Should I drop $60 on No Man's Sky?
If you're put off by heavy item management, the grind of finding resources, or the idea of a sandbox game with minimal oversight or direction, then No Man's Sky is not what you're looking for. The constant temptation of the unknown, the fact that the next planet you blast into might hold something amazing, previously unseen, or totally tantalizing, is the only hook. There are hundreds of games that'll give you more moment-to-moment action, cinematic storytelling, or a structured campaign than No Man's Sky.
On the other hand, if your palms sweat at the idea of having your own universe to discover, catalog, and savor, then sign right up: No Man's Sky does space travel like no other game before it. Even from early hours of play, I can see enough here to keep die-hards engaged for ages. It feels a bit like "space Minecraft" on a much grander scale, and the early busywork is starting to seem like it gradually gives way to more consistently exciting experiences later on.
Fingers crossed, at least.