No Man’s Sky Mod Lets You Crash Into Planets

Taken on its own terms, No Man’s Sky can be a relaxing, if somewhat hollow experience. But even I, the sort of person that chin-stroke-y tree admiration simulators were built for, get totally bummed out every time an invisible barrier stops me from ploughing my ship into a planet.

The Lowflight mod by modder Hytek does away with that barrier entirely. With it installed, you can glide as far down as you please. In the noble pursuit of science, I recorded the above video of me ramming my ship’s nose into unforgiving earth like a beetle who’s forgotten how directions work. Check it out.

You can soar between rock formations, trees and caves, and even take a dip in the water. Alternatively, you can fly right into all of those things and die. Freedom is, after all, defined as having the option to do whatever you want, which usually means a lot of stupid shit. Bummer you don’t get a cool explosion for your troubles, but life goes on. Well, kinda.

As you might have noticed, you can’t do much to flora and fauna from your ship. Sorry folks (*cough* Kotaku‘s Kirk Hamilton *cough*), no mining Heridium from the comfort of your cockpit.

I’m still pretty happy this mod exists, though. I don’t know about you, but when I first saw the (in)famous No Man’s Sky demo with the ship taking off and landing on a different planet, the pristine fantasy that blossomed in my mind included hella dodging between rocks, trees and mountains. It also included dick monsters. I was heartbroken, then, to see that the final game only delivered on one of those things.


  • Just spent the last half hour playing around with No Man’s Sky mods. This is among the best of them, along with those for faster actions, silencing the voice over, removing chromatic aberration and a few other graphical enhancements.

    Funnily enough, after applying these mods, I get no stuttering and a constant 60fps. Plus the game looks that much better…

  • There’s really just one thing I want fixed related to skimming the surface of planets… I want to be able to keep my nose pointed down more, or get a beter view of the surroundings.

    I can’t see what’s directly underneath me when flying, but the pop-in is so fucking bad on the PS4 that many resources and waypoints don’t even materalize until they’re nearly directly under you anyway.

    • From the mod description: “LowFlight lets you fly as low to the ground as you want and be able to look in any direction (normally, your ship cannot point downwards when near the ground)”

      Pop-in and screen door effect on land and object generation can also be fixed with mods. Getting it on PS4 may be a bit hard though.

  • Granted, I hear the console and PC experience is SOMEWHAT different, and I haven’t actually TRIED to crash my ship in the paltry seven hours of game time currently under my belt (toddlers, full time job, 12+ hour work days with commute + in-office – not a hella lot time left to eat or do chores let alone game) – but based on my PS4 experience it seems like console has ‘most’ of this mod as ‘native’ (except possibly the crashing part) ?

    I was low(ish)-flying all over my starting planet on Monday night after getting the drives repaired because ? Walking (even with the jetpack) ? Jam that, you’ll never cover the same distance a starship will ! Not sure if I blasted any big Herridium ‘3 Sisters’ (Blue Mountains NSW) type rock formations while I was doing that, mind.

    Guess what I’m saying is on PS4 I can definitely coast above the surface looking for interesting landmarks, its not just ‘space or landing’. I plan on playing tonight, so I’ll totally see if I can make the rustbucket eat dirt or not and report back 😉

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