The Best No Man's Sky Mods

Written by ebarr21 on Sat, Oct 8, 2016 4:00 PM
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Although No Man’s Sky has undoubtedly been one of the most controversial games of the year, I think most gamers can agree that there are promising elements to the game even though it’s far from perfect. If you’re lucky enough to have it bought it on PC rather than console, then modding may be a way for you to downplay the elements of the game that were weak and bring its strengths to the fore. Here are some choice mods that can help to change up your game and take No Man's Sky to the next level.

Installing these mods is very simple, most just involve just unpacking some .rar files and then copying the contents over to the GAMEDATA/PCBANKS folder which you can find in the local files of No Man’s Sky.

Low Flight

This mod enables you to look and steer your ship in any direction when close to the planet's surface. Although this mod can be the culprit for some not so happy landings, the benefits it brings are very useful and highly entertaining. This mod gives you the gift of greater freedom and allows you to skim across the planet's surface (or under it if you're lucky enough to find a big cave) as well as including a hover feature and underwater flight. This not only feels great to play but is by far the best way to quickly explore the landscape.

Busier Space

Despite its title, No Man's Sky is definitely at its most interesting when you can see other signs of life in the galaxy. This mod makes you feel like you're in a much more populated galaxy with flotillas of trade ships and space battles being a much more frequent sight. This mod definitely increased the spectacle of the space travel parts of this game which is a most welcome change. This mod also has a few variants where you can choose to add in or remove additional pirates so you can explore the populous galaxy in peace or in tatters.

Better Planets

Although it could be argued that titling your mod “better planets” may be slightly biased, this mod does make the planetary side of No Man’s Sky more interesting to say the least. It doesn't change what resources or locations are on a planet but what it does is spread these points of interest out so that planets feel fully fleshed out and makes sure that everything doesn’t spawn within a very close proximity. While it could be argued that this might make the planetary exploration worse in some cases (as you will have to spend longer on some of the not so interesting worlds) it does certainly make the worlds feel more fleshed out as they require sometimes fairly extensive exploration to find everything.

Mountains

The mountains mod simply increases mountain sizes on mountainous planets and reduces mountain sizes on flatter planets. It’s a simple mod but it does add another element of variation as the extremely mountainous worlds now feel very alien, with enormous peaks stretching as far as the eye can see...which can make for some cool screenshots and some deathly cliff diving. Combine this with the Low Flying mod for interesting results.

Creatures Revamped

If you’re tired of giant rodents and tiny dinosaurs then this is the mod for you. The main feature of this mod is that it fixes certain creatures to their “actual” size. This means now dinosaur types are always huge whereas rodent and fish will be appropriately small. This doesn’t exactly add variety to the game but it definitely adds some cool factor as the Dinosaurs look much more imposing when they’re not 5ft tall. This mod also adds in a few tweaks to creature generation as it ups the spawn rate and increases the amount of variation. (This mod’s most recent version also includes the option to “unlock sizes” if you like your cow type creatures giant and your dinosaurs mouse sized.)

Actual Black Holes

This one is purely for aesthetics or people who are fussy about their giant, all-devouring holes in space. This mod simply removes the flare of light that you’re heading towards as you are warping across the galaxy and makes it an actual hole that is black. Whether this is the correct way to portray the inside of a black hole i’m sure we’ll never know but this mod fits the bill of making black holes exactly what they say on the tin.

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11:23 Oct-14-2016

"best mods for most disappointing game"

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05:08 Oct-11-2016

Honestly, the best part about NMS is uninstalling it.

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12:45 Oct-10-2016

Why GD keep talking about NMS?

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23:18 Oct-09-2016

After exploring a few planets it became boring & repetitive, so i decided to get to the center of the galaxy. I started farming the necessary elements to warp & that too became boring & repetitive.

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23:21 Oct-09-2016

So i decided to just watch that on youtube. When i saw that i got mixed feelings, i was glad i didn't actually grind to get there considering how unworthy it was & so damn angry at the worst ending i have ever witnessed in my life.

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08:37 Oct-09-2016

I gave up on this game after 29 hours of gameplay. The most boring game to have ever been released in the last decade, for me.

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08:51 Oct-09-2016

How do you play most boring game 29hours? :D

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09:44 Oct-09-2016

i have 214 hrs xD still fun for me

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17:53 Oct-09-2016

For me too :D

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10:34 Oct-09-2016

For me it started to get boring after 47 hours, with these mods I think I can waste another 20 hours of my life :p

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01:08 Oct-09-2016

''The Refund''

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22:03 Oct-08-2016

So basically the gaming community is doing the work "Hello Games" should have done.

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00:29 Oct-09-2016

That's the case with almost every game and modding community!

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03:33 Oct-09-2016

No many of the games that the modding community are adamant about are fairly decent to begin with, Bethesda games, Dragon age series, etc. These are just people that probably got screwed out of a refund that are just trying to make the game somewhat playable or enjoyable. Unfortunately they are fooling them selves as there is no amount of mods that will make this game good. I commend them for trying but it is a lost cause.

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20:15 Oct-08-2016

i will just wait for a steam sale

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20:02 Oct-08-2016

I feel that I've seen enough of this game for now and not even these mods don't peak my interest again. Maybe I'll get itch to play it again in the future, but not for some time.

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17:44 Oct-08-2016

I lost all interest in this game after reading some of the reviews and suffering from hype-overload, but knowing that there is a good modder community has reignited the curiosity. Maybe this title will find it's way back to my wishlist.

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17:11 Oct-08-2016

Leave it to the modders to make a game truly shine! :)

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21:17 Oct-08-2016

That is why i will always be a PC gamer #MasterRaceFTW

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16:39 Oct-08-2016

Will try the creatures and the mountains one since they look most interesting i have the first 2 already installed

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16:01 Oct-08-2016

I forgot this game was still in my library lol

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