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  • Summary: No Man’s Sky is an exploration and survival game set in an infinite procedurally generated universe. Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go forth there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sunNo Man’s Sky is an exploration and survival game set in an infinite procedurally generated universe. Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go forth there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit. Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make you way through this universe is your decision. Explore uncharted solar systems and catalog unique new forms of life. Every planet’s landscape is different from the next and populated by species never before encountered. Acquire ancient artifacts that may reveal the secrets behind the universe. Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players. You won’t see them, but they’re exploring the same universe in parallel; perhaps you’ll make your mark on their worlds as well as your own. Every solar system, planet, ocean and cave is filled with danger, and - make no mistake - you are vulnerable. Your ship and suit are fragile, and every encounter may test your skills to the limit. From dog-fighting in space to first-person combat on a planet’s surface, you will face foes ready to overwhelm you. One mistake could see you lose it all. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat is permanent. The voyage that stands before you cannot be taken lightly. You must prepare. Collect precious resources on the surfaces of planets and trade them for the ships, suits and equipment that will take you to your destiny in the stars. Expand

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Aug 29, 2016
    75
    No Man’s Sky has very clear problems. Its mechanics are insubstantial, with the crafting and inventory management systems being a particular exercise in tedium. Yet its scale and beauty is unmatched by any other game I’ve ever seen. It does things no other game ever has. It’s tempting to call No Man’s Sky “decent, but not great,” but that undersells both the game’s successes and its failures. No Man’s Sky is incredible, awe-inspiring, and profoundly disappointing.
  2. Sep 20, 2016
    70
    No Man's Sky is not the fever dream I imagined when I saw the first trailer. However, it is still an amazing technical feat, even if it's still rather full of bugs.
  3. Aug 18, 2016
    68
    Despite its missed opportunities and forgotten promises, I’m still glad I dropped the money to experience No Man’s Sky. It’s something unique in a world where most of what we get are sequels or off-shoots. Fortune favors the bold, and I hope this is just the beginning of the type of innovation we can expect to see from Hello Games. And frankly, I hope they take all the time they need with their next game.
  4. Aug 21, 2016
    60
    An impressive piece of technology capable of generating some truly gorgeous vistas, the game layered on top however disappoints in almost every way and just has no depth. Planets are fun to wander around whilst gathering resources to move on but you won’t linger.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Oct 2, 2016
    60
    It's partially broken, shallow, repetitive and aimless, but hang me, I still kind of love it. [Issue#255, p.56]
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 14, 2016
    60
    If you enjoy the game art and somewhat hypnotic aimlessness of wandering through generated universe, you could wander for another five or ten years. Otherwise, you leave the game after a few hours never to come back. [Issue#266]
  7. Sep 1, 2016
    20
    Procedural generation is not an end. It is a means to an end. But there is no such end in No Man’s Sky. It’s endless randomness for the sake of endless randomness. It does what it does because it can, not because it should. I would describe it as procedural generation in search of a game, but it’s worse than that. It has found its game. And the game is hollow and awful.

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  1. Aug 13, 2016
    10
    First off, I want to state that I am not having any of the problems that were reported minutes after the games release yesterday (8/12/2016).First off, I want to state that I am not having any of the problems that were reported minutes after the games release yesterday (8/12/2016). I am seeing a few stutters in the frame rate, but that's really about it.

    I love exploration games. Flight Simulator, Train Simulator, Minecraft, Creativerse, 7 Days to Die, Fallout 4 the GTA franchise even Starbound. I can spend hours just wandering around looking at what the game or developer generated for me to explore.

    No Man's Sky is pretty much the ultimate version of that type of game. With 18 Quintillion world in just one (of possibly many) galaxies, there is just no limit to my exploration bug.

    World generation is crazy, making Minecraft look tame, The creatures and plants that live on these worlds are straight out of 1960's SciFi book covers and comic books.

    There is even an underlying story to the four major races in the game (if there are four, I have only found one so far).

    If I had any complaints, it would be inventory management or the early lack of inventory space is a pain. However I could say the same for pretty much every game I mentioned above. You can fairly quickly start increasing those spaces by finding objects on the planets that will increase your suits inventory.

    A nit pick would be that planets usually don't bunch up together like they have here. There should be planets all around their star. I should have to fly past the star to get to planets that might be on the other side. Not the case here. They are all pretty much bunched up together. Physics wouldn't allow this, but hey. It's a game not a true simulator.

    That's really it. The fact that there is probably one one "hand drawn" object in the game, the main alien races mentioned earlier. Everything else is put together by the game, Ships, Multi-tool guns, plants, animals, planets, everything. So far, they all look fantastic.

