There a lot you can say about this game. Most of it is being said already, all over the internet. This was a game that had enormous expectations placed upon it. I am not interested in talking about what is wrong with it. There are plenty of people who will not enjoy this game because it is simply not something everyone will enjoy. I will say this:
When I finally repaired my spaceship and broke through the atmosphere, I was overwhelmed by the shear scope of the space that stretched before me. When I first hit the thrusters and hurtled to another planet, I felt a rush of emotion that I was unprepared for. I wanted to both laugh and cry with joy.
This is because I was taken back to a moment, when I was very young, and I played an Atari 2600 game for the first time called Star Raiders. I barely understood how to play and was too ignorant to know whether the game was good or bad. But I was in awe of the notion of charting a course through outer space and the thrilling and frightening possibility of the unknown. No Man’s Sky fulfills, at last, the promise and wonder of my 6 year old imagination and for that I am truly grateful.