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Ready to fly in No Man’s Sky

Space, the final frontier. The cosmos. The universe. A galaxy far, far away.

Whatever you want to call it, I’ve been a big fan of heading out beyond our planet’s atmosphere and journeying to other planets, whether it was through a book or TV show or comic book or movie. To explore a science-fictiony world in a video game is almost like the real thing.

A few weeks back, SETI’s Twitter handle had posted this link:

I clicked on the link, read the article, and was immediately gobsmacked. Why hadn’t I heard of this game before? (Wait! I know the answer to that one. Truth be told, I don’t follow the video game world that much, so I may have missed something.)

Like most other subject matters, once I decided that No Man’s Sky piqued my interest, I had to travel back to find out as much as I could about this game. I discovered IGN’s monthlong blowout about No Man’s Sky. I found the official web page. I pored over every frame of YouTube video.

From what I’ve gathered, I love the concept: you’re placed in the midst of this vast universe, and off you go exploring, discovering strange new worlds, earning money for better starships, or becoming an outlaw by laying waste to everything in sight. Or something like that.

And there’s 18 QUINTILLION planets to discover, each created on the fly through some mathematical equation. That should keep me busy for a few years. Talk about replayable value.

No Man’s Sky will be available on the PS4 initially. I had been debating what video game console to get should that need ever arise. I’ve been mostly a Nintendo guy throughout my life, from the NES to the GameCube (I didn’t get a Wii, sadly), but a lot of the upcoming games I was interested in (Star Wars Battlefront and Transformers: Devastation, for starters) were only available on the PS4 or the Xbox One. It would seem my choice has been made.

Sean Murray, the head honcho for No Man’s Sky, appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night (Feb. 2), and he showed off some more game footage. It was worth staying up later than I wanted to catch it.

Should I ever get a PS4, No Man’s Sky (whenever it’s released) definitely will be a part of the video game library, so I can get lost in the vastness of the cosmos.