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No Man's Sky

aka: Project Skyscraper
Moby ID: 80257
PlayStation 4 Specs

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No Man's Sky is a space exploration and survival game where the player explores a vast, nearly-infinite universe. Starting out on one of over 18 quintillion planets, the player is first tasked with gathering the necessary materials to repair and launch their ship into space. From there, the game is entirely open ended, though the ultimate goal is to reach the center of the galaxy. Along the way, players can mine for rare and valuable elements, catalog animal and plant life, search for ruins and alien artifacts, and converse and trade items and resources with several alien factions which inhabit the universe. They can also engage in piracy by destroying other ships. Players use the resources they earn from these activities to craft upgrades for their suit, ship, and multitools.

Each planet that the player visits is procedurally generated, with its own environmental conditions, elements, and animal and plant life. Players must upgrade and configure their suit in order to adapt to the sometimes hostile environments. For example: cold planets will require the player to equip a heating mechanism in their suit. Upon visiting an unvisited planet or cataloguing a new species, players are free to name them whatever they desire - these names will be seen by other players if they reach the same location, though the chances of this are very low.

Multiplayer (both co-operative and PvP) was added in a later update. Up to 32 players can be in the same instance of a star system, and 2-4 players can be in a party.

Spellings

  • 无人之地 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 無人之境 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Credits (Windows version)

22 People (19 developers, 3 thanks)

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 71% (based on 46 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 36 ratings with 2 reviews)

The best space exploration game yet

The Good
It gives you the feeling of seeking out new life and new civilizations and exploring space more than any other current game. That is its focus, and it's not about space combat. There is some shooter combat but it's not the focus of the game. The base building is great, but again, not really the purpose of the game. The story is cool, and all the different forms of life and planets you can visit make it feel like a real space exploration game. They continued to seriously work on and improve the game every year since its release and it is now a complete space exploration game.

The Bad
Space stations are all the same with the same layout. When it was first released it didn't meet the expectations of the player base.

The Bottom Line
Unlike a lot of other games that focus on either space ship combat or first person shooter combat, this game is about the awe and wonder of traveling through the galaxy in your favorite ship and exploring new worlds and new life while following a mysterious story line. The seamless exploration of leaving a planet and traveling to other planets, entering their atmosphere and the harsh environments is great. The variety of life and planets is awesome. So far no other game has come close to the feeling of really exploring and traveling through the unknown universe.

Windows · by Michael Urvan (2) · 2021

Very pretty but shallow

The Good

• Beautiful graphics and visual design
• Fairly laid-back spaceflight -- much less stressful than, say, Elite: Dangerous
• The ability to have your own freighter and design the interior, and to dispatch missions from it
• Base-building is pretty decent though clunky (but to be fair, most games' base-building is clunky, and often clunkier than this)



The Bad

• Shallow game depth -- "a mile wide and an inch deep"
• Space combat is essentially a minigame
• The story is pretty whatever
• Lots of grinding, only to realize you're really grinding toward nothing



The Bottom Line
That's pretty much how I'd sum up the feel of this game, after the initial wow of the graphics and atmospherics is done: grinding toward nothing. This is a problem with many survival games with either no goal, or a goal that is barely discernible. It's a big system with procedural content that really is designed to be played "forever" until boredom sets in, with little framework to give it real structure. I'm really tired of these types of games.

Windows · by Luckspeare (3503) · 2021

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Awards

  • The Game Awards
    • 2018 – Best Ongoing Game – Nominated
  • TechRaptor
    • 2018 – Best Expansion/DLC – 1st place (for the 1.5 update "NEXT")
    • 2018 – Best Evolving Game – 1st place

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Game added by krisko6.

Windows Apps added by Rik Hideto. Xbox One added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. PlayStation 5 added by Sciere. Macintosh added by Ms. Tea. Nintendo Switch added by BOIADEIRO ERRANTE.

Additional contributors: Havoc Crow, Rik Hideto, Harmony♡.

Game added August 19, 2016. Last modified March 27, 2024.