Today’s episode features music by Mergel Kratzer, Authentic Impulse, A Brilliant Massacre, Fake The Envy, Daybehavior, Nina, Silica Gel, Metavari, Project Pitchfork, Black Heaven, Panzer AG, Electro Sensitive Behaviour, In-A-Sense, The Dust of Basement, Carnival Of Dreams, Mirror Kisses, Decence, The New Division, Soil & Eclipse, De/Vision, Missing Witness, Carol Masters, Seabound, Essence Of Mind, Declaration, Moderns, Asmodeus X, Cylab, and The Ironic Sweden
I’m in love with No Man’s Sky. If you’re an avid action game player, this game may not be for you. Don’t get me wrong, I love my action games, but I also like games that allow unlimited exploring. NMS is massive in scale when it comes to exploring. Hello Games said that even after everyone’s done playing it years down the road, 99% of all star systems will still be undiscovered. That’s some serious scope. It also means I’m dedicated to finding as many star systems as I can, even going “off mission” to do it!
There is action (just not mission-to-mission driven action like in most games). On some planets the Sentinals will attack you on sight. On others you can choose to attach them if you’re really desperate for some action. There are predators on some planets that will attack you if you’re not careful. And space pirates! You gotta defend yourself against them. You can also choose to defend freighters being attacked by space pirates when they put out a distress call (this increases your standing with that alien species).
The game isn’t perfect. I’d change a few things if I could. Primarily, I’d change the space scanner so that it identifies major resources and planet conditions from orbit. The space scanner only detects “anomalies” and sometimes a single building in a star system (your suit scanner (if installed) is more powerful than the one in your spaceship). It’s kinda useless in that sense.
I’d also change the dog fighting. Most of the ships you can salvage from crash sites or buy at space stations/land ports have super slow maneuverability and by the time you turn around to fire at the oncoming ship, they’re right on top of you, firing beams and cannons and you’re taking pretty heavy damage. You constantly have to repair your shields (if you don’t get killed while trying to repair it, as the repair screen is not a pause screen). So make sure you keep plenty of ingredients on board in a storage slot just for shield repairs.
And did you notice the synth soundtrack? Oh yeah!
So in honor of No Man’s Sky, here’s a bunch of music about, well, the sky!
SONG: Blue Sky Night
ALBUM: Alfa Matrix – Matrix Downloaded 004
ARTIST: The Presets
SONG: A New Sky
ARTIST: The Dust of Basement
SONG: In This Sky
ALBUM: Awakening The Oceans (Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST: Rhea’s Obsession
SONG: Between Earth And Sky
ALBUM: Between Earth And Sky
ARTIST: Necro Facility
SONG: Painted Sky
ALBUM: The Black Paintings
SONG: Night Sky
ALBUM: Bones Of What You Believe, The (Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Yellow Sky
ALBUM: Book of Love
ARTIST: Killing Joke
SONG: A Southern Sky
ALBUM: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
ARTIST: The Human League