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This is what No Man's Sky combat looks like

No Man's Sky (opens in new tab) is huge, but that still isn't big enough for the two of us, pardner. And by "two of us" I mean the player and the computer-controlled fleets they'll encounter, since the universe is so huge it's unlikely you'll ever encounter another human being out there. But still. Not nearly big enough, as this new "Fight" video from Sony and developer Hello Games demonstrates.

You don't have to shoot every other moving thing you see in the game, but you'll see a lot more of those nifty blaster effects if you do, so… quite a dilemma. If you're more interested in seeing the wonders of the universe than blasting them into charred bits, check out the No Man's Sky Explore video (opens in new tab).

Sony still has two more videos about the "pillars" of No Man's Sky coming in the weeks before launch: one for Trade, and one for Survive. You can put them all together when the game hits PC and PS4 on August 9 in the US and August 10 in the UK.

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.