Okay cross posted from the games you are playing thread for posterity…
Five hours into No Man’s Sky, and only because a friend convinced me to after saying I was going to uninstall it.
Here’s how that went down:
I only bought it because he said there was a multi player mode and we could do things together. So we google how to meet up, and I have to quit to the menu then join his game. Sure fine.
Then I wait 20 minutes while he gets enough fuel to come visit. And then he lands in this huge ship, and I’ve not even fully repaired my shop yet. I’m still frustrated by the UI, and not doing too well in terms of stress levels.
Once he arrives, there’s nothing we can do together. He has 80 hours in the game, and by this point I have two in total, but only half an hour in that save game.
And all I feel is envy! I can’t do anything except pick plants. He has a huge ship, weapons, photon torpedoes, terrain sculpting tools, all the supplies he could ever need. He builds a huge arch and blows up half of it. He flies around shooting stuff.
The only activity we can do together is him give me stuff I need to repair my ship. In other words: remove the fun experience of playing the game from me. I get a working ship, but it doesn’t feel satisfying.
I say, hey no problem, let me just jump in your shop and we can go somewhere else and explore together. But that’s not possible.
All the while: garbage fire level UI.
It felt like going out for dinner with a rich friend. He’s ordering caviar and champagne, and all I can afford is bread and water. He can plonk down his credit card and pay for stuff, but that’s no fun for me!
In the end I delete all my saves again and start fresh. With knowledge of the UI and systems, can I experience the discovery and exploring and crafting mechanics uninterrupted?
I say: let me play the game for as long as it takes to get my ship ready to fly, and so I can come visit you when I feel ready and we can play on equal terms.
So I do that, and after a while my friend lands near me again, and even though I asked him not to. Then without asking he finishes destroying the rock formation at my base. Which is super annoying because in the drab and indistinguishable procedurally generates landscape, that was the only human designed element near by, and was how I navigated back to base!
He says “just use the beacon on your ship” but I was IN MY SHIP when I got lost, and only flew too far in one direction because I pressed X and brought up the “quick” menu and it cancelled all other input?
This game is so bad, even if just in the UI department, that it reminds of a book I read in 2007. That book was so bad and i had so much to say about it, I decided i needed a podcast of my own to review every book i read since then.
I want to make a video to explain how bad the UI in this game is. I feel it inside me! I can see all the steps the designers took to get to this place, and I want to tell the world how and where they went wrong! It’s too much to write about in this forum… I need to make diagrams and screen shots and…
Instead I think I’ll just uninstall it and request a refund from Steam.