No Man’s Sky or Infinite Worlds with Finite Wonders

After a long wait and much anticipation, the space faring survival exploration discovery crafting inventory management game No Man’s Sky has been released. Time to jump into a galaxy far, far away!

First of all, No Man’s Sky is fucking addictive! Imagine a line from A to B, which should take you 3 minutes. But in this game, it turns out to be 3 hours, on a focussed day! There’s much to be discovered, explored, catalogued and mined on the line, and oh so many glittering and twinkling things nearby, and also interesting silhouettes in the distance. But let’s face it, getting sidetracked is part of the fun in games like No Man’s Sky.

Second, the title is a lie! It’s all YOURS! It’s your universe to explore and play with. Barren and frozen moons, planets full of life with critters or weird dinosaurs wanting to have you as an exotic lunch, scorching deserts or radioactive swamps, there are tons of things you can find and name in your unique version of No Man’s Sky. True, while the number of planets is incredibly high, the forms of life start to look alike after the tenth planet so it remains to be seen if the game stays fresh after 50 planets – but then again, that’s what we’d expect from evolution, right?

Third, No Man’s Sky is perhaps the ultimate sandbox. You can follow the story or decide not to  to care about it, you can mine resources to get rich quickly or you can find alien artefacts to master the language of a mysterious race, you can try to get the biggest and baddest ship to rule the galaxy or you can spend hours to fully catalogue one planet. The choice is always yours. If for any reason however you need a dense story or structure in your games, No Man’s Sky might not be your cup of cosmic tea.

After perhaps 10 hours (or maybe 15), the centre of the galaxy is still far away, but it’s already clear No Man’s Sky has one enemy – time. Time flies by when you play the game, and it is time well spent on exotic planets. This game should be your game if you ever imagined how awesome it would be to fly to the stars, to discover planets and to just be an explorer in uncharted territories. And the fact that it’s all yours only makes the game even greater!

Rabidgames goes back to reaching for the stars. Over and out.

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