So far, everything to come out of E3 has been immensely impressive and we couldn’t be happier with the lineup of games headed our way. The big heavies like Star Wars Battlefront, Rise of the Tomb Raider, HALO 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 are sure to be amazing follow ups in continuing series while slightly more artsy and considerably more avant garde releases like Cuphead and The Last Guardian look as promising as they are beautiful.
However, one game in particular has had people chomping at the bit for any glimpse, or better yet, a chance to play, and if things are to be believed so far, it might just be shaping up to be one of the most amazing games in history (that is, at least for scale). No Man’s Sky is, without exaggeration, absolutely awe inspiring. Just try and wrap your head around how the developer’s describe it: “A science–fiction game set in an infinite procedurally-generated galaxy.” Yeah, our brains hurt too.
Gameplay sounds fairly normal for what you’d expect in an MMORPG. You get a character, a ship, a weapon, and can upgrade them as needed, but differs from similar games in two important ways.
One, the playing field is leveled. Players won’t be allowed to collect massive amounts of ships, bases, and armies. In the game you get you, a ship, and a gun. That’s it. So gone are the days of dreading signing in only to be decimated by people who farm attributes to destroy weaker characters. The designers did, however, replace that dread with the aspect that truly sets this game apart from any other. In No Man’s Sky you will be able to explore 18-quintillion planets. That’s right. 18-quintillion! The demonstration in the video is absolutely daunting when you realize each point of light is a star, each with their own planets to explore.
The odd thing is that the game reportedly doesn’t have much of a traditional story to play through. Instead, the focus will really be on exploring new worlds and venturing through the different galaxies. While we’re still barely able to wrap our heads around the scope of this game, it doesn’t make it any less exciting. We can’t help but think of the things people will eventually accomplish in the world of No Man’s Sky when you consider what people have done with the smaller – thanks to this demo – worlds in Minecraft.
Thoughts on No Man’s Sky? Have any tips to un-melt our brains? Let us know in the comments below. And be sure to tune in to Nerdist News on Monday, June 29th, for more on this beyond stellar game.