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Internet Historian’s latest video examines the amazing redemption story of No Man’s Sky

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If I had to write a list of the ten most influential games of the 2010s (AND MAYBE I WILL YOU CAN’T STOP ME), No Man’s Sky would rank pretty high on that article. It’s a game that means so many things to so many people, but to me it’s the indie darling of redemption. Make no mistake, No Man’s Sky was a game met with absolute infamy on launch day.

Features were missing, bugs were rampant and broken street date launches had left many true believers with a buyer’s remorse. The ensuing brouhaha that erupted in that first week of launch was ugly to say the least, an online furore that would have broken a lesser development team but instead strengthened Hello Games’ resolve so that they could deliver on the game that they wanted to create.

For a studio that could have easily taken the money and run off to crack out a few more Joe Danger sequels, Hello Games instead emerged from the public sentiment devastation with something that was truly special. Internet Historian’s latest video examines the rise, fall and eventual re-rise of No Man’s Sky in his usual (and hilarious) fashion. It’s a lengthy video, but it makes for some fantastic viewing and possibly even an educational example of how a video game can be saved. Unless it’s Fallout 76 that is.

I remember that heady day in 2016 when No Man’s Sky came out. Heck, even I’d fallen for the hype, buying the actual game and waiting with antici…pation for the courier to drop it off. It wasn’t the bugs and other day one woes that saw me throw that sucker up on Gumtree a week later, but rather the overwhelming boredom that I’d initially experienced.

That to me was the biggest hurdle that No Man’s Sky had to overcome, a challenge which it cleared with impressive new updates as the years went on. Is No Man’s Sky a game for everyone? Nah, I’d say it suits a specific niche of player who enjoys creativity and busywork while forging a personality online. Within that sphere though, it’s a marvel of our times and deserving of all the second chances.

There’s a story to be told when it comes to No Man’s Sky, and it’s a hell of a redemptive tale to listen to.

Last Updated: January 10, 2020

20 Comments

  1. Meh, even fixed it’s still a boring game.

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    • Pariah

      January 10, 2020 at 12:22

      Yeah… Well… YOU’RE a boring game!

      *sobs quietly*

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 10, 2020 at 12:23

        To each his own, kudos if it’s fun. Everything literally feels boring. It might be the lack of…. well anything happening. Yes you’re supposed to create your own adventure and eventually get to the middle of the universe. But it’s so dull.

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        • Pariah

          January 10, 2020 at 12:23

          I was honestly just trying to poke a bit of fun. I’m very much a proponent of “to each his own” with regards to tastes. As is well known, I find The Witcher boring, despite all the critical and customer acclaim. 🙂

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 10, 2020 at 12:28

            I think my the problem was I played waaaaaaaaaaay too much when it came out, like 10s of hours so playing the second time I expected it to be more like the teaser trailer the launched at E3 with those snakes in the dunes but it wasn’t.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 10, 2020 at 12:39

            Instead you got tired of the mf snakes on the mf plane

    • Original Heretic

      January 10, 2020 at 12:23

      Don’t worry, we won’t hold your opinion against you.
      I mean, it’s meant for people with imagination, so it’s not for everyone.

      …..

      Oh, look, the door. I’ll just slip out now… ;-p

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 10, 2020 at 12:23

        I have imagination. After two hours of NMS I imagined playing something else and it happened.

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  2. Admiral Chief

    January 10, 2020 at 12:22

    “Engoodening”
    Lolz

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 10, 2020 at 13:25

    So there’s even more content they’ve released even as recently as November last year. The video makes it sound amazing so now I want to download the game and play it again, eventually. You see, even though NMS is now award worthy, it’s 2020. Other games have released since 2016. Games I’m busy with and other games on by backlog like Outerworlds and Resident Evil 2. Not sure when I’ll get a chance to revisit NMS

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    • Pariah

      January 10, 2020 at 14:09

      When you’re in the mood for something more chilled, something you can kinda just meander with at your own pace – that’s a good time to jump back in.

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  4. Pariah

    January 10, 2020 at 12:22

    Yeah NMS easily ranks among my top games of the last decade. In its current form it’s more than was initially promised and a lot of fun.

    Mad respect for Hello Games for turning it around the way they did.

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  5. Llama In The Rift

    January 10, 2020 at 12:28

    Hopefully Anthem can join the list after they rework the game….Gotta say i’m feeling pretty good about 2020 if i’m optimistic that Anthem can be fixed.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 10, 2020 at 12:28

      Also Eskom will be fixed by the end of this year

      😛

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      • cloudzn

        January 10, 2020 at 16:34

        Since when you are this hopeful lol

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 10, 2020 at 16:57

          New decade and all that

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    • Pariah

      January 10, 2020 at 12:34

      I’ll wait and see with Anthem. I too would love them to turn it around, so much potential there. But it’s still EA.

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  6. SagatatiaRZA

    January 11, 2020 at 02:26

    I nearly bought it right after watching his video but I’ll be damned before I pay 59.99$ for a game with sneaky sales popping up left and right. First good sale and I’ll jump in. Also Internet Historian is by far my favourite YouTuber. Don’t tell Oversimplified….

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