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  • Summary: Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man's Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. In No Man's Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited byInspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man's Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. In No Man's Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you'll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before - and perhaps never will again.

    Embark on an epic voyage
    At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you'll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit.

    Find your own destiny
    Your voyage through No Man's Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry.
    Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you'll reap huge rewards.
    Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary.

    Share your journey
    The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own...
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Jul 29, 2018
    90
    An astounding achievement. Hello Games deserve credit for creating one of the best games of this console generation - even if it did take a couple of years longer than planned.
  2. Jul 29, 2018
    85
    Don’t be guided by the game’s daunting history. No Man’s Sky is now a near-outstanding experience that sits in a league of its own. Despite some issues with the game’s textures, delayed rendering and some unstable framerates, No Man’s Sky is a diverse, deep and ambitious player-shaped adventure that’s constantly intriguing.
  3. Jul 30, 2018
    80
    Finally available on Xbox One, during the last two years No Man's Sky has become a huge exploration game, still flawed by technical and design problems, but totally worth a ride.
  4. Aug 4, 2018
    80
    While features like multiplayer and base-building certainly put more proverbial asses in seats, they're also the least memorable additions to an otherwise thoughtful experience.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Sep 12, 2018
    80
    Wonderful for exploration but has some issues with resource management. [Oct 2018, p.75]
  6. Aug 15, 2018
    75
    Two years after its initial release, No Man’s Sky have developed into a whole different game. Tons of new content, several updates and patches for the online section, more features for crafting system, new missions, and many, many more added features have made NMS a valuable title.
  7. Jul 30, 2018
    60
    Technically, No Man’s Sky delivers the idea Hello Games promised — a massive sci-fi playground for you to explore. However, once you’ve spent some time poking around, it’s hard not to notice that the playground feels fairly empty, even two years later and after massive content additions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Jul 24, 2018
    10
    Beware of reviews from the old version of the game!!

    The game on launch 2 years ago was rocky, to say the least. It a put of people of
    Beware of reviews from the old version of the game!!

    The game on launch 2 years ago was rocky, to say the least. It a put of people of people off from trying the game since.

    Which is a shame, as the subsequent updates added a lot to the game, and refined much of the gameplay.

    Now the 'NEXT' update has landed, the biggest one yet, it overhauls a lot of gameplay that people weren't happy with, and adds a ton of new and awesome content.

    One of the best games I've played!
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  2. Jul 25, 2018
    10
    After the NEXT update Hello games has brought a whole new life into this game (literally) i’ve always wanted a space exploration/survival gameAfter the NEXT update Hello games has brought a whole new life into this game (literally) i’ve always wanted a space exploration/survival game on this scale and Elite Dangerous just didn’t do it for me, the Original NMS definetly didn’t do it either, but the new NEXT update is everything i have ever wanted in this kind of game, it’s almost a dream come true, i’ve been addicted to it since launch putting in a little over 15 hours so far. Expand
  3. Jul 24, 2018
    10
    Careful with people putting bad reviews from the bad initial launch (2016) !

    The game changed so much with what was said, it's now
    Careful with people putting bad reviews from the bad initial launch (2016) !

    The game changed so much with what was said, it's now wonderful, every screenshot can be a professional picture, a true piece of art !

    I love to get lost on a planet look to the sky and see ringed planet with freighter in front of me.

    With an main story that last around 30 hours, secondary quests, community event and co-op multiplayer, this bring so much fun, for example destroying an alien eggs to make your friend get attacked by aliens can be funny ;)

    I'm really in love with this game and I recommend it !
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  4. Jul 25, 2018
    9
    After a disappointing release on PC / PS4, Hello Games has stuck to their game and continually updated the game with new features. They addedAfter a disappointing release on PC / PS4, Hello Games has stuck to their game and continually updated the game with new features. They added base building, vehicles, quests with a story line and now full-on multiplayer. This game is incredibly fun to play with friends. Think Minecraft in space.

