Playing Normal Mode Normally on Steam

Update 2019.07.23: The “Kicked back to Game Select” bug is still happening, so I am forced to either play the GoG version or play the Steam version in offline to avoid literally wasting my life playing the game. As a result, I am just going to continue playing the GoG version offline, because playing online is not worth the aggravation. I’ll reevaluate when the Beyond update has released.

When I started playing No Man’s Sky earlier this year, my first play through was in Normal Mode on Steam. I put in 62 hours noob’n it up until I reached a point where I thought perhaps I was selling my self short by playing in normal rather than survival mode, so I made a new game. After playing quite some time in Survival Mode on Steam, I encountered a bug that kicked me unexpectedly to the main menu, causing me to lose all progress since my last save point. That wasn’t very fun and it didn’t happen if I played with Steam in off-line mode, so I picked up the GoG version of the game, as it was on sale and it could be played without connecting to the Internet at all. I went on to play a while in Normal Mode on GoG only to find everything was too easy, which lead me to restarting on Survival Mode and going so far as to make a whack of game balance adjustments to make the game more what I was expecting. Here, have a graphic of my progress…

Anyway, after all the time I put into my off-line game, I find myself missing the opportunity to, at the very least, discover things out in the galaxy that other people have created. Sure the game itself has a crazy amount of stuff to discover, but I know from my time playing Star Wars Galaxies that there’s a special magic to coming across other player’s creations and I don’t want to miss out on that. As such, I have decided to put my game time into playing Normal Mode on Steam, where I may encounter other folks.

Why Normal Mode?
As far as multi-player on PC, Normal Mode on Steam in the Eulcid galaxy is where most of the action is. There’s even a cool map of the galaxy that is maintained by Hello Games, which makes it easier to know what’s going on and allows me to set some goals for what I’d like to see and do.

Why Normally, Without Mods?
Unwinding the mess of memories from playing four different save games is hard enough for this here old man, so I figured I would keep my Steam client as the default game, while my GoG version can be the one I mod. That way I can still enjoy the game the way it was intended to be played. As far as playing normally goes, I now have enough experience with the game to know how to keep Normal Mode feeling fun without having to adhere to any strict rules; “I’ma do what’s fun, yo!”, as the kids would say. 🙂

Where Am I?
That’s a good question! Despite playing over 60 hours on my first game, I have yet to finish all the quests and unlock all the base parts, vehicles, etc. so it might not shock you to learn that I also haven’t found any portals either. Noobs, eh? 🙂 I did make small bases on each of the planets of the system I started in, with my main base being on my starting planet, which I named Hondo Florrum. I’ll post again when I figure out where I am what I’m doing!

Edit: Here I am!

And after that monstrosity of a graphic, please take a moment to enjoy this beautiful vista taken on Hondo Florrum.