No Man's Sky isn't out for another week but one fan has managed to get hold of a copy early after a shop broke from the set release date. After playing for 30 hours, he claims to have reached the centre of the galaxy – one of the main goals of the game – something that was supposed to take nearing 100 hours of play.
Reddit user Daymeeuhn detailed in a post how he's "reached the center" and "[f]or now, I'll just keep it a secret. I realize it is "the secret" of the game and I'm sure other people will spill the beans for clickbait sooner than later, so fear not fellow spoiler hounds - someone out there will feed your appetite I'm sure."
If you don't want to know anything about No Man's Sky then I'd suggest you stop reading this post.
Just look away. Don't go past the picture of Dale Winton:
Daymeeuhn managed to get to the centre so quickly after he discovered an in-game item that is significantly more valuable than any other. By hunting down and selling these he was able to get the fuel he needed to leap through the galaxy and race to the centre. Daymeeuhn isn't saying much about it other than to say it's not an exploit, but a design choice.
In his race to the centre it sounds, from Daymeeuhn, that he was a little disappointed by No Man's Sky. For instance, he writes that "[t]here was life on every planet. Every single one. But, keep in mind, the life itself varied dramatically - when I found life on the "Fauna: None" planets, it was seriously stupid shit like prairie dogs. I wasn't encountering giant rhinos or anything. I think, although I could be wrong, but I think Sean's "90% of planets are bone dry" comment was in reference to planets LOADED with life. Or they just changed their mind last second - who knows."
Another concern he had was "the claims [that the game] 'gets weirder the closer to the middle you get.'"
"If you're like me," Daymeeuhn continued, " you expected some seriously obvious inclinations that this was happening as you progressed, and for me... I haven't seen much in the way of difference as I went. The only [...] big difference, and honestly the only reason I pushed it so hard, was the weapon crates you saw in the Trade video with the guns for trade improve in quality as you go further in. So, for me, my basic logic was... the sooner I get to the area at the middle, the sooner I have the best multi tool, so why wait?"
Daymeeuhn also had problems with the way your equipment develops on your journey to the centre:
Here's a HUGE gripe for me at the moment. I'm going to list some bugs at the bottom and I'm not sure if this is a bug or not, but holy shit has this been annoying. I've "upgraded" my suit to unlock all available inventory slots possible. I've found and bought what I "think" is a multi tool with the maximum amount of slots available in the game. However, ships HAVE NOT IMPROVED AT ALL throughout the entire course of the game. This is not a joke. I am at the point now where my PERSONAL SUIT has something like 3-4x the total inventory / module slots as my fuckin ship. That seems wrong to me.
He also found some weird and obvious bugs:
Currently, Beam Upgrades for your multi tool seem broken and ass backwards. Upgrades that are supposed to slow down the heat up of your beam, actually speed it up. Upgrades that are supposed to speed up the mining speed of the beam, actually slow it down. Essentially, your STARTING beam is as powerful as it can be, and if you upgrade it with +1 +2 +3 beam upgrade modules it becomes UNUSABLE. This would, in theory, mean that the fully upgraded beam is actually the beam you're supposed to START with, which would mean my early exploration would have gone a LOT slower.
Apparently, the majority of sea life would spawn halfway stuck into the ocean floor, too.
Now, the game is getting a patch either on day one or shortly after release so that may well be set to be fixed.
One criticism that Daymeeuhn has faced is people are claiming he has been skipping out on the game to be the first to the centre. He denies this, saying "[c]ontrary to what a lot of people think, I have done A LOT of what the game has to offer. I actually intentionally took time out of my warp jumping over the course of going to the middle to explore planets to break up the monotony of it. This does not mean I have done all of the major events, however - I am still yet to swim to the bottom of a big ocean. I am still yet to destroy a space station. I definitely still have stuff to do"
With this player being the first fan outside of Hello Games to get a look at the full game, it sounds like the game may not live up to the hype (though, with this much hype, what could?). Though, some of the issues Daymeeuhn has come across may well be fixed shortly after the game is officially released.