No Man's Sky is one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2015 - that is if the game actually arrives this year. Sony generally have an appealing line-up of unique indie games peppered throughout their AAA titles, and some of my favourite indie titles of recent memory have been on the PS3. But personally, one of the main draws to trying out Sony's last generation console, even though it's approximately 3 hours in length, is Thatgamecompany's 2012 masterpiece, Journey.
Everyone I've met who's experienced this game has nothing but positivity to proclaim. It remains the only game that my girlfriend has played from start to finish, and that in itself is an achievement worth mentioning. Journey is an absolute gem and I can't wait to see what Matt Nava and composer Austin Wintory do with their follow-up title, ABZU. Hopefully E3 will have more on its development. But does No Man's Sky have what it takes to be the PS4's Journey on its release date?
Could No Mans Sky Be the PS4's Journey on its Release Date?
There are a great deal of aspects to Video Games that put people, like my girlfriend, off the experience of interacting with them entirely. However, throughout the history of the medium there are a few games who's premise alone offers a more universal appeal. Journey was one of them and I sincerely think that No Man's Sky is another.
A mere description of the game and the procedurally generated universe at its centre is enough to arouse intrigue in the most avid non-gamer. Who wouldn't want to be the first to see a planet that's basically been created for them? In this respect, I believe that No Man's Sky shares a chore element that makes Journey such a successful game - it's so approachable. But whether the experience of playing the game will be anywhere near as magical and emotional as Journey remains to be seen.
It'll be difficult to best Journey in one specific area - score. To this day, Journey has the only musical score from a video game that has been nominated for a Grammy award - what an astounding and well-deserved achievement. But No Mans Sky does have the rather intriguing inclusion of procedurally generated music. It'll adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in and perhaps we could see it do extremely well based on this merit alone.
But there's something so narratively and conceptually brilliant about Journey. It's art design is instantly recognisable and the game literally takes your breath away - especially in its closing moments. Journey is a very concise and well scripted affair. Of course, you can roam its vast deserts as you search for the answers to its little puzzles, but you are essentially guided along a linear pathway. No Man's Sky will be very different, so won't really have the same form of consistency seeing as so much of its game is basically handed to the player.
So what do you think gamers? Could [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) be the PS4's version of Journey? We sincerely hope this will become one of Sony's must play games and will be loved throughout the industry in the same way that Journey is. Be sure to let us know what you think of both Journey and No Man's Sky in the comments below and stay strong for that release date!