Going back to a game you haven’t played in years is always a strange feeling. It’s like seeing a childhood friend in your hometown again after years apart. You can still see the child you spent so much time in their eyes, but can also see the age and maturity you’ve missed due to living apart. They still laugh the same way and still have a strong love for the movie, but now they walk a little differently and have an ostrich tattoo on their ankle that you feel is too awkward.
Playing No Man’s Sky in 2021, it feels like seeing that childhood friend again. I jumped into this trillion planetary galaxy at launch and was absolutely delighted with it, exciting and all. However, I got rid of it after a while and came back only for a moment when the base building patch arrived. For years, that was out of my mind as I focused on other games, projects, and general things in life. With the newly released Prisms update, it feels like the perfect excuse for me to get out and travel into the stars again.
With a substantial list of updates and patches since I last played, this game has grown exponentially, far beyond what was initially promised.
I’m no stranger to games that are constantly updated throughout their life. I played World of Warcraft pretty consistent since launch as well as the Destiny series and League of Legends. I was there to see all the major updates, patches, upgrades and nerfs these games have. In real time, this experience happens gradually and often unnoticed. However, going back to a game after years of polishing and updating, you will see how far it has really come and how it is still.
I decided to start over with the new Prisms update, mainly to see the game more in its entirety and because I don’t want to know what I think a good base looks like in 2018. Honestly, I was blown away by what I went through in the “tutorial” part of the game. My starting planet is toxic, with exploding trees, but I didn’t mention that. Significantly more advanced gameplay to ease players into the galaxy, with more guided content, actual quests, and even new characters and storylines (new to me, mind you). ). Walking through Anomaly Station for the first time was truly amazing. An actual player hub in a game that didn’t have multiplayer when I first played it. I was the idiot running around the station waving to the other players.
And it’s still the game I remember. I still travel the stars, mine resources, boost melee around, and scour planets for knowledge stones. The core of the game does not change with all the new updates. The language of the game hasn’t changed, and I’m still fluent in it. This means I know how to stock up on oxygen and di-hydrogen so I can try new stuff without worrying about getting stuck or just dying.
With all this new content, I can’t help but ask, already No Man’s Sky finally fulfill its promise? It’s no secret that this game made a lot of promises regarding what it was before the game was released. Unfortunately, most of those expectations were not met, and many felt as if the game was just a shadow of its promised self and worse, because of it.
The prism gives us the answer to that question. A Reddit user translate all the content the game originally promised and compare it with what was available at launch against the current state (from a year ago) of the game. Surprisingly, the game has now fulfilled most of its promises to some extent. The game also added additional content that was not initially promised to players. Building facilities, social centers, and even driving other types of vehicles was never outlined, but this is content that has now become integral to the current state of the game. .
No Man’s Sky now it’s not just what was promised by Sony’s infamous marketing campaign; it has become something of its own and not just what we expected.
Recall your childhood when you and your friend would spend sleepless nights together talking about being rock stars and firemen and about all the amazing road trips you would take. done when both are learning to drive. Years later, you’re a journalist, they’re an IT technician, and only one of you has a driver’s license. You can still play music and end up taking that trip together. Maybe it’s finally time to let go of that list of failed promises No Man’s Sky and just let the game continue to evolve at its own pace.