September Goals

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This months list of goals is pretty short. September is going to be a very busy month and I know I won’t get in as much gaming time as I’d like to.

FInal Fantasy 14 Goals

Get Dragoon Soul Crystal

Get Monk Soul Crystal

Decide between Playing monk or Dragoon

Complete the 2.XX content and get into Heavensward

Backlog Goals

Defeat the fourth boss in Furi

Get to the next system in No Man’s Sky

Complete Unepic

 

No Man’s Sky: Two Weeks Later

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So it’s been a while. Blaugaust was going so well and then bam, I haven’t written in like a week.

I’m the kind of friend who gets super excited about a game, gets all of my friends to buy it and then plays it for a week and never picks it up again. I’m a bad friend…To remedy this, I’ve been playing games and waiting to see if my personal hype wears off too fast before I ask my friends to join me. It’s been working well so far and I actually have better reasons to ask friends to play other than “OMG IT”S SO GOOOOOOD!”

I’ve been loving no man’s sky for the past 2 weeks. It has it’s flaws, OK it has a lot of flaws, but the game still captures my interest. Though, 2 weeks in the enchantment is wearing off little by little. I’m not even very far into it yet. I’ve jumped to a total of three galaxy’s and have just been following the story way points around.

I thought No Man’s Sky would be this game where I would get lost in it for hours exploring alien planets and naming creatures. It was like that for the first two days but lately I’ve been playing it an hour here or there after work. It’s an incredibly slow way to play a game but I’m in no hurry. I actually find myself losing interest if I play it for more than an hour, for all it’s procedural generation, everything has started to feel the same. The animal combinations are still awesome though. It’s like a bunch of kids played the biggest game of Cootie ever.

I also thought naming things would never get boring. After the first planet where I realized just how many rocks and plants could be named I decided I’d only be naming planets, systems, and animals. Along the way I’ve named some interesting looking plants and rocks as well though. It’s still fun to scan things though just to put my marker on them, No Man’s Sky really puts me in the mind set of I found it first and you can’t have it.

Flight is a little disappointing. The auto pilot takes over if you get too low to the ground so you’re perpetually 20 feet in the air. Also all the ships feel the same when you fly them, apart from the number of inventory spaces and the cockpit screen there isn’t a difference in the ships.

The thing I find the most fun right now is collecting the bits of alien language. It’s satisfying when you slowly start to understand what npc’s are saying. It’s a mechanic that I really didn’t expect to be all that fun.

Overall, I’m still enjoying the game a little bit at a time. I’m looking forward to see what is implemented in the future if anything. No Man’s Sky in it’s current state is exactly what I thought it would be so updates are only icing on the cake. I may never get to the center of the galaxy but I’m sure there will be a lot of adventures and sight seeing along the way.

NMS: The Journey Begins

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There was a blinding light as my life support came back online. As my eyes adjusted, the world around me slowly faded into focus. It was lush, green, with towering trees and endless rolling planes. In a galaxy of nearly infinite possibilities, this was not the worst place to find myself stranded. I looked at my surroundings trying to remember how I got here. Behind me a ship sat smoking. Was it mine? It had to be mine. My life exosuit gently reminded me I needed to fix the ship and I needed to leave the planet. Thank god my exosuit has all the information I need to complete the repairs, I’m no ship mechanic.

The first thing I need is Iron which is in abundance here. My mining laser cuts through the rocks with ease extracting the elements I need. With every use the power slowly decreases, the batteries dying I don’t know how to recharge it. I collect my iron and make the part needed to fix the launch thrusters. My multi-tool is out of power but the exosuit tells me it can be charged with an isotope like carbon. The only sources of carbon around were tiny plants, I  broke them up manually by hitting them with my useless multi-tool. Over the course of 15 minutes I managed to scrape up enough carbon to charge the mining beam to 50%. I needed to find a better source of carbon, maybe the strange looking trees in the distance. I started walk.

When I reached the grove I chopped at the tree until I had extracted all of it’s carbon. It was enough to fully charge the beam and i had some still left. I quickly harvested the remaining trees so that I would have extra when I needed it. I harvested some more iron, some zinc, I even found some plutonium. All of this was enough to completely repair my other multi-tool features, a scanner to illuminate points of interest and a bio scanner to identify and discover creatures. It wasn’t long after repairing when I encountered the first life form on this alien world.

