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Your No Man's Sky Plan!

Don't know how to prepare for No Man's Sky release? Check out this simple plan and enjoy the game to its fullest.

The long-awaited release of No Man’s Sky is upon us. The game will see the light of the day on August 9, 2016. So how do you prepare for such a huge game? This is the question that many players may be asking themselves right now.

Well, there are a few things you can do to fully grasp the moment and enjoy No Man’s Sky in the most productive way. This plan is simple and doesn’t require too many investments. First, you need to make sure that your hardware will be able to handle the game, then stack up nutritious food and drinks for long gaming sessions, and finally, share your discoveries with friends and other people online.

Pre-order and pre-load the game

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If you still haven’t pre-ordered No Man’s Sky, it’s a good idea to do that now. The Playstation Store offers a deal for both digital and physical copies for $59.99, and PC owners can pre-order the game on Steam for $34.99. If you like to collect extra game related items, then go to GameStop to pre-order the Special Limited Edition for $79.99.

But before the disc with the game arrives to your home, you need to learn as much about the game as you can. First, check out the "Everything You Need to Know About No Man’s Sky" and "Sciencing the Shit Out of No Man's Sky Planets" articles at GameSkinny. They will give you a better understanding of what to expect and how to approach the long hours of space exploration more effectively.

Check your hardware

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If you own a console, then there is no need to worry about the compatibility of your hardware with the game. However, if you own a PC, then it’s probably time to check the system requirements.

Now, you need to know that No Man’s Sky doesn’t require an extra strong processor (Core i3 will do just fine) or graphics card, since all the procedurally-generated operations will take place on the game’s server. But your RAM should be up to date and have at least 8 GB.

So, if your PC is weak in the memory department, then it is highly recommended to purchase an additional RAM module to be able to fully enjoy the game’s lush environments.

Prepare for long gaming sessions

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No Man’s Sky is a game that is not meant to be played in short bursts -- it’s designed in such a way that you need to stay with it for at least several hours to be able to find something new and exciting, and thus progress closer to the center of the universe.

So, if you aren’t used to playing games for many long hours, here are a few steps you need to take beforehand:

  • Make sure you have enough drinking water around and keep yourself hydrated at all times.
  • Instead of sugary and caffeinated beverages, drink fresh juices or green tea to keep yourself refreshed.
  • As for snacks, don’t bring any fast food -- it’ll make you drowsy and malnourished. Choose nuts and fruits instead, as they’re full of vitamins.
  • And lastly, keep clean by having paper towels and trash bin nearby.

Take a lot of short breaks

sleepy baby gamer

Playing many hours straight doesn’t mean that you have to force yourself to sit through the entire session. On the contrary, take as many short breaks as you can. For example, do some basic exercises like stretching, or just go outside for 10-15 minutes and breathe some fresh air.

If you start feeling tired, then take a nap or take a shower -- it’ll help you wake up. Your eyes also take a toll for sitting in front of a screen for too long, so have a vial with moisturizing eyedrops. It is also important to keep light in your room -- in this way your eyes won’t get affected by the screen as much.

One more thing. Although the No Man’s Sky OST is very beautiful and haunting, it may induce fatigue after several hours of listening. So prepare some of your favorite music to listen to when you will feel that you’re getting tired of the game’s soundtrack.

Finally, share your discoveries online

The No Man’s Sky community will be huge, so it’s always a good idea to keep things hyped and share your discoveries online.

Beacons in the game are special structures that allow you to save your discoveries on a game’s server, and allow you to give new planets and species your own unique names. Whenever you find something really exciting, don’t forget to post it on your social pages.

The universe of No Man’s Sky has an enormous amount of places to explore, so if you get bored on one planet, you can always take your little ship to the next one and see what’s happening there.

Are you hyped for the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year? Share your thoughts about No Man’s Sky in the comments section.

Published Aug. 8th 2016

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