No Man’s Sky Adds Massive Pathfinder Update

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No Man’s Sky is one of the most controversial games in recent memory. Its launch last year was fraught with drama, both in technical execution and content delivered. Then, complete silence by the developers for several months. Last November, Hello Games released their first post-launch patch, The Foundation Update, which added planetary base building. The next big update just arrived, titled Pathfinder. The 1.2 patch adds planetary vehicles, base sharing, permadeath, new weapon mods, and more.

Three new moon-rover style vehicles called Exocraft have been added. They come in three different flavors, light, medium, and heavy, with the light Nomad able to glide over water. You can acquire Exocraft by hiring a Technician to your planetary base and completing their missions. Like spaceships, Exocraft can be equipped with scanners, mining lasers, weapons, and speed boosters.

Once you have your Exocraft you can also map out your own race courses using the new Race Initiator. Other players can attempt your course through the new base sharing feature. Custom built planetary bases are now available to upload and share via the Steam Workshop.

The Pathfinder update also doubles the customization options for your bases. Over 40 new parts have been added, as well as new textures and decals.

Starships have been given a big boost. Now you can finally own multiple starships in a large freighter. Ships have also been rebalanced into four different specializations: Fighter, Shuttle, Hauler, and Explorer. Each ship will then have a different class rating, from A to C, and the top-of-the-line S class. Weapons have also received a a similar specialization and class rebalance.

Other new updates include an overhaul to the game’s graphics, including better Ambient Lighting, Ambient Occlusion, and higher resolution textures. Support for the PS4 Pro has been added with 4K resolution. New weapon mods, a more hardcore Survival Mode with Permadeath, and an Instagram-like Photo mode with filters are all in this massive Pathfinder update.

What do we think? Is it enough to jump back into No Man’s Sky and give it another try, or has that proverbial starship already sailed on past?

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No Man’s Sky Review

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Available On: Windows PC, PlayStation 4

In space, no one can hear you scream. In No Man’s Sky, they can’t hear you at all. They can only read the names of planets and species you’ve discovered. An infinite universe of randomly generated planets is an intriguing premise. But underlying the promise of exciting exploration is a dull grind for the same few resources within a shockingly limited universe. Read More

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No Man’s Sky Is the Most Popular PC Game of 2016

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Despite some major technical difficulties, No Man’s Sky has quickly become the most popular title on Steam this year. At peak the highly anticipated indie space game boasts over 200,000 concurrent players on Steam. That’s well over any other games on Steam other than years old multiplayer veterans Dota 2 and Counter-strike. The last game to achieve those crazy numbers at launch was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

No Man’s Sky has been one of the most highly anticipated games of all time, having first debuted with an impressive trailer at the VGX awards in 2013. Details about the game trickled in slowly, leading to a frenzy of excitement and possibilities.

Some of those possibilities needed to be tempered, including lots of confusion and lack of explanation regarding the game’s multiplayer capabilities. For example, the game’s description on its Steam store page was quietly changed from “Massively Multiplayer” to “Single Player” just days before launch. Steam user reviews are currently “Mixed,” with 58% positive. Critics have similarly been divided, praising the wide exploration while bemoaning its tedious crafting and monotony.

The PC launch has sadly been marred by numerous technical difficulties. It appears to be a port of the PlayStation 4 version. Many users have had framerate issues, crashing, and graphical errors. The game also does not play nice with AMD Phenom CPUs. I haven’t been able to get the game to launch at all without using a workaround emulator. I can’t remember the last time I had that much of an issue with a PC game. An incoming patch will hopefully solve these problems.

No Man’s Sky is a massive game developed by a relatively tiny studio. It’s creating both adoration and hatred from all corners of the gaming sphere. Whether you love it or hate it (or just don’t care) its incredible popularity is undeniable.