PS4 Exploring the 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets of No Man's Sky

The_Carpet_Frog

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Fine print reads:
Only one planet will be available at launch, with an additional planet released every 3 months to those who get the season pass. Upon all planets being released, ship upgrades will then be rolled out.

Season pass not transferable to future generations.

Cynical, me? Never
Only 4.6 quintrillion years until you can get a new ship then..cool
 

NVranya

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If they will support the VR set, like somewhat indicated here, then a definitive yes!
For now, dunno. I think I'll wait for final reviews, since some previews already question the longevity of just exploring without real goals.
 

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Surviving a cold universe in No Man’s Sky on PS4
We go hands-on with Hello Games’ red hot procedural space opera

Even in the clutches of a ceaseless winter, this planet supports life. Cat-like creatures prowl through the cold, hunting tirelessly and growling at my approach. The dunes around me are icy and dark, and the chill wind eats away at the thermal protection of my suit — paltry layers between me and a frozen death.

This is one of quintillions of planets in No Man’s Sky. Some are exorbitantly beautiful. Others are cruel. And at a recent event in Los Angeles, the team at Hello Games showcased how “survival” plays a central role in this interstellar exploration.



Many of you may have glimpsed the awe-inspiring concept of No Man’s Sky on PS4 in its trailers. One moment you’re trekking across an alien planet, untouched by sentient life, and the next you’re aboard your trusty craft, punching through the atmosphere and breaking into the endless expanse of space. Trails of distant starships perforate your view, signs of trade and travel — or perhaps the occasional pirate looking to make a deadly score.

No Man’s Sky is built on this concept of absolute freedom, but the team at Hello Games want you to feel the constant challenge of survival as you journey between stars. The planet I explored during my first play session with No Man’s Sky was one of extreme cold. Wade out into the wilderness for too long and your suit’s protections fail, your health slowly dropping until a black screen announces your untimely demise.



Surviving on a planet such as this means finding shelter. Craft explosive bolts to burrow underground seeking warmth and you might stumble upon a network of caves to scour for resources. Or gain entry to alien pods that offer a temporary reprieve from the unrelenting wind. These structures provide a safe space for much-needed crafting, where your suit, ship, and weapon can be augmented and improved with materials from an actual periodic table of in-game elements. These elements define the universe of No Man’s Sky and can be excavated from plant life, mineral deposits, and discarded supply containers half buried in the snow.

But be wary of what you take. Steal too much from a planet and the omnipresent sentinels — stewards from a bygone era — remove you from the world. Forcefully. Defeat a few of the smaller machines and larger walkers come to finish the job.



Not all planets in No Man’s Sky will be uninhabited — far from it. Members of several distinct alien races will occupy these innumerable worlds, speaking in unique languages that you’ll learn over time in order to communicate and trade. Break into their planetside structures to claim resources or perhaps escape the cold. But be warned: unwelcome visitors are not regarded with kindness.

Many planets are watched by alien space stations, which you can visit and use as a trading hub during your time in No Man’s Sky. Here, in the bright and cavernous docking bay, is a small room that Hello Games’ own Sean Murray picked out specifically for the event. It is, he describes, his “favourite” view in the game.

In that small room is a window which looks out on the planet below. One planet, made up of a deadly cold and the life that endures there. One of many quintillions in this fictional universe that we could spend the rest of our lives exploring.

Source: Surviving a cold universe in No Man’s Sky on PS4
 

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Just pre ordered this from the PSN for £49.99 which is only about £3 more than a physical copy from Shopto and i get it instantly.
 

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Yeah I've caved too. Mines from Shopto. The latest 22 minutes playthro on IGN convinced me.
 

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I've turned to the dark side and gone with the PC release
 

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Update 1.1 is up & live for those still playing.

Has base building and a fraigter ship you can now get/mod/crew.

Looks like a few youtube clips also up about it.
 

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you can now scan planets at a distance and it tells you what resources are there without you having to go and land. Very useful when you are looking for a particular resource to make an upgrade.
 

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Is the patch good enough to come back to the game?
 

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Is the patch good enough to come back to the game?
depends, basic game is still largely the same, you now can start games in either traditional mode, survival which is harder version of game and creative mode where I assume you are freer to build stuff.

There are a host of refinements on offer in game, more specialist materials to collect, you need certain tech to get some materials you used to just mine, titanium and chrysotile need a special mining glove thingy now which I have yet to build. There is the base building which needs lots of materials and when you hire a construction specialist you get sort of missions to bring him rare materials. You can now also set up teleports to space station in different systems, it ruins immersion in some ways but makes life easier.

When you protect freighters from attack you can now fly on board afterwards and get a reward from the captain and make an offer for his ship.

animal Ai seems a little more varied, I come across more animals being killed by predators. The world's also seem a little fuller and more varied.

Overall it's better, a little deeper but I'm not sure how far the rabbit hole now goes, it's not completely changed but it definitely feels different.
 
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