I was one of the many disappointed faces in the crowd when no man's sky came out and was barely a game. I was so excited as a space nerd, to have something less business like than elite dangerous to satisfy my stargazing needs.
After putting the game down being as disappointed as I was, I heard about updates every now and then, and with the release of every update, I would redownload the game, start a new file, and realize that the game was still a boring mess.
It got to the point where I stopped tracking these updates, but when I saw the most recent update that came out this week, I forced myself to give it one more try. Now I don't know if some of the stuff that I've been enjoying came from updates that you all are familiar with already, but this feels like an actual video game now.
Way more guidance if you want it, quests and crafting have become far more streamlined, and the amount of variation that they have added to the extremely dull initial offering is insane. I'm playing on an Xbox One x, in visual mode and it does chug a bit byt boy is it pretty.
I haven't landed on an obvious duplicate planet yet, the new social hub gives plenty of customization bullshit to enjoy, the space stations feel way more alive and the language mechanic is more fleshed out now, although it's probably still superfluous. Riding one of the also greatly improved alien life forms is a blast, have yet to track down one of the new flying mounts but I'm excited to try.
I think what I wanted from this game was adventure for adventure sake, and the third planet I landed on had an amazing ship with quadruple my cargo capacity that I immediately made my own and lost my old ship. What I didn't realize however was that every single spot in that inventory was completely filled with broken items that I would have to painstakingly remove one by one using extremely rare resources. Even the warp drive was broken. The amount of time I've spent just getting my ship and working order has not felt like a chore though, rather an actual adventure in space. I landed on the planet that had nothing but extreme lightning storms and mostly water hunting down some activated copper, and I can't wait to go back.
Not sure if anybody has the experience but I don't know much about the crafting of a base at this point yet, I'm kind of tempted to build it on this extreme lightning planet but I'm sure that would be kind of a bitch. Anyone else have a similar journey?