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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: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  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
    No Man's Sky is an excellent space exploration sandbox, full of emergent gameplay experiences that you won't find anywhere else. The primaryNo Man's Sky is an excellent space exploration sandbox, full of emergent gameplay experiences that you won't find anywhere else. The primary focus of the core game is survival and exploration, with myriad punishing and breathtaking environments to be found. With the recent addition of seamless multiplayer, you can now take on the galaxy together with a few friends or random explorers. Dive off immense cliffs to the ocean below, or save yourself at the last second with your trusty jetpack. Go spelunking into treacherous caves or dive into deep oceans in search of alien ruins or amazing creatures. Blast around the terrain in a hovercraft or jet-powered rover. Do barrel rolls in your spaceship, diving through canyons to avoid space pirates on your tail, or blast them out of the sky with a rich arsenal of spaceship weapons. Make millions trading buying trade goods in one system and then selling them in another, evading space pirates along the way. Or settle down on an amazing planet and construct your ultimate extraterrestrial home. Become a farmer at your settlement and harvest and sell rare plants. Make an amazing race track and share your home's portal address so other players can come try for the fastest time or challenge each other to a race. Take the most amazing photos in photo mode and share your experiences with a rich community of explorers and pirates. Look up at the sky and wonder what's up there, then hop in your ship and go see for yourself. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2018
    10
    Absolutely incredible. NEXT feels like a whole new game. This is literally the game I've dreamed about playing since I was a kid!
  4. Jul 26, 2018
    9
    This is the game it was meant to be… So much to explore, it's simply jaw-dropping.
  5. Jul 24, 2018
    9
    This game is a calm, exploration based game. Do NOT go into this game expecting huge amounts of action. It has great graphics on the Xbox OneThis game is a calm, exploration based game. Do NOT go into this game expecting huge amounts of action. It has great graphics on the Xbox One port and has stunning clouds and sunrises. You can join your friends, or a random person, or even just go it alone and on rare occasion find another player, and then build a base together. Two bases. Ten bases. A hundred. You can build as many bases as you want, and they can be as big as you want. Mine resources together. Build together. Explore together. Whatever you want, but again, don't go in expecting GTA or EVE.

    Not only that, but it has a large 30 hour story, where you may need to make some tough choices. There are procedurally created missions, and an economy system across many different stars. You can go into space stations and customise your character. And while the developers have been updating the game, the players have been making their own additions. They have made "civilizations" in No Man's Sky. Large groups of players dedicated to roleplaying, farming, or perhaps just documentation are numerous and eager to gain new members.

    That's not to say the game is without flaws, however. As with any procedurally created game, there will always be rare bugs, and this is especially true for No Man's Sky and its 18 quintillion planets. If a planet is designated as the last one in a star system, then you cannot use a quick-travel system called "Portals" to go to that planet. On exceedingly rare occasions, you can fall through the floor when exiting your ship. However, there are plenty of easy workarounds for these glitches.

    And while I did say to not expect action, there is somewhat of a thrill. There is a "Space Police" that doesn't like when you harm a planet's environment or shoot at civilian ships. Certain dangerous animals can hunt you down and attack you. You will sometimes warp into a star system and you will be met with a massive cargo ship under attack from space pirates.

    I would highly recommend this game, with its dedicated community and chilled out gameplay. And again, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU WANT AN EXTREME ACTION-THRILLER EXPERIENCE.
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  6. Jul 25, 2018
    9
    Eat your heart out E3 2016 trailer!

    Let’s talk about redemption, very VERY rarely have there been such complete and total evolutions to the
    Eat your heart out E3 2016 trailer!

    Let’s talk about redemption, very VERY rarely have there been such complete and total evolutions to the base product. What’s even more rare is that it’s a non-subscription/non-free to play game; meaning the company has not been making money throughout the process to the degree it would have otherwise. That said, this is a masterpiece, HG has completely re-envisioned the 2016 release. The only nit picks are minor ones and it’s easy to see the added potential the future holds.

    This is in most ways, better than the 2016 E3 trailer and in the ways it is not, it’s easy to see both by track record and dedication, it will be.
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  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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