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Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky

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So despite the reviews, I'm really enjoying No Man's Sky. I'm going to keep posting videos and pictures as I play and talk about my journey to the galactic center here so as not to overload the regular journal since I'm playing quite a bit.

I do think the reviews are definitely valid though. It's largely empty despite being such a massive game and the planets that you visit can be hit or miss in terms of beauty, flora and fauna, and resources. You'll also spend a lot of time planet side collecting mundane resources like plutonium and such. Still the exploration factor is quite enjoyable. You can get an idea of the major elements on a planet before hitting atmo, but you really can't tell what the planet will be like. One planet I found was like a beach and ocean planet with lots of water and the land all just looked like a giant beach. I found another desert type planet that was stunning and had giant flying worms to admire. And still another planet was thriving with what appeared to be fungal-based life forms; I called it planet Mario. Finally others are barren and seemingly bereft of life.

Yet even these planets can have surprises such as a planet I found yesterday. It was mostly devoid of life, but there were large pods that contained huge pearls. Each was worth close to 20,000 units and you could stack five in an open ship inventory slot. But they were being guarded by robotic sentinels, so I spent an hour doing this:

Yeah, those robotic sentinels swarm quickly when you steal a pearl.

After I grew tired of that I moved onto the next system. This system had an available base. I was tempted to go for it since the system had five planets and one moon, but two planets had hostile sentinels. Luck would have it that these two planets were the only ones that had gold, and the available base was on a pretty dull and cold snow planet, so I decided to pass.

The system I'm currently exploring also has an available base, so I'm checking out the other planets before I proceed with it, but so far the system looks promising.

I'm aware of the massive amount of complaints levied against this game, but I still want to try it. I've always been big on space and the exploration thereof. This looks fun and relaxing. Looking forward to seeing what else you come across.

Thanks, Frosty! I hope you enjoy what I have to show.

With that said, I didn't play as much today, but I still did get some play time in. I spent most of that time exploring the system I found myself in. It was another pretty nice, resource rich system, though not as resource rich as the one I was in a few days ago. Anyway, I decided not to take the base that was available in this system. Like the last system, this base was on a really cold ice planet. I want my base, when I decide to get it ready, to be on a more temperate planet than that, so I passed. I did find an alien on the same planet as the available base who wanted to get rid of his multi-tool, which was leaps and bounds better than mine, so I swapped him for it. Unfortunately I had to spend 1.5 million units to repair it, so maybe it wasn't as great a deal after all as that was about half of my monies. Still, it now has plenty of slots for upgrades and new weapons.

Afterward I moved onto the next system and progressed the story a bit. There are four planets in this system for me to check out, but none appear to have a base available, so maybe on the next one. I'd like to find a planet that suits me, and is in a resource rich system as I'm kind of wanting to put down some roots. That and from what I can tell it looks like the base, once it reaches a certain point, can start generating money and items for you, so I'm all for that.

The most exciting thing that happened though was a major dogfight! As you stroll through a system, there are some chances you'll get attacked by what I assume are space pirates. They'll scan your ship looking for cargo and if they like what they see they warp in and attack. I've been attacked before, and back when I had my first ship I would get owned repeatedly. I've been doing a lot better in my current ship since it's a fighter with more maneuverability, and a photon cannon upgrade. Still, this was the first time I managed to take out four ships! I've been attacked by four ships before, but couldn't get it. Now that I've had some more experience I'm doing better though:

Unfortunately I do have a minor complaint. If your shield runs out, there isn't a good way to recharge it while in the middle of a fight. I went into the full inventory screen in the video. There is an HUD menu you can use, but it's hard to do that and maneuver at the same time regardless. Still, I enjoyed the dogfight a lot! So while can be a relaxing game, Frosty, it can also get intense.

And here's a couple of pics. The first is how this game provides you with gold, basically in mountains. The second is my current ship on one of my favorite planets I've encountered thus far. It was right after I bought it, so I was pretty proud. I'm getting to the point where I'm itching for a new ship, or to find out a way that I can upgrade my current ship. There have been several I could have bought, but I only want fighter class ships.

I'm necroing this as I've started playing again thanks to the update that's coming tomorrow.

It has taken me a bit to refamiliarize myself with the controls, materials, and, well, basically everything, but I'm getting the hang of it again even if I died a few times. And despite my desire to continue searching for the center of the galaxy (or was it universe?), I was confused by the option I was given at the anomaly and ended up selecting the Atlas quest. So, not sure what to do now that is the case. The Atlas location is also pretty far away for my ship, so if I have to go there to get back onto the center of the galaxy quest, then I'll be annoyed. Hopefully not, but if I'm able to find some people to play with it will alleviate that annoyance somewhat.

I'll try to return to posting pictures/video soon.

I've been interested in NMS since launch, but was put off by the awful reviews. All the changes and updates seem really positive, but a question for you: is the multiplayer a required part of it now? Or can you still play a purely single-player game?


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