No Man's Sky became an internet obsession in 2013, when the space simulation's creators promised the ability to explore an endless universe, much like our own. The tease looked spectacular enough that would-be space cowboys like me obsessively checked status updates. Following delays and ever-building hype, the dream is finally a reality: No Man's Sky is now out on PlayStation 4, with a PC release due Friday, August 12th.
For all the excitement over the game, there's also confusion: what does one do in No Man's Sky? After playing for six hours on the day of the PS4 release, I have a few ideas. If you're thinking about grabbing this long-awaited indie opus, here's what you need to know going into it.