'No Man's Sky' Meets 'Minecraft': Fan Details The Game's Mining And Crafting Gameplay [WATCH]
"No Man's Sky" creator Sean Murray has been keen to downplay most comparisons between his game and the wildly successful "Minecraft." That being said, one fan has detailed how mining and crafting gameplay works in Hello Games' procedurally generated universe.
The news comes to Design & Trend via Sirian Gaming on YouTube with added help from IGN First and the Jan. 2015 issue of Game Informer. While the information contained therein isn't necessarily new, it condenses it in a way that offers a greater understanding of "No Man's Sky's" gameplay.
When it comes to mining, the process is rather simple. All players will be given a basic laser multitool that breaks down rocks into their individual elemental resources. Accomplishing the game's goal of reaching the center of the universe will mandate an updated multitool that can be purchased or crafted. As expected, mining the most advanced resources requires the most advanced multitool.
While mining may be simple, crafting gets a bit more complicated. If for example, an explorer wants to craft an upgrade to their multitool, they'll need to find blueprints scattered across the universe that detail the required ingredients. Completing the task might then involve tracking down a certain element or resource to fashion together the necessary parts. Once everything is in inventory, however, the upgrade can be unlocked. In the case of the multitool, the item will display as leveled up in the multitool skill tree.
Of course the multitool is far from the only piece of equipment that can be upgraded via crafting. Ships and suits can also be buffed using blueprints and the right combination of resources. Crafting can also make certain goods that can be sold for currency, called units, to purchase upgrades instead.
Especially in "No Man's Sky's" early days, crafting will be very experimental. While a certain compound might be necessary to unlock an upgrade, the elemental recipes to create certain resources will be kept under wraps. In that case, similar to the "Minecraft" community, dedicated users will have to work together on third-party wiki sites to catalog discoveries as they happen. This hands-off approach allows gamers to independently understand the limitless universe they inhabit.
Of course, mining and crafting are just two of many ways that explorers can progress through "No Man's Sky." Those that don't want to spend time harvesting goods can steal units from passing ships to purchase upgrades instead. It's also seemingly possible to get paid for discovering rare species of wildlife as well.
To get a better feel for "No Man's Sky" and its freeform gameplay, watch the video clip above.
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