No Man’s Sky’s broken promises

By: Jordy Gonzalez

No Man’s Sky is a survival and exploration game set in a procedural generated universe and developed by Hello Games. The game was revealed back in June 9, 2014, at the Sony press conference at that year’s E3. It was met with almost immediate support since it was something new to the table in the gaming industry. The excitement for the game grew as new information came out every so often from Hello games. The footage that they would show was also amazing and beautiful for a game made by such a small studio. There was so much promise in this game, but then the game was finally released. The game starts you off in a random planet with a broken spaceship that you have to repair and a laser beam that you use through the game to mine for resources. You get a set of instructions on how to rebuild your ship and you then go out and explore the vast galaxy in front of you. While the first 8-10 hours of the game where fun and exciting, it slowly started to get repetitive. You would run out of a certain material you went and mined it, used another material and mine for that one and etc. The game is as wide as an ocean but has the depth of a puddle. There was so much missing from the game like a story line and there were certain things that were promised to us by the developers like faction wars, planets rotating on their axis, planets that were shown of never showing up at all in the last game, and being able to name your ship. One of the things that hurts the most is the supposed “end goal” of reaching the center of the galaxy. While yes, you can reach the center of the galaxy, it’s just a huge disappointment. There is nothing there at all, you just get pulled out of that galaxy and placed into a brand new one. Even if you do the same thing to the new galaxy, the same thing happens, no matter how many times you go there. So in retrospect, the game is not doing so well because of these broken promises and it’s not a big surprise. Maybe all these features might be added in later in the games life time but there might not be a lot of people playing at that point.

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