No Man's Sky came back in 2016 and was met with great criticism because it did not deliver on its promises. Now it's back and better than ever as developer Hello Games has released a great free update to PS4 and PC versions of the game. Not to mention that the game has now been debuted on the Xbox One console.
The reason why the original release of No Man's Sky was ridiculed is mainly due to the fact that Hello Games had not added many features as it promised it would have. There was no real multiplayer mode, the diversity of plants and animals was nonexistent, and most importantly, the game was simply dull and not fun to play.
Two years later, Hello Games listened to all fan feedback and released No Man's Sky Next which is a free update for existing owners and adds tons of new content that was not in the game before. I managed to rate the game on Xbox One X and I'm pleased to say that this newer version of the game is far better than before, although it is still a game that will not satisfy everyone.
Let's start talking about positive first and it's fact that the update makes the game far better to look at. Honestly you must own a 4K TV to see how magical plans can be. The extra third person show for both the player and spacecraft makes looking so much better. It's also worth mentioning Hello Games added more variety, as there are more water, color and different animals to watch at this time.
Before this new update, exploration was a joke because the planes and the animals all wanted the same color and appearance all identical. Fortunately, I have not come across any recycled content that plays No Man's Sky Next, because everything I've seen so far has been large and diverse.
Aside from adding more spaceships, it's also land vehicles you can drive to make exploration much more enjoyable than it was two years ago. Running around the different planets while taking a lot of pictures can easily make many players addicted. The only thing I feel lacking on planets is that there are no cities or proper civilians for you to meet. If Hello Games would ever make a real sequel, I'd love to see the cities and different types of aliens like those seen in a Star Wars movie!
Another thing that has been changed for this new update is that the game Finally adds more missions and goals for you to complete. When the game first came out in 2016, it was nothing for you to do anything but get to the center of the galaxy and be met without reward for your efforts.
Now you can sign up for missions in Space Stations and you will discover different planets that allow you to dive deep into the game's lore. I am currently in the middle of an assignment where I have to find a character called Artemis, which is hidden somewhere in the galaxy, but the location is currently hidden for viewing.
Other assignments allow you to build your own home and base and you can manage your own fleet yourself. The fact that there are actual goals for you to complete lets you have a purpose and encourage players to continue playing the game. This is far better than the directional motives that the game had before this major update.
No Man's Sky Next also includes three different difficulty settings to accommodate players of all skill levels. First, it's the "Normal" mode, where you have to spend a lot of resources for keeping spaces and spaceships full of the right supplies. If you do not maintain your dress and your ship, you mean that you will die a terrible and cold death in dark dark rooms.
If you want to challenge yourself, you can also play "Survival Mode" which is actually Normal mode, but ten times harder. It is said that only veterans in the game should play in this mode, as you will die quickly if you do not know what you are doing. However, my favorite mode in the game is "Creative" because you get endless resources and you can explore the whole game without worrying about death or lack of supplies. Surely it eliminates the survival aspect of the game, but it is less annoying and repetitive.
While No Man's Sky Next adds tons of new features, I still do not think it will bring back those who hated the game two years ago. Sure the new features are fine, but No Man's Sky is still a survival game at heart, and collecting resources all the time can be a repeat task. The game is still slow and lacks any kind of action, so it can still be boring, just flying around in space all the time.
The user interface is also still lumpy, and navigating through the different menus is always a big annoyance. There are also times, the game fails to tell you what to do and where to make it very annoying to play. That said, No Man's Sky is fun to play, but only if you are the kind of player who is very patient.
Overall, No Man's Sky Next is a big improvement compared to the original game because there are new features and better visuals for you to watch. It's worth playing the game if you still own a copy of it and want to download free update. But the game can still be boring at times and I do not think it does enough to entice new players to try.