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No Man’s Sky Is the Best Thing I’ve Seen at E3 (So Far)

by Paul Strauss

Granted, E3 2014 is just kicking off, but after sitting through hours of press conferences and media briefings yesterday, the one game that truly blew me away was the indie title, No Man’s Sky.

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The game is described as one of “survival and exploration” and starts out each player on their own completely unique world. Thanks to an incredibly sophisticated procedural generation gaming engine, each and every planet in the game is different. This concept, plus the game’s extraordinarily artful and creative visuals really intrigue me.

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Perhaps it’s that the game reminds me of the early days of video games – in which you’d be excited and surprised by each game’s unique visual style. In a world where so many first-person games aim to be “realistic” – with drab greys, greens and browns, the worlds of No Man’s Sky are brilliantly colorful and exotic. And instead of endless rounds of NPCs shooting at you, you’re set off into worlds filled with exotic flora and fauna – including dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs.

Just watch the game trailer below, showing off some of the unique planetary environments, along with a seamless transition into space travel, and you’ll see why I’m so excited for this game.

Built by a tiny UK development shop called Hello Games, No Man’s Sky looks truly epic, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. At this point, they haven’t announced a release date or what platforms the game will be available on, but Sony has confirmed that it’s definitely coming to PS4, which certainly has the hardware power to keep up with the game’s visual demands.

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