No Man's Sky is a game, made by Hello Games. It was first released back in 2016, but has had many updates since then, changing the game almost beyond recognition. All these updates have been free for anyone who has the base game.
It's now available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, macOS, Steam Deck and PC.
I started playing in 2020, and as of 2023, I've mostly stopped. But I played so much, for so long, that I still think of it as my main game. Somewhere over 1,500 hours, in total, and I've played on all platforms it's available on, to varying extents, with Mac being my platform of choice for it these days. On my MacBook Pro M2 Max it runs very nicely with everything on ultra.
These are special time-limited events, where you have a set of objectives to do to complete a series of stages. Most objectives can be done in any order, but often there's some sort of lock - sometimes some objectives are 'encrypted' until you complete a specific one, and sometimes they involve something you won't get until you've got to a certain point.
I've done most of them, and have enjoyed most of them. Gave up entirely on one, partly because it started to feel like a chore, and mainly because I was quite obsessed with Timberborn at the time.
General tips for them:
- You don't have to do the things in order, and sometimes there will be fairly easy ones in later stages with rewards that will be really helpful. But in general, just doing them in order is fine. If you're bad at combat, as I am, just put off any sentinel fights until you've had chance to get more upgrades. Some can take a fair bit of doing if you wait until they come up naturally, but if you've looked ahead and know in advance that you'll need to, for example, talk to 16 life forms, that's very easy to do as you go.
- Starting as soon as the expedition is available isn't the best idea if you want to make it easy, or you're new to the game. After a few days, people have usually made helpful bases for resources you'll need, left comm balls to mark important locations, and there will be YouTube videos with how-to guides and tips. Special mention to Xaine's World, who usually has the most comprehensive and well researched guides, but that does mean they're not usually the first to be available.
- Very recently at the time of writing, expeditions can be started from within your main save, or another save, which also lets you stash some upgrades and materials at the Anomaly to pick up in the expedition. This can be a huge help, but again, it's even more useful if you wait a little to let other people work out what's best to bring along.