No Man’s Sky is a game I’ve been waiting a long time for since first hearing about it many moons ago. It’s a game that had been shrouded in so much mystery because no one knew exactly what it was or what you did in it. Only that the game was vast, filled with more planets that I’d ever be able to count in a universe as infinite as space itself. All I knew was that I really wanted to play it.
For the most part, I’ve stayed away from all gameplay videos of the game, except for the initial wave of trailers and have not read through any of the reviews for it. I wanted to dive into the game completely fresh with no expectations and hope fully be surprised at what I saw.
So how was the first playthrough? Glorious. It’s not a fast paced game at all and requires a lot of exploration, time, and observation. Your first tasks will require you to fix your starship and you’ll need to pretty much figure out how on your own. Materials for crafting seem pretty abundant, some more than others and again, you’ll need to scan and analyze most of what you come across to see if you need it and if it’s worth mining for it. I’d stay stick to just what you need first to fix your ship.
The planet I started on was basically a rock like Mars, but had a lot of weird plant life, minerals, and random animals. I found no traces of oceans or rivers and for the most part, I think my planet was very hot. This is much different from other people’s starting points that I’ve talked to so your experience most likely will be different as well.
In terms of gameplay, the game reminds me a lot of Minecraft, the mining and crafting aspect of it. You won’t really do any building though. There is a story involved, though it’s very cryptic so you’ll have to kinda follow along with it in bits and pieces
Other than that, everyone should be having slightly different experiences though than I’ve had. I still haven’t left my first planet yet, as I’ve been exploring the crap out of it and I don’t think I will leave until I grow bored of it and head to the next one.