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No Man's Sky is Being Released Tomorrow!

Posted by cirvine on August 8, 2016

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Every year seems to have its massively anticipated video game release. This year’s is undoubtedly No Man’s Sky, and its launch date is, OMG, tomorrow!

What is No Man’s Sky? 

If you’ve been living under a space-rock, then let me give you a quick breakdown of the game and what makes it stand out. To put it simply (very simply), No Man’s Sky is an action-adventure survival video game for Windows and PS4 created by the indie studio Hello Games. For those of you that need a storyline, you could say that the point of the game is to get to the center of the universe. But in reality, it’s so much more than that. The gameplay consists of battling and trading resources with other players or AI, mining planets and upgrading your stuff, and most importantly, exploring.

Check out this video on how the game works and prepare to be blown away:

So this game is big. Really big. With over 18 quintillion planets (18,446,744,073,709,551,616 to be exact), Hello Games predicted that if you visited each planet for 1 second, it would take you roughly 585 billion years to see them all. There will be entire planets or species in this game that you will be the first one seeing. When this happens, you can choose to name them and share them in the Atlas, which is the database of all the things people have discovered in No Man’s Sky. And because everything’s randomly generated by an algorithm, things will be discovered by gamers that the creators might not even know about yet. Pretty cool, right?

Here’s a look at 5 random planets (from IGN.ca):

Here are some other REALLY cool facts about the game:

  • Planets are defined by their position in space. If they’re close to their sun they’ll tend to be more barren. Further away and they’ll be colder.
  • Some planets are completely toxic and require an upgrade to your spacesuit to survive on.
  • Planets have days and nights. If you land on a planet’s dark side (it’s night), you’ll find different creatures awake then when it’s daytime.
  • If you disrupt the natural order of a planet too much, you’ll be hunted down by the Sentinels, the robotic protectors of that planet. Think of the wanted level in GTA but in space.
  • Space is controlled by factions that are constantly vying for territory across the galaxy. You can choose to help or hinder them, but either way, they’ll remember.
  • Animal calls are unique to each animal’s throat-size.
  • The music is procedurally generated as well, adapting to the landscape around you and the situation you’re in. Full songs are played at certain important points. The soundtrack was made by one of the developer’s favourite bands: 65daysofstatic.
  • There’s a food chain on most planets. Some species get eaten by certain other species and that’s just the circle of life. Where you are on that chain and how much you want to disrupt it is up to you.

Well, that’s a brief look at the incredible No Man’s Sky. Once again, it’s out tomorrow in your local video game store or on Steam and you can buy it for about $80. I for one can’t wait to get exploring. 

 

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Man%27s_Sky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procedural_generation

https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2015/08/03/41-amazing-things-you-might-not-know-about-no-mans-sky/

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I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?