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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 12, 2016
    9
    I've had no issues loading or playing. Update all drivers before hand and have been enjoying the game immensely. Exactly as promised,I've had no issues loading or playing. Update all drivers before hand and have been enjoying the game immensely. Exactly as promised, explore,survive,trade. Worth the price and the time. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2016
    7
    No Man's Sky succeeds in its core goal: providing a pretty chill space exploration game with basically endless places to go. Most of the restNo Man's Sky succeeds in its core goal: providing a pretty chill space exploration game with basically endless places to go. Most of the rest of the game is less successful. (Apart from the soundtrack which is quite excellent.)

    Unlike a lot of the reviewers here, I've not experienced the technical issues, crashes, or low FPS with my modest (i5 3570 + RX470) system. I have about 10 friends on Steam with the game, all without major issues. (One friend couldn't get the game to work at all but was running really old drivers. An update fixed the problem.)

    Pros: relatively easy to learn, some pretty interesting stuff to see, limited loading screens (let's be real, "warping" is just a loading screen), excellent soundtrack and audio design in general

    Could use some work: performance is okay but not great (anti-aliasing options could use some help), physics engine is questionable at times, inventory space is perhaps still too limited and becomes a (boring) mini-game of its own

    Cons: user interface clearly designed for consoles, NPC and building variety limited, no ability to easily backtrack to previous systems (just need a warp option in the list of discovered systems), combat systems and enemy AI too simple

    Overall, I think it's worth a trial (buy on Steam for easy refund in case your system doesn't like it) if you're interested in wandering around in alien worlds for a bit and okay with not having much in the way of structured gameplay or "stuff to do."
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  4. Aug 17, 2016
    2
    Could have been a nice little 20 euros indie game. But it's an overrated 60 euros game, poorly optimized, boring and filled with itsCould have been a nice little 20 euros indie game. But it's an overrated 60 euros game, poorly optimized, boring and filled with its developpers' lies, as you can see in videos like this excellent one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8P2CZg3sJQ

    TLDR : don't buy. Mostly since it barely runs on any configuration.
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  5. Aug 25, 2016
    1
    I didn't go into this game with unreal expectations, but this entire game can be summed up by the word 'tedium'. You start out on foot andI didn't go into this game with unreal expectations, but this entire game can be summed up by the word 'tedium'. You start out on foot and have to repair your ship with resources that are minutes away on foot. That's a good primer for what to expect going forward, tedious repetitive tasks with underwhelming rewards. By 3 hours in you'll have done pretty much everything there is to do, so adjust the price you're willing to pay accordingly. 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 29, 2016
    0
    I really wish we could give negative ratings. This game is horrible. Nothing as advertised. Lame. I want a refund. #seanmurry lied. #seanmurryI really wish we could give negative ratings. This game is horrible. Nothing as advertised. Lame. I want a refund. #seanmurry lied. #seanmurry is a liar. Stupid game. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Expand

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