No Mans Sky finally has mostly positive reviews on Steam after 5 years since launch

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Sep 7, 2021 12:36 PM

There are some infamous bad game launches in the history of gaming, and while none could probably take the spot from CD Projekt Red’s recent troubled launch with Cyberpunk 2077, another sci-fi game that launched 5 years ago has been desperately trying to regain its reputation, and according to Steam, it seems to have finally pulled that off. 

No Man's Sky had a pretty rough launch 5 years ago, with an insurmountable amount of backlash from fans who were excited for the procedurally generated sci-fi exploration game. Steam reviews have not been too kind on the game’s reputation, but the developers have since regained that reputation thanks to some massive updates over the years. 

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The latest update, Frontiers, is one of the biggest and most anticipated updates yet, and thanks to a lot of positive reviews recently, the game now sits at a “Mostly Positive” rating with 70% of all reviews since launch being positive. It is worth noting though that recent reviews within the past 30 days are even higher, sitting at a “Very Positive” rating with 91% positive reviews. 

It’s a big step for the game in regards to rebuilding its reputation amongst players, so much so that developer Hello Games Founder Sean Murray even tweeted an image of the Steam reviews with the caption “you guys” followed by a crying emoji.   

What do you think? Have you played No Mans Sky recently? Is it much better now? Does it deserve the positive reviews on Steam? Let us know!

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20:47 Sep-08-2021

I simply do not care about it.

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23:22 Sep-07-2021

Like despite what they did, they truly earned it by how they saved what was essentially sinking ship. There are way too many developers who just give up on failed game and leave it in state it is. So I am happy they did it. Also I do hope they learned their lesson and will do better next time they release new game. As NMS is now and after all they did, I would definitely be ready to give them another chance once they eventually move on from NMS. And they are best proof of how outdated that old statement of "rushed game is forever bad" actually is. In modern era it truly is possible to turn things around, if publisher and developer really set their mind on it. And yes, it would be best if all games were made great from beginning, but I would take turnaround like NMS has any day, if it means that another game ended up living up to its reputation and became really good.

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20:01 Sep-07-2021

This is one of the games I plan to get once my VR setup is done. I still love the fact that this game was able to turn around after such a terrible launch.

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19:14 Sep-07-2021

But well deserved

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16:03 Sep-07-2021

I loved the game even when it released, i had like 700 hrs and that was well over 4 years ago. Seeing all of the updates now makes me wanna jump in it again

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18:34 Sep-07-2021

i did enjoy this game on release day but after a week of two id did start to impact my enjoyment with the lack of/cut content. but every big release has been amazing to see and im looking forward to another session soon. i really hope CB2077 gets this level of after sales dedication, but i doubt it same as i doubt hello games would have had the dedication if there wasn't such a massive ho-ha with NMS launch.

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03:54 Sep-08-2021

Holy crap 700 hours? what a madlad, i spent only 2 hours into the game and just couldnt get into it and im not someone thqat gives up with games that easy, it is just seemed too grindy for my taste and want an actual story to accomany the grinding.

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17:42 Sep-08-2021

Yup but my advantage was that until it realeased i didnt know even that the game existed so i couldnt be let down by the downgrade it did have. Overall it was quite fun for me but i stopped as i started to play more and more SP games that i couldnt before

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14:34 Sep-07-2021

Meh, they burned all interest on launch. Such disrespect for consumers -> no interest to buy.

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13:35 Sep-07-2021

I never followed this game since its 2016 launch but that trailer sure looks like a game I want to play. No Man's Sky should have launched in 2019 considering its update history. It released 3 years too early imo.

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10:38 Sep-08-2021

Same. When it was announced and in the makings I was really hyped, because it seemed like a open world 3D version of Starbound (which I played a lot at the time). Upon release, it was quite bad according to reviews and such and I lost interest. Never came back to it and seeing this trailer, the art style feels different from what I remember and it's just not so appealing anymore.

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