years ago, has become a barren planet due to how close it is to the sun, planets within No Man’s Sky could face a similar fate, which will result in a multitude of different planet structures and environments throughout the game.
Write Your Own Destiny
Rather than forcing players to partake in tedious quests and missions, No Man’s Sky has been designed to appeal to your inner explorer, allowing users to go wherever they please, whenever they please, all to their heart’s content. This is the sandbox of all sandbox games – like the look of that mountain far in the distance, miles away from where you’re standing? You can reach it, set foot on it and explore the untold mysteries that it has to offer. Exploration is the only mission in No Man’s Sky, and when you remember just how many planets there are to explore, there certainly won’t be a short supply of it.
No Man’s Sky wants you to produce your own story, your own journey and your own adventure, in whatever way you please. If you want to style yourself as a hard-working trader, mining minerals, buying and selling goods to keep your ship up and running, it’s your choice. If you would rather choose the bandit life, murdering others, annoying sentinels and making a name for yourself as the Blackbeard of space, the game won’t hold you back. If exploration is your thing, you there is nothing stopping you from setting out to make some of the greatest discoveries in the game’s history.
Every aspect of the game has been tailor made to ensure that players will never run out of new things to see and do. All undiscovered species of animal will not only look completely different to anything else that you have seen, but they will also have its own sounds. The developers have created a system that produces virtual vocal cords for these animals depending on their shape and size. It is these little touches that will make No Man’s Sky truly breathtaking – everything you encounter will always be original and unique. The likelihood of coming across the same thing more than once is highly unlikely, no matter how hard you try.
The scale of No Man’s Sky makes it almost impossible to describe everything that it has to offer. Yet, for the same reason, No Man’s Sky is likely to be the biggest game of 2016. Whether you’ve been waiting patiently since E3 2014 or have just discovered what this game has to offer, 24th June 2016 is a day that no gamer will want to miss.