Could anything have ever lived up to the hype that No Man’s Sky received upon its launch? This No Man’s Sky review will wade through whether or not the expansive, open universe of the game is worth the price. The trailer that left everyone speechless when first released–Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky promised us the universe.
|Type of game:||Open World, Space Exploration, Sci-fi Survival|
|Multiplayer/Co-Op:||Currently Single Player, Multiplayer (on the way)|
|Total Play Time:||19 Hours – PC Main Story, 30 Hours – PS4 Main Story|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core i3
GPU: nVidia GTX 480 or AMD Radeon 7870
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
HDD Space: 10 GB
|Price:||$24.00 to $59.99|
The World of No Man’s Sky
An infinite universe is how Sean Murray, Head of Hello Games, described No Man’s Sky. In order to achieve this incredible feat, the game’s developers used procedural generation–computer code designed and created as you discover it, making almost all interactions unique to the user. The story, characters, plants, animals, and geography were all created randomly as the player explores the universe.
Upon release, No Man’s Sky reviews were brutal and relentless. Bugs in the game, wacky procedurally generated creatures, lack of diversity in plant life, and poor character development led to a wave of product returns.
The hype that built up around the game was not sustainable. There was simply no way that it could have held up to the promotion. Further complicating things were comments by Sean Murray to the gaming community that seemed misleading. A backlash against Hello Games swept the internet.
Hello Games has since released multiple free patches and additions to the game that have drastically improved user ratings. They’ve promised to continue updating the game, making it the best time to pick up the game as it seems to only be getting better. Current the No Man’s Sky reviews are seeing an uptick in scores.
Atmosphere & Location
Exploring an endless universe is a daunting task. The trailers and gameplay videos released prior to the game’s official release were impressive. When the game was released, players immediately commented that the game looked nothing like what they were shown.
The procedural process of the code created planets with creatures and foliage that left a lot to the imagination. Blocky visuals and misplaced body parts proved that the code needed more work.
Where the procedural process of code did work, however, was with the music. The game’s music ramps up in times of stress and slows down as you cruise inner space.
Fans of the game have noted in No Man’s Sky reviews online that they enjoy the open universe concept of No Man’s Sky. Forgoing the traditional storyline–these gamers are in this to live out their fantasies of piloting a ship through galaxies deep in space.
No Man’s Sky gives them the opportunity and delivers a vast universe filled with unknown planets and creatures ready to be discovered. The feelings of being alone–weighing on you–as you stalk the surface of a newly discovered planet.
Our main character is the Traveller–a space explorer and miner searching the galaxies for meaning. The Traveller awakens on a remote planet with a spaceship in ruins. Through the help of the Atlas, the Traveller is able to head out into space.
When the Traveller isn’t mining for resources and crafting goods–they are discovering hidden lore and legend that hides throughout the universe. Diving into black holes, uncovering Atlas Stones, and navigating tricky political quarrels provide a rich gameplay that touches on topics core to today’s societies.
With bird-like beaks and reptilian features, the Gek are one of the three sentient species in the No Man’s Sky universe. Known for their trading–the Gek are particularly adept at negotiation.
Their pragmatism is widely discussed across the galaxies. The Gek are prone to choosing the most efficient option to any situation regardless of the ethical implications.
The nomadic Vy’keen are another of the sentient species in No Man’s Sky. Standing hunched on two feet–the Vy’keen resemble a humanoid. Scaly, green skin covers the exterior of their bodies.
Known across the galaxy for their honor system–the Vy’keen have a deep culture of one for me, one for you. Treat the Vy’keen well and they will respond, in kind. Cross them and they’ll wipe you from the face of the universe.
The Korvax are highly intelligent and resourceful species. Always on the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of their purpose in the universe–the Korvax are more robotic than human in nature.
Their deep connection to the Atlas ensure the race is a tremendous asset to the Traveller throughout their journey. Inventors of the Bypass Chip–the Korvax are consistently working to make space more productive and efficient.
The Traveller, awakens on a planet next to a crashed spaceship. A message from The Atlas guides are main character to the completion of repairs to the ship and collecting the proper resources needed for fuel.
Discovering more about the Atlas is just one of the ways the Traveller can choose to move through gameplay. Uncovering the secrets to the universe through the use of Atlas Stones and an array of alien characters known as the Gek, Vy’Keen, and Korvax–the Traveller mines resources, barters, and upgrades their supplies on their way from planet to planet towards the center of the galaxy.
It’s not all fun and games, however. Scanning the current star system and the planets within leads the Traveller to infinite new discoveries. Black holes emerge sending you deeper into the universe to untold dangers. Pirates take shots at your ship and try to steal your latest haul. Planets are filled with creatures that want to eat you and plants that will poison you. You’re exposed to extreme weather and radiation as you mine.
The universe is unforgiving and violent but the Traveller begins to see the positive. Imagining the endless possibilities that await. Whether learning new alien vocabulary to better understand the other inhabitants of the universe or coming across a new planet that stuns you with its scenery–No Man’s Sky can be downright beautiful.
No Man’s Sky reviews by gamers, state that they prefer the more freeform style of play the universe provides. Each planet has bases to discover, new ships to purchase, new characters to trade with, and new mysteries to solve. Hours of endless entertainment can be had through just exploring the galaxies. Planets are unique and some players have turned into in-game photographers due to the diversity of each new discovery.
DLC & Expansion Packs
No Man’s Sky came out with the promise that all future updates would be free. Justifying the $59.99 for an indie game, Hello Games said that No Man’s Sky is a work in progress and that they would be adding constantly to further gameplay.
The Foundation update arrived with much skepticism. Gamers did not trust that Hello Games could fix enough of the problems. They were pleasantly rewarded with a much deeper gameplay mechanism. The Foundation update delivered upgrades like optimized graphics settings, space freighters, base building, and three new play modes.
Instead of the one size fits all gameplay model of the initial release–No Man’s Sky had the original experience along with an all new creative mode allowing for free exploration and crafting. The final new game mode introduced survival mode–a harsher space environment to explore and conquer.
Hello Game’s has stated that this is the first of many updates for No Man’s Sky. Fans are coming back on board and the continuous player numbers continue to rise by the day. At the same time, No Man’s Sky reviews are increasing in score rating.
No Man’s Sky was a game built on promise that failed to live up to the hype…initially. If you had asked for our opinion on this game at release–it’d been a solid NO. The game was a mess upon arrival and Sean Murray seemingly disappeared from the world for the first few days–things did not look positive. Talks of massive returns and refunds spread across the internet as gamers pulled their pitchforks and waited outside the metaphorical gates of Hello Games.
Some people are going to love this game. It’s expansive and inspiring and beautiful–the way space should be. Others are going to hate this game because it lacks action and space battles and story depth, etc. This was never going to be the game for them. The updates that have been released since the initial launch have turned around gameplay creating an environment that is downright joyful to fly experience.
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