Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
I spent a good 7 or 8 hours with No Man’s Sky checking out its new Next update, and I think I’m done. I had a good time exploring planets and flying around in space, but the survival aspect isn’t for me and farming resources just to jump to another star system with another set of similar planets isn’t a good hook.
No Man’s Sky does offer a “creative mode” that takes away the survival bits and gives you plenty of freedom to craft bases and buy fancy ships without all the busy work. I gave that mode a few hours as well but the end result was the same — jumping into new star systems with similar enough planets, which ultimately became unrewarding rather quickly.
Still, I *did* have fun with the game and I don’t feel like I wasted $20, which is a lot more than I can say when I spent $60 at launch. I like the new third-person mode and the ability to play as a variety of alien races, and the base building is pretty cool, but I’m just not into these survival games at all.
The only other game I’ve been playing is, of course, World of Warcraft. We’re less than two weeks away from the new expansion and I have 40 levels to go on my new Nightborne Shadow Priest. Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. It’s just a matter of finding the time to play.
The lead-in quests have been pretty disappointing, with Blizzard completing their molding process on Slyvanas to morph her into the next Garrosh. The Horde have seen far too many Warchief changes over the last few expansions and it appears they’ll be dividing up the Horde again, with some following Sylvanas’ dishonorable warmongering while others stand by Saurfang.
If you haven’t watched the new Saurfang trailer that released at midnight today, then please do so. Blizzard’s cutscene design is second to none.
And then watch the main Battle For Azeroth cinematic to see where it ends up. So good.
Now that I’m fully done with No Man’s Sky (uninstalled and everything) I’m really just focusing on leveling in WoW and seeing where the Battle for Azeroth lead-in quest heads when it updates Tuesday morning.
What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?