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Thu May 20, 2021, 06:46 PM

No Man's Sky - PS4 - Revisited

So... One of the advantages of having a nephew with a legal grow is that I get a crap ton of weed for free I rarely smoke it, preferring to use a vaporizer (not one that uses oil but one that heats the material to the point where the THC vaporizes but the material never burns), yet I still was finding myself with a lot... I mean a LOT sitting around. Talking about it with my nephew, he told me he had a guy working for him that could fix me up something like a Volcano Vaporizer:

https://www.storz-bickel.com/en-us/catalog/product/view/id/251

What is cool though is that it has a little bag that collects what is going to get you insanely stoned and then uses a little fan to blow it out into the room. A few minutes of pre-heating, plop in 4-5 healthy joints worth of weed, set the timer to turn it off in 20 minutes or so and go about your business... Anyone in the room will be stoned out of their gourd very shortly. Yes, yes, very wasteful... Like really wasteful... It's nice

OK, No Man's Sky... Why am I here talking about an almost five year old game? Because it has become freakin awesome. I got it the night of release and was amazed, I loved it - https://www.democraticunderground.com/12114517 - It had some issues but the initial impression was one of awe. Then... I kept playing... And looking for things to do... And wondering where a lot of promised features were... Then I saw something shiny, got distracted and the game fell into my PS4 library and got forgotten. Make no mistake, I was really disappointed... I'd been looking forward to it and it simply did not even come close but as a gamer since the late 70's (Telengard on the Atari 800xl was the shit back in the day) I've grown used to disappointment in games. Hello Games (the maker) went silent and the only news you saw about them was what a scam they had released on the public... Everyone hated them... And on to other games I went...

Then something funny happened... Around the beginning of this year, I had a video pop up on youtube that was titles something like 'Why you should play No Man's Sky in 2021' and I decided to watch it. I am glad I did.

Turns out Hello Games has been releasing patches on a steady basis for the last five years and slowly bringing the game to where it should have been on day 1... Now, it is one hell on an amazing game. It still does not have everything promised but all of the big items and most of the small items, plus a lot of shit never talked about is in there.

The game is a bit tough to start... There is so much you want to do but it kind of forces you to stay alive instead. It also has what at first seems to be some tough controls... Not movement but navigating the menus (and they don't pause the game) and figuring out how to do a lot of things but once you get the hang of it, it is much more intuitive then you will think at the start. It still has a lot of pop-up on the PS4 and I suspect that will never get fixed, just go slow when approaching crashed ships while in your ship and it's no biggie. Also, follow the missions until you get to the Anomaly no matter how much you just want to go off and 'do stuff'... It serves as a sort of tutorial and then you are free to roam the galaxy as you see fit... Follow the various story lines... upgrade your multi-tool and ships... Find new and better multi-tools and ships to collect... Build a badass base or build ten of them... Get pets and raise them for generations, manipulating their DNA to make them as you see fit... Enter the Expeditions mini-events for unique rewards... Grow a pair and try to get to the center of the galaxy in perma-death mode... Talk your friends into buying a five year old game to play co-op together... Bake jelly donuts and sell them for profit (really)... Set up freighter routes and be a space mogul... Play in multi-player and be a space pirate... Hunt space pirates... Find a living ship... And... Craft, craft, craft, explore, explore, explore and then throw in some fighting

If you are looking for an action packed game, this is not it. To describe it in a word, it would be 'chill' (As the kids say today... Or was that ten years ago? I forget). Turn out the lights, smoke up or sip some good Tequila and just let the hours slip by. This game has become something really special. It would have been better if this was the game released on day 1 but I'll take it.

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Reply No Man's Sky - PS4 - Revisited (Original post)
Ohio Joe May 20 OP
Ohio Joe May 24 #1
Ohio Joe Jun 1 #2
Ohio Joe Jun 4 #3
uriel1972 Jun 13 #4
Ohio Joe Jun 18 #5
uriel1972 Jun 19 #6
Ohio Joe Jul 14 #7
uriel1972 Jul 14 #8
Ohio Joe Jul 17 #9
Ohio Joe Jul 19 #10

Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Mon May 24, 2021, 11:28 AM

1. No Man's Sky/Mass Effect Crossover

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/05/no-mans-sky-confirms-mass-effect-crossover-adds-iconic-normandy-sr-1-to-fleet/

So... In this second Expeditions mini-event it seems the big reward at the end of it is getting the SSV Normandy SR-1 from Mass Effect. You don't actually get to fly it but it's a frigate you own and can send out on missions (think... setting up trade routes). It's a powerful ship to add to your fleet and looks cool but a lot of the 'wow factor' was lost on me as I have never tried Mass Effect.

