People always craved for a game where they can find millions upon millions of planets that can be explored as they see fit. No Man’s Sky delivers all of that as it enables you to explore no less than 18 quintillion planets which are generated by the computer.
The universe is shared by players although the game at its core is single player and it can be played offline without a problem. The main idea of the game is that you are an explorer and you go through various planets as you try to reach the center of the universe. With so many planets out there, reaching the center of the universe can take a while. Thankfully, there are some activities sprinkled along the way.
You can explore space as you go through various locations and at the same time you can also travel from one planet to another as you can find fauna which will give you credits. These credit are very good if you want to upgrade your ship and equipment, things that you have to do if you want to better explore the galaxy and reach the center a lot faster.
Each planet has its own habitat, flora and fauna which does make the experience very interesting. Plus, since the fauna is automatically generated you will always be able to encounter new animals. Some of them are strange, others are actually pretty cute. Thankfully, you can tame these animals and they will be able to follow you around.
When you are in space you can visit galactic trading stations where you can see the items you find on planets. Here you can also purchase new items. You can try to become a trader by going from system to system and seeing what items are in demand and which are not.
Also, mining is an important part of the game and you will spend quite a bit of time exploring the planets for those precious resources. In fact, you will end up mining and exploring planets for around 90% of the game time in No Man’s Sky.
Although the visuals seem to be very impressive during the trailers, No Man’s Sky offers graphics that are pretty good yet there’s a lot of room for improvement. Since the models are automatically generated, some of them are very strange and sometimes don’t make sense. They are really funny at times though, so there’s that. The sound is good and the overall music does suit the gameplay experience as well.
No Man’s Sky is a fun game if you like exploration but the fact that some planets can be very similar at times does make the experience boring at times. Combine that with the fact that some features such as multiplayers were removed from the game even if they were marketing and it’s easy to understand why some players are mad. If you put all of that away and just judge the game, you will find No Man’s Sky to be a pleasant experience for those that want to explore planets and just enjoy their free time. If you don’t want that, then No Man’s Sky is not the game for you!