No Man's Sky Reviews
Relaxing exploration and some lovely scenery coupled with repetitive systems, frustrating menus, and a lack of real discovery.
No Man’s Sky has sci-fi spectacle of strange new worlds on its side, but not much else. Its gameplay is underdeveloped and repetitive, and in my dozens of hours played it’s introduced very few new ideas to mix up its crafting, upgrades, combat, or universe. The promise of limitless exploration ended up working against it when I lost faith that it had any more meaningful things to show me no matter how far I traveled. This ambitious game reached for the stars, but its reach exceeded its grasp by light years.
Hello Games' lush galactic odyssey is a unique work of engineering art - and an engrossing, if flawed, game.
A stunning technical achievement and a mesmerisingly addictive one, even after you realise how simplistic and repetitive it really is.
An inviting universe to explore and exploit, but not much story or gameplay backs up the unparalleled scope of the world
No Man's Sky is an impressive set of tools grafted onto a game with very little going on.
No Man's Sky is a massive machine with broken and missing parts, but dig deep enough and you'll be moved in ways you never expected.
It's light years from being a great game, but there's still something at the heart of No Man's Sky that speaks to the would-be explorer in all of us.
First I didn't like it, then I did.
No Man's Sky's journey across a massive procedural universe is compelling in how seamless it feels, the way that it allows you to explore at your own pace, and its questioning of the drive toward completionism found in most games. Unfortunately, it's saddled with a terrible interface and a crushing sense of repetition, both of which come to overshadow its more interesting qualities. As such, while it feels incomprehensibly vast at times, No Man's Sky can also feel crushingly limiting. And it's the latter feeling, unfortunately, that keeps its from reaching its full potential.
There is no time travel in No Man’s Sky, only the momentum to push forward. Pushing forward in the hopes that the next planet you land on will take your breath away. Pushing forward in the hopes that you will find a derelict ship ripe for the taking. And at the very least, pushing forward in the hopes that they can fix the combat with a patch update.
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.
No Man’s Sky manages to be a hugely impressive accomplishment for the team at Hello Games, but the hubris and hype meant it could never live up to the expectations heaped upon it. Despite the various caveats and areas that Hello will look to improve upon over the coming months, you can so easily lose hours at a time landing on a new and interesting planet for the first time, giving the local flora and fauna idiotic names, before falling down a hole and getting lost in a sprawling cave system, only to do the exact same thing on the next planet over. There’s nothing quite like it.
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 elaborated..
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No Man's Sky NEXT is the game that they promised us in 2016. It finally has multiplayer and many other add-ons, but, in the end, its base is still the same: explore the universe calmly.
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For all its color and all its life, No Man’s Sky is still little more than dead space.
When you step back and look at No Man’s Sky you can actually see how well it shines, and just how much love and devotion was put into each piece of the universe. It’s a procedurally generated world, but that doesn’t change the fact that Hello Games breathed life into this world. While some mechanics can be grating, it succeeds fairly well at its vision of delivering an eerie galaxy and the sense of discovery in exploring it.
Don't just wait for a sale; wait for a major overhaul.
Hello Games' procedural dream is becoming a reality, but we'll probably need to wait months/years to see the process completed.
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