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No Man's Sky Review

No Mans Sky is one of those games, A game that sets a new standard for games and creates a genre all of its own.

The Size

The size of No Man’s Sky is truly impressive! With 18 Quintilian planets to find and explore, each with different species, plants and landscapes you are left thinking to yourself “surely they can’t all be different”. During my time playing, I rarely experienced planets that I thought were similar to previous ones that I had visited. The species available on each planet differ despite some similar features. I would describe them as aspects of real world animals mixed together with some added imagination to create something totally new; for example, I came across a large creature that had a T-Rex like lower body with the core of a kangaroo and the head of a snail, needless to say that I was very entertained by watching this lonely creature wonder around for a while. I named my discovery Rexaroo just in case you were wondering.

The Plot

During my time playing I chose to follow the call of the Atlas, which lead me to several different Atlas stations that could be up to 7-8 warps apart with each station giving me a little more knowledge of what I was actually following. This gave me an overall idea of where I should be heading, essentially giving me a goal to reach. If you decide not to follow the Atlas and head for the center of the galaxy to discover the mysteries that lie there, you may find that you can lose your way as the center is so far away. There is always an element of “What do I do now?” within the game and I think this works in its favor. Everything seems like a mystery with, many unanswered questions that you only hope will be solved upon reaching the centre of the galaxy, this as a whole is one of the main contributing factors that keeps pulling you back to this vast open universe.

The Gameplay

No Man’s Sky plays very well overall. The ability to fly from the surface of a planet straight up into space without a loading screen is a feat in itself, let alone being able to travel between galaxies with eight or so planets without a loading screen. Pretty much every aspect of the game works perfectly whether it be intense space combat between you and some filthy space raiders or burrowing down into the surface of a planet to find a resource rich cave that lies beneath, you rarely notice something and think “That sucked”. No Man’s Sky provides moments that you cannot find in any other game and this really makes it special.


No Man’s Sky is a game that I feel everyone will be able to sit down, play and enjoy as it does come across as a very casual experience. The fact that everyone who plays will have a completely different experience is really something to acknowledge as there are few other games that offer this. No Man's Sky, whilst being a little difficult to actually understand, is fun and the mysteries within are what keep pulling you back to play and experience more. There are a few negatives (which I will cover below) but these in no way stand up to the positives (also summarised below). No Man’s Sky is a game that everyone should experience as it is just so different to anything else. Hello Games have really broken boundaries with this game and with their plea to keep updating the game over time with new features. If future updates help No Man’s Sky live up to it's potential, the it could be one of the games of the decade.

Words by George Woods

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Unparalleled size and scope of adventure
+ Seamless game play
+ Many mysteries to discover
+ Hundreds of hours of gameplay
+ Play your own way, make your own choices
+ Fantastic visuals
+ Accessible to everyone regardless of your knowledge of gaming
+ Free updates for the games life span
+ Only around 7gb in size


- You may sometimes feel lost due to a lack of guidance although this gives you a great sense of freedom
- Journey milestones stop you from being able to do anything whilst they fill the screen for around 10 seconds
- Sometimes you enter into space combat without intending to or wanting to

Edited On 10 Aug, 2016

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