- System: Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Hello Games
- Developer: Hello Games
- Release Date: July 24, 2018
- Price:Free Update
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Adventure, Action, Open World
- Players: 1 (1-4)
- Official Website: https://www.nomanssky.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Since two years have passed, we’ll give you a quick refresher course on what No Man’s Sky is all about. The main concept of No Man’s Sky is to explore randomly generated planets, find resources for things like crafting new ships and to sell and to get ever closer to discovering everything that this giant world has to offer. No Man’s Sky NEXT delivers several rather large updates in the form of multiplayer and new game additions that help No Man’s Sky in several ways. We’ll break down each of the major updates and talk about the pros/cons of each. Let’s begin with changes in base gameplay.
With No Man’s Sky NEXT, the biggest changes gameplay wise is the addition of building bases anywhere, using them as teleporters—basically fast travel—and giving your planets a bit more of your own personal touches. No Man’s Sky NEXT also now can be played entirely in third person which adds a nice new visual perspective to the game and makes for some rather cool new ways to explore. There’s also a nice level of customization for your avatar to make some really personalized space explorers. There are also a ton—and we mean a ton—of different ways to gather resources and how you can craft new ones using items like refiners which gives No Man’s Sky NEXT just a bit more depth to its tedious resource system.
The cons of the No Man’s Sky NEXT’s gameplay though is that ultimately, it hasn’t changed. We aren’t joking though, folks. Your main objective still is to gather resources for more advancements—like spaceships and armadas—but that gets old really fast. It’s tons of fun for a good several hours, but unless you’re into grinding heavy games then you’re going to wish there was more to do. While space battles help and the introduction of multiplayer keeps things from getting stale, if you’re into playing No Man’s Sky NEXT alone you’re going to lose enjoyment faster than your warp drives.
Speaking about multiplayer, this is where No Man’s Sky NEXT truly shines in its long-awaited addition. Players can now finally hop into other worlds with friends/strangers to explore the galaxy together. Playing with friends is the true way to go though. If you do join a random game, sometimes it can take a while to find others and they may also kick you out if you aren’t doing anything for them, we had this happen several times to us personally. Though if you can grab some friends, No Man’s Sky NEXT is a lot of fun and multiplayer is a much-needed way to keep the lifespan going further than the original base game was able to bring.
Lastly, No Man’s Sky NEXT does add some smaller features that we’d like to point out. There are a lot more planets/environments to see—at least in our minds—to find in No Man’s Sky now. Even your starting locations can offer up some rather harsh spaces for beginners that will test your survival skills quite early on. It’s small features like this that kept us from feeling bored when we decided to start No Man’s Sky NEXT from the ground up for this review. We also think older players should do the same to get a refreshers course on what to expect from some of the major updates to be found in NEXT.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Third person mode brings the world a much-needed new perspective
- Multiplayer is awesome and allows a ton of fun/adventure to be had with friends or strangers
- More planets to explore and environments to roam around on make this already massive game way bigger than before
- Free for all those who own the base game
- Still suffers from tedious gameplay that begins to feel grind heavy
- Some minor bugs still exist