The Platinum Diaries | No Man’s Sky

BenoSaur

Why This Game?

I had been pretty pumped for No Man’s Sky ever since its debut trailer first aired at the 2013 VGX awards. When the game finally landed in my hands, it had been paired down to a bit more real­is­tic prod­uct for a small indie team to be mak­ing, but I remained excited to play. Frankly, I think the game has received a bit more flak than it deserves, but that’s a topic for another day. The tro­phy break­down for No Man’s Sky involved earn­ing what are called mile­stones for per­form­ing var­i­ous actions you would nor­mally do in the game. Thus, I fig­ured, earn­ing the plat­inum is akin to com­plet­ing the game, since it doesn’t really have a con­crete end­ing. Paired with both this idea and my enthu­si­asm for the game, I set out to get this plat­inum trophy.

Was it Quick?

Hah! No, it was not a ter­ri­bly quick plat­inum. In fact, time to plat­inum could vary greatly depend­ing on your tech­nique. One tro­phy in par­tic­u­lar, a gold tro­phy titled “The Sen­tinel,” tasks you with sur­viv­ing on an extremely haz­ardous planet for 32 sols. In the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the game, you sim­ply needed to sur­vive any­where at all for this amount of time, but this was per­haps a lit­tle on the easy side of things. Hello Games may have over­cor­rected in the cur­rent state of it. Now, you need to sur­vive on one extreme haz­ard planet for 32 sols with­out ever return­ing to your ship at all. No prob­lem, as you can sim­ply get in a shel­ter and be fine, but 32 sols could be as long as 8 hours. I ended up tim­ing out how long my life sup­port would last, left it sit­ting and refilled as nec­es­sary to get this one. Fun times! All told, I spent more time than was nec­es­sary get most of the oth­ers, but I def­i­nitely enjoyed explor­ing the var­i­ous solar sys­tems. (3 out of 10)

Was it Easy?

Again, this depends on the tech­nique you decide to use. If you own a dig­i­tal copy of the game, it’s not going to be easy for you. Another change Hello Games made to the mile­stones involved dis­cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent ani­mals. In the orig­i­nal ver­sion, you sim­ply needed to scan any 60 ani­mals. I esti­mate that they though this may prove to be too easy, so they changed it. You now need to dis­cover every dif­fer­ent ani­mal on 10 full plan­ets. Let it be known that I gave this an hon­est shot, spend­ing nearly four hours on at least one planet. That being said, almost every sin­gle time there would end up being one ani­mal type left and I ended up blast­ing off frus­trated. What I ended up doing was dis­con­nect­ing my PS4 from the inter­net, back­ing up my save, delet­ing the game and rein­stalling it from the disc. This gave me the much eas­ier orig­i­nal goal, but play­ing that orig­i­nal ver­sion did come with its own set of chal­lenges. Noth­ing required a ton of skill, so hard might not be the right word, but it cer­tainly wasn’t easy either. (5 out of 10)

Was It Fun?

No Man’s Sky haters are gonna hate, but I did have a good time with the game. The scope of the planet and joy of dis­cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent things kept me play­ing and smil­ing for a decent amount of time. This is not the last game you’ll ever need to buy, like many peo­ple thought, but if you enjoy explo­ration games then there’s a decent amount of fun to be had here. The two main tro­phies I’ve been grip­ing about, “The Senti­nal” and “Gala­pa­gos” respec­tively, are decid­edly not fun and drag down the process of get­ting the plat­inum. (7 out of 10)

Any Other Thoughts?

Often, I have a ten­dency to give the ben­e­fit of the doubt to games that are tak­ing a beat­ing crit­i­cally. Once expec­ta­tions are set prop­erly, many games can be quite enjoy­able for what they are and No Man’s Sky is no dif­fer­ent. I would still say that this game is an amaz­ing achieve­ment for the absolutely tiny group of peo­ple that made it. I’m proud to have the plat­inum for this game in my col­lec­tion and look for­ward to more updates that Hello Games will add to this explo­ration odyssey in the future.