No Man's Sky, Pokemon Go and Darkest Dungeon.
Darkest Dungeon we shall talk later since the PS4 version will only be out late next month.
Pokemon Go is interesting because of the technology it is based on. GPS & GIS system, coupled with augmented reality. There are many naysayers of the game, and many are condemning it and accusing it of making people become ignorant of the real world, and the cause of social degradation. Brainless. Dangerous. The way I see it is more than a social experiment. It literally opens up a window of opportunity for anyone doing any kind of work, to explore the usage of AR and GPS itself. IOT is here. Big Data is here. Geo related systems is here. VR/AR is here. It's time to smell the possible advantages and chances for future tech development. The overall betterment of the society. Can't wait to see the next big thing based on these exciting tech.
No Man's Sky was also released recently, yesterday to be correct. Many critics question the depth of the game. The lack of multiplayer. The focus of the game. To me, it defines a brand new genre. Of exploration, progression and experimenting of the unknown world. It is not a good game to stream. It is not a good game to post Youtube videos. In fact, to me, it is not really a "game" LOL. It's more like a personal journey that you take and encountering any events that are thrown to you, and how to take each of these and the environmental restrictions and barriers, and when you overcome them, forms into a unique AND individual experience that no other game will be able to provide you with. I'm still ~3 hours in, and still so much more to explore. I don't even want to spoiler myself too much in what I can do and what I can't do. And that's the real thrill of the game. Hopefully future patches/expansions of cooperative element, freights and base building will arrive soon enough for this game to develop into its full blossom and potential.
Many peeps have been complaining about the multiplayer lie that Sean Murray had made during the talk show. It's fair, he may have lied, but to be honest, we don't have to take it too seriously.
- He probably didn't know it's going to launch without the multiplayer during the interview. The team may have hit a major obstacle which rendered the multiplayer impossible to be launched on release date.
- He may have freaked out and gone overboard in selling too much
- The question we have to ask ourselves is: did it really matter? Was it really within our expectations?
- It's a trend nowadays to release pre-complete builds of the game, and take months to slowly add content in. The bare essentials are launched and additional stuff come in later. In this sense, should we really complain so much on a SMALL developer for launching it? If people can wait for Destiny content to be release from a giant of a company in Bungie, why the flak on Hello Games?
- The only things that Hello Games should take flak for is the constant game crashes experienced by everyone. I can just forgo the textures popping in and out, but it will be a professional crime to launch a game with numerous bugs that lead to crashes. This should be the top priority for them right now, making the game playable again, without corrupting save files and such. Multiplayer can come later.
- But shouldn't be too late, not when the player base is starting to trickle away.
I have to say this game is really one of a kind. Apart from a few key unlocks you need to obtain during the initial stages, it is really a total vast unknown space of exploration right in front of you. And I get that a lot of gamers really may not be able to measure it with their own expectations. Coupled with the crashes and bugs of course :P
What kind of planets will I encounter in the next system?
Will there be many space pirates?
Should I upgrade my shield and weapon tech first?
Should I gather rarer resources to upgrade stuff?
Does the next planet have extreme weather conditions?
Will there be occasional storms that render my walking distance very limited?
What if the drones shoot on sight?
What if the planet has full of predators?
What if the planet has no flora or plutonium?! How am I going to recharge my landing gears?
Should I look for better ships? In that case earn more money first?
The concerns are just endless and it's really up to you to decide what are your next steps to take.
In terms of trying to bring the player an entirely new and spacec exploration experience, I believe they have managed to do that. This is what the crew in USS Enterprise feels every time they go for exploration. It just feels totally convinceable.
Although the tasks to perform are rather routine after ~5 hrs into the game, there is still this element of uncertainty and you really chart your way through this vast space. I have no regrets buying this title and participating in this amazing project. It's a job well done by a developer of 14 staff.