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No Man’s Sky can be finished sooner than you might think

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Those with early access to Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky claim that the potentially endless adventure can be finished in under 30 hours.

Reddit user daymeeuhn began posting videos and information on the game after obtaining an early copy this past weekend.

The user refused to share any specific gameplay details or spoilers relating to late game content, but he did make some subtle comments regarding No Man’s Sky’s gameplay systems.

It appears a particular resource required to power warp jumps across the galaxy is easily available, making the journey to your final objective far easier than expected.

“The pacing was going okay until I ran into these and then it just skewed everything for me,” daymeeuhn wrote on the No Man’s Sky subreddit.

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25-30 hours to finish an experience is nothing to sneeze at, but it may leave some players hoping for neverending escapism a little disappointed.

Daymeeuhm claims that he didn’t rush to the centre of galaxy, having spent plenty of time on side activities such as mining, trading and space combat.

“I have done A LOT of what the game has to offer. I actually intentionally took time out of my warp jumping over the course of going to the middle to explore planets to break up the monotony of it,” he said.

“This does not mean I have done all of the major events, however – I am still yet to swim to the bottom of a big ocean. I am still yet to destroy a space station. I definitely still have stuff to do.”

The true endgame of No Man’s Sky has remained purposely ambiguous during its development, with developer Hello Games’ focusing far more on the journey itself than the inevitable conclusion.

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It is very likely that Hello Games will continue to make updates and improvements to No Man’s Sky once it's released, ensuring that resources and equipment remain balanced and fair.

Players will be able to explore a staggering 18 quintillion planets in No Man’s Sky, which would take years upon years to accomplish in real life.

No Man’s Sky is scheduled to launch on August 8 for PS4 and PC.

L4lefty

August 1, 2016, 11:10 am

I'm starting to get a Peter Molyneux style deja vu vibe with the build up to this game's release. The publisher has made some pretty ambitious claims about the scope...
Us gamers aren't blagged too easily, we've been here before many times.

Kulti Vator

August 1, 2016, 4:53 pm

Yeah... the wise gamer is the one that waits for a smattering of in-depth reviews before parting with their cash.

With 18 quintillion planets to populate with landscapes, vegetation and creatures, I'm guessing that even with the best procedural coding in the world there'll likely be a lot of similar-looking places, plants and animals - so, let's consider those famous words... "will it grind?".

L4lefty

August 1, 2016, 8:14 pm

If this game is all it's lofty ambition aim to be, I'll be so chuffed, Kulti. I just don't trust the hyperbole...No pre-ordering as much as I want to sometimes (a blight on gaming imo), and no getting excited until it's justified.
In-depth reviews it is, you're absolutely right.

Kulti Vator

August 1, 2016, 9:30 pm

I too want this to be great... but deep down fear that we'll end up with a large open-universe game with a lot of repetitious elements that are fine for the first few hours, but begin to grate quite quickly (rather like a cosmic game of Assassin's Creed, with planets replacing the islands / towns of Black Flag).

Let's hope the software developers have more imagination than this and that the game-play and environments offer much more variety.

Shadow Lord

August 7, 2016, 12:54 am

I have been watching leaked footage, gameplay streaming and read as much information as a man could possibly manage. I am sorry to say it but this game is looking more and more like a big disappointment. My reasoning is as follows. Before the game has even launched Sony has engaged in extremely militant actions taking down footage hours if not minutes after being released.

Why is this worrying? You all remember Watch Dogs? We all saw an exciting and extremely misleading experience in trailers. The game was knocked back constantly just like no man's sky and they also engaged in militant take downs of content. Mainly because they were hiding the fact you weren't getting what they promised you in trailers. They knew it and we know it.

The Know on Youtube even reported that Sony was even taking down their vids reporting No Man's Sky even though no footage was involved. If Sony is willing to abuse the copyright system to shut people up you can bet 100% the game will upset people. Moving on to the gameplay I have seen. The graphical quality is definitely unappealing.

Uploads tend to degrade quality a bit. Still it is very basic using heavy colouring to fool the eye into thinking it is better than it really is. The frame rate looks stable to my trained eye and fairly decent. Not surprising considering it really shouldn't be taxing on the system at all.

No as for repetition yes it is definitely 100% an Assassin's Creed bore fest. If you are quick to catch the Youtube and Twitch stream uploads you will see my point instantly. You fly to a random planet and land wherever you want really. You get out and you break plants and rocks for resources. You use said resources to upgrade your equipment and ship or sell for units. (The currency of the game)

On occasion you will see wildlife but generally killing them is discouraged and engaging battles are too few and far between leaving you mainly breaking plants and rocks. There will be the occasional downed ship etc you may stumble across with upgrades etc. Once you have had your fill you drop off resources etc and go off to your next randomly generated planet of choice.

Perhaps the most exciting thing I have seen is being able to name new wildlife. Yes for real if you first discover a species full credit of discovery and naming falls to you. Obviously you will need to play day one to really get dibs on the widest range of wildlife discoveries. They haven't mentioned how varied wildlife really is but here is hoping they are procedurally generated allowing trillions of possibilities. I highly doubt it though. You upload that data while online and discovery is fully credited.

I swear to god if I find out credit of discovery is given to those who illegally got copies early I will be pissed. Probably pissed enough to quickly sell my copy. Anything to deprive the devs of another sale. Moving on there is space pirates to fight and factions that will remember you. You can fight pirates trying to attack resource convoys or help certain factions who may help you out later.

If you piss off a faction they will also remember you and act accordingly...apparently. I doubt all of them will be coded to remember you but we shall see. Apparently you can return to planets you have been to as they were and even share coordinates with others. Encountering real players is apparently rare given the size of the universe but if you are online you should be on the lookout for them. They probably will want to kick your ass as most people will for the thrill of it.

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