(08-09-2016, 04:31 PM)RevonZZ Wrote: Reading about NMS, I can't help but draw a personal comparison between it and Overwatch. From what I've seen, the critics say similar things about both: They cast a wide net, but have the depth of a puddle.
If one considered just the games themselves, they'd probably be right. Served cold, Overwatch boasts innovative mechanics and a unique artstyle; but has no campaign mode, no ability to play against bots, next to no options for custom games, and essentially zero ingame story. However, to end it there would be downright criminal when one considers the incredible amount of extra content Blizzard has created to flesh out the gameworld. I'm talkin' webcomics, animated shorts; even a full-fledged, printed comic book coming out this year! And don't even get me started on the fanbase. From dozens of in-jokes, voiceovers of fan-comics, and heaping mountains of fanart (And the porn. Can't forget about the porn.), the Overwatch fandom is one of the largest and dedicated I've ever seen. It really gives you the impression that the game has a soul, which is something I haven't said since those halcyon days of Halo 3.
Now let's try NMS on for size. Again, an extremely innovative concept (It's like Elite crossed with Noctis IV!), but at its heart it's very simple: You walk around planets, collect resources, shoot robots; then you hop in your ship, fly around space, trade resources, and blast pirates. I hear there are gonna be some interesting features (like warring factions), which is nice, but like all procedurally-generated games they're likely gonna be nearly identical to each other. And on that note, I can't help but wonder what the devs were thinking when they said we wouldn't be able to customize our ships. Like, for Pete's sake, it's 2016: At least give us the option to put some stickers on it a la Forza Motorsport. The lack of customization in a game that has you spend most of your time alone is more than insulting; it's enough to dissuade me from preordering it.
I want the game to succeed. I really do, despite being its dev's first project. But my only fear is that it's gonna end up for most people like solo Minecraft did for me: A lonely game, with unrewarding exploration and nothing worthwhile to look forward to.
Very well said. To my knowledge you can play against bots in Overwatch (under Training @ Main Menu), and custom games are full of settings like health modifier, what heroes are allowed, cooldown modifier, damage modifier, etc.
My opinion with both games more or less is: Yes, they cast a wide net, but depth wise are pretty shallow. There really isn't anything wrong with that, it just means out of the door they aren't the most spectacular. I think both games have fantastic bases, and Blizzard has shown they're willing to work and build the game up. Given it just launched I can't say the same about Hello Games & No Man's Sky. I look at No Man's Sky and I can't help but be reminded of Minecraft in its early days. It wasn't a polished gem, it was a wonderful base, but early on there wasn't much to do. Looking at the development of Minecraft and where it is now, I can only hope that we see something like that with No Man's Sky. I also think we may definitely see something like that with No Man's Sky, in the 4 (or was it 6) weeks after they went gold, they introduced "The Three Paths", which if anything sets the ground for something. It's my hope that they'll work from this fantastic base that they've created, and continue to add new content and build up from it.
I didn't even think about customization of ships and what not, though to be honest that doesn't really phase me. My concern with my ship would be that it gets me from place to place in an efficient and timely manner. I can completely see where you're coming from though, I take pride into my character customization in FFXIV, Skyrim and really any RPG. I hope they bring customization to ships to the game.
Definitely has the potential to do that, and I'm already reading about people who bought into the hype and are flat out disappointed. But, to me at least, if it ended up anything like solo Minecraft I'm going to have a blast. I can't count how many hours I've spent playing solo Minecraft exploring cave systems, and building random things. Now it doesn't hold nearly as much of a charm because I finally have a PC that can handle modded Minecraft, but I still typically play that solo. Either way, I really look forward to what Hello Games does with the game, and where it goes from here on out.