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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. Sep 17, 2016
    9
    Massive disappointment.

    Silence from the devs over the last month since launch tells you everything you need to know about No Man's Sky,
    Massive disappointment.

    Silence from the devs over the last month since launch tells you everything you need to know about No Man's Sky, Hello Games as a studio, and Sean Murray as a person.

    Avoid anything they put out at all costs, they simply do not deserve your money.
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  3. Aug 29, 2016
    8
    I run an older machine and have had no issues - other than not enough time to play.

    I fear that a lot of people expect this game to be
    I run an older machine and have had no issues - other than not enough time to play.

    I fear that a lot of people expect this game to be something it isn't. If you can see it for what it is, it's a lovely, quiet, interesting game. It's not a AAA multiplayer genre-buster, it's something completely different and enjoyable.

    Love this game.
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  4. Aug 13, 2016
    2
    A noble goal, but very poorly executed.
    If you want a 3D craft, collect and survival game with no hand holding, play ARK Survival Evolved, if
    A noble goal, but very poorly executed.
    If you want a 3D craft, collect and survival game with no hand holding, play ARK Survival Evolved, if you want the procedural space exploration, play Starbound... If you want both those things crammed together in a weak, unpolished package with bad performance and no aim or goals, play No Man's Sky. This game is the ugly overpriced one trick pony of the Survival Genre.

    Seriously, you can get ARK and Starbound together for less than the price of No Man's Sky, this game shouldn't cost $60.
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  5. Aug 17, 2016
    1
    It's terribly terrible. Wasn't expecting much since the initial reviews weren't that promising but I didn't expect it to be this bad. AlreadyIt's terribly terrible. Wasn't expecting much since the initial reviews weren't that promising but I didn't expect it to be this bad. Already asked for a refund from Steam after 4 hours.

    All the hype about this game is totally overrated. It's a boring indie space simulator that I would not pay a cent for. Planets look the same, aliens look like crap and there are many aspects of the game that is illogical that is should not even be categorized as a Space game.

    I don't do much review on games but I would say this is a total junk that is totally not worth the money for.
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  6. Sep 5, 2018
    0
    This game is very barebones. Performs poorly on good systems and worst of all the marketing and development team was deceptive. They'veThis game is very barebones. Performs poorly on good systems and worst of all the marketing and development team was deceptive. They've recently added the features they originall advertised 2 years ago but such blatant lies is unacceptable. Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2016
    0
    Great graphics, no crashes here (PC). The most boring and shallow game I have ever played in my 30+ years of gaming. Once you have grindedGreat graphics, no crashes here (PC). The most boring and shallow game I have ever played in my 30+ years of gaming. Once you have grinded out your slots there is NOTHING absolutely nothing to do and no challenge at all. (fly to planet stock up on danger-free-mats once in a while to feed the warp engine - that is it). All the mobs look and act the same, and after a couple of days so do all the planets and systems and ships. The music I'm sure is just the same tracks on a loop too. No gameplay, no challenge, even the ambient flying about is boring. All the buildings are the name, NPCs are lifeless. Avoid. HG are scammers and Sony should be ashamed. Expand

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