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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 11, 2021
    10
    Глядя на то, сколько сил разрабы вложили в игру после абсолютного провала на релизе игры, остаётся только аплодировать стоя с открытым ртом.Глядя на то, сколько сил разрабы вложили в игру после абсолютного провала на релизе игры, остаётся только аплодировать стоя с открытым ртом.
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    8
    As of date of this review, forget about whatever happened in 2016. New updates to No Man's Sky is just a huge overhaul to the game play.As of date of this review, forget about whatever happened in 2016. New updates to No Man's Sky is just a huge overhaul to the game play. However you may still suffer FPS drops as graphic needs more performance improvement but the game is no longer in that obscure stage which you are a confused space traveler. By adding more content to the game and more variation in planets, settlement system and a new Multiplayer system you can enjoy your time by yourself or with your friends in game.. however The game still lacking more constructed contents, better lore and main story. More better Combat system and probably more hostiles to get the game to more fascinating stage. As I mentioned FPS drop and performance is still plays a big issue into No Man's Sky and this might be very annoying for many users with older systems. But overall all this fixes and this bumpy road that Hello Games developers passed by worth more score than it got at 2016 and I can see this game have better future if the improvements still going on and the team do not give up and making more content to the game. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2016
    3
    A game based on lies, it is a inventory management simulator, the objective of the game is not to send you to space and explore the galaxy,A game based on lies, it is a inventory management simulator, the objective of the game is not to send you to space and explore the galaxy, the main objective is to keep getting the same elements over and over to fuel your stupid ship that can fly for hours but every time you turn it on it spend 1/4 the fuel, just imagine that every time you turned your car on, 1/4 of the fuel would be burned, seriously... really bad game, just gave a 3 because of the size of planets, that are really amazing. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2016
    1
    I can sum up how bad this game is with this. It's as bad as X Rebirth and the companies that made both games act in equally criminal manners.I can sum up how bad this game is with this. It's as bad as X Rebirth and the companies that made both games act in equally criminal manners. False advertising all around. Expand
  6. May 16, 2021
    0
    This game needs to be rescored. All these negative ratings are from years ago on first release and some guy who zero voted all games. PleaseThis game needs to be rescored. All these negative ratings are from years ago on first release and some guy who zero voted all games. Please reconsider and regrade. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2016
    0
    After arkham knight fiasco you think devs gonna take PC gaming community more seriously and fix their games BEFORE release. Also $60 not worthAfter arkham knight fiasco you think devs gonna take PC gaming community more seriously and fix their games BEFORE release. Also $60 not worth it for a buggy pre-alpha garbage. Expand

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