Everything that was promised, plus more.
When No Man’s Sky was released in 2016, it disappointed gamers since the game that was launched isn’t exactly the game Hello Games promised. What’s supposed to be a game where you explore the endless universe felt simply boring and hollow. But with the next major update NEXT, Hello Games is now bringing in all-new features that made us look back at the two-year-old game.
No Man’s Sky was initially launched for PS4, but coinciding with the NEXT update is the release of the game for the Xbox One that includes special 4K HDR enhancements if you have the Xbox One X.
No Man’s Sky basically brings you into the character of an intergalactic explorer searching the universe for planets where you must adapt to survive. Everything is random, so you may end up at a planet filled with exotic animals or a planet that’s littered with toxic waste.
Common tasks that will present you in your missions include a breakdown of your ship where you would need to scatter resources to create parts that will fix it. It can be boring at times as I found out, but once you’re past that you’re free to move to different planets as much as you like or even build your own base in a planet of your liking.
With the NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally includes the promised multiplayer mode where you can now interact with other players online. You either join other explorers in going to new planets together or collect various things that you can share. I personally enjoy playing alone, though I get how some would enjoy the multiplayer aspect of No Man’s Sky.
That being said, No Man’s Sky still has a couple of problems that need to be addressed. This includes the inventory system that took me a while to learn because it is confusing at first. The story won’t wow you as well, but then again exploring the universe on your own is the story you’d really want.
Graphics are still top notch, especially on the Xbox One X. The new graphics options on the game let you choose between performance and resolution and you’ll get decent results either way.
The various improvements and new modes and mechanics ultimately make No Man’s Sky a much better game than what was released two years ago. It’s an adventure that’s worth taking.
+ Much better than the original game released 2 years ago
+ Almost endless numbers of planets to go to
+ Decent multiplayer
– Gameplay can be repetitive
– Story is average
Final Rating: 4/5