    If you are into Minecraft, Creativerse, 7 Days to Die, you will be dropping those games in favor of No Man's Sky for quite some time. I absolutely recommend this one!
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  2. Aug 13, 2016
    8
    Not sure what everyone is complaining about. The game works fine with my GTX 960. It was just released a few days ago with a big patch andNot sure what everyone is complaining about. The game works fine with my GTX 960. It was just released a few days ago with a big patch and then update set to come out very soon. People have generally been crazy hateful towards this game, for some reason, but I personally think it's a fantastic start to what will end up being probably one of the best games ever. Take the 0 reviews with a grain of salt. If they can't even moderate their review to reflect the fantastic parts of the game, with the few bugs it has, I don't think they're looking at it right. Expand
  3. Aug 12, 2016
    5
    I've been playing the game since the minute it was released (well the minute I could download it, thanks again for no pre-loading cause itI've been playing the game since the minute it was released (well the minute I could download it, thanks again for no pre-loading cause it took 10 times longer cause everyone was scrambling to DL it). The biggest issue I have is mostly QoL stuff and performance, the game play itself is fine if a bit awkward and unexplained largely. Almost no way whatsoever to track your exploration, wanna do planet 100%s? Well good luck cause you'll have no clue at all if you've been to that part of the planet yet. Wanna explore all the systems or even head to the center? Well good luck cause you'll have to literally use a pen and paper to keep track of your progress and compare 'distances to the center' to decide where to go next. Best part yet, wanna use a gamepad? (Obviously the Xbox version), Well too bad because the game doesn't bind all the functions to the gamepad and won't let you do it either. Achievements are extremely intrusive and literally make you have to stop playing for 10 seconds or so just to see 'congrats you've taken 100 steps!'. The stores aren't explained at all, the story is vague which is fine and I obviously can't complain about it yet since I haven't played long enough to give it a chance, but there is an issue where there isn't a way to track story progress, which is VERY irritating.

    Though the game is pretty fun, with some optimization for PCs and MANY QoL updates, the game would be deserving of a 7 or 8. There is plenty to explore and you have complete freedom to succeed or fail by your own hand, exploration areas are massive and the music is very good if a bit repetitive. They don't hold your hand which I believe will be a positive in the future as people are going to constantly be discovering things they didn't know. I personally don't recommend purchasing until at the very least they make it run better and add some QoL updates, though I will definitely be playing it for now. Also I'm not experiencing the absolute chaos that others seem to be with crashing and horrible tears ect. I run a pretty decent PC as well, though nothing insane.
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  4. Oct 7, 2016
    2
    Cuando Compre Este Juego Pensé Que Sería Un Mundo Vivo Enorme E Increíblemente Divertido De Explorar Pero Realmente No Cumplió Con EseCuando Compre Este Juego Pensé Que Sería Un Mundo Vivo Enorme E Increíblemente Divertido De Explorar Pero Realmente No Cumplió Con Ese Cometido... No vale la pena Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2017
    1
    The game is an unholy mess and for 50 euros nevertheless, low frame rates and repetitive gameplay. The developers lied to the community whichThe game is an unholy mess and for 50 euros nevertheless, low frame rates and repetitive gameplay. The developers lied to the community which supported them and their behavior shouldn't be left unpunished. Honestly, you are better off with Minecraft. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2017
    0
    Its a very bad game, even with the base building update. The base game wanted to be a open universe exploration game with some kind of storyIts a very bad game, even with the base building update. The base game wanted to be a open universe exploration game with some kind of story elements, but in the end all the ways never leads to some valuable moments. Its no spoiler the center of the galaxy only restarts the game with your current ship. The other route tells that you created a new star-system, but technically there are only 64bit different planets (9,223,372,036,854,775,807) the random generator will generate a unique planet for each one and you can not add there a planet created by you. Also there is no report of planet-systems named like "created by user" so its a nice story, but nothing more in this "multiplayer/singleplayer-multigame" experience.

    The base building, teleportation and renting the ship with the option to build a base in it feels shoehorned into the mechanics of the game. Most ideas are done by other indie developer like starbound and subnautika already. Also this basebuilding breaks with the mechaniks of the core game. It was not developed to be a base building game the core mechanics are not changed.

    For pacing the game there are to many grinding moments for just improving the grinding it self. In other games you grind to do some thing different. Example: Starbound. With the multitool you dig to improve the tool to grab liquids from the planets. Then you will grind to place wire and paint the placed blocks. In No Man's Sky you just grind to grind more. There is no target or improvement in your game and without these shift in mechanics there is no fun after 3 to 4 hours.
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  7. Aug 25, 2016
    0
    Run away and save your money. The gaming cycle is boring, short and repetitive. Go to planet, find stuff, go to next planet and repeat. HereRun away and save your money. The gaming cycle is boring, short and repetitive. Go to planet, find stuff, go to next planet and repeat. Here is hoping that mods will be able to make this game better. Watch youtube videos about how much Hello Games lied to sell this game. Expand

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