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Six minutes of No Man’s Sky exploration is worrying

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IGN is having a month of No Man’s Sky exclusive first looks. It looks like they just locked Sean Murray in their theater and played through the latest build of the game, later chopping it into video-sized pieces. However, this time, they let IGN reporter, Ryan McCaffrey, take control and the results aren’t as cool as I’d hoped.

I had imagined that I’d spend much of my time exploring the various planets, but I won’t do it like it’s done in this video. Also, warning: if you suffer from any form of FPS nausea of simulator sickness, this might cause you to feel a bit queasy.

I know it’s just watching someone man the controls who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but I feel rather underwhelmed. I’d glad they cut back to the people in the theater every now and then because at least I could see the gleeful smile on McCaffrey’s face, even if I didn’t feel the same. Why did he just wander aimlessly? Why did he shoot that poor creature? I just have no idea what he was doing and it felt like a waste of precious few minutes with the game. Plus, thanks to his camera skills, I felt a bit ill while watching.

I’m not a fan of watching new players figure out Minecraft, nor do I like watching peopleย figure out much of any game. I’m not claiming that I will be better at No Man’s Sky when I eventually get my hands on it, but I’m just rather disappointed. The video feels soulless and the game seems boring. I’m sure it’s more a result of having someone play it who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but it does not put the game in the best light.

What a shame – I’m still excited for No Man’s Sky, but I don’t have that same gut feeling about it. Maybe I just need a Valoid.

Last Updated: July 21, 2015

108 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief in Skellige

    July 21, 2015 at 08:08

    I’ll not be watching this then, (the video, not the game)

    I’m still optimistic about it, I like me some exploration

    Reply

  2. Umar

    July 21, 2015 at 08:11

    Hmm…Video didn’t diminish my hype in the least. Everyone’s experience will be different. I still maintain, there are thousands of games that follow a set pattern, who knows if this game will be boring or exciting. It’s all about chance and taking a leap. Maybe I’m overly optimistic but hey, it’s rare to not know what to expect from a game these days.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Skellige

      July 21, 2015 at 08:16

      Aye, good point

      Reply

  3. Ranting Raptor

    July 21, 2015 at 08:13

    Looking at the video it hasn’t deminished my hype. I reckon that playing this game you need to play it with a goal in mind. You are going to need to do some out of game “roleplaying” as such to get in to it.

    I’m still very curious to see how this game pans out. Heck even if it’s just a method of aimlesly browsing random planets to calm down and zone out after a hard day it could still be a worth while game to have IMHO.

    That being said. Only time will tell

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Skellige

      July 21, 2015 at 08:15

      *diminished
      *aimlessly

      And your last sentence, should be a comma

      This is not like you. I take it you had a bad night with a lack of sleep?

      Or someone spiked your coffee with decaf….

      Reply

      • Ranting Raptor

        July 21, 2015 at 08:18

        Lack of sleep bud. Had to sleep half sitting up last night. Was a long night

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          July 21, 2015 at 08:20

          Did you lose your bed?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:20

            xD

          • Ranting Raptor

            July 21, 2015 at 08:22

            hehehehehehe. Funny man ๐Ÿ™‚ Nah, my kid wouldn’t go to sleep unless she was cuddled up on my chest, with me in a half sitting position.

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:28

            My daughter is 5 and she still gets into my bed every night. Me and the wife gave up when she was 2-3. I will rather sleep than have to fight with her over her own bed 4 times per night.

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:31

            Well, that rule is OUT in our house, but my wife has to go sit with her some nights (she is 6, my daughter, not the wife). Problem is, then she falls asleep there and I have to smell my own farts

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:33

            I really don’t care what my daughter or wife does through the night as long as I am allowed to sleep my 8 hours then I am happy.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:35

            I slept 8 hours on a regular basis, then I heard an Arnie motivational speech, where he stated “Sleeap Fastar!” So now I hurry it along with 6 hours….

