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No Man’s Sky makes resource hunting explosive fun

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No Man's Sky is like Minecraft..and not at the same time

I’m extremely excited for No Man’s Sky, but the more I read about the game the more I realise that I actually have very little clue what it’s about. We already know that there are going to be millions of procedurally generated planets, trade routes, multiplayer and , my personal favourite, space dinosaurs, but that’s just scratching the surface. In fact, Hello Games hasn’t even shown off some of the game’s more interesting features yet.

No Man’s Sky is out this year, but creative lead Sean Murray says that there are still features of the game that haven’t been made public knowledge yet. One of those features is resource gathering, which pairs up nicely with destructible terrain that can be found all over the random planets. Speaking to Eurogamer at last year’s A Night Under No Man’s Sky event, Murray explained how the game makes picking up rocks fun.

“Resource gathering in every game is normally super boring, and people purposely make it like a chore. And we want it to be fun. It’s something we’re still playing about with. It’s quite fun to be able to do it from a distance, and we also have this grenade thing. Now this isn’t how it will look – it will be like plasma ball – you’ll just have to trust me. And that blows holes in the terrain. And if you’re really good… “

At this point in the closed doors demo Murray apparently levelled all the scenery around him in an explosion of large chunky terrain. The effect was likened to terraforming, but Murray was hesitant to draw comparison to other, blocky building games.

“We’re not sure how much we want to say because I don’t want it to become the thing. Even showing this I’m nervous, because people will think, ‘Oh, right – it’s like Minecraft’, and then it becomes that. ‘It’s the Minecraft in space game!’

Murray explained that resource gather (or planet-wide terraforming destruction) is just another pillar of gameplay that No Man’s Sky offers, but doesn’t necessarily push. He wants players to create their own tales within the game, choosing to engage with features that they find interesting. Space pirates might never feel the need to blow up rocks and pick them up, and that’s ok. The game is never going to punish you for that it seems.

So again I’m left wondering what No Man’s Sky really is. Right now it sounds more like a massive, random playground to get lost in rather than a slightly focused experience that will take pleasure in guiding me. No Man’s Sky is out this year for PS4, landing on PC a little later.

Last Updated: January 23, 2015

43 Comments

  1. I was quite interested in the beginning, until I played Evolve, which totally knocked this off the top must plays of this year

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  2. RinceThis

    January 23, 2015 at 10:08

    This is something that I could get lost in. Love the very open nature of it. Just hope it isn’t as PvP as Eve is.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 23, 2015 at 10:13

      I’m sure it has enough…soul…for you

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      • ToshZA

        January 23, 2015 at 10:14

        Is there such a thing? O_O

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      • RinceThis

        January 23, 2015 at 10:15

        There is NEVER enough soul for me! NOM NOM NOM!

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 23, 2015 at 10:19

          I’m not sure if I find your pride inspirational ;P

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 23, 2015 at 10:15

        Maybe it has “Soular” Flares?

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        • RinceThis

          January 23, 2015 at 10:27

          You’re a flare!

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 23, 2015 at 10:30

            That makes him sound like a Super Saiyan.

          • RinceThis

            January 23, 2015 at 10:37

            lol

          • HairyEwok

            January 23, 2015 at 10:37

            Spirit bomb his ass into kingdom come.

        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 23, 2015 at 10:29

          Haha. Excellent.

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 23, 2015 at 10:37

          Will it have a “soulful” soundtrack, you think?

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 23, 2015 at 10:40

            I wonder if can fish for “soul” near the oceans. Love my seafood.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 23, 2015 at 10:41

            Love seafood, but the “souls” of my feet need to be on dry ground.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 23, 2015 at 10:44

            I thought Chicken Licken was the soul food?

        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 23, 2015 at 10:39

          Maybe J J Abrams is working on the “Cinematic” feel??

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  3. Ghost In The Rift

    January 23, 2015 at 10:08

    So i take it there is no kind of “Story Mode”?!?!

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  4. Hammersteyn

    January 23, 2015 at 10:11

    Good keep quiet. The less hype the better.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      January 23, 2015 at 10:19

      This is the best game EVER! Ground breaking in every way! Will I be able to play it on my Xbox when PC streaming gets announced?

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 23, 2015 at 10:20

        lol
        You forgot to ask if it’s 1080p

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        • Pieter Kruger

          January 23, 2015 at 10:26

          The PC version surely, not sure the PS4 can handle it(maybe at 30fps?) “We decided to go for a more “cinematic” feel for the PS4 version…”LOL!!

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      • ToshZA

        January 23, 2015 at 10:20

        Ground breaking because you can throw grenades to break the ground?

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 23, 2015 at 10:22

        I dunno, will you? What if you don’t own a PC. Better start saving then.

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        • Pieter Kruger

          January 23, 2015 at 10:25

          Got a fairly decent PC, not using it for much though to be honest! That is until I can stream PS “console exclusives” to my Xbox that is!

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  5. Captain JJ Saga

    January 23, 2015 at 10:12

    Sounds interesting.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 23, 2015 at 10:16

      FINISH TFU FIRST before you start another game!

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      • ToshZA

        January 23, 2015 at 10:17

        TFU?

        The F%$# Up?

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 23, 2015 at 10:17

          The Force Unleashed

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          • ToshZA

            January 23, 2015 at 10:18

            Oh is that the new Need for Speed game?

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 23, 2015 at 10:18

            This is not the NFS you are looking for.

          • ToshZA

            January 23, 2015 at 10:19

            Ah man I wish I could upvote multiple times XD

        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 23, 2015 at 10:18

          Exactly

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      • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

        January 23, 2015 at 11:58

        TFU sucked go play the Dark Forces games rather!

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  6. William Francis

    January 23, 2015 at 10:25

    So looking forward to this game!

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  7. HairyEwok

    January 23, 2015 at 10:28

    I love the overall graphic style they’re using. It’s not so in your face highlight colours but still really eye catching. And if all is what they say and show this will be a great game to play.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      January 23, 2015 at 10:30

      Glad you like it. They had to dumb down graphics for PC-PS4 parity! ????

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  8. 101

    January 23, 2015 at 10:32

    If people don’t understand what this game is about or what to do by now. It’s not the game, it’s people’s capacity to think that’s the problem.

    Gen retard don’t get it.

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  9. Ghost In The Rift

    January 23, 2015 at 10:35

    What is happening with Star Citizen?

    2015/2016 is gonna be the clash of space sims.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 23, 2015 at 10:43

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  10. Rock789

    January 23, 2015 at 10:53

    This game sounds like something that can go very wrong very quickly… I’m still really looking forward to it and hope to see more. But the fact they keep adding “this, that and possibly the kitchen sink, with taps” to it makes me more than a little nervous… Can this game be ready in 2025, let alone this year?

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