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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. Aug 12, 2016
    10
    9/10 Amazing game (10 to balance trolls). Negative reviews were mostly just trolling or little teenagers or close minded people, ignorant of9/10 Amazing game (10 to balance trolls). Negative reviews were mostly just trolling or little teenagers or close minded people, ignorant of our latest understanding of the nature of reality and our universe.

    This game is basically a set of subroutines and laws that sprouts existence upon its observers as long as it is observed. Which sounds a lot like the universe we live in. NMK hints future of gaming/simulations with its procedural design. Also excellent visuals and fun space traveling.
    Its vast playground, might offer endless possibilities. Repetitiveness is inevitable in such a large worldmap although i am sure devs are going to increase variety in terms of point of interests/events etc. The game is out only for a couple of days and people started to claim they have seen everything... Your brain cannot even visualize 10 million beans while there are 10 million times more places to go.

    This game is a must buy for people that likes exploring and chilling out while enjoying scenery. Settlers will need to wait a bit more since the devs said construction will be available in later content patches.

    I do not recommend this game if you only like action and narrative focused games.

    (This game is not meant to be rushed.)
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  3. Aug 9, 2016
    9
    I will preface this by saying that this is not a game for everyone. It doesn't hold your hand at the start and the mundane tasks getI will preface this by saying that this is not a game for everyone. It doesn't hold your hand at the start and the mundane tasks get repetitive quickly. That being said, I struggle to think of a word that can accurately describe the size of the in game universe, except, maybe, universe. If you have my imagination and are as fascinated by exploration as i am then this game holds untold hours of content. Bugs and glitches are surprisingly few, especially considering the small development team. The naming feature offers frequent hilarity, though im doubtful anyone will ever find my discoveries. (let me know if you see the planet Optimus PEEN). Overall ive enjoyed this game, and likely will continue to. its a constant sense of mystery Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2016
    6
    Let me startby saying that this is a VERY specific game, not everyone will enjoy it, many will dislike it and others like me will beLet me startby saying that this is a VERY specific game, not everyone will enjoy it, many will dislike it and others like me will be mesmerised by it.

    I don't really know where to begin. The only thing i can do is describe how i feel playing it. I am fascinated. I am intrigued. I am absolutely relaxed. I have only spent about 9 hours in the game so far, and all of that was exploring just 3 planets in the system i materialised in. I found myself fascinated by the mystery of these weird aliens, the craziness of the randomly generated worlds and just exploring.

    I cannot describe how relaxing i find playing this game. Nor can i explain how confused my brain gets when i try to fathom just how big it all is. The music is a special mention here, it is SO very relaxing.

    For all its good there are some negatives. I hate having to constantly refuel everything, it is tiresome. The FOV is poor. The popin and low rent texture work along with bad aliasing at times is quite an eyesore. Buti can look beyond these for what the game gives to me.

    I feel as though this is a game i probably should have bought on PC to get rid of fhe visual drawbacks on pS4.

    As i said at the beginning, this is not a game for everyone. People will hate it, there are already a ton of negative comments.

    I for one did not get caught up in any self driven hype, i had no expectations justa desire to experience what this amazing created. And i am honestly happy they made what they have, it is a truly fascinating experience and unique amongst a sea of rehashed genres and "definitive editions". I look forward to exploring this amazing universe for years to come.

    Please be proud of your work Hello Games.
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  5. Aug 14, 2016
    4
    As a technical feat it's amazing, as a game it's boring. It's occasionally stunningly beautiful but it's also frequently ugly, and for all theAs a technical feat it's amazing, as a game it's boring. It's occasionally stunningly beautiful but it's also frequently ugly, and for all the myriad possible procedural generated landscapes and locations you feel like you've seen everything there is to see after 2 or 3 hours.

    I've heard people say it's a "make your own fun" sort of game, a la Minecraft before Notch decided to tack on an endgame. However for there to be emergent gameplay one must first have a broad pallet of game mechanics to play with. This is exactly where No mans Sky falls down, there is very little to do and very little variety in how you do it. If you could clip along at mach 3 blasting space dinosaurs, or carve your name into the side of a mountain I can guarantee this game would not be getting bad reviews.

    What is there plods along at a snails pace, walking feels like crawling, sprinting feels like walking and even the bad-ass stiletto hulled space-ripper ships amble through the atmosphere as if they were pleasure craft. There are a host of other things that one would thing should never have made it out of beta, ruins are less useful than knowledge stones. One of the atlas path goals requires that you spend hours documenting every living thing on whatever planet you happen to be on, the puzzles are kindergarten grade easy, and every single alien encounter plays out in exactly the same way. The sound design (which I have seen others laud) consists of generic muzak, overlaid with random animal cries and mechanical nonsense that has no bearing on whats going on around you.

    I can forgive Hello Games, they are an indie studio with indie budgets and indie mindsets. What I'm less inclined to forgive (and we as gamers are as much to blame for this) is having them dragged out twice at E3, hyping this thing into the AAA it isn't, and me traveling round 3 different retail outlets to find a boxed copy for £40. This thing ought to have been £15 digital only, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if this gets pushed out onto PS plus as a freebie in the next 12 months.
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  6. Aug 27, 2016
    2
    There just isn't a game here. You get about eight hours of entertainment before you realize there's nothing to do. Even with limitlessThere just isn't a game here. You get about eight hours of entertainment before you realize there's nothing to do. Even with limitless exploration, there's almost nothing to explore. It's all the same. Maybe if they put back everything they took out, it would be worth it. This is a $10 game at best. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2020
    0
    Still has not apologized even once for lying and misleading all his fans due to pressures to get an influx of cash. It doesn't matter howStill has not apologized even once for lying and misleading all his fans due to pressures to get an influx of cash. It doesn't matter how much you go back and fix retroactively until you acknowledge misleading everyone. Expand

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