While No Man's Sky ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of 2016, I still have to commend the developers for all of post-launch content they have added. The previous Foundation Update brought with it base-building and a variety of other gameplay improvements, and today's Pathfinder Update is set to be just as impactful as it brings with it ground vehicles, racing tracks, and a whole bunch of other content!
If you're wondering what all of this might look like in gameplay terms, allow me to share with you the recently posted preview video. It doesn't feature the all-important race tracks I'm afraid, but it should give you a good idea of what the Pathfinder Update has to offer. Here's the video:
Besides new vehicles the update has brought with it improved visuals, a Photo Mode, numerous quality of life improvements, as well as 50% more original music from 65daysofstatic. You'll also be able to share bases online via the Steam Workshop, own multiple vehicles at once, mess around with new weapon modes and vehicle types, and the list goes on. If you're interested in all of the details you will find the full patch notes over at the official website.
I haven't had the chance to try any of these new features just yet, but the Pathfinder Update appears to be pretty damn significant. The addition of ground vehicles alone is a massive and extremely welcome change given how annoying it is to fly close to the ground. Finally we will be able to explore a planet without having to bunny-hop with our ship every couple of seconds in order to reach the next location!
I still don't think this is enough to make No Man's Sky anything more than mediocre when it comes to actual gameplay, but if you're among the rather large amount of people that got suckered in like me its a nice little bit of extra content to mess around with. Hopefully they'll keep adding more, because if they manage to introduce some proper gameplay elements I could easily see No Man's Sky becoming genuinely fun to play. Now that would be one hell of a turn-around!