Oh... One other thing I noticed last night, cross play is now enabled in No Man's Sky. I've seen Steam (PC) and Xbox players in my game.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Tue Jun 1, 2021, 06:16 PM

2. Expedition 2 is now over... Expedition 3 should start Thursday (6/3/2021)

No details on the third expedition yet.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 07:27 PM

3. It was not Expedition 3 but rather another new content update...

It was being reported that they had uploaded a new build on Steam and the assumption was it was the new Expedition but nooooo... A new content update (free, like all of them have been). This one is called Prisms and does a ton of visual updates with PC players looking to get the most out of it. They also threw in some other things... Flying pets can now be ridden when recruited, before it was only land based pets that could be ridden. There is also some 'set-up' content that is not fully active yet... I'm going to double down and say it is for Expedition 3 again because... Well, just because

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 07:53 AM

4. Might look into it when I have the spare AUD$85.00

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:23 PM

5. So... This has been rattling around the back of my head...

I went and looked and it is still selling for full price on PS4. I've not paid any attention since release so I had no idea if it's been full price the entire time or if it goes on sale sometimes. So... Off to the Steam Price History page:

https://www.exophase.com/game/no-mans-sky-steam/prices/

And it does look like it drops to about $30 on a pretty regular basis (though not at the moment). "I assume" when it is on sale on Steam, it goes on sale the other platforms... Not sure but I'll keep an eyeball on it and update when I know more.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 04:58 AM

6. Thanks

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 14, 2021, 10:17 AM

7. I see this morning it is now 50% off

On all platforms. Not sure for how long though.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 14, 2021, 07:13 PM

8. just got hit with some serious bills /sigh

maybe later on, even at full price... maybe.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 10:12 PM

9. Pets

So I got about half way through the story, about 20 hours in and I just got distracted messing around with stuff... That was about 50 hours of play ago

At some point I might talk about some other things but right now I feel like talking about pets. Once you identify any fauna on a planet, you can interact with it... Feed it, pet it or adopt it. I have run across a few that I could not adopt and I don't know why but they have been few. Also, you can only have a max of six pets, Annnnd you get 2 slots and have to buy the other four (pretty expensive to get all six). Pets seem to be able to do things for you but I've not figured it all out yet... Some pets you can put harnesses and helms on to mount weapons and they fight beside you (or under you if you are riding them)... Some will hunt near by resources and bring them to you... Some don't seem to do anything. Some fly, some are on the ground and some swim (some seemingly through the earth).

Right now I have three pets.

The first looks exactly like a rainbow balloon. I can neither ride it nor does it seem to do anything but slowly follow me around but it looks cool.

The second is... uhhhh... ok, imagine a 4x4 that stands up, is made of some kind of multi colored rock and jumps around following you. It has no limbs or head or appendage of any kind. It does jump real high and kill enemies during combat... It's actually a bit odd to see.

The third is my favorite. When I first saw it, it was hostile to me (a red paw over the head indicates an animal as hostile) and it scared the crap out of me... Heh, I thought it was a werewolf It came running up over a hill about 30 feet in front of me and it was freakin fast. I kept dropping it some food as I ran and eventually it stopped wanting to kill me and I was able to pet it a few times and then adopt it. Imagine a cat with brown fur... A cat that spends a lot of time bulking out it's upper body... Oh... And it walks/runs upright... And has horns that are swept back... And glowing red eyes... And is as big as you are... It's pretty badass looking. It both fights in battle and looks for resources when not, plus it can have harness and helmet.

I've not even gotten into the genetic engineering you can do with pet eggs yet

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Mon Jul 19, 2021, 05:59 PM

10. The long journey



So... This video has all of the trailers for No man's sky, from the launch trailer through every update that has been released since (in order). The launch trailer lies... A lot. There is stuff in there that simply was not included in the game. From there on though, every trailer was truthful and did include everything advertised. It is still pretty amazing to see the evolution of the game.

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