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This just-released PC game could be bigger than 'Minecraft'

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This just-released PC game could be bigger than 'Minecraft'

Welcome to "No Man's Sky," which boasts an insane 18 quintillion planets to explore.

The long-hyped game has finally arrived for PC. If you're not familiar with it, think "Minecraft" -- seemingly endless levels of sparseness and exploration, but in space.

No Man's Sky Gameplay | PLANETS, TRADING, RESOURCES... SPACE! Let's Play Part 1 (PS4)

NMS gameplay

Here's a good, long look at what you can expect in the game:

Discovering and exploring new alien planets, discovering weird, computer-generated species, and fighting off robots that don't like when you take too many natural resources.

18 quintillion planets

The Minecraft comparisons have been talked about since the game's announcement. But The Atlantic pointed out that "Minecraft" started off rather humbly, while "No Man's Sky" has faced tremendous expectations since it was first revealed.

Also, both games rely on a technique called "procedural generation." Essentially, a computer algorithm semi-randomly generates a world. The difference between "No Man's Sky" and "Minecraft" is the former's procedural generation makes 18 quintillion planets and ecosystems, instead of just one. 

Despite criticisms from leaked buggy versions of the game,   the hype continues to grow.

This comparison might be a little bit on the nose.

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