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:36

            8 hours???? If I sleep 8 hours then I’m a zombie the next day. Gimme 6 and I’m good

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:36

            Same here, but I require another half hour of rolling around before I get up.

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:52

            Aye, I need 6hrs of solid sleep, and then 30-45mins in Winter to boot up the AdmiralChiefOS

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:37

            I can’t function will less than 8 hours of sleep. I get very cranky…

        • Admiral Chief in Skellige

          July 21, 2015 at 08:20

          I can see that.

          I can empathize totally, went through EXACTLY the same thing about 6 years ago

          Reply

      • Pariah

        July 21, 2015 at 08:29

        Oh god, not the decaf. My sympathies Llew.

        Reply

      • Deceased

        July 21, 2015 at 11:59

        “…spiked your coffee with decaf…”

        Dude O.O
        WTF man :O

        Not even as a joke is that in any way funny D:

        Reply

    • Pariah

      July 21, 2015 at 08:29

      Honestly, yeah. I think a lot of the enjoyment will be the responsibility of us, the people playing the game. It’s like the ultimate sandbox, and you have to be able to create your own fun out of this endless opportunity that exists. Because if you don’t, then all you’ll see is nothing. When in fact, there’s so much, it’s just in your hands to find or create it.

      I’m still excited. And this guy in the video is a douche. Violence will be a last resort for me I think. I want to explore, catalogue, and have fun.

      Reply

      • Sageville

        July 21, 2015 at 11:05

        I think many people play games to complete goal (In one form or other).

        There are no goals or quests in this game, so when you reach your “own goal” the game won’t acknowledge that or reward you appropriately and I think this will be the problem with No Man’s Sky.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still get it and have a good look at it, but I do think it will not be as cool as people envision. But that being said, I do hope they prove me wrong.

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        • blah

          July 22, 2015 at 16:06

          actually there can be types of accomplishments, like you can wipe out a entire species on a planet and get some kind of memorable thing for it, event though that would be a heinous thing to do. there’s other stuff like that too, but you dont have to do anything. the main goal of the game itself is to just get to the center of the galaxy.

          Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    July 21, 2015 at 08:15

    Add a FPS module with care package drops then watch IGN play the game like a boss

    Reply

    • Ranting Raptor

      July 21, 2015 at 08:19

      huehuehuehuehue. Call of Sky…. huhuehuehhuehuehuehuehue

      Reply

      • Umar

        July 21, 2015 at 08:19

        Lol No Man’s Duty

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          July 21, 2015 at 08:21

          No Man’s Playing Sky Citizen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:22

            No Man’s Playing Black Sky CitizenField 8

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 21, 2015 at 08:22

            Is that an anime game?

          • Ranting Raptor

            July 21, 2015 at 08:23

            No Man’s Playing Black Sky CitizenField Destiny 8

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:24

            *Citizen

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:24

            No Man’s Playing Black Sky CitizenField Destiny Revolution 47 and 8

        • Ranting Raptor

          July 21, 2015 at 08:23

          hehehehehe. You said duty

          Reply

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          July 21, 2015 at 08:25

          No Duty: Black Sky Ops

          Reply

  5. Marius Nell

    July 21, 2015 at 08:21

    I cant wait for this. right up my ally

    Reply

  6. Jonah Cash

    July 21, 2015 at 08:24

    Still don’t think this is for me, hopefully it can surprise me in the end. But just not my cup of tea… Hope it does well though.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Skellige

      July 21, 2015 at 08:25

      Not everyone likes a refined tea like Earl Grey

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        July 21, 2015 at 08:26

        Exactly! Give me my rooibos and I am happy. Also I don’t know what genre of games I like anymore. I am a bit lost gaming wise to be honest. Really tired of open world games and it seems that it is the only type of game that we are getting for the foreseeable future.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Skellige

          July 21, 2015 at 08:30

          I don’t always drink tea, but when I do, I drink Earl Grey, hot

          https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2e/01/e9/2e01e9640e3d944e43c1e62d0218d6f5.jpg

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:31

            I don’t always drink tea, but when I do, I drink coffee

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:31

            XD

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:32

            I’m not allowed to drink coffee anymore. My ulcer has a problem with it and then it tries to kill me!

