no-mans-sky
Metacritic (PC): 66/100
Metacritic (PS): 71/100
Release: Aug 2016
Reviewed on: PS4

No Man’s Sky

Site Score
6.0
Good: Explore procedurally generated galaxy
Bad: Miminal gameplay depth – Lack of optimisation
User Score
4.2
(23 votes)
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Explore the vastness of space in No Man’s Sky, an action-adventure with elements of survival and exploration that lets you explore the galaxy while encountering all sorts of strange life forms.

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The basis for No Man’s Sky is exploration with an open universe that has billions upon billions of procedurally generated planets which spawn their own unique flora and fauna. By being the first to uncover these life forms you’ll be rewarded with in game currency for submitting it into the game Atlas that all players can access.

For gameplay players establish a role as a planetary explorer early on after crashing on their first planet with a list of spaceship components needing repair. This first random planet that you land on will be near the outer edges of the galaxy with No Man’s Sky encouraging players to try and reach the centre of the galaxy as a primary objective.

To assist you in making this a possibility players are given survival tools such as the exosuit (jetpack included), a multitool for mining resources and an upgradeable ship allowing each venture in space to go further into the centre. Those seeking more gameplay outside of this high level objective (or to support its completion) can engage in the games trading and combat mechanics.

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With your ability to upgrade and improve upon your equipment and in particular your ship more deadly locations can be reached which hide their own mysteries to uncover. This includes finding blueprints for extra upgrades, outposts of resources and even learning alien languages from stones on planets which enhances your ability to talk with hostile and friendly a like.

No Man’s Sky won’t deliver you with constant action like other titles but if you go in willing to explore the galaxy you’ll get quite the adventure.

Summary:

  • Explore a universe with your upgradeable spaceship.
  • Uncover and communicate with other alien races.
  • Engage in combat, trading, exploration and survival.
  • Reach the centre of the galaxy.
  • Available on PlayStation 4 and Windows.

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No Man's Sky, 4.2 out of 10 based on 23 ratings

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