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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: 41 out of 96
  2. Negative: 1 out of 96
  1. 100
    No game, film, book or otherwise has been more effectively in capturing what the experience of exploring the universe must be. Lonely, hostile and unforgiving, Hello Game’s effort works so hard to reject the convention on how games are made that it’s easy to understand why people expecting something more traditional might come away disappointed.
  2. Aug 13, 2016
    85
    No Man’s Sky is the fulfilled promise that had been made by Hello Games a year ago. We face an infinite universe and a very well-developed and deep story, even though the gameplay mechanics could have been more elaborate.
  3. Aug 12, 2016
    80
    No Man's Sky has no real flaws (except the star maps, really a disaster), but many limitations, but often due to his youth. It seems now clear that the objective of Sean Murray is to create another phenomenon a la Minecraft. The designer has already announced the arrival of terrestrial resources, the ability to build our own bases, even larger ships. Moreover, in a similar game structure you can add anything, including new variables, new land, new formulas to make things even more varied and surprising. No Man's Sky is not only gameplay, but there is something more, and that something is hidden in each of us.
  4. Aug 10, 2016
    70
    No Man's Sky is an atypical game that offers an experience outside the norm. For one of the very first times (except Minecraft) we really have the feeling of macrocosmos. In this infinite universe, thousands of other players travel into cosmos like you but have no chance to meet you. The gameplay is repetitive but not uninteresting. It's a good game but we hope Hello Games will add content in the future.
  5. Aug 17, 2016
    70
    Hello Games achieved what they set out to do. They have crafted a massive galaxy of planets for players to explore. That feat is nothing short of extraordinary, and I think everyone who enjoys games should experience that. Whether you come out of it with a smile or a frown, it is entirely dependent on how much you are willing to put up with to explore a nearly endless galaxy.
  6. Dec 1, 2016
    60
    While No Man's Sky is engrossing for the first few hours, repetition starts to set in and the proceedings grow dull. The developers stated that they plan to add significant features such as base building which could dramatically change the game for the better. There's a promising foundation present, so it's possible to envision a more substantial game down the line. As it currently stands, though, our excitement to cross the universe faded sooner than we expected.
  7. Oct 31, 2016
    40
    No Man’s Sky is a missed opportunity to do something truly epic, and while the final game, when measured moment by moment, showed glimpses of something more than merely ordinary, the final result, was far less than. Promises aside, there’s just not enough to this universe to make it worth exploring.

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  1. Aug 9, 2016
    10
    Exceptional Exploration Game. I just spent 4 hours walking around on the same planet. Listening to my favourite pink flood albums, whilstExceptional Exploration Game. I just spent 4 hours walking around on the same planet. Listening to my favourite pink flood albums, whilst mining, then selling resources. Outstanding. Expand
  2. dpc
    Aug 12, 2016
    10
    No Man's Sky won't appeal to everyone. And I can absolutely understand those who find it boring or flat out dislike it. However, if you'reNo Man's Sky won't appeal to everyone. And I can absolutely understand those who find it boring or flat out dislike it. However, if you're like me and love all the nooks and crannies of games like Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Fallout or Skyrim; if the idea of growing your character, finding tidbits of lore or just standing at a high vantage point and taking in spectacular views, then you will like this game. It truly is about the journey and not the destination as some reviewers say. NMS had no chance of living up to the hype, but as for me, I can't stop playing and can't stop planning what I'll do next as soon as I pick up the controller again. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2016
    9
    This game makes you feel so overwhelmed from the get go, but it is a good thing. I feel a rush whenever I'm cruising through space. EveryoneThis game makes you feel so overwhelmed from the get go, but it is a good thing. I feel a rush whenever I'm cruising through space. Everyone is mad because they set their hopes up too high for video games. They are also mad because they're too broke to dish out $60. Most of the people giving this game a low score are losers with no lives. I didn't write this little review for you all to find it helpful, I'm just giving you cynical nobodies a reality check.

    Time to get back on the game and have fun because I ENJOY IT!
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  4. Aug 17, 2016
    6
    Unfortunately, I was expecting something different and better. It is pretty empty to be honest, one NPC per building, very much predictableUnfortunately, I was expecting something different and better. It is pretty empty to be honest, one NPC per building, very much predictable throughout, greatest achievement being expanding your starship slot by one. I would agree with many that the price tag for the end deliverable is unrealistic and misleading. It had potential yet in its current state it has under-delivered greatly to many of us. I do hope the free DLC will address the issues raised by many fans. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2016
    4
    This game as a software is revolutionary but as a game is too simple and boring, If you like computer software is a good software for aThis game as a software is revolutionary but as a game is too simple and boring, If you like computer software is a good software for a algorithms study. Some problems and bugs is like a student Project.

    Sorry Hello Games
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  6. Aug 24, 2016
    2
    My review… of No man sky, well really, the games media defence force. 2/10

    I am sick to death of insecure games media fanbots, post NMS
    My review… of No man sky, well really, the games media defence force. 2/10

    I am sick to death of insecure games media fanbots, post NMS launch, telling us their offensive judgments on how NMS critics don't have enough imaginations, or they expected too much, or wanted perfection, or they wanted more then whats possible....offending unsatisfied gamers by treating them as unreasonable, having impossible expectations, or are just naive. Blaming gamers instead of the game.

    The NMS defence force has been in overdrive telling every one how wrong they are. Employing counter-criticism pieces as a desperate act to publicly react against strong criticism of No Man's Sky, treating its critics as unreasonable and unreliable.
    They are Making comments acknowledging the games problems, but are coming off as an insincere. Making an obligation of acknowledging NMS problems, but making that point merely in passing, hoping to not return. And then go straight into slamming its critics as unreasonable.

    There has been a growing divide between media reviewers and gamers unsatisfied with a lot of games , and No Man's Sky has really brought it to ahead. The counter-criticism by the media has strongly demonstrated this divide more than ever before. Smug, entitled, insider, know nothing know it all's, telling everyone how wrong they are, deliberately antagonising and widening that gap.

    I am directly asking those judgementalists, what were MY expectations for NMS, what is the limit of my imagination, and how that effected my NMS experience ? Can't do it, of course you can't. No one Can. So those positions are ridiculous arguments. And they are offensive.
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  7. Sep 26, 2019
    0
    no man's sky? more like no one should buy. . . this game. it's bad. and the creators lied about it

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