No Man’s sky was touted as “a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated galaxy” on its website. Sexy words for millions of game aficionados who love investing time (and money) to discover endless possibilities and the new worlds in lands and planets visited by… no man. Despite the sexiness, No Man’s Sky reviews are worrisome, with fans criticizing the mediocre graphics and lag time in the PC version of the game.
The PS4 version of No Man’s Sky was released on August 9 and 10 in North America and Europe, respectively. Initial reviews of the PS4 version were a little above average getting three and a half stars from online review sources like Metacritic and trustedreviews.com. Gamespot’s Peter Brown gave the game a seven, highlighting the game’s “impressive seamless transitions from ground to space”, but complaining about the frustrating item management and user interface (UI).
The PC version of the game, on the other hand, was released worldwide, a few days later on August 12. Since then, reviews of No Man’s Sky have seen red, with PC gamers experiencing game crashes, numerous bugs and poor UI.
“I literally opened and let the game crash about 100 times so I could get the five minutes “play time required to write this review,” said PCWorld games reporter Hayden Dingman, in his review of the recently launched game.
Other critics found the controls more challenging too, even more than using a PS4 gamepad (which is believed to be harder than mouse and keyboard).
“The mouse and keyboard interface isn’t nearly as easy to use as I’d hoped. The cursor functions identically to the console version, meaning you have to hold down the mouse button on every menu item you want to select and watch the “wheel” on your cursor fill up.” wrote Kotaku’s Kirk Hamilton after an hour of play-through.
While No Man’s Sky reviews are worrisome, creator Sean Murray and the rest of his team are hard at work to address the issues and appease PC gamers before they decide on exploring another man’s universe.
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