When it comes down to the battle between the consoles, it can be difficult to choose in terms of big blockbuster exclusives. Who wins - Xbox One or PS4? PS3 or Xbox 360? The Last of Us, Halo, Gears of War or Uncharted? It can be difficult to pick. But in my mind, when it comes to indie titles, there's no one in the world quite like Sony.
Their support for the little guys and for presenting us with titles that have helped small developers push the boundaries of emotional and intellectual gaming experiences is unparalleled. I can't believe that I missed The Swapper in 2013 and only experiencing it thanks to PSN this month. It is genuinely incredible, intelligent, moving, challenging and constantly beautiful.
No Man's Sky & Its Gameplay
And then there's No Man's Sky. A procedurally generated universe that will gift us with the kind of exploration that Stephen Hawking has dreamt of and been telling us about for years. And now it'll be realised before our eyes on this game's release date. There are over 18 quintillion planets in the world of No Man's Sky. Let's take a look at what that means: A cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 18 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 30 zeros.
The number is so insane that countries can't even decide on the size of the damned thing!! We don't have too many clear notions of what exactly it will be like to play this game, but let's explore some of what we know here. But I tell you now, there is one thing for sure, this is a game we will still be showing our grandchildren and discovering new planets with them.
It's quite a remarkable thing to see the developer of a game tell you that he doesn't actually know what exists within the world that himself and his team have created. In a brilliantly awkward interview, which you can check out below, Sean Murray is quizzed on what exactly lies within the universe that he's created. And the wonderful thing is, that he's not entirely sure. Are their sheep?? Well...maybe?
While the designers seem to advocate exploration and just wandering the universe, the title does actually feature a kind of goal; to reach the centre of the universe. As you explore from planet to planet, your resources begin to increase as you move ever close to the fulcrum of this universe, up until the point when you can eventually see this sight with your own eyes.
Players need to collect, sell, and trade resources to acquire better ships and more fuel that lets them explore the more-centralised areas of the galaxy. Hello Games' co-founder Sean Murray stated that a player could reach the centre of the galaxy with between forty to one hundred hours of gameplay without focusing on any additional exploration, but will hope players instead find themselves involved in other activities enabled by the open nature of the game, such as managing a trade route or studying all the possible flora in the universe.
There will be battles out in space that we can take part in, and we may even be hunted by hostile predators on any planet that we may land on. Amazingly, we all start out on our planet. A place to call home. Everywhere that we visit can be documented and loaded up online to share with other explorers. I can't wait to see what kind of videos people will load up online for us to see.
I could see this being one of the greatest experiences of the year, and I really do love Sony's attitude towards supporting the smaller, indie titles. No Man's Sky wouldn't have been able to achieve its interstellar heights were it not for their support. It's unfortunate that Xbox One owners won't be granted the experience, but it'd be worth getting a PS4 or booting up the old PC just to give this a try.
We're all still in the dark with regards to a release date for this fascinating game, but I'm sure that it will be worth the wait. This game can be explored online or offline, depending on your preference. But I'm sure the ability to run into other players out there makes the experience far more rewarding.
So, will you guys be getting No Man's Sky and venturing out into the farthest reaches of the galaxy? I know I sure will, whatever the cost, I shall be setting aside the funds for the first day of No Man's Sky's release for PS4 and PC.