Gamespot wraps up its look at No Man's Sky with an exploration of the scope of the game's universe, and the mechanics that make it happen. As exciting as this all looks, I have to temper my enthusiasm with some healthy skepticism.
Hello Games keep showing the same brief snippets of gameplay we've already seen dozens of times in a handful of trailers, and they keep explaining the game in the same vague terms, over and over. I don't want to be harsh, but it all looks like a carefully manicured presentation of a very shaky, nebulous tech demo. I get the uncomfortable feeling that Hello Games isn't even quite sure what they're making, or if it will ever come out.
No Man's Sky has the potential to change everything--development, marketing, publishing, the way we look at how games are made and conceived. If Hello Games can pull it off, No Man's Sky could be a Minecraft-magnitude shift for the game industry and easily even more significant. But until they let someone sit down and run loose in that game world, for like half an hour on a live stream, it will all just seem like a pie-in-the-sky idea.