No Man's Sky 'completed' in 30 hours by fan who paid $2K for leaked copy

He reached the center of the galaxy, but he said he still has more he wants to do.


No Man's Sky is still more than a week from launch on PlayStation 4 (a bit longer on PC), and already someone has made it to the center of the game's massive galaxy. Of course, this someone is the redditor that dropped $2,000 on a leaked copy of the game.

In a thread full of spoilers on reddit (which has since been locked), user daymeeuhn says it took him about 30 hours to get to the center, without so much as a trophy to mark the accomplishment. He said he did not intentionally do a speedrun to the center, nor cheat his way there. "I have done A LOT of what the game has to offer. I actually intentionally took time out of my warp jumping over the course of going to the middle to explore planets to break up the monotony of it. This does not mean I have done all of the major events, however."

He did find an item that can be sold for a lot of money in-game, which he then used to purchase ship upgrades to speed up his travels. He found - and sold - the item several times, making sure to note that it was not an exploit, but something that is specifically in the game and designed to be found and sold. He also found lots of free fuel.

Daymeeuhn said the game has several bugs that he hopes are fixed before release.

Hello Games boss Sean Murray has asked fans to stay away from anything Daymeeuhn has posted regarding the leaked copy so they don;t spoil the game for themselves. Reaction from those who posted in the reddit thread have been mixed between disappointment and renewed enthusiasm for the game.

No man's Sky is slated for an August 9 release on PS4 and August 12 on PC. 

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    August 1, 2016 8:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, No Man's Sky 'completed' in 30 hours by fan who paid $2K for leaked copy

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      August 1, 2016 8:58 AM

      After reading that,I don't know how anyone that was actually excited for this game didn't die just a little bit inside.

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        August 1, 2016 9:01 AM


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          August 1, 2016 10:03 AM

          Same here! Still looking forward to playing it.

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          August 1, 2016 11:27 AM

          Exactly, think of it like Elder Scrolls games, I never ever finish the main quest but dump 100 hours into exploring.

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            August 1, 2016 1:04 PM

            Totally this ^^^ and that is how I played Skyrim as well, so many other cool things to do.

            I am sure the game will be awesome I am not worried what so ever.

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            August 1, 2016 2:36 PM

            Yup, thats where the true joys come from

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        August 1, 2016 9:06 AM

        The game has a Minecraft vibe to it, where it's not about completing a singular objective.

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          August 1, 2016 9:11 AM

          It doesn't seem like you can really build anything other than upgrades for your laser and ship.

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            August 1, 2016 9:21 AM

            It seems to be way more about exploration than building. Which I'm more than ok with.

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        August 1, 2016 9:29 AM

        Watching this guy's video made me very excited about the game.

        "Completed" is not accurate in this headline. You cannot complete No Man's Sky. You literally cannot, if we're talking about "exploring all the planets" as completing it. In terms of content like that, NMS is functionally infinite from a player's point of view.

        Who knows what will happen when you get to the center of the galaxy, but the main point of the game is still all about exploring planets.

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          August 1, 2016 9:38 AM

          That's why I put completed in quotes. The stated goal has been to get to the center of the galaxy, which he did, but he said he still wants to do more.

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        August 1, 2016 10:39 AM

        Doesn't bother me.

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        August 1, 2016 10:54 AM

        Explain your logic. Do you understand context and what this game is?

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      August 1, 2016 9:06 AM

      I watched an hour or so of streams. Maybe it was the guy playing buy it looked worryingly shallow. An outpost was just one or two variations on spore looking buildings, each one only had one npc sitting static inside.

      He picked a few flowers and warped to the next planet and picked a few flowers there.

      The random geometry of the planets looked cool, but he only covered 20 ft of each one.

      Its got infinite depth in the same way going over your carpet with a magnifying glass has infinite depth.

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        August 1, 2016 9:34 AM

        Keep in mind that you saw 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% of 1%....etc of the planets in this game. Who knows how varied it gets in solar systems vast distances away from each other

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          August 1, 2016 9:38 AM

          Yeah it was only a very small slice, I'm hoping it reveals more later on. Flying around looked a bit annoying though, point and warp. It's my least favorite part of elite dangerous.

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            August 1, 2016 9:48 AM

            Oh yeah the fov looks abysmal. At first I thought he was permanently zoomed in. It's worse than halo.

            Really hoping that is fixed on pc

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          August 1, 2016 2:25 PM

          Well lets hope it doesn't fall into Minecraft territory, where the worlds are ENORMOUS, but one you've seen a good section of one world, you've pretty much seen them all, procedural or not.

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      August 1, 2016 9:07 AM

      What's the comparison for this, though? You can "beat" Diablo 3 and RoS in under 10 hours playing solo. That doesn't mean that's all the game has to offer.

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        August 1, 2016 9:14 AM

        Those are 2 very different kind of games. One could argue that once you get to level 70 in diablo3, the game is just beginning.

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      August 1, 2016 10:01 AM

      Good, I barely have 30hrs

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      August 1, 2016 10:38 AM

      leaked: To become publicly known through a breach of secrecy: The news has leaked.

      has the definition of "leaked" copy been changed? I see this all the time now, I thought a leaked copy was a pirated/stolen version of something, I take it that's not what it means?

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      August 1, 2016 10:47 AM

      re: the Minecraft comparison

      My favorite thing about Minecraft wasn't building amazing towers or bases. I loved setting up a small area for food production and getting ready for caving. I would meticulously explore all of the caves / abandoned mineshafts radiating out from my central little base. Then strip mining below my base for all of the diamonds.

      This game looks like it's going to really scratch that exploration and mining bug for me.

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      August 1, 2016 12:33 PM

      Can't wait to play No Man's Sky, my body is ready, it looks really good.

      I will never understand the negativity toward this game.

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      August 1, 2016 1:40 PM

      6gb/30hour. Not enough gb per hour!

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      August 1, 2016 1:58 PM

      So, at $60 its a steal, right? ;)

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