My excitement over No Man’s Sky, the upcoming space exploration game that’s so big it’s nearly impossible to describe, is still building, despite the tweak to the release date.
For those gamers and tech fans who have been living under a rock for the past six months while hype around the game hit astronomical levels, No Man’s Sky is a survival, trading and combat simulator with a strong focus on exploring the universe.
Players start on a random planet – one of 18 quintillion different worlds in the game.
Yes, 18 QUINTRILLION.
That’s 18 followed by 18 zeros – 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 – in fact it would take around 5 billion years to visit every planet in the game and that’s only stopping for one second to take in the unique sights and sounds offered by each world.
Given that our world will likely end in 4.6 billion years – when our sun runs out of fuel – it’s safe to say this game will never be fully explored.
Within the game, players will be able to explore planets, harvest materials and trade them with other factions in the universe. This will in turn allow them to improve their ships, their weapons and their defence to enable them to explore increasingly hostile worlds.
While the game is effectively a massive online title, with players able to trade information about the universe via a shared ‘Atlas’ , the massive scale of the game will mean accidental player-player interaction is likely to be limited.
And to be honest, I prefer this.
Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Elite Dangerous on my Xbox. One of the things I love about this game is the sheer scale of universe – based on our own Milky Way galaxy – and the fact I can basically tackle it as a single player game.
There’s nothing I enjoy more about an open-world title than picking a direction and heading off to see what’s out there. Elite offers me this, whether I want to do this alone or with a friend, and it looks like No Man’s Sky will too.
Developed by UK-based Hello Games, No Man’s Sky is their first attempt at a AAA game and was set to release on both PC and Playstation 4 on August 9. However, it seems only those folk owning a PS4 and living in America will get hold of the game on that date.
Instead everyone elsewhere in the world will have to wait an extra day for PS4 and three days for those of us who are members of the PC Master Race who will finally get to play it on August 12.
The reason for this delay hasn’t yet been given, but this – combined with the fact No Man’s Sky won’t be released on Xbox One – still isn’t enough to put me off.
One of my earliest gaming memories is of sitting watching my dad play on our old Amiga, or challenging him to racing games on our Sega Mega Drive.
From there we moved to the PC, tweaking the hardware and playing new games as they came out. Titles like Red Alert 2 and Half-Life will always remain fondly in my memory.
To see American footballer-turned-actor Terry Crews embracing his inner geek, as well as encouraging his son to get involved, is incredible.
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To be honest i’m more than a little jealous of his set up, and the fact he has an HTC Vive VR headset!
Unsurprisingly, Pokemon Go still has geeks across the world gripped in an effort to Catch Them All.
No doubt we’ve all seen the images of hundreds of players in Central Park clamouring to get their hands on one rare Pokemon or another over the past week.
In Aberdeen, the undisputed Pokemon hunting hot-spot is near Fittie, with crowds of people setting up chairs and camping out for the day.
That said, a few people have been trying to climb into out-of-bounds areas of the harbour, which poses a safety risk. Worse, some have reportedly urinated up against the side of buildings in a historic part of the city. Such appalling behaviour is just ridiculous – and does nothing but give all gamers a bad name!