Once in a while a game comes along that pushes the boundary of what games should do or be when they release. No Man’s Sky is that game, it brings infinite possibilities that no other game has truly brought to the forefront. It’s space…the final frontier…a never ending game that gives you a ton of planets and systems to explore with their own elements. However, is all that No Man’s Sky has to offer enough to make you buy and keep you playing?
No Man’s Sky does a lot of things right and few things wrong. One of the thing it does right is being a visually stunning game. In a universe that is filled with many planets and moons on top of many other undiscovered universes, this game doesn’t fail to give you great variety of stunning visuals for every location you visit. This doesn’t just apply for the environments you will find yourself exploring, but for the creature models and alien lifeforms you encounter throughout your journey. Like I said, its a visually stunning game. Graphically it does have it’s issues as well. Draw Distance on PlayStation 4 can be an issue sometimes. By that I mean there are times where I have been flying around and some of the planets shrubbery has the pop up picture book effect.
The other thing this game does well is some of the gameplay mechanics. Not all of it is entirely polished like navigating your ship during battle, but some of the basics are intact pretty well. The other cool thing that works pretty well in this game is the discovery feature. I’m not talking about discovering other animals and all that jazz, I’m talking about when you’re using the galactic map and search for another discovery nearby. This works really well and actually leads you to other players solar systems. The only real bummer about this. there is no actual interaction with the other players if you happen to be in the same system. I do however enjoy the random encounters with space pirates (I actually hate these darn pirates) as they add another element that will make you rethink a few things before you leave.
Overall No Man’s Sky is a very ambitious game that brings a variety of challenges and fun. A never-ending game that will keep you playing for hours on in. I can only wish they consider full player to player interaction in a future update or the next game they make because that would have put this game over the top! I would absolutely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of science or sci-fi in general.