    Also, Hello Games has devoted themselves to updating the game in the future. So more cool new features are sure to come.
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  5. Jul 25, 2018
    9
    Despite his original flaws that made it one of the worst launches ever in the gaming history, Hello Games' No Man's Sky became from updates toDespite his original flaws that made it one of the worst launches ever in the gaming history, Hello Games' No Man's Sky became from updates to updates an absolute video game classic and a marvelous technical achievement that use ingeniously the medium's interactivity and possibilities to immerse the player into a fascinating, living and breathtaking procedurally generated infinite sci-fi universe.

    With its perfectly stylised retro art direction, atypical hybrid concept, intriguing mind-blowing narrative, 65daysofstatic's amazing score/sound design and sandbox variety/liberty, No Man's Sky intelligently hits player's curiosity, creativity, sens of survival and thirst for adventure while delivering a complete genre-defining arty contemplative gaming experience that should leave everybody wandering and creating their own legend for hundred of hours.

    Exploring, discovering and surviving space's mystery, beauty and dangers has never been so mesmerizing since Stanley Kubrick's 2001 or even George Lucas' Star Wars.

    (And don't worry, most of the people that puts a 0 score are hating people that didn't even played the game since launch: the proof is that they use the same arguments since the original release even if they're no longer valid today. Make your own opinion!)
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  6. Aug 1, 2018
    8
    Back in 2016 you couldn’t move without hearing something about No Man’s Sky and to say a lot of people were eagerly awaiting its release wouldBack in 2016 you couldn’t move without hearing something about No Man’s Sky and to say a lot of people were eagerly awaiting its release would be quite the understatement. Unfortunately when it did release it failed in a number of areas and some of the promises that were made never came to fruition which led to a number of very angry gamers boycotting the game. Despite all the animosity that was growing I was one of the few that still saw a lot of potential in No Man’s Sky and whilst it was lacking in several areas I was still hoping it would finally make its way to the Xbox One. Thankfully I got my wish and what came with the game’s release on the Xbox One was a slew of improvements over the 2016 release and without a doubt these improvements and new features have made No Man’s Sky relevant again and in a way gained the trust of its fans again. Without a doubt the biggest inclusion in the No Man’s Sky big update is the multiplayer option. Playing multiplayer on this game is a very fun ordeal and it gives the game a lot more replaybility because it makes you want to return back to the game time and time again. You’ll be pleased to know then that in terms of content the game has a huge amount for you to get to grips with and you’ll be very surprised just how big the game is. The game’s world and planets are that big that you’ll very rarely bump into other players during your time with the game and whilst this is fine at first it would’ve been nice to have bumped into a few more players along the way. One of my favourite things about this game was the story that’s been included. Don’t get me wrong the story isn’t massive and there could have been a little more but what you get are characters that are interesting and every now and then the story does throw up a few surprises to keep you on your toes. This is a good thing because at the start you do have to grind quite a lot so the inclusion of the story stops the grinding from being too tedious and in the end it makes you want to carry on. The presentation side of the game has never been a problem in No Man’s Sky because both the visuals and sound design are perfection and really give the game a lot of unique charm and character. At the end of the day with the new update and new release to the Xbox One No Man’s Sky has corrected a lot of mistakes that it made back in 2016 and it’s starting to be the game the developers promised it would be which in turn means it gets a thumbs up from me. Expand
  7. Aug 21, 2018
    0
    What a boring game. Trillions of planets but all the same...empty! NO civilizations, no point in exploring the same thing over and over andWhat a boring game. Trillions of planets but all the same...empty! NO civilizations, no point in exploring the same thing over and over and mining the same resources over and over...this game is crazy overpriced and boring. Tell me how out of trillions of planets are there not any cities and a bunch of empty planets with some boring wildlife here and there...LAME. Also the storage limitations is a nightmare, finally unlock storage containers after HOURS of playing only to find it only holds 5 resources and you can only build 1 per base! what troll limitations...avoid these crappy developers at all costs..they only like to troll paying customers with the stupidest game mechanics I've ever seen. You're telling me that all these star systems and planets have advanced star bases and protector drones on/in them yet there aren't any advanced civilizations/cities on the planets themselves...ya OK..that makes 0 sense. How you going to build a starbase before a planet city? Like I said, stupid/lame game design and mechanics....AVOID. Expand

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