No Man's Sky is finished! We're nearing our 50th article on the game since it was announced all the way back in December 2013. In case you can't remember those halcyon days: the PlayStation 4 had only just released, Geoff Keighley still produced award ceremonies for Spike TV, and Britain was still in the EU. Too soon?

Anyway, the point is that it's been a long time coming – but on 9th August, we'll finally have the intergalactic outing in our hands. There's only one question left to ask, then: will it live up to the hype? Hello Games knows that it's got something big on its hands, but expectations have got a little out of hand, so where do you stand on this debate?

Being one of the few people on the planet that's actually played this game – not bragging, honest – this author still can't answer that question. It's definitely as vast and seamless as trailers have suggested, but it appears even more free-form than many may be expecting; this is the kind of title where you may need to make your own fun.

But it's not like these non-linear experiences are unpopular – Minecraft is the biggest game on the planet right now, and it more or less leaves you to get on with it. Perhaps the developer and platform holder could have done a better job calibrating expectations, but gamers are equally guilty for letting their enthusiasm get the better of them.

It's going to be really interesting to see how things shake out. Given that the development cycle has been so long and so public, a lot of our interest here at Push Square Towers is purely academic: how will the game be received? Will it have staying power? And what's the next step for Hello Games? If nothing else, it's going to be a fascinating few weeks.

Do you think that No Man's Sky will live up to the hype? What kind of review scores are you expecting? Have you pre-ordered the title, or are you sitting tight for the time being? Enter a different solar system in the comments section below.

Will No Man's Sky live up to the hype? (127 votes)

  1. Of course it bloody will31%
  2. I have no idea36%
  3. It has no chance at all33%

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