It’s not exactly controversial to say No Man’s Sky had a rough landing. But five years of free, massive updates later, the game’s Steam reviews finally reflect what the objectively correct among us have been saying all along—that No Man’s Sky is good, actually.
While we’d hate to admit it, the small Steam reviews tag can have a huge impact on your first impression of a game. But after years of sitting with “Mixed” overall reviews, Hello Games founder Sean Murray yesterday shared the news that No Man’s Sky had finally crossed the threshold into “Mostly Positive”, meaning that at least 70% of Steam reviews rated the game positively.
To be clear, No Man’s Sky has been viewed relatively highly for some time. The game’s recent reviews sit at Very Positive following the launch of settlement management update Frontiers, though sentiment took the biggest turn when Hello finally added multiplayer back in 2018.
But it’s hard to understand just how hostile the response to No Man’s Sky was at launch, the developer assaulted with accusations that it had deceived fans with a grossly unfinished game. That reputation stuck with the game for years, as evident in it taking a full half-decade for the game to reach a positive consensus despite years of massive updates that fundamentally reimagined what No Man’s Sky could be.
That said, it’s also a little bittersweet for those of us who fell in love with what No Man’s Sky was at launch—a lonely, meditative experience where every sight felt truly your own. I’m glad No Man’s Sky found the audience it deserved, it just stings a little that the game had to utterly reinvent itself as a live, settlement-building social sandbox in the process.