No Man’s Sky – Where to begin?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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No Man's Sky

 

No Man’s Sky has just landed on the PlayStation 4 and is coming to PC on August 12th. With the game now out, many travelers are getting ready to dive into its rich universe. A new post on the PlayStation Blog covers where to start in this vast universe, along with some tips. If you’ve been following the game, you probably know that your goal is to reach the center of the galaxy. That will have to wait, though. Starting off, your small starship is nearby, but it’s a bit rough around the edges. It would be wise to get to work fixing her up before you even think about exploring the galaxy. You’ll also need to keep your ship fueled and in good shape as you progress in the game.

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Though you are free to explore as you please from the start (for the most part), the game does give you some milestones to work towards. They include things like repairing your Hyperdrive, finding a space station, and eventually traveling to new star systems. But before you get to flying around the stars, there’s plenty to do just on your starting world. Each world in No Man’s Sky is full of unique flora and fauna. Creatures aren’t the only things to discover, though. The scanner in your Exosuit can reveal the planet’s hidden ores. There are plenty of things to scan and upload to the Galactic Library. Uploading new discoveries like this can earn you a handsome reward.

No Man's Sky

A variety of magnificent creatures wander the surface of this planet.

 

As you explore the planets of No Man’s Sky, you will also come across the evidence of less fortunate travelers. Smoking debris emits columns of smoke that can be seen from far away. Investigating the wreckage is in your interest as you can find blueprints or improvements for your Multi-Tool, Exosuit, or ship. Your travels will also see you happening upon evidence of alien civilizations, such as Knowledge Stones. These teach you new words in strange languages.

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It also won’t be long before you encounter the Sentinels, a sinister, ever-present galactic police force. While hovering around, they scan the surrounding area to make sure you haven’t been greedy while mining. You probably won’t want to mess with these guys for now, until you become more powerful.

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The universe of No Man’s Sky is quite vast, and filled with countless procedurally generated worlds. Your adventure through the galaxy will be uniquely your own. The original blog post on the PlayStation Blog has a lot more information beyond this. So don’t hesitate to go check it out, and you can also check out this exploration trailer:

 

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.