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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 11, 2016
    10
    The game brings up memories of Elite(80s/90s), Frontier and Freelancer. addicting gameplay. Obviously not for everyone, based on theThe game brings up memories of Elite(80s/90s), Frontier and Freelancer. addicting gameplay. Obviously not for everyone, based on the polarizing ratings. Promised updates should only make the game even better. If you have been following the development of this game, you would've known what to expect. I did and the game delivers in just about every way. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2016
    9
    Honestly it's all everyone should have expected from the gameplay, that it's a survival exploration game not a multiplayer survival game.Honestly it's all everyone should have expected from the gameplay, that it's a survival exploration game not a multiplayer survival game.

    PROS:
    Addictive
    Amazing Lore
    The Exploration is the best
    A lot of variety in animals
    A lot of variety in NPC's
    Underwater sea creatures are rare and therefore give a sense of achievement when you discover them and are really amazing looking
    Good for a solid 3-5 hours a day else gets annoying
    You need a huge imagination
    No kids who f***** your mom

    CONS:
    Mining is boring
    Ugly UI
    30 FPS on PS4 would recommend for PC
    Crashes a lot on PS4

    Found a lizard dog with a leaf for a head
    11/10 would vomit again
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  4. Aug 11, 2016
    6
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a review for 'Starbound', where I basically said it was interesting, but flawed. Well, No Man's Sky is flawed,A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a review for 'Starbound', where I basically said it was interesting, but flawed. Well, No Man's Sky is flawed, but not very interesting.

    It's a curious release, because this type of space-exploration sandbox hasn't really been made with consoles in mind, yet Sony are the ones who've been beating the drum for this title. It's basically an exploration/survival game, with minimal crafting and adventure elements. If you came to this game expecting an epic, sweeping story, you will not find one. You effectively do the same thing in every star system and every planet, with very small, cosmetic alterations between them.

    Even the much vaunted 'quintillion worlds' feature is a bit of a let-down as, apart from palette differences, most planets are created from the same few templates. Plants (flora) are especially indistinct, as every planet has the same basic types that contain iron, platinum, zinc, etc.

    Also, the graphics are pretty poor; I own several consoles and a PC, and I know a console is never going to be cutting edge in terms of graphics, but this wouldn't look out of place on PS3. And I'm talking early-release PS3.

    I've played the game quite a bit and there is a grim determination to the grind of upgrading, travelling to a new star system, searching for elements, etc. But where does it end? The game has three 'paths', but these are just a clever way of rationalising your gameplay type; explore, head for the end or just wander about randomly. They make no difference to the plot.

    An odd choice for an AAA release, and an even odder choice for a tentpole console game. I can imagine this finding its audience in the Steam community, with mods and the like, but for £45/$60 on the PS4... What were Sony thinking?
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  5. Aug 15, 2016
    4
    I've been awaiting this game with anticipation for some time I really wanted to like it but unfortunately the two words I'd use to describe itI've been awaiting this game with anticipation for some time I really wanted to like it but unfortunately the two words I'd use to describe it are boring and repetitive. The purpose of the game is to gather resources; unfortunately that's it. You start with little storage capacity which means a lot of what you gather you have to discard. You strive to accumulate enough money to buy a bigger ship so you don't have to throw as much stuff away. The game boasts are huge number of planets but the difference between them is just the colour and what's available to pick up. After a couple of days play I feel I've got all the enjoyment I can from this game. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2016
    2
    After paying full price for this game on release day, I had high hopes.
    I played it solidly for 4 5 days, hoping that something amazing was
    After paying full price for this game on release day, I had high hopes.
    I played it solidly for 4 5 days, hoping that something amazing was around the corner. I farmed gold, platinum etc and after saving 4.5mil I bought a ship. That was where my adventure ended.

    No Man's Sky is a disgrace. It has less content than a £10 indie game and less gameplay than conkers.

    The people scoring this game higher than a 2 or 3 are just trying to justify their purchase. In fact this game is so bad, I sold my PS4. I cannot believe Sony allowed this piece of low quality shovelware to be released. It shows that owners of the PS4 are so desperate for exclusives that they will buy anything that comes out.
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  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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