No Man’s Sky is probably one of the most anticipated games of all time, that fell flat on its face when it was released. Most players (this writer included) were disappointed with the lack of things to do in the game. One can only explore the same type of planet so many times, with nothing else to do, before it gets dull. Players were so disappointed with the game that UK’s watchdog advertising board looked into the release, to ensure that consumers were not misled by the developers pre-release. This board recently ruled that consumers were not misled by the pre-release hype. Most developers would say, “Oh well,” and move on to their next game. Hello Games, the developer of No Man’s Sky, decided to go a different route and recently released a major updated called the “Foundation Update.” This update includes new game modes, the beginning of base building elements, and farming elements. This update is so big that it completely changes the way the game can be played, but should we care? Should we give the game another chance, because Hello Games is trying to give what most consider a failed release a future?
No Man’s Sky is not the first game to do this. Minecraft is the first game that comes to mind that has had almost constant updates since it was first released to the public in 2009. Its first public release had almost nothing in it, just a few things to play around in Creative mode. The Survival mode, which most people now play, was not released until months later. In fact, an actual non-alpha or beta version did not come out until 2011. Since then the game has gone on to include Hardcore, Adventure, and Spectator modes, as well as multiplayer. These constant, free updates have helped the game sell over 106 million copies world wide, over a few different platforms. Not only that, but almost every single person on Earth has either played or at least heard of the game. Notice the similarity between No Man’s Sky and Minecraft? If Hello Games follows the Minecraft route, then No Man’s Sky could become one of the most popular games of all time. As long as they do not mess things up.
Another game that got a major update well after its release is I Love Katamari, released in 2008 for the iPhone App store. Never heard of it? That is okay, because it kind of got crapped on in the reviews. IGN gave it a 4.5 out of 10 in their review when the game was released. Do not try to go looking for it either, as it has been taken off the iPhone app store as of 2015. While the game was pretty much the same as its predecessors, the game took advantage of the iPhone’s touchscreen and gyroscope for motion controls. However, this was back during the very first generation of iPhone, so the technology was found lacking and the game was criticized for these reasons. But then two years later a new version of the iPhone was released, with improved technology, and an update came out that made I Love Katamari actually fun and playable. Some reviewers even went back to their original review and changed the score based upon this update. Should the same thing happen with No Man’s Sky?
So, there you have it, dear readers, a couple examples of games that improved greatly after release. This author has a few questions for you: have you tried the new update for No Man’s Sky? Should reviewers look at the game again after this update and re-review it, or just solely on its original release? What other games have improved like this thanks to updates? Do you even care? (Spoiler Alert: Lusipurr is going to comment that he does not care in the slightest!)