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The Scuttle Bug is quick, it’s vicious, and is easily provoked. They appear to be solitary creatures and will attack on sight. I ran into these far more than I would have liked. Each time barely escaping as I tried to scare them off with my mining beam.

My exosuit informed me that I needed another ore to repair the pulse engine. I walked nearly a half hour across the plains and plateaus to find the giant hunk of ore reaching toward the sky. On the return trek back to the ship, the scanner picked up a point of inteest not too far off the beaten path. The need to repair my ship warred with my curiosity of this place. I trudged on across the plains toward the tiny question mark.

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When I arrived I found an abandoned outpost, I could find no signs of life. I raided the containers for materials, a scrap of cloth, some plutonium, and a health station. As I traveled inside the outpost the whir of a functioning trade terminal caught my attention. I offloaded some of the carbon I had as it had grown to excess but I was reluctant to sell anything else for fear that I might need it in the future.  I left the outpost walking quickly to my ship.

Following the instructions I repaired the last malfunctioning pieces of the ship. Luckily all the thermite9 I’d been collecting along the way was used to fuel the thrusters. I was going to leave this planet. I had no inking of where I would go next, but I would listen to the exosuit, it had not lead me astray yet. as I climbed into the cockpit, I hear a rumbling, something was approaching fast and low. I looked up and saw another ship, I was not alone.

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I engaged the launch sequence and took flight hoping to follow the alien ship. It was too quick, and I lost it over a mountain. The exosuit gently reminded me to leave the planet. I pulled the ship up, and left the atmosphere. With the pulse drive functioning, I could explore the vast expanses of space. I didn’t know where to go, where home was, who I was but I knew I had to push forward.

The exosuit picked up a beacon on a distant planet. I was instructed to go there and investigate. Pulse drive engages, I set a course for Kokhayskoy Oske, hoping to find something that would jog my memory.

 

No Man’s Hype!

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We are just a few hours away from the release of No Man’s Sky. I haven’t been this excited about a video game since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Its been a while. With all the buzz about it one question remains, will it live up to the hype*? Maybe,  it’s really hard not to feel like it might when there are day one patch notes like these.

I found out about No Man’s Sky about 2 years ago from a friend. It was around the same time that I was itching for a space game of some sort. I wanted to fly ships and trade things around the galaxy. I ended up buying X: Albion Prelude and it satisfied me for a while. But No Man’s Sky sounded so cool, randomly generated planets and animals…like a 3D Starbound. I couldn’t wait for it to come out…and then he told me it was projected to launch sometime in 2016. Over time I kind of forgot it was coming out, every once and a while a site would have an article about it but nothing we hadn’t already seen before. It wasn’t until this April that I realized it was going to launch in June. I even pre-ordered it and I never pre-order anything, of course it was  the day before it got delayed.

I don’t think hype is all that bad of a thing. It’s fun to be excited about a game release. Often times I’ll see a game trailer or hear about a game and say “ok that looks cool” and then promptly forget about it. But I realize that I have to keep my expectations in check. I bought Destiny on the day of its release. I was expecting a space shooter made by Bungie that might sort of be like and MMO. What I got was well…Destiny. I actually really enjoyed Destiny for what it was and I stuck around through the first two DLC. Probably put a good hundred hours or so into it, I even enjoyed the PVP and I’m not much of a PVPer. But I know a ton of other people who were let down hard by the game. It seemed as if the whole internet was against it after the hype tain fell off the rails.

For No Man’s Sky really all I’m expecting is a resource collecting game with some pretty visuals, upgradable spaceships, and naming animals and planets. I’m not expecting a deep and complex game, I’m expecting to have to grind a bit and to explore a lot and of course become the galaxies best space trucker. It downloaded onto my PS4 this morning where it sits  taunting me with it’s timer. If all goes well I’ll be exploring the stars today/tomorrow at midnight!

*This word was probably used more times than is acceptable in this post…..HYPE!