No Man’s Sky: Why You Need To Keep Your Hype Level Under Check

It’s just a game, not the next step in human evolution.

Posted By | On 04th, Aug. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


No Man's Sky

Few games have ever been subjected to the kind of hype that No Man’s Sky has been ever since its first reveal all those years ago. The game’s fundamental premise, which seems to be about bringing the infinite reaches of space and the cosmos to our TV screens, is inherently appealing, and fires our collective imaginations like nothing else.

Unfortunately, it’s also a bit unfair for No Man’s Sky, which it must be remembered is being developed by a small indie development outfit of about a dozen people at most, to be made the subject of so much anticipation. To be fair, the developers haven’t shied away from talking the game up at every chance that they got- but it is sounding, more and more, like that might have been a bad idea.

I’m not even going to get into leaked copies and early impressions of the game, and whether or not they are positive enough. That’s not the point here. The point is, No Man’s Sky is one of the most insanely hyped games of all time. It is so hyped that it could be veritably perfect and probably still not live up to the hype, simply because of the expectations surrounding it. And given that this will ultimately not be a perfect game, and be subject to its own limitations, such as they are, it will be widely viewed as having been a disappointment- and that is unfair, in the end.

There is so much hype for the game that there is almost nothing it can do at this point to be generally perceived as having lived up to the hype. This is not a reflection on how great (or not) No Man’s Sky will be in the end- I am hugely excited for it, and entirely confident that I will enjoy it, if nothing else. But the simple fact of the matter is, the more hype that you have for the game, the more you will feel let down by the time it launches, no matter how good it is. If you can keep your hype for the game to at least a reasonable degree, then you should be able to enjoy the game for what it is.

Remember, it is only going to be a video game- probably a very good video game, hopefully, but just a video game nonetheless. Keep that in mind, and keep some perspective. And enjoy exploring the infinite cosmos.

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  • Graeme Willy

    Great point. When this was just to be a unique indie game, I was excited because it proposed a uniquely generated universe to explore, for what I thought would be a fitting indie priced title. Then it got hyped and big corporations began hyping it, and now it’s a full-fledge title with a collectors edition and now it’s like, “yeah, I’m just not seeing where 60+ bones here…everything I’ve seen, so far, looks exactly the same. If I’m looking at universe full of galaxies that are, in turn, full of planets that share the same color palette, color temperature, art style, vegetation(rendered in different colors, of course) and the same unusual dinosaurs and space goats, it’s going to get boring.” The mistake it makes is providing you with a multitude of planets rich with life. The universe is very much opposite. For every planet that has unique, organic, civilized life that is beyond bacterial/ microscopic life, you probably have thousands of uninhabitable planets, like Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn etc. The game, so far, seems to suggest that life is common place. I haven’t seen any screenshots of dead worlds still tattered with abandoned buildings from previous inhabitants, nor or desolate planets that have probably always been desolate, and that one may be able to set an outpost up on. The game should be made so that by time you do find a star system with life, you’re jumping with excitement and don’t want to leave. Exploring space should be lonely, desolate, but kept fun in its travels. All players should have the possibility of seeing one another…again, for that excitement factor.

    • jp

      if you want that better play The Solus Project.

  • kee1haul

    This is going to tank. I mean it will sell a million copies, but won’t last. Bit like The Order.

  • Nintengods
    • DEV00100000

      How many good Nintendo games have been released in the past year?

      *crickets*

    • Nintengods

      In the last 12 months? Xenoblade X, Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Super Mario Maker.

      So more than P$4 and Xboner combined 🙂

      Time to remove your avatar, fakeboy.

    • jp

      are you serious? thats three games dude… in a whole year….

    • Nintengods

      And nothing on P$4

    • Counterproductive

      Apparently you have not been paying attention. At all.

    • DEV00100000

      LOL!

      Come back to reality.

  • kma99

    Less than a week until launch and the gaming sites are trying to damage control.

    • DEV00100000

      Control what damage? I don’t know anyone that’s concerned about it.

    • kma99

      All the press it has generated. This illusion of grandeur they kept rehashing. Apparently you have been living under a rock.

    • DEV00100000

      I’m not living under a rock. There is no illusion. Everything they said would be in the game, is going to be in the game… I just don’t see the big deal behind all the negative comments. Trolls gonna troll.

    • DEV00100000

      These moderators are trash, never coming back to this site again. I didn’t even say anything bad in my last post and they removed it.

      Either way, I don’t see any illusion. Everything they said would be in the game, is in the game. The leaker, daymeeuhn, is worthless without the day one patch. Even without it, I didn’t think anything he mentioned was really that bad, and most of it is sure to be fixed in the day one patch.

    • kma99

      Actually i never seen them react so fast.

  • Starman

    Fanboy journalist , trying to save a game that’s “console” timed exclusive favoring the PS$ at the moment . If this had been a XB1 “console exclusive” they wouldn’t have said anything … In this case, it’s another attempt at “Save the PS4 campaign” you know , the one that’s been going on since this Generation kicked off.


 

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