I watched some livestreams of No Man's Sky yesterday and it looked like all my worst fears, as players on a muddy brown planet shot rocks with lasers to collect fuel, flew a few hundred meters in their ship, ran out of fuel again, shot more rocks with lasers...
I hold out hope. I'm OK with periods of boredom and graft between moments of beauty and discovery. The launch trailer suggests there's plenty of excitement to be had, too.
EXPLORE. SHOOT THINGS. SHOP. DIE A BIT.
Rather than dwell on my concerns for the game I haven't yet played, I'm going to think more about the things I'm looking forward to in No Man's Sky. My trailer would have different subheadings, such as FLY SEAMLESSLY DOWN ON TO PLANETS, because though there's been a rash of games to let me do this over the past two years it's still one of the most exciting things to me. And POSITION YOURSELF JUST SO TO GET A NICE SHOT LOOKING UP AT A NEIGHBOURING PLANET OR PLANETS OR SUN OR SUNS, because though I am a shit photographer both in and out of games it's one of the main ways I enjoy spending time within them. I also, from the trailers, quite like the idea of a bit of POKÉMON SNAP BUT THE POKÉMON ARE PROCEDURAL with the creatures.
I hope the game supports these activities. Of course, if the launch trailer didn't do it for you then there's always whatever this is:
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