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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 16, 2016
    9
    These low raters basically don't know what they're talking about (or what this game is about.) I have a mid-range machine and haven't had anyThese low raters basically don't know what they're talking about (or what this game is about.) I have a mid-range machine and haven't had any problems whatsoever (Windows 10, 8GB RAM. i5-4670k, Radeon R7-265). My system isn't really up to this game, but I get 30+ FPS on most planets, at all times, unless there are lots of trees. I've never had a crash in this game.

    I play any decent space sim/game. Eve, Star Citizen, Elite:Dangerous, X series by Egosoft, etc. If you're that kind of gamer, you'll like this game -- guaranteed. It's the latest of that kind of game, and it's probably only going to get better.

    I'm picky and I'm 40+. If you're like me, you get what I'm saying and where people like us come from. Just get this game. You'll get all the story you need when you gaze over an alien moon, its planet filling the horizon, with your trusty ship in view. Pondering the cosmos.
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  3. Aug 14, 2016
    7
    No mans Sky looks and sounds impressive but even if it has lots of planets the game play gets boring.Face it this indie game was just as overNo mans Sky looks and sounds impressive but even if it has lots of planets the game play gets boring.Face it this indie game was just as over hyped as mighty no 9 which turned out to be a disaster. At least its better than that game.The visuals and world seem impressive but there isn't much to do game play wise other than mine and craft stuff, rename things and talk to aliens.It has the world it just needs more things to do to make it stand out and have its own charm and personality.The price as well makes it seem more like a triple a game not an indie, my pc runs it fine but on others it doesn't. I expect an indie game to work on every ones pc if they are saying they have the right things installed Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2016
    2
    Crippling performance issues on a system that far exceeds the minimum requirements was my very first impression of the game. I spent a whileCrippling performance issues on a system that far exceeds the minimum requirements was my very first impression of the game. I spent a while tweaking things and finally got it mostly working decently, barring the random 60+ seconds of slow motion that occasionally happened when it decided to load a massive chunk of textures at once.

    The space flight is extremely arcadey, even beyond what I expected based on the trailers and dev talks. There's no real depth to it at all, nor any significant reason to do so beyond gathering some resources or traveling.

    Planetary exploration should be somewhat exciting, and was, for the first few planets, before I realized that every planet basically had every resource available, and the only substantial difference was visual. Even then, the planets rapidly starting looking the same. Outposts consist of the same few objects regardless of what alien race occupies them.

    Stations are boring.

    Inventory management and user interface is both tedious and awkward.

    At some point, with a lot of feature patches and quality of life improvements, this game might be worth buying. Right now it's certainly not worth the $60 price tag. At best it's a $15 Early Access title.
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  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. Aug 12, 2018
    0
    More like no man's lie, LOL. My biggest issue with this game is that it's such a **** shooter. I mean, why don't the animals fight back? It'sMore like no man's lie, LOL. My biggest issue with this game is that it's such a **** shooter. I mean, why don't the animals fight back? It's kind of cool you can fly under stuff but, I don't know. I've never actually played this game I just assume that it's total **** because 1521 say it is so, whatever. 0/10 Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2016
    0
    Disappointing, repetitive and boring gameplay.
    Missing features.
    Lies, lies and blatant lies. Overpriced. Garbage. Game developers must
    Disappointing, repetitive and boring gameplay.
    Missing features.
    Lies, lies and blatant lies.
    Overpriced.
    Garbage.
    Game developers must be held to account for false advertising and blatant lies.
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