So, having started on glassing the tenth base I have on No Man’s Sky, having got a near-complete collection of S-Class ships, freighter and a now pretty decent fleet, I had mistakenly thought I was getting to the end of it all.
Granted, there are the other Exocraft to fully upgrade and there’s those last two S-class ships to get, but this is small stuff.
Then they dropped this update news today:
A pile of free, new stuff that sounds quite, quite excellent.
So, looks like I’m going to be sticking with it a bit longer - did I mention I’ve an idea for an 11th base on an overgrown planet? Idea is to do a pyramid above treetops, with a single glass tube access from the ground.
At this point, with the amount of stuff they’ve added, particularly since July 2018 - because that’s where the game really, finally came together, it’s beyond what they infamously claimed way back before launch. At the same time, their journey from sinner to saint has been marked by the major game industry companies engaging in ever more dodgy cash raking antics.
I first noticed it in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, right there on the options menu there’s this not at all subtle ‘buy XP for cash’ option. Entirely voluntary you understand, right? Jump forward to Origins and there’s a full in-game shop, jump to Odyssey and the shop has been expanded and now includes an XP booster! And I can’t help but look at all this and consider that my purchasing either, even on the cheap, would be endorsing these dodgy antics.
At the same time the random mechanics that made NMS seem weird two years ago have since become mainstream, with loot boxes taking that to new depths of infamy.
In this environment, Hello Games now looks far, far better than they were.