Best No Man’s Sky mods (and how to install them)

Best No Man's Sky mods

Battling a disappointing launch and backlash, No Man’s Sky (NMS) fought back from the brink to become the game it was originally announced to be. Now a completely unique adventure through space that allows players to explore planets at their leisure, the game has once again captured the attention of gamers around the world. However, not all headaches or glitches have been removed from the game. To fix it and improve the No Man’s Sky experience, here are some of the best mods for No Man’s Sky.

Some of the best No Man’s Sky mods

Some of the best No Man's Sky mods

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Reduced launch cost

From new players to seasoned planet explorers, every NMS player faces a crippling energy cost to launch their ship. The reduced casting cost mod was created specifically to counter this heavy burden, allowing the player to set their own casting cost between ten and five percent and even allowing that cost to be zero.

Quick Actions

Although taking measurements within the NMS does not come with a heavy energy investment like launching, they do come with a tedious time investment. Many actions, even simple ones like interacting with NPCs, take seconds to perform. At first it seems silly, but when every action takes a second or two, it can start to wear on players. Enter the Fast Actions mod, which offers both fast action and instant action options that provide a smoother and faster experience for space travelers.

 

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A better planet generation

And when said space travelers land on the planets in the game, they can find similar patterns between them, such as similar life, minerals, aesthetics, and general look. It can get the same and boring over time, but the Better Planet Generation mod seeks to fix that. It does that to a large extent as well, adding over 400 new environments to the game as well as a new biome. The mod also increases the spawn rate of objects in environments so that empty space is reduced, making each planet a completely unique experience.

LowFlight

An unfortunate feature of ship travel in NMS is the height restrictions placed on the player’s ship. Rather than a height limit dictating the maximum height, the game prevents the ship from flying close to the ground. The LowFlight mod allows the player to modify or even remove this limit entirely, allowing observation and fast travel without being too far to see anything. Additionally, it frees up some ship maneuverability and allows the player to fly underwater as if in a Subnautica submarine.

Better rewards

For many, the start of the NMS can be quite difficult to obtain resources and learn new languages. This is largely due to the game’s reward system which doesn’t offer much help to the player to progress. Enter the Better Rewards mod to dramatically increase the rewards players get from Learning Sources, Environments, and Frigate Expeditions. These boosts range from double the original value to more than ten times the original value, making the game much easier for players.

How to install mods

The above mods and many more can be found on Nexus Mods, a site dedicated to providing mods for gamers. To install these mods, go to the No Man’s Sky Nexus – Mods and Community site (nexusmods.com). Then find and click on the mod you want to install. Each mod usually leaves instructions for installing it, but for those who don’t, here are some instructions:

  • Locate the No Man’s Sky folder and find the GAMEDATA folder.
  • In GAMEDATA, find PCBANKS.
  • Find the DISABLEMODS.TXT file in PCBANKS.
  • Delete the DISABLEMODS.TXT file.
  • Create a new folder named MODS to house the mod in PCBANKS.
  • Unzip the mod and move the desired .pak file of the mod to the new folder.

Once you’ve completed these steps, the mod should be ready for you to enjoy!

For more information on No Man’s Sky, check out How to Find the Best Planets in No Man’s Sky and No Man’s Sky: How to Get Activated Copper on Pro Game Guides.