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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 17, 2016
    9
    This game is very good, people are writing bad reviews because of the problem it had at launch on PC, but I had the same problem and with theThis game is very good, people are writing bad reviews because of the problem it had at launch on PC, but I had the same problem and with the beta patch they have already fixed most of the errors, after a couple of days I was able to play the game, and I can tell you that this game is fantastic. If you like to explore new worlds and discovery new wildlife, this is the game for you. Last night i was playing until 3 am, I couldn't leave without visiting that planet in the horizon. Enjoy. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2016
    7
    Juego entretenido para quien le gusta la exploración, por desgracia, acaba resultando repetitivo cuando se avanza un poco en la partida ya queJuego entretenido para quien le gusta la exploración, por desgracia, acaba resultando repetitivo cuando se avanza un poco en la partida ya que una vez terminados los objetivos basicos el objetivo único del juego pasa a ser avanzar hacia el centro de la galaxia por los medios de que dispongas, y puedo garantizar que es un proceso muy largo y pesado. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2016
    2
    Disappointing game, definately not worth the 60 Euro's. After exploring your first few planets you find out that that's basicly all there is.Disappointing game, definately not worth the 60 Euro's. After exploring your first few planets you find out that that's basicly all there is. If you're lucky you get all available weapon/exo/ship upgrades in the first 2 days so there's no challenge in that either.

    The worst part is that, for a game that seems to be all about exploring and navigating, there are no maps. Not for the universe, not even for the planets you visit. There are no marks you can set either.

    Once you visited a building or a tradepost on a planet, its almost impossible to find it back later.

    The same goes for the planets you visit. Once you leave them and warp to another place, you just cant get back to them unless you manually search all nearby systems/stars for the name (assuming you wrote it down)

    I mean, what were the devs thinking when they developed the game?? navigate you'r way through the universe, have highly advanced equipment and Faster-Than-Light speed, but not even something basic as a map ??

    It does have potential and with some effort it could be a great game.

    But then it needs at least : Mapping, navigating options and a decent multiplayer mode (like promised)
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  5. Nov 18, 2016
    1
    "There is potential for this game, but right now it's poorly executed."
    This is so true, this game is very dissapointing to say the least, I
    "There is potential for this game, but right now it's poorly executed."
    This is so true, this game is very dissapointing to say the least, I lost a lot of money here.
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  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 13, 2016
    0
    An offensive, hideous score for an offensive, hideous PC release.
    After waiting for two years, I was presented with a stutterfest of Arkham /
    An offensive, hideous score for an offensive, hideous PC release.
    After waiting for two years, I was presented with a stutterfest of Arkham / JCause 3 proportions, that is, for all intents and purposes, unplayable due to hideous performance.
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