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:32

            Have you tried turning it off and on?

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:33

            What? By showing it a picture of you first?

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:34

            I’m happy I can turn off an ulcer
            Admiral Chief, the medic

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:34

            I think it is a bios problem, it doesn’t register my stomach enzymes as my own… Might be because my enzymes is attacking me?!

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:35

            Maybe try to flash an older firmware from when you were younger? You know, reset some settings perhaps?

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:35

            I have… Thus no more coffee!

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:35

            I get heartburn every now and then but I normally decide fuck it and make another cup.

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:36

            When my ulcer gets angry it affects my sweat glands. I can sweat in -20 weather if it is upset. And I start sweating from everywhere!

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:37

            Have you tried bottling and selling it to rich dumb people?

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:37

            Jeez, so no chilli poppers either?

          • Jonah Cash

            July 21, 2015 at 08:38

            Nooooo!! Can’t eat anything hot.

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:39

            Wow, I would not wish that on my worst enemy. Well maybe a few people in the DOTA comments sections…

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:51

            xD

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:36

            You need to add more whiskey to your polisie-koffie, it cancels out the heartburn

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:33

            O_o that’s bad

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:32

            I don’t always drink coffee, but when I do, it is NOT the kak brands

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:33

            Jakobs isn’t that bad…

          • Admiral Chief in Skellige

            July 21, 2015 at 08:34

            Agreed, good brand. I prefer the DE strong variant tbh

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:34

            Their shotguns are pretty good.

          • Hammersteyn

            July 21, 2015 at 08:34

            XD

  7. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    July 21, 2015 at 08:31

    Unfortunately that is 6 minutes that bored the crap out of me… such a pity really, though I suppose it’s the player that makes the game in this case…

    Reply

    • Pariah

      July 21, 2015 at 08:31

      Exactly. It’s the player, not the game.

      Which is in contrast to what you hear in clubs all the time…

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        July 21, 2015 at 08:32

        Hah!

        Reply

      • Umar

        July 21, 2015 at 08:35

        XD

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      July 21, 2015 at 08:34

      How boring would six minutes of Minecraft be? It would be harsh to judge it on just that. That being said. We still know very little about this game.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        July 21, 2015 at 08:37

        I agree in full! This game could be tainted by watching someone else play it, the experience that you’ll have will be relative to your play style…But I still can’t watch more than a few seconds of minecraft….

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          July 21, 2015 at 08:38

          Neither could I but when I started playing Minecraft I found it impossible to stop.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:40

            And that, sir, is why we love gaming!

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:41

            I had that with Terraria. I was really against anything with “sandbox” in its description. Then I got Terraria in a Humble Bundle. Installed. And lost 240 hours of my life so far. XD

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:43

            Please don’t laugh, but I’m having that problem with Rocksmith right now….damned Primus DLC…

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:46

            It’s a real guitar game, I never laugh at guitars.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:49

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:51

            Looks similar to my gf’s bro’s bass. Nice.

            I need a new amp, my last one blew and I haven’t had the cash to buy a new one. Although I play regular guitar, not bass. I still have my acoustic to tide me over, but I need some grunge in my life. ๐Ÿ™

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 08:57

            I feel you man… I must say though, I’ve always loved my little acoustic, the fact that it’s well travelled also adds to it’s sound a little… As far as amps go, I’ve been looking to get my hands on a Craig Amp, manufactured by a guy in Nelspruit…I have not heard a sound as good as that in a very long time…But unfortunately, they are pricey…very much so…

