Move over Mass Effect: Andromeda because there is another Pathfinder in the gaming galaxy, as No Man’s Sky unveiled its second major patch earlier today. The Pathfinder update not only drastically improves visuals – including a photo mode to take advantage of those visuals – but also adds a bevy of vehicles and other unique content.
Speed across the landscape in a hovercraft or haul important items in a spacious – but slow – cargo container, making traversing the training less of a headache. The update also gives players the ability to make and play custom-built races when you’re done exploring, adding some much-needed depth to the gameplay.
For PS4 Pro and PC owners, Hello Games is promising higher-resolution textures, and HDR mode and more accurate lighting effects, but FPS will likely slow for most as a result of the enhanced graphical upgrades. Pathfinder will also add a Permadeath mode, which will end the game if the player dies at any point, no respawns.
The update will improve the online portion – or lack thereof – of the game, by letting players share their constructions online, which can be visited by other travelers. While it’s not exactly couch co-op, players will be able to leave messages for others to discover throughout the base, so it’s a step in the right direction.
If No Man’s Sky had come out as an Early Access game, without all the pomp and circumstance surrounding its release, it would likely have done very well considering the improvements the Foundation Update and now the Pathfinder update has each added to the game.
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