No Man’s Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe. Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action.
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Current MetaCritic score: 71
Current OpenCritic score: 72
The Jimquisition Review
Excerpt: I’ve seen so many planets, met so many aliens, and mined so much goddamn carbon and not once have I been surprised. Not once has the game thrown me a curveball. Every new location is just a different colored home for the same old routine, and the procedural generation means that things feel far less diverse than they could be – when randomized pools replace handcrafted designs, the lego bricks piecing everything together are far too obvious.
Excerpt: No Man’s Sky isn’t the “game to end all games” that some fans have made it out to be, but that’s no cause for alarm. What Hello Games’ ambitious project does offer is the chance to savor the little details in a massive universe absolutely rife with them — a messy universe, to be sure, but one that’s not that different from our own in that regard.
Excerpt: I acknowledge completely that I miss is not necessarily the developers in Hello Games has promised, but I emphasize as missing are the same things that make the game simply is not fun. Right now, in the days after its release, it seems No Man’s Sky more like an only relatively impressive technical demo than a full game you are expected to have fun with; a mediocre trip.
Excerpt: So obviously some people get tired less quickly, but it is clear that most players will not see a very good eye the lack of content in the long term. After signified as above, it is a game played by taking his time. The quiet and relaxing atmosphere allows you to take a good breath of fresh air and a clear strikes our mind at the end of each session is the real impression of finally playing a different game from the others. And then there’s that feeling of immensity, of almost limitless discovery, nothing magical … and it makes No Man’s Sky pretty unique.
IGN Spain Review:
Excerpt: As Murray himself has said No Man’s Sky is not a game for everyone but for those lovers niche will become one of its greatest exponents and attract many towards the path of loneliness and exploration.
Attack of the Fanboy Review:
Excerpt: One of the most anticipated games of the year, No Man’s Sky is somewhat of a letdown. While it certainly puts its best foot forward with a beautiful audio and visual presentation, to put it bluntly, it’s boring. Ambitious as the universe that’s been created by Hello Games is, what lies within is a middling survival/crafting game.
Excerpt: No Man’s Sky isn’t quite what I thought it would be. It’s a fun sandbox game that’s full of wonder, until it isn’t. Unlike other similar titles, the magic fades over time, because 18 billion planets (sorry, 18 quintillion) don’t matter if it feels like there’s only truly 20 unique ones. I wouldn’t recommend No Man’s Sky if you don’t like getting lost — but for those of you who do, wander away.
Excerpt: It’s full of great ideas and great moments, regardless of how long it takes for you to get fed up of them. So while it’s difficult to give it a glowing recommendation, it’s impossible to hate. On balance, it succeeds – for just long enough to be worth going in.
Excerpt: No Man’s Sky is not the game most people expected it to be. Why that’s a very good thing
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