ByMichael Mitchell, writer at
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Michael Mitchell

No Man's Sky is out today for the PlayStation 4 and will be out on PC this Friday. It's kind of a huge deal (and has an even huger amount of planets), but it's also special because it lets sci-fi fans become the space captain they've always wanted to be. Naturally, becoming a space captain will mean taking on traits from some of your favorite captains throughout history.

Today, we've taken a hand at characterizing how various space captains might play No Man's Sky.

1. Jean-Luc Picard ('Star Trek: The Next Generation')

"Now, this will put the ship at risk. Quite frankly, we may not survive. But I want you to believe that I am doing this for a greater purpose, and that what is at stake here is more than any of you can possibly imagine. I know you have your doubts about me, about each other, about this ship. All I can say is that although we have only been together for a short time, I know that you are the finest crew in the fleet. And I would trust each of you with my life. So, I am asking you for a leap of faith — and to trust me." — Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Picard would fly his ship steadfast and in search of knowledge. He would constantly seek out new planets in order to better understand alien language and the artifacts left behind. He would probably also be the guy who fills up most of the Atlas database, and then only humblebrags about it when necessary.

2. James T. Kirk ('Star Trek Enterprise')

In all likelihood, 'No Man's Sky' will have these.
In all likelihood, 'No Man's Sky' will have these.

“There are a million things in this universe you can have and there are a million things you can’t have. It’s no fun facing that, but that’s the way things are.” — Captain James T. Kirk

Commander Kirk, however, would be a fighter and a protector. He wouldn't be afraid to engage in star-fleet combat if it meant serving the right cause. Though, when it comes to the Trade aspect of the game, he'd probably try to negotiate and/or flirt with machines and fail miserably due to their advanced programming.

3. Zapp Brannigan ('Futurama')

“One day, a man has everything. Then the next day, he blows up a billion dollar space station. And then the next day, he has nothing. Makes you think.” — Zapp Brannigan

See that black-ish hole-ish thing over there? Zapp Brannigan would fly through asteroid field after asteroid field, having everyone on his friends list to fly into oncoming asteroids just so that he could use that black hole for some sort of "gravity boost" for his ship. And it would be hilariously terrifying.

4. The Doctor ('Doctor Who')

"Stay calm! Just one question... Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?" — The 12th Doctor

The Doctor would put thrusters facing opposite directions on his ship and then activate them all at the same time while promising, "This'll totally take us where we want to go!" before then crash landing on a totally different planet than intended.

But it would still be a heck of a lot of fun.

Oh, and there might be dinosaurs on a spaceship.

5. Turanga Leela ('Futurama')


"Burn on that old crew! The only things they did better than us were suck and die!" — Captain Turanga Leela

Leela would focus on the "Trade" aspect of the game and make sure the galactic database was accurate and fair. And if she ever encountered space pirates — you know, pirates, but in space! — she wouldn't back down from a fight.

6. Cooper ('Interstellar')

"Gravity can cross the dimensions, including time." — Cooper

He would be the guy who somehow breaks the game and winds up in weird areas of space the developers never meant for anyone to find. Also, he'd cry at the beauty of the universe probably daily.

Who'd we miss? How would your favorite space captain would play 'No Man's Sky'? Let us know below!


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