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No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky: Modding the Stars

Can mods make No Man's Sky into the game you were looking for?

  • Text: Sammy Cooper

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you'll know that Hello Games' massively anticipated universe simulator, No Man's Sky, wasn't quite what people expected or had hoped for. What we saw advertised was a brilliant exploration game with tons of depth and hours of content, but to many, that is not the game we got, and they felt the final product was a shallow husk of what it could've been. It is for this reason that the kind souls at Gamereactor have put something together for you PC users: a list of the best No Man's Sky mods to make your experience as close as possible to the space exploration game we dreamed of.

It's worth noting that these mods are all available on the No Man's Sky section of Nexusmods, and all require you tinkering with the game's files in one way or another, so if you care about your save file it might be worth backing up. Most of the mods on the list also require another mod, NMS Extender, to work, and you can get that mod by clicking right here.

Deep Space v2

Starting off small here, TheEMMETBROWN's Deep Space V2 mod makes some desperately needed graphical changes, and removes some of the questionable effects that were included in the base game. As far as removals go, chromatic aberration, scanlines, depth of field, and vignette have all been kissed goodbye, making the game look much clearer right from the get-go.

This mod also makes various lighting and colour changes to make the game feel much more atmospheric. Space is much darker than before, and doesn't have that weird coloured hue that you get in every system. There have also been tweaks to fog levels, visual noise in the sky on planets, and much more. They are all small changes, but when they come together it makes No Man's Sky a different (and much better) experience.

Deep Space v2 on NMS Nexus

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Fk Inventory Management

One of the biggest problems with No Man's Sky is the inventory management, and many a player would find themselves wrestling with the flawed and needlessly complicated inventory system, that wouldn't allow for easy sorting, and items couldn't be stacked. With Karyogamy's inventory management mod, however, this is a thing of the past.

In a nutshell, this mod allows you to adjust stacking limits for items, elements and equipment, meaning you no longer need to mess around for minutes at a time with the inventory system. If you're tired of having too many warp cells taking up valuable slots in your inventory, this mod is a godsend.

Fk Inventory Management on NMS Nexus

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Busier Space

In the trailers for No Man's Sky, we saw huge battles in space between dozens of ships, and squadrons of ships fly over our heads whilst on the surface, but in the full game this seems nowhere to be found. DeckyDoodles' Busier Space mod makes this a reality, though, bringing us one step closer to the brilliant game we saw advertised.

This mod multiplies ship spawn rates, meaning everywhere you go will be, as the name suggests, busier. As an example, trader spawns have been increased times ten, so those empty looking trading posts and space stations will now be bustling with life everywhere you go. Space battles will also be more intense, with freighters being spawned in groups of up to 15 with equally as many attackers.

Busier Space on NMS Nexus

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Big Things

This mod makes some very small changes but the potential impact in-game is huge - literally. BruceCambel's Big Things mod increases the size of trees, rocks, and plants, giving each planet you visit a much more mysterious and alien feel. The effect this mod has is different with every planet you visit, as on the sparse planets, you'll see the occasional huge tree looming over you, whilst the lush planets look even more wild and overgrown.

Bear in mind that this mod isn't for everyone, and may take some getting used to. There are also likely to be clipping issues as parts of the environment have been changed so dramatically. Those of you whose PC isn't a beast may also see some FPS hits in certain places.

Big Things on NMS Nexus

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