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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. Feb 6, 2020
    10
    the game was finalized and certain patches were released, so it’s fair to give a rating higher than on the release
  3. Aug 17, 2016
    8
    Game crashed when I first tried it. Went in and turned off something called G-sync I believe it was, and the game ran fine after that.Game crashed when I first tried it. Went in and turned off something called G-sync I believe it was, and the game ran fine after that. Actually a pretty fun game after putting about 10 hours or so into it. Lots of things to keep you occupied and not yet repetitive. Overall though, not worth $60. Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2016
    3
    First of all, my rating (3/10) is based on the prize of the game. For 60 Dollars, you'd expect quite some value. Unfortunately, this game doesFirst of all, my rating (3/10) is based on the prize of the game. For 60 Dollars, you'd expect quite some value. Unfortunately, this game does not deliver.

    And: I didn't follow all the coverage on the game prior to the release. I did read an announcement, and based on that, I put it on my wishlist. So I won't go into "they promised this and that and this and these and none of it is in game", because frankly, I didn't know they had promised so many things.

    So here we go:

    The best way to describe this game? Either "a mile wide and an inch deep" or "so much potential, yet they dropped the ball".

    Don't get me wrong, the basic idea, the concept, is GREAT. Unfortunately, you can't judge a game just on the basic idea if the game turns out to be that dull and repetitive and simply shallow. Especially not at such a prize and with that much marketing behind it.

    Here is the problem: The performance is barely acceptable. My PC ran Witcher 3, GTAV, Fallout 4, Arkham Knight, Xcom 2 and several other rather recent releases without a problem. This game is giving me quite a few FPS-issues.
    The controls feel wonky and imprecise, with a weird delay, especially since everything is done by "holding e", even clicking through menus. The menus themselves, whether it's the inventory or the options, handles horribly. I also find the inventory and how to "handle" it, crafting, transferring incredibly odd, or non-intuitive.

    Let's get to the point though. How important is it that the game boasts it offers trillions of procedually generated worlds, when they are all so incredibly dull and alike and repetive.
    After about 10-12 planets, you start to see the patterns... the animals are all generated from some kind of toybox with different parts. They have a very limited range of sounds.
    On each of the planets, you find all the same materials (iron etc.). So you make it to another planet which looks so similar or just as dull as the last, and has the exact same resources laying around on the floor. Each of them has sentinels too, who will attack you if they catch you using your mining laser to mine resources. Each of those planets, some more, some less.
    It was fun to visit the first 3-4 planets to see what was new. Unfortunately, nothing much is. Some planets are a bit prettier, but most are dull, just with a different hue on them.
    Exploring isn't that much fun as you constantly have to refuel your equipment (with the same resources you find on the floor, the same stuff you use to build stuff, the same stuff you feed animals). You go and find the same things on all those planets: Sentinels, trading posts, camps, monoliths where you learn a few words of alien language, some scattered containers (how unexplored are these worlds if you find crashed ships, camps, containers everywhere?!)

    You can analyze animals eventually, and upload info on them for money. None of this feels like an achievement. Yeah, I get it, the game creates those animals and planets and plants, but it just feels dull, shallow, not like some achievement. Oh look, yet another randomly named random animal, put together from similar pieces as those animals you went to six planets ago.

    The inventory is horrible. You constantly have to shuffle it around, as the gear you use takes up spaces of your inventory. If you loot some relics you might want to sell, but also try to look for some resources to craft, good luck. Especially if you get attacked by a sentinel, kill it, and the loot is forced into your inventory.
    You need a pass key for certain doors and chests (there are three different ones), which then takes up another inventory space.

    Yes, you can increase your space. But it's just so dull and old-fashioned that space is so limited at first. I dont know how many hours I have played, vbut I still haven't increased my inventory space yet, and spent quite some time discarding stuff just to make room, and yes, the cargo hold of my ship was full as well, and no, I was not being a packrat.

    This inventory management, to me, adds NOTHING to the game. Well, it adds frustration and cringing. But it's not..challenging or compelling, it just feels way dated and unnecessary, same as having to constantly refuel your gear or not overheat your lasers.

    You occasionally run into aliens. You land on big bases and alas, ONE ALIEN. You land on a planet, find a trading post, and again, ONE of them. It all just feels empty and totally unfinished. Where do they sleep? What do they do but stand around all day or sit in a chair?

    It all feels empty, cold, sterile, incredibly artificial. And the game itself... it feels like either a tech demo or an indie release by a small group of guys who had a great idea, yet lack the time, manpower and tech to flesh it out, fill it with content, life, variety.
    I liked the basic idea, I wanted to like the game, but was bored very very early on, and feel hardly any motivation to start up the game again anytime soon.
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  5. Aug 19, 2016
    1
    What a piece of trash. Overpriced, overhyped, runs terribly even though the game is ugly af. $60 for exploring planets that all look the same,What a piece of trash. Overpriced, overhyped, runs terribly even though the game is ugly af. $60 for exploring planets that all look the same, just with different color palette and creatures that use the same assets just connected differently. 1 point only because the game has some really beautiful sights that are breathtaking. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2017
    0
    This game is astonishingly bad in every possible way. Pointless, boring. Yeah, and lying developer as its apogee. Don't even try to play thisThis game is astonishingly bad in every possible way. Pointless, boring. Yeah, and lying developer as its apogee. Don't even try to play this **** let it be forgotten. Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2016
    0
    I WANT MY 60€ BACK!!!! This game is such a BS it is lame af and unplayable cause of lag funny for like 10min then it become the badest gameI WANT MY 60€ BACK!!!! This game is such a BS it is lame af and unplayable cause of lag funny for like 10min then it become the badest game ever!!!!!!! Expand

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