What is Your Best RPG That isn’t One?
So when you think of a roleplaying game what do you think of? Whether a role playing game online or off line you usually think of a fantasy setting. Perhaps magic or dragons or at the very least a couple of dungeons right? Well not always. Role playing games vary in setting and in scope. More and more games today are borrowing well worn gameplay features of the classic roleplaying game: character customization, skill allocation, leveling up, gear upgrades and even crafting.
What we would like to do here at roleplayinggameonline.com is create a new series that focuses on games that are not your classic RPG but still focus on what some of us look for when we play a more traditional Roleplaying game, either an Online RPG or Offline RPG.
So today we are turning our attentions to what is a favorite game of a couple of our team here at the site.
No Man’s Sky.
No Man’s Sky had a turbulent launch to say the least. While being showcased at Sony’s press conference it was hailed as the next evolution in gaming. Allowing players along with their friends to inhabit a virtually endless universe. You could be a trader, a pirate, an explorer and much more.
What we got on launch was a mixed bag of not quite ready for primetime features that clearly needed more time to cook before release. Critics slammed it for being a mess and not complete while gamers savaged it for being only a shell of the game that was promised and calling the developers at Hello Games, more specifically studio head Sean Murray, liars and frauds. Ouch.
Fast forward to 2020 and what we have now with No Man’s Sky is one of, if not the greatest, turn around in modern gaming history.
Through tireless work and countless updates, Sean Murray and the team at Hello Games has brought the title not only back from near dead but created one of the greatest games of all time.
When we look at what it is a roleplaying game is supposed to do and accomplish with the player, No Man’s Sky fits that bill. When you create your faceless character you are thrust into an endless universe of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets.
let that sink in.
If a planet was discovered every second, it would take 585 billion years to find them all. The scale of this game is beyond impressive. Can you imagine playing a fantasy RPG that had that many zones to enter? Or dungeons? Sheesh.
What makes No Man’s Sky a solid RPG in our book is that NMS allows you to craft a character and then lets you lose into a vast open universe to explore and survive, thrive or die as you please. It really does not hold your hand outside of guiding you on how to repair your starship so you can then reach the stars. After that? Have fun!
The sense of awe and wonder is what makes you love a roleplaying game so much. Sure you can also upgrade your weapon and armor and mount, er starship, like an RPG, yet it is the personal journey that you undertake that sits so nicely along side games like Skyrim or Ultima Online.
We know many will question or sanity for labeling NMS an RPG and sometimes it isn’t. At times it is a crafting game. At times a survival game. Yet it always keeps the character at the center of the experience. That is a key component to a roleplaying game.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab the game and explore the universe! See you in 585 million years!