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 08:59

            The amp I’m looking for is the Vox AC15. R10k. Nothing else will do. Because tube amp + clean sound that goes with my pedal = awesome. Also, I didn’t know Craig amps were local O_o

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            July 21, 2015 at 09:07

            AAAAAWWWWW JISSSSS………… Those little VOX amps… Good Lord…. But I feel you, the Craig Amps range is quite expensive as well…one day though…one day…

          • Pariah

            July 21, 2015 at 09:11

            One day indeed. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • coip

        July 21, 2015 at 17:13

        Not that boring, apparently, since Minecraft is the most watched IP in YouTube history, garnering 3.9 billion views per month, every month.

        Reply

  8. Valoidmerc

    July 21, 2015 at 08:34

    I think you need a valoid. That’s all.

    Reply

  9. alcatraz5953

    July 21, 2015 at 08:37

    Still stupidly excited for this though, can see myself losing entire weekends to this, and then wondering to myself – what am I doing with my life

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      July 21, 2015 at 08:37

      I did that with Destiny XD

      Reply

      • alcatraz5953

        July 21, 2015 at 08:41

        You see, I probably would have done that with Destiny too, IF I HAD A CONSOLE TO PLAY DESTINY ON!!!!! lol

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

          July 21, 2015 at 08:47

          I would have done that if it had mouse and keyboard support.

          Reply

          • alcatraz5953

            July 21, 2015 at 10:47

            You make a valid point!

            Would I have played Destiny without a mouse and keyboard?

            Nope, no, probably not.

          • coip

            July 21, 2015 at 17:12

            You were better off not playing Destiny. It’s not very good.

  10. Vogiir

    July 21, 2015 at 08:51

    Not the best demo of NMS imo, bt im still very excited for this game. Not gonna judge it yet. Bt i think most playing nms for the first time will play like that

    Reply

  11. Ir0nseraph

    July 21, 2015 at 08:56

    I am optimistic about no man’s sky but not excited at the moment.

    Reply

    • Pariah

      July 21, 2015 at 08:57

      So it hasn’t tickled your jollies yet?

      Reply

      • Ir0nseraph

        July 21, 2015 at 09:07

        XD, unfazed at the moment.

        Reply

  12. The Sten

    July 21, 2015 at 08:56

    Im pretty hyped for this but, can they not show the same goddamn thing every time?

    – Player lands on planet
    – Player looks around
    – Player heads to the already constructed building.
    – Player shoots one or 2 things with his “Kill Everything” Gun.
    – End

    Is there nothing else to do? Can you not craft stuff or make/buy a better ship? Fight stronger enemies?

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    • Matthew Holliday

      July 21, 2015 at 09:36

      well you pick crafting stuff up, so yeah, crafting is a thing.
      i want to know if theres a space station or central hub you visit to break up the monotony of explore, move on, explore, move on.

      they seem pretty adamant about not showing us very much.

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      • The Sten

        July 21, 2015 at 10:17

        Thing is, these demos they are playing are supposed to be specifically designed to show off the game at events and stuff. So they are already skipping the boring planets to show us the ones with lifeand stuff to do on. They arent doing a good job of selling this atm.

        Still, im giving it the benefit of the doubt as there’s still a long time before release.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          July 21, 2015 at 10:20

          i just think that with what theyr showing, it looks pretty casual.
          something you can drop an hour into and feel fine with shutting down and coming back later.

          Reply

  13. DragonSpirit009

    July 21, 2015 at 09:03

    I still can’t decide how to feel about this game!

    Reply

    • Pariah

      July 21, 2015 at 09:04

      Isn’t that the beauty of it?

      Reply

      • DragonSpirit009

        July 21, 2015 at 09:07

        No… mixed feelings about games suck!

