(Past) PS4 Game Release Date: August 9th, 2016
(Past) PC Game Release Date: August 12th, 2016
Best Graphics Card for No Man’s Sky
For the reasons of this game getting lukewarm reviews, i.e. IGN’s 6/10, I cannot recommend upgrading your GPU for it. For the most current GPU recommendations, see Best Graphics Card for BF1 – Battlefield 1
Minimum Requirements for No Man’s Sky
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i3
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GTX 480
Storage: 10 GB available space
Internet Requirements and How to Find Friends on No Man’s Sky
Do not fret, the game will be able to be played offline, though then your discoveries won’t be shared with others. With internet connection, planets will state who they’re discovered by and you can share species and other things you’ve discovered.
In addition to discoveries, there is the chance to meet other players, and even play alongside with friends. Even though the development team of No Man’s Sky (Hello Games) has stated that the game is primarily single player, players will find a way to find each other. It will be difficult to find other players, but potential avenues include: meeting on or nearby space stations, putting your ship on a high point on a planet, make gunfire. There might be external maps (websites) housing planet diagrams of the No Man’s Sky universe, where people can catalog planets they’ve discovered or visited, and the path they’re taking.
The Game Itself
The game is immense; eighteen quintillion planets (18 billion x a billion) — virtually impossible to venture onto even a fraction, each with unique ecologies to explore. And yet, super repetitive to explore.
Other tedious activities include:
- mining and metallurgy
- researching technologies
- 4 races – each with languages to learn and factions to gain or lose favor with
- space combat and battles (and ship upgrading)
- fighting planet-side (and upgrading weapon and suit)
Life: The developers aimed for a 90–10 rule, meaning roughly 90 percent of the planets rest uninhabited, and 10 percent of planets host basic indigenous life. Complex life is present on 1 percent of planets. Ecologies can include indigenous species, intelligent life forms, defensive robotics and police, and even in outer space, space stations. However, these intelligent alien races are still absolutely boring with no personality!
Game Length and End Game Content: The redditor “daymeeuhn” bought the game a week early for $1300 on eBay, and has said he played through the game in 30 hours. However, he skipped a lot of content by trading an expensive mineral, so it would seem the game is longer than 30 hours (and 30 is long already). The developer may tweak this shortcut out, or it might fix itself if more people in the multiplayer drive up the supply (and thus drive down the price) of this material.
Story: The developers have said there is no story. There is a minute amount of lore (ie the races above), but the story is more of a sandbox-type layout, meaning they were too lazy to make one.
Q: Should I accept the Atlas’ guidance? Or should I spurn the direction and explore freely?
A: Interesting that a possible important choice must be made at the game’s start. This choice is to either follow a guided linear path (starting at a certain planet), versus starting at a random planet. This may affect the ending of the game.
Q: How do I start a fresh new game?
A: You may get stuck somewhere with bad autosave points. In such a case, the only way to start a new game is to delete your saved game files.
Q: If I deplete my mining tool and do not have any carbon to recharge it, how do I mine carbon?
A: You can mine the carbon by melee attacking it, by pressing “Q”.