No Man’s Sky’s and Bitcoin Dice

 

 

As if No Man’s Sky’s unfathomably large galaxy of procedurally generated planets wasn’t big enough, that near infinite number of worlds is really only half the game. The other half takes place in between all those uncharted biomes, in the vast space that separates each solar system and collection of planets therein. While fellow editor Leon Hurley spent his precious 30 minutes of hands-on time in No Man’s Sky cataloguing strange creatures and harvesting resources on the surface of a few planets, I came into this virtual universe on a mission: see how much mileage I could get out of the outer space gameplay while seated comfortably in the cockpit of my trusty ship. And while I’m no Han Solo or Malcolm Reynolds, I’d like to think that I’ve shown the beginnings of being the Guybrush Threepwood of space pirates. All that is to say: No Man’s Sky offers some pretty legit starship adventures.

 

Even the very name of this PS4 and PC game evokes the opening theme to the sci-fi cult classic Firefly, with lyrics that romanticize the infinite, untameable freedom of the sky and the space beyond it. And right from the onset, you have the freedom to hop in your ride, point the nose of your ship skyward, and blast through the stratosphere in the space of a few moments. Now, I wasn’t granted one of those sweet Star Wars-meets-Battlestar Galactica fighters you’ve probably spotted in No Man’s Sky screenshots – seems like that’s a goal that players will need to work towards as they gather resources and blueprints for new equipment. Instead, you start out in a bulbous-looking ship, an Aruto S94 model that looks like a hatchback compared to the sports-car-like luxury of those X-Wing-esque spacecraft. Still, it gets the job done, …