If the planets of Starfield are empty, I hope at least they are beautiful
I have never been particularly athletic as I have struggled with health issues throughout my life, and I am by no means in top shape. Recently, I comp...
I have never been particularly athletic as I have struggled with health issues throughout my life, and I am by no means in top shape. Recently, I completed my first 5-kilometer run, and I enjoy lifting weights, but I am not particularly good at either of these things, to put it mildly. Additionally, I have a phobia of most insects and reptiles, which means that going outdoors into nature can be as frightening as it is fulfilling because I am afraid of many things. However, touching grass gives meaning to my life. There are few things that bring me more peace than camping by the sea or sitting on a mountain peak, watching the sunrise with a hot cup of tea. Knowing that the world is bigger than me and that my fears are small brings me a lot of comfort.
That is part of the reason why I am so excited about Starfield. My fondest memories of Bethesda games largely involve playing Skyrim as a teenager, climbing the Throat of the World, and gazing at the surroundings or entering caves and being completely overwhelmed by their beauty. I love exploring a beautiful, vibrant world in a video game and being moved by what I can see and how small it makes me feel. In a way, it's like experiencing the same thing in the real world, except without excessive sweating, getting bitten by insects, and almost having a panic attack when I see a snake.
Starfield promises over 1,000 explorable planets, which is an absurdly high number. Many people have expressed concerns that due to the sheer quantity of planets in the game, most of these worlds will be empty with not much to do except gather resources and perhaps establish an outpost. Cities will be much rarer to come across, meaning that space will mostly be empty, similar to real life. I'm not a big fan of that because I prefer substance over style in my games - I want the quests I undertake to have significance, and I don't want to go on a resource-collecting expedition just for the sake of it.
What would make this more bearable is if all the planets in Starfield are beautiful in their own unique way. I want to climb a big rock and eat a space sandwich while watching the ever-changing sky. I want to see vast icy landscapes with waves like in the movie "Interstellar" that evoke both awe and terror. I want to witness undulating red dunes, caves filled with crystals and strange rock formations, giant seas teeming with bizarre and intimidating sea creatures. I want to behold landscapes I could never even dream of, as my imagination is limited to what I can see on Earth. I want Starfield to make me feel terrifyingly and infinitely small compared to the entire galaxy. I want it to evoke true existential fear and joy within me.
Starfield should make me want to land on unknown planets and moons, but it doesn't have to give me quests to drive the story forward. It's enough for me to be able to admire beautiful and eerie new things. Let me touch grass, sand, or water, but also let me discover a rare and surprising beauty in the universe. I will be happy enough to simply sit and watch the sunset.