Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: 10 helpful tips for beginners

Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: 10 helpful tips for beginners

After what feels like years of waiting, Hello Games developed No Man’s Sky is now available to purchase for both PS4 and PC, allowing users to explore any of the 18 quintillion planets in the NMS universe. While the game can be fairly daunting at the beginning, we’ve been exploring and mining for almost a few days and here we offer some top No Man’s Sky tips and tricks for those just starting out.

 

Step 1 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks

After what feels like years of waiting, Hello Games developed No Man’s Sky is now available to purchase for both PS4 and PC, allowing users to explore any of the 18 quintillion planets in the NMS universe. While the game can be fairly daunting at the beginning, we’ve been exploring and mining for almost a few days and here we offer some top No Man’s Sky tips and tricks for those just starting out. Read next: Best upcoming games of 2016

Top No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Don’t get caught mining

Mining various resources for everything from rocket fuel to suit upgrades is an integral part of No Man’s Sky, and those of you that have played the game will already know that mining/killing animals on any planet will draw the attention of sentinels. The sentinels see you destroying the planet and will attack you with a GTA-style star rating – the higher the rating, the stronger the enemies.

Anyway – you can avoid being attacked fairly easily. When mining, if you see a sentinel near you then simply stop while it scans you, then carry on once it flies off. If it doesn’t catch you in the act, it’ll more than likely leave you alone (unless you’re on a hostile planet, then that’s another story altogether!).

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After what feels like years of waiting, Hello Games developed No Man’s Sky is now available to purchase for both PS4 and PC, allowing users to explore any of the 18 quintillion planets in the NMS universe. While the game can be fairly daunting at the beginning, we’ve been exploring and mining for almost a few days and here we offer some top No Man’s Sky tips and tricks for those just starting out. Read next: Best upcoming games of 2016

Top No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Don’t get caught mining

Mining various resources for everything from rocket fuel to suit upgrades is an integral part of No Man’s Sky, and those of you that have played the game will already know that mining/killing animals on any planet will draw the attention of sentinels. The sentinels see you destroying the planet and will attack you with a GTA-style star rating – the higher the rating, the stronger the enemies.

Anyway – you can avoid being attacked fairly easily. When mining, if you see a sentinel near you then simply stop while it scans you, then carry on once it flies off. If it doesn’t catch you in the act, it’ll more than likely leave you alone (unless you’re on a hostile planet, then that’s another story altogether!).

Step 2 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Know your resources

While the wide variety of elements available in No Man’s Sky can be confusing and frankly a little overwhelming at first, it’s fairly easy to wrap your head around – especially with the more basic elements required to power your suit, ship and multi-tool.

Carbon: One of the most common elements, and can be found on just about any planet so there’s no need to stock up on more than one slot at a time. Plutonium and Thanium9 can also be used as more efficient Carbon replacements for various power-ups, so it’s worth using those instead (if you have enough!).

Plutonium: Plutonium can be scarce depending on the planet that you’re on, and is required to lift off from the ground on any planet (unless lifting off from a launch pad). It’s usually found via red shards that stick out of the ground on planets, and is probably worth keeping a few slots full at any given time.

Thanium9: Thanium9 can be a pain to come across on planets, as it can only be obtained by picking certain plants – however blowing up almost any asteroid in space will provide you with vast amounts of the element. Keep an eye on your levels of Thanium9 and if you’re running low, stop off and mine some before landing on the next planet.

Iron: Oxides like Iron are fairly commonplace too, and are represented with a yellow symbol on your scanner. Oxides are used to power up your ships shields as well as restock various weapons, so it’s probably worth making sure that you’ve got two Oxide slots full at all times in case of attack. It’s also worth noting that Zinc will do a much more efficient job than Iron, etc.

Step 3 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Log and upload all discoveries

Early on in No Man’s Sky you’re prompted to repair the Analysis Visor of your multi-tool, allowing users to scan any new discoveries they come across – both flora and fauna. What the game doesn’t tell you is that these discoveries can be uploaded via the Settings menu with every System discovery earning 5,000u, planet earning 2,000u and animals/plants earning anything from 500u to 2500u each.

It’s a handy resource, especially if you’re just a bit short of an item you want to purchase.

Step 4 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Mine for rare elements

As in any sandbox game, some elements will be rarer and harder to acquire than others, and No Man’s Sky is no different. If you want to make money fast, your best bet is to mine uncommon and rare elements like Gold, Emril and Iridium whenever you come across them and sell them at any marketplace.

Some planets – usually those that have extreme weather conditions – are full of rare resources and we’ve made upwards of 1,000,000u in an hour by mining huge chunks of Emril, allowing us to upgrade to a higher capacity ship, etc.

Step 5 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Buy ships, don’t repair them

While others may tell you that finding crashed ships and repairing them is the smart way to upgrade your ship in No Man’s Sky, we disagree. Fully repairing a crashed ship can take a lot of time and effort and due to the way the game is designed, you’ll only ever really find crashed ships that offer a single slot more than your current ship.

On the other hand, if you’ve mined and accumulated enough money, you can make an offer on any ship that lands at a landing pad. Sure, these can range from 200,000 – 4,000,000u, but will offer huge jumps in storage (we went from 18 slots to 22 slots with one ~700,000u purchase) allowing you to collect more resources that can then be sold or used for future upgrades.

Step 6 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Feed the inhabitants

Okay while this won’t work for aggressive animals on hostile planets, more docile animals can be approached and even fed on many planets. Feeding animals can result in a number of actions, from showing you the location of rare resources to aiding you in battle and even pooing out a valuable resource created from whatever you fed it. It’s purely trial and error, but can often work out well for those willing to try.

Step 7 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Get around faster

While you can both walk and run in No Man’s Sky, it still isn’t very fast to get from point A to point B on foot – unless you try this trick. We’re not sure whether this is a glitch that’ll be fixed in an update or just a happy accident due to the game’s physics, but if you sprint (R3) then meelee (R1) and use your jetpack (X) straight after, you’ll be thrown forward at a much faster rate than running.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but can save your life – especially as the sentinels and wildlife become more powerful.

Step 8 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Don’t forget to save

For those of you that have played games like Fallout 4 in the past, this isn’t new, but it’s worth mentioning that frequent saving in No Man’s Sky is probably a good idea. Got raided with a ship full of atlas stones? Got killed exploring a hostile planet? Glitched inside a rock and cant move?

These are all situations that can be rectified by restoring from a recent save, but the feature is useless unless you’ve saved the game recently. You can save the game by discovering new outposts and every time you exit your ship, and can be restored via the Settings menu.

Step 9 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Save your Atlas Stones

While Atlas Stones fetch a decent amount in the Marketplace, No Man’s Sky finishers have advised against selling the valuable red orbs. We won’t go into much detail about why due to spoilers, but the stones are required for something at the center of the universe, and it’d be much better to arrive with them than having to go and hunt them down afterwards.

Step 10 of 10: Best No Man’s Sky tips and tricks: Take your time and enjoy it

The biggest piece of advice we can give to those of you just getting started in the No Man’s Sky universe is to enjoy it – don’t rush to the center of the galaxy. The game is unimaginably vast with every single planet offering something different – how often is that offered in a game? While we’re not suggesting visiting every planet (that’d take more than one lifetime!), take your time and explore as much as you want in each system you visit.

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