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Can No Man’s Sky Be Salvaged?

It’s been nearly three months since I’ve played No Man’s Sky. It’s gone through some major issues with losing most of its players, many people complaining about false advertising, and a game that seems to have no direction. Well, it’s finally being updated! It’s called the Foundation Update, which adds many features, such as the ability to construct bases, build and operate freighters, hire alien workers for your base, and more. And these are some of the things that were originally promised. What’s even more interesting is that this isn’t the biggest update to come.

Check out this video about the updates. Don’t mind the people in the video. They always joke around about the games.

Will I resume playing it? Of course! I want to see how it’s been improved. Unfortunately, the update is buggy, as my sister has found out already. But they should be ironed out. But I’m not particularly interested in spending all my time building things. I still want to explore every planet I discover. That’s what I like about the game, despite its issues.

Is anyone considering playing again? Let me know in the comments below.

No Man’s Sky – First Impressions

No_Man's_SkyNo Man’s Sky, the game I’ve been waiting for my entire life to play. When I saw gameplay several months ago, I wanted this game so badly, I thought time would go by too slowly. Well, it came out last week. And this morning, I got to play it for myself for the first time.

What I’ve Done So Far

I started out on a rather hot planet with strange fan-like plants and active volcanic vents near my damaged ship. The fissure gave off a smoky gas once. The sky was often yellow with dark clouds. I searched the area to find resources and repair the ship. I walked to a shelter, found some new technology, gathered carbon, plutonium, and iron, then found I needed some zinc. It took me a long time to find that. I eventually got my ship repaired, and I could fly around.

During my exploration period, I discovered several shelters, a mining facility, and a few other things that weren’t manned. I was able to fly to space, but I didn’t have fuel for my pulse engine. Thamium9 was hard to find! I looked around, found a couple ruins where I learned some Gek words, classified a couple of animals, and noticed several ship going in one direction. I followed them, got lost for a few minutes, then found where they were going: a manufacturing facility. It was manned! And I finally had some new technology and access to the galactic trading system (can’t recall what it’s called at the moment). I bought some Thamium9, then found out that there’s a ruin nearby. I flew to the ruin, and learned several languages. I am in very good standing with the Gek. They have partner status now.

So, after that, I flew to space and went straight for a space station where I did some trading, and located a beacon on another planet. On my way to that other planet, I ran out of Thamium9. But, I discovered that the asteroids are made of Thamium9. Lucky! I eventually made it to this new world, which has a lot of water on the surface! Lakes! I landed, and that’s where my game ended.

I’ll be playing more this week. My next objective is to build a hyperdrive and be able to fly to other star systems. However, I’ll explore all of the planets in my home system first. I want to be thorough. And I’d like to discover all of the animals, too. I’m an explorer. I want to know everything there is to know in each system I visit.

My First Impressions

Be prepared for repetitive actions! The mining and searching for resources may bore some people, but I have no problems with that. I love exploring, and that’s what this allows me to do. Some of the landscapes are incredible. The first time that sentinels came flying around me after I mined some plutonium, it felt quite creepy.

It’s a beautiful game, and I’d love to play it in a full VR environment. That would be incredible! The chance to discover new worlds and animals, as well as aliens is so fascinating. I’ve only scratched the surface of this game, but I’m loving it. The time I played passed so quickly, I didn’t realise how long I’d actually played. It’s addictive.

I can see myself spending hours on this game. It’s too easy to get immersed in it. I have to watch the time I spend on it. I could live in it all day. If I were to give it a star rating for the limited time I’ve played, I’d give it full 5 stars. It’s that good (at least for me).

How About You?

Have you played it yet? What have you done so far? Let me know in the comments below.

Reminder to Self: Watch This No Man’s Sky Video!

Remember I posted a video by jacksepticeye of No Man’s Sky? It was 38 minutes long. And he tends to be a bit wild in his videos, but he was rather tame in that one.

Well, now there’s another one. This time it’s by Markiplier, also a huge gaming YouTuber. This guy has an amazing radio voice. And he’s a really big space enthusiast. So, I think he’s extremely excited about this game. He posted a one hour video a couple hours ago. I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ll post it here anyway. I’ll watch it later.

You know what I think would be amazing? If you could play this game with VR goggles. Total immersion.

Markiplier is right, space is cool.

No Man’s Sky Is Now Available!

Holy crap! This is the game of my dreams. This is the game I’ve been waiting my entire life for. Must get it!

Here, watch this video. This is jacksepticeye starting out in the game. It’s a long video, but the game is so interesting that the time just passed by so quickly, I didn’t even notice it was that long.

First, I need a computer that can actually play it. My computer is woefully under-powered for this game.

Some day!

Who’s been looking forward to it? Let me know in the comments below.

Cities: Skylines – A New Way to Eat Up My Free Time

I’ve been a big fan of the SimCity games, and in particular SimCity 4. I got that game in around 2004, and played it extensively for several years until my daughter managed to get the game CD out of its case and covered it with food. It was also a bit scratched up. So, there went my ability to create and run cities.

Then, tonight, I was looking on YouTube, and came across this video:

I think I’m going to immerse myself in a few of these videos. Cities: Skylines looks like the perfect replacement for SimCity 4! I love the look of it. It looks far more realistic. And the After Dark expansion looks great. I really want to see it on day and night cycles. And the ability to do cinematic flyovers makes me feel like I’ve found the perfect city simulator.

There’s a catch, though. The minimum requirements seem to exceed my computer’s CPU. But that’s okay. I do plan on getting a new computer when I can afford to. One that’s built for games like this.

Anyone heard of this game or enjoy city simulation games? Let me know in the comments below.

Wasting Time – Smartphone Games

Smartphones are computers, and they have some pretty high quality games. Far better than the ones I had for Sega Game Gear more than twenty years ago. But I try not to spend too much time playing them.

However, I do play some. These are what have my attention at the moment:

SimCity BuildIt

To tide me over until I get a new copy of SimCity 4 for my computer, I’ve been building a city on my iPhone with SimCity BuildIt. It’s an okay substitute, but I prefer the more realistic look of SimCity 4.

Angry Birds 2

This is pretty fun, but I tend to only play one level a day. I spend some time playing Angry Birds Friends on Facebook, too.

2048

This is a simple game where the objective is to add up the squares to 2048. You start with 2, combine it with another 2 to make 4, and you need another 4 to make 8, and so on. It keeps doubling, but it’s not as easy as you’d think.

There are some others that I have been playing, but not so often these days. What are you playing, if you play games on a smartphone?