Focus Groups are live streams of games that I’ve either never played, or are curious about playing more of. They are meant to decide whether or not I would like to continue playing them/possibly stream them, or trade them in/uninstall them. As always, it will update (hopefully) regularly with new games and content.
*** I have been on vacation in the wilderness of the Show-Me state, and shall be for a spell. No PS4, which means no No Man’s Sky for the duration, so please be patient, and definitely check back in a week or so. Until then, enjoy the random gameplay, and let me know what you think. ***
As you may have deduced from my No Man’s Sky Preview, I’m pretty damn excited for this game. I know the basics, I’m alone in a procedurally generated universe, and I need to make it to the center of the galaxy. What I don’t know, is everything else. What will I see, and what creatures will I discover? I’m about to find out, kiddos! Perhaps I’m hyped for nothing, and it’s not what I think it will be. Perhaps I’m right in the excitement…
*Possible spoilers ahead*
The first fifteen minutes recorded live:
After dying in a space battle yesterday, this Douglas Adams quote popped up:
Being as Douglas is my favorite author, I was naturally ecstatic to see this. But then, about an hour later,Voyageracross this beauty:
I had no other option, than to name the planet, Magrathea.
Misc. gameplay footage. No commentary, just me playing the game.
I found a black hole!
…and then, the second before I reached the other side, the game crashed…yep…so I reloaded, and went through again. Unfortunately, it didn’t record that footage for some reason. However, I recorded some of where it took me, and I was able to snag some screen shots, too.
I’ve spent quite a few hours in NMS since it’s release, and, honestly, I’ve gotten a bit bored. Regardless of others’ opinions, I do not blame Hello Games for this. I blame myself, and my small attention span. HG has provided me with a space sim worthy of boldly going. However, it does get a bit repetitive. Everything I wanted is there, aside from more diverse planets and systems. Trading is simple and effective, if also repetitive (which is fine. I don’t need a complex trade system. Easier the better.) Crafting works very well, and there is a seemingly endless supply of new tech to build and upgrade. My advice, just focus on what you need to propel your ship, and the rest can be had in any (so far) solar systems. They all seem very similar, basically only changing the colors of the environments. Although, on different accounts, I did see rather unique changes in wildlife and vegetation. I have NOT made it to the center of the galaxy, nor have I solved the Atlas mystery. I have been distracted by other external stimuli, as it were, and shifted my focus from Sci-Fi to Horror. The space travel is fun, though, and I do intend to finish the game. Hopefully before Halloween, as it is drawing near.
For the love of everything holy, upgrade your hyper drive. Before my upgrade, I could only go as far as the next system in a warp jump. This method takes a loooooong time if you are trying to reach the center, or are following the Atlas storyline. After the upgrade to only the Warp Reactor Sigma, I was able to jump the entire way to the next Atlas Interface…seen below.
Also, just for kicks:
Following the Atlas path, and not currently heading toward the center of the galaxy, I have been to a system already discovered by another player. It was an odd feeling, I won’t lie.
Also, being as I’ve decided to play as Tom Paris of Voyager separated from the ship with the Delta Flyer, I’ve had to consider the fact that Tom’s brainwashed. He should be heading toward the center, and back to Voyager. Perhaps, however, he smelled a rat, and went undercover to expose the possibly evil Atlas…Either way, it has to play out now. It’s the only way…
As always, stay tuned, kiddos…