No Man’s Sky physics fail

If you’re a physics nut, and you love space and how planets, gravity and the big bang works, do not play No Man’s Sky. The physics deviate so much from what we know about, that if oddities like this annoy you, this definitely will.

When you go to any star system, you will see a star and some planets – and the planets does not even vary all that much in look – not even on the ground. Planets have different colours, including the atmosphere but that’s about it. There’s no icy planets like Europa, no water-only planets like Neptune, neither any volcano active planets like Io nor any lava planets. You will find planets full of fauna and animal life – but unable to find any kind of water. That is just silly. If Hello Games were able to make a basic set of items for an alien species as well as planets and animal life (to avoid meeting non-sensical stuff), they should have thought about this as well.

You won’t be able to fly into the star either – if you travel towards the star, at some point you will be taken out of pulse engine jump and some ships will try to take you down, while some weird interference is going on to imply being close to the star.

Something is amiss from the star systems – there’s no gas giants! There is not even planets with no life, like our own moon! Sean Murrays explanation for this is as a player, you should be able to land on every planet, which isn’t making any sense. Making some planets with a note that you can’t land on them as they’re too hot, has too much gravity or are too toxic and an alarm on your ship if you’re close on them shouldn’t be too hard to implement.

The planets are also way too close to each other compared to what we have observed as a species. Look up on the sky from earth and the only planet you will be able to see as an object and not just some light shining is the moon. And to a degree, our star, the sun. If you stand on the ground in No Man’s Sky and look up, you will see several planets around you and up close too – way closer than our moon. The gravitational pull would simply smash all the planets in the game together in a very short time.

It really feels like Hello Games didn’t even consider asking a physicist, astronomer or even just go online and read about space. While playing I do just forget about all of this and enjoy the game, but if I sit and think about this, it bugs me.

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