Returning to a recreation you haven’t performed in years is all the time a wierd feeling. It’s like seeing a childhood buddy out of your hometown after years aside. You may nonetheless see the youngster you spent a lot time with of their eyes, but additionally the age and development that you just missed out on due to your separation. They nonetheless snort the similar and nonetheless have an intense love for motion pictures, however now they stroll a little bit otherwise and have an ostrich tattoo on their ankle that you just really feel too awkward to ask about.
Enjoying No Man’s Sky in 2021 looks like seeing that childhood buddy once more. I jumped into this quintillion planet galaxy at launch and totally loved it, zits and all. Nonetheless, I bounced off from it after some time and solely returned for a second when the base-building patch arrived. For years it was out of my thoughts as I targeted on different video games, tasks, and common life stuff. With the new Prisms replace being launched, it felt like the excellent excuse to don my exosuit and journey out into the stars as soon as once more.
With a substantial record of updates and patches since I final performed, this recreation has developed exponentially, transferring past what was initially promised.
I’m no stranger to video games which can be continually up to date all through their lives. I’ve been taking part in World of Warcraft fairly constantly since launch in addition to the Future sequence and League of Legends. I used to be there for all of the main updates, patches, buffs, and nerfs that these video games had. In actual time, this expertise was gradual and plenty of instances went unnoticed. Nonetheless, leaping again right into a recreation after years of sprucing and updates, you get to see how far it has actually come and the way a lot it’s nonetheless the similar.
I made a decision to begin contemporary with the new Prisms replace, primarily to see the recreation extra in its totality and since I don’t need to know what I believed a superb base appeared like in 2018. Frankly, I used to be blown away by what I skilled in the “tutorial” part of the recreation. My starter planet was extremely poisonous, with exploding crops, however I’m not referring to that. The sport does significantly extra heavy lifting to ease gamers into the galaxy, with extra guided content material, precise quests, and even new (new to me, bear in mind) characters and storylines. Strolling by means of the Anomaly Station for the first time is really wonderful. An precise participant hub in a recreation that didn’t have multiplayer after I first performed. I used to be actually that idiot working round the station waving at different gamers.
And but, it’s nonetheless the recreation I bear in mind. I nonetheless traveled the stars, mined sources, melee boosted round, and scoured planets for data stones. The core of the recreation didn’t change with all of the new updates. The sport’s language was unchanged, and I’m nonetheless fluent in it. This meant I knew to hoard oxygen and di-hydrogen so I might check out the new content material with none fear of being stranded or simply flat out dying.
With all this new content material, I can’t assist however ask, did No Man’s Sky lastly fulfill its guarantees? It’s no secret that this recreation had a plethora of guarantees relating to what it was earlier than the recreation was launched. Sadly, most of these expectations weren’t met, and many individuals felt as if the recreation was only a shadow of its promised self and worse due to it.
Prisms offers us a solution to that query. A Reddit person compiled all of the content material the recreation initially promised and in contrast it to what was obtainable at launch versus the present (from a yr in the past) state of the recreation. Surprisingly, the recreation now has fulfilled the majority of the guarantees to an extent. The sport has additionally added extra content material that wasn’t initially promised to gamers. Base constructing, social hubs, and even driving different kinds of autos have been by no means outlined, however right here they’re, content material that’s now integral to the present state of the recreation.
No Man’s Sky is now extra than simply what was promised by Sony’s notorious advertising and marketing marketing campaign; it has grown to be one thing all of its personal and never simply what we anticipated it to be.
Assume again to your childhood while you and your buddy would spend sleepless nights collectively speaking about changing into rock stars and firefighters and of all the fantastical highway journeys you’ll take when you each discovered to drive. Flash ahead years later, with you being a journalist, them being an IT technician, and solely one in every of you having a driver’s license. You may nonetheless play music and at last take that journey collectively. Possibly it’s lastly time to let go of that record of failed guarantees of No Man’s Sky and simply let the recreation continue to grow at its personal tempo.