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No Man's Sky (2016) is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a rhythm of survival, combat and trading draws you into a space drama of your own making. Choose a home planet and join other players to subdue the wilds of this breathtaking universe.

You can play No Man's Sky in an optional VR mode, with several different options for comfort and movement.

Our examiner, Goran Wallgren, first checked No Man's Sky 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 10 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Creative, Role-Play, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game. You can play online with up to 8 people in your game on consoles and up to 32 players on PC. Of these players, you can play together directly in a party of 4.

Cross-Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players can play together on different systems.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 90 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Disposition as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence against humans that is not shown but is implied, mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human like characters and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. Players can battle other human-like characters in a space suit. Shooting them with energy weapons does not result in obvious harm. When defeated, they fall down in an unrealistic fashion without any injuries shown. While flying through space, players can engage in combat with hostile alien ships. These battles are typical space shooter dogfights, where laser beams are flying all over the screen. However, you do not see those inside the ships harmed. The player can also harm the non-human creatures living on the planets. However, the violence depicted is unrealistic with no physical injuries or blood.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The huge open world is the skill challenge here. You need to have the skill and maturity to explore and find your own fun. Along with this, there is the management of resources, navigation and dealing with other players.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 38-year-olds play this game:


No Man's Sky usually costs £49.99.

No Man's Sky

Steam Store PC £49.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
Switch Store Switch -

No Mans Sky

Steam Store PC £49.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
After its initial release, No Man's Sky: Next and No Man's Sky: Beyond free updates substantially expanded the depth and features of the game. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

Genres: Adventure (Creative, Role-Play, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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