No Man’s Sky was officially released for the PS4 yesterday and obviously I had a copy pre-ordered. This is a game I have been waiting for since it was first announced. All I wished for was to be able to explore the vastness in No Man’s Sky and find undiscovered planets and Species. So, I finally managed to play it yesterday and here I am to describe my experience.
With my luck as it is, I ended up starting on a frozen planet, or at least the frozen part of a planet. This meant that I had to watch out for my Exosuit temperature and ensure that I was keeping warm. This didn’t turn out to be as much of an issue as I had initially expected as walking into a cave or charging my Exosuit, via a resource, stabilized the temperature.
The first thing I focused on after stabilizing my temperature was to rename the star system as well as the planet. Once you rename a star system, planet, or a species, it cannot be renamed by another player. This is an important aspect of No Man’s Sky and a way for players to leave their mark on places / species they discover first.
After gaining some confidence and realizing that I won’t just die on this frozen wasteland, I decided to focus on my first mission, which at the time was to repair my spaceship. This involved gathering specific materials which didn’t turn-out to be too easy to locate. Some materials are abundant and available almost every 5 steps you take, however, other materials are much harder to find. In my case, I required Zinc which I really struggled to locate. Due to this, I decided to explore the planet I was on and by explore I mean follow the question mark signs in my view.
For me, the first question mark I decided to move towards turned out to be a “Save” location. I was able to save my progress here and the game also recorded this as a Sector which was first discovered by me. I am going to assume that even though a planet has been discovered by another player, an undiscovered Sector can still be claimed by you if you locate it first.
I kept moving forward towards other question marks which were in my view and eventually located a Trade Terminal. This is where players are able to buy / sell resources. Since, I was still new to the game, I did’t have anything I wished to buy or sell.
One of the more interesting finds turned out to be a Waypoint. This was one of the question marks I walked towards. The Waypoint directed me towards an “Advanced Species”, indicated by a red hut symbol in my view. I found this to be interesting and though it was far out of my way, I decided to move towards it.
After, what felt like an eternity, I finally made contact with an alien race. Since, this location was so far out, I am going to assume that you should only search for this after you have initially repaired your ship. To be honest, it wasn’t much of an interaction with the alien and I carried on searching for Zinc in order to repair my ship. Eventually, after spamming the right thumb stick, my resource scanner located Zinc and after collecting it, I made my way back to the spaceship.
During my journey I discovered a few different species which inhabited the planet, all of which turned out to be calm and didn’t try to kill me. Lucky I guess. I did realize that I didn’t discover all the species on the planet. I managed to discover 5 out of 7 as reflected in my “Discoveries”.
Once I made my way back to ship and repaired it, I took off. Felt like I had explore enough of this planet. As I pulled out into space, I noticed a large amount of asteroids floating around and after crashing into one of them, I realized they provide a resource which is required to boost your spaceship. So, I destroyed a few of these asteroids by pressing “X” and firing at them, not by crashing into them, and decided to make my way to the next available planet.
As soon as I landed on this new planet, I realized my luck had now run out and the game had really started. I encountered an aggressive species which almost killed me. I did manage to run away and find a safe location to take my next screenshot This was the new planet I discovered.
I found the closest same point and decided to end the game here for the day. I felt that I thoroughly enjoyed my 1st day with No Man’s Sky. This seems to be a game in which I will sink countless hours. I actually can’t wait to get back into the game and hope that this level of excitement stays with me throughout my journey in No Man’s Sky.
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