Why No Man’s Sky is an Important Milestone

The UK release of No Man’s Sky, Hello Games’ space exploration epic, is finally upon us. Boasting what could very well prove to be the biggest game world of all time with numbers of planets literally bigger than the human mind can comprehend, No Man’s Sky promises to give you your money’s worth and more. In fact, it would take around 5 billion years to see every area in the game; hang your heads in shame, Bethesda. Whilst we’re told that there is a multitude of intergalactic activities for us to sink our teeth into, nobody actually seems to know specifically what the game entails. There is a danger that the game may fall into the trap of striving to be all things to all men; a Jack of all trades but a master of none. Regardless, here’s why No Man’s Sky is definitely worth your time.

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Although it’s stylized, somewhat cartoon-ish graphics won’t be to everyone’s taste, the game’s universe is rich in the variety of environment, life forms, and flora and fauna. The game is potentially something of a Godsend to our generation; the bored, insignificant middle children of human history too young to explore the earth and too old to explore the universe. We’ll never have a better chance to fulfill our dreams, and arguably humanity’s greatest purpose, of expanding the frontier than the one accorded to us by No Man’s Sky. You’ll never explore an area so vast, alien, and uncharted that’s utterly free from the laws of men in reality, but No Man’s Sky will at least allow you go forth and discover what no soul before you ever has. The game’s world is so incomprehensibly vast that nobody may ever again see what you’ve found. If that isn’t fantastically exciting, even within the already wonderful universe of gaming, then we’re not sure what is.

An alien world in No Man's Sky

An alien world in No Man’s Sky

No man’s sky is the ultimate form of digital escapism, literally your own world on which you can be alone and forget that the headaches and heartaches of everyday living exist. We’ll bet that some players may even experience something bordering on the spiritual as they traverse the cosmos. Who cares that is isn’t real? Maybe that very lack of realism is what makes the game truly special; it’s a universe devised entirely from the workings of the human imagination. Many of our brightest scientific minds have postulated that, judging from the speed of advancement in our AI and computing plus the sheer size of the universe, it’s actually unlikely that what we call reality isn’t a digital environment constructed by an advanced race lightyears ahead of ourselves, maybe even by humanity of the future. Perhaps this is a stretch, but No Man’s Sky could well represent our first window into the AI worlds of decades and centuries to come, an age in which we become the gods of self-sustaining universes that we’ve created, the inhabitants of which are oblivious to the natures of their existences, or lack thereof. Lofty claims indeed, but what gamer wouldn’t want it to be video games that usher humanity into the future. How damn cool would that be?

AI won't just blow up in our faces, right?

AI won’t just blow up in our faces, right?

Although No Man’s Sky lacks a storyline, the player’s mission is simple: reach the centre of the universe. This will, of course, put off those who’ve become accustomed to the modern trend of cinematic games, but that isn’t the point of No Man’s Sky. It’s about freedom, wonder, and pushing the boundaries, it’s about getting to see what nobody, not even the game’s developers, has laid eyes on before. The music is a hugely important part of No Man’s Sky and, just like the game’s world, is continuously generated, drawn from a bank of sounds and musical notes to complement what’s happening on your screen; a score that’s tailor-made for you.

Imagine how amazing this universe can be with the immersion of VR; No Man’s Sky could act as the catalyst for the universalisation of VR, thus potentially taking us into a new era of gaming. We admit, that’s a pretty hopeful claim, but we can dream. Summer 2016 could well go down as the most important couple of months in the history of gaming; Pokemon GO has, in a single decisive swoop, changed mobile gaming and our perception of it forever, and No Man’s Sky, should it prove a success, has the potential to set a new standard for freedom and size offered by a game. It’s a brave, and completely honest attempt to create something that’s truly unique and spectacular; dare we say it – a piece of art. In a world where we’re surrounded by so much uncertainty and fear, in an age of cynicism and clinical, lifeless products of media masquerading as the meaningful, isn’t that something to be excited about? Pokemon are roaming our streets, and now we can jump in a spaceship and explore the universe. This summer, our childhood dreams are coming true.


Dan S


Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky is available now in the UK.

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