        Reply

  14. Matthew Holliday

    July 21, 2015 at 09:28

    an IGN reviewer not being good at the game theyr checking out?
    totally didnt see that coming.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Skellige

      July 21, 2015 at 10:02

      xD

      Reply

  15. HairyEwok

    July 21, 2015 at 10:13

    When a person that isn’t a dev or creator plays you can best see how the gameplay experience will be. 90% of us thats getting the game will do exactly the same, fly to a planet, land on a building like a boss, see a creature and shoot the earth under it to oblivion.

    Reply

  16. CypherGate

    July 21, 2015 at 10:42

    I been worried ever since i heard how big this project is. I still say that even though there is a no real objective i find that ill get bored fairly quickly. Id most probably end up exploring one planet and then uninstall lol Lately large games of over 40 hours or more cant hold my attention span like it used to. Im not sure if it just isnt as interesting or exciting as previous games like Residential Evil 2 when you actually had to figure some awesome riddles and puzzles or its just that a game is way too big nowadays. Does anyone else have this issue with gaming lately? Maybe its cause a persons life is just so busy with so many things that you just cant seem to relax and take the time to play cause at the back of your mind you thinking shit i need to do this or i need to go there and do that later. Anyway id still give this game a go, but im sure thats what id end up doing once I get it.

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  17. torquemada

    July 21, 2015 at 11:25

    The article should be titled “Six minutes of No Man’s Sky with an IGN idiot at the controls is reassuring, intelligent people are still required for a game demo to be good.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Give an idiot six minutes of any game, and see the worst six minutes of that game. In fact IGN routinely does terrible hands on, the last I remember was a test chamber by Kimberley Wallace and Witcher 3. shudder. If that was the Witcher 3’s only hands on video coverage, I think the sales would have been less than stellar. And quite obviously, without an objective, anyone playing wouldn’t really have a reason to “do” anything constructive. Shooting holes in the ground under oneself, yeah that’s smart. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I also think we should not be so conditioned to only gobble down high gloss, fake, pre-rendered, Ubisoft-style trailers that promise the world, and fail to deliver at launch. “Oh it doesn’t look a game I already know, not my thing…” is a symptom of a conditioned mindset fed on the lies of the Pitchford’s, Molyneux’s and Cage’s.

    NMS is what gamers should want from the industry – a very different game, and we as gamers, should embrace and support it – even if it is just a huge glorious failed experiment, because I for one, would like more huge glorious expensive experiments in gaming. My 2c.

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  18. Deceased

    July 21, 2015 at 11:58

    Stopped the video before he went into the water…

    I’ve been on the internet long enough to know where that was heading… *#ifyouknowwhatimean*

    Reply

  19. OhComeOnSon

    July 21, 2015 at 17:18

    So you’re basically worried about the game because you just watched someone figuring it out for the first time, something you very clearly mention that you don’t enjoy ?

    Unbelievable journalism skills on display here.

    Reply

  20. blah

    July 22, 2015 at 16:02

    i hate that he just needlessly killed that poor creature, i felt bad. ๐Ÿ™ but just becuase some ahole decides to be an ahole, doesnt mean everyone has to.

    Reply

  21. Graeme Willy

    July 22, 2015 at 20:14

    I just find it amusing that an entire advanced civilization would even care if you shot a space goat or whatever it is. If an alien came here and shot one of our animals, we’d just be like, “k…soooo….you don’t like goats?”

    Reply

  22. J.P. Loureiro (Jota | Deoki)

    July 23, 2015 at 00:58

    I’m sure VR games will intentionally educate us to start appreciating the details and scenarios, instead of trying to beat then in 8 hours. That’s what’s wrong with the last 15 years. Everyone just wants to finish, upgrade to the max, so on and so forth… just… chill, dude!
    Why do you want a high end machine to push the graphics to the max if you’re not even interested in the richness of the map?
    We are finally getting the chance to experience other worlds, new experiences, a true second life! Why not wonder free roam?
    And this whole deal about him trying this game for the first time, maybe he was just doing the right thing! Was he supposed to start a campaign in 6 minutes?

    Reply

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