Ever since its announcement, and the moment when the first details were released, people fascinated by space or astrology, and alien fanatics, have been craving No Man’s Sky. Now, to everyone’s delight, you can finally purchase it and spend countless hours of fun exploring space and planets, while trying to survive the harsh environments. Even if you are not particularly into the whole futuristic game genre, you will be amazed by the tons of things the developers thought of putting in this game, some of which are pretty realistic and would be very possible in galaxies of the universe where man kind can’t even think of going so far.
No Man’s Sky is an exploration and survival game; a sandbox one, as the developers call it. The thing is, sandbox games usually have a limited area or map. This is not the case, not by a long shot. The universe in this futuristic explorer is fucking huge. If you’re afraid it won’t give you enough hours of gameplay, wipe that those thoughts away right now, because chances are you’re going to get angry or even bored by the vastness of it all, or annoyed when you have to search for hours in order to find a certain resource you’ll need. And speaking of resources, they will be a very important part of No Man’s Sky. You will need them to repair and upgrade your tools, weapons and spaceship. Don’t think there will only be a handful of them either. The variety of these resources and the many places you’ll have to explore in search of them is amazing.
The game will revolve around a sort of holy trinity of the space survivor. The three things you will rely on in order to survive and progress throughout the game will be your Starship, your Exosuit and your Multi-tool. Of course, they will be very dependent to one another. You will need your spaceship first and foremost, as that’s how you get around, of course. But, as you fight battles, it will get damaged and you will need to repair it. So, you’ll need to explore planets and find the resources necessary to do so. You will find these resources in plants or minerals spread across each planet’s terrain and even underwater, as some planets have deep oceans you can explore. For gathering these things, you will need your Multi-tool. In addition to extracting, the Multi-tool acts as your weapon. The Exosuit will come into play, as you will need it to survive when you leave your Starship. The number of dangers waiting for you in every environment is very big. Besides the strange creatures, of which some are peaceful and will run away when they see you and some are very aggressive and will attack you straight away, the atmosphere and terrain will try to kill you as well, so you will depend on it to stay alive. Each of this 3 items has a limited number of slots, so you will need to figure out what features you equip your Starship and Multi-tool with, or what resources you want to keep in your Exosuit. Some planets will be similar to our own, but the majority of them will face you with freezing or burning temperatures, acid rain or brutal radiation, so you will have to treat your Exosuit with the utmost respect. Your suit can help you increase your stamina as well, as you will mostly roam on foot through the planets you land on. Apart from gettig around, your Starship has powerful weapons, some of which are faster and more reliable when you engage other spacecraft in battle, and some more effective when destroying bigger targets, such as meteorites.
The graphics are astonishing, and maybe we should’ve started this review with them. The developers have put a lot of time and work into this department and no matter what genre of game you’re a fan of, your jaw will drop upon seeing the detailed scenery as you explore the universe. Outer space, planet environments, jungles, wildlife, spaceships, deep oceans, you name it, they’re all amazing.
If you are a multiplayer by definition, you will not like what the developers had to say about this subject. No Man’s Sky is solely a single player game. Even if they made efforts to develop a multiplayer aspect, the chances of 2 players meeting in such a huge universe would be close to 0. But, we believe you won’t even feel the absence of multiplayer at all, as you will be too busy surviving and finding new shit.
So, what are you waiting for? Depending on your age, go sink your hand deep into your grandmama’s purse, or starve the kids for a week and buy this game. OK, we’re kidding, you should never do that. But you could totally prostitute yourself for a few days to play this game.