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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
    Excelente game, o universo é gigantesco e interativo, todos os processos de planetas, faunas, flora e musicas são gerados proceduralmente eExcelente game, o universo é gigantesco e interativo, todos os processos de planetas, faunas, flora e musicas são gerados proceduralmente e isso marca uma revolução, uma inovação na produção de jogos. Estou muito feliz por poder jogar algo tão inovador e impactante como No Man's Sky. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2016
    9
    It's definitely not for everyone, but exactly what i expected. It's a survival adventure game based on space exploration. Good functionality,It's definitely not for everyone, but exactly what i expected. It's a survival adventure game based on space exploration. Good functionality, awesome scenery and I've only seen one solar system. Inventory is a little small to start and keeping up with life support and fuel is a minor nuisance, but other than that no complaints. People hyped themselves up to much for the game and made their own assumptions, but that's their fault. For an indie studio of about 10 people, amazing job. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2016
    6
    Expectations were set. They were not met. The game was misrepresented in many ways. The idea put forward is truly revolutionary, though notExpectations were set. They were not met. The game was misrepresented in many ways. The idea put forward is truly revolutionary, though not achieved fully in No Man's Sky. Does that take away from its uniqueness as a game? No. It is one of a kind. It needs massive refinement and overhauls of some of its fundamental systems. After a complete run through of the game, I did something most would frown upon. I installed a trainer... then simply turned off the repetitive mining for survival. The focus of my experience then shifted to the intended purpose of the game "Exploration". It gets a 6 cause there is massive room for improvement. Without the repetitive mining for survival most disappointed Gamers would enjoy this game far more than they do at present! Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2018
    4
    Came back to re review after patches and I gotta say. It was never gonna be good. It was over promised and too ambitious for a small companyCame back to re review after patches and I gotta say. It was never gonna be good. It was over promised and too ambitious for a small company and yeah, Sony pushed them hard and we all kinda go caught up in it. I feel bad for the team and i feel for the people like myself who bought and tried to defend it because it came from a small team. One day I hope to get a truly great experience like what was promised prior to this games release. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2016
    2
    After playing this game for 30+ I just stopped and traded it in without completing it.

    It's true what all the bad reviews say, I thought I
    After playing this game for 30+ I just stopped and traded it in without completing it.

    It's true what all the bad reviews say, I thought I would give it a shot because I had waited so long. I did enjoy it at the beginning but I think I wanted to like it more than I did because the idea is great and it's retro style tricks you into thinking it's cool but everything soon turns to boredom and repetitive gameplay that makes you wonder why you are doing this especially when you know what waits for you at 'the end'. Sean Murray joked about the end of the game being nothing but I guess the joke is on us.

    There is no depth to any of it and the honey period wears off very quickly especially if you play it for a whole day in one go.
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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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