No Man's Sky is back and brings new opportunities after the release of the next update. For the first time, you can go on missions or fly around the stars with friends in tow. You can all step back and plan missions from the deck of your capital ship and command a fleet of AI fighters should a band of space pirates try to plunder your chests. New planet types and redesigned visuals add a fresh touch to the whole thing. If you thought that NMS was great before, be prepared to be thrilled again.
If you're like me, it's not a question of jumping back or not, but whether you should continue playing your existing memory. There is not a single correct answer, and my reasoning may seem frivolous, depending on how you play the game and what your ultimate goals are, but judging by my previous experience this week, a step back is not as damaging as you might think [1
Regardless of what you want to achieve, there is a chance that you will get confused if you have not been playing No Mans Sky for some time, redesigned resources and their associated ones survival systems. After ramping up my PS4 memory, with tens of hours and millions of units waiting to be released, I immediately struggled to classify everything that had been added to the game in the last two years. I had a ship that I loved. I had great equipment and plenty of cash flow to establish a new life under the stars. But I missed the most important of all: a hint.
At this stage, I thought about leaving the past behind. A reboot would give me the opportunity to get into the new rules and systems of the game. After all, it's about the journey and not the destination. I thought about transferring my wealth to a friend and replenishing it after the start of a new game to relieve the blow, but that was as if I was cheating myself out of my full experience. I made a concession: I would pick up an existing memory on the PC, which was set immediately after the purchase of the warp drive, one of the earliest milestones of the game. This would save me an hour of practiced quests and bring me to the beginning of the game's two main quest lines, which offer both structure and advanced instructions.
Booting up my immature PC backup was a bit demoralizing at first, but at the moment, doubts resolved quickly when a few friends came in. At that moment, No Man's Sky was less about my journey than about reveling in the splendor of the whole with some crazy partners. No Man's Sky is not a humorous game, but it can be in tow with the right friends. Light-hearted skirmishing is a long way to make things less inspiring, such as harvesting resources, much more enjoyable.
After a few minutes of questions and answers with my comrades it did not take long for me to feel confident ability to understand No Man's Sky overworked systems. I knew where to turn the materials I wanted into fuel for my ship and energy for my survival gear – the most basic and critical skills to master.
That's when it hit me: I really wish I had all my old stuff again. Here I was, feeling confident that I could operate under a new set of instructions, but had nothing to show for my otherwise extensive experience. I could jump back to my PS4 salvation and leave my friends behind, but I would part with one of the things that made my time in No Man's Sky so enjoyable. To be honest, I can not decide between my Kickass spaceship on PS4 and a few Knuckleheads on the PC because they both bring different things to the table. But one thing is certain: a new beginning gave me the knowledge to let my old salvation play again.
No Man's Sky is a platform that can be used for many different things, and that's more true than ever adding multiplayer. The question of whether you should start a new backup or not is quite personal, and in my case, I just found a temporary trip back to number one to be worth the effort. If you already have No Mans Sky and are wondering if you should start over, think about how better to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to succeed in the long run than to assume that you are the game Pick up where you left off years ago No Man's Sky Next gives a fair shot.