The planets in No Man's Sky are so vast that one player has spent 30 hours adventuring on his starter planet. It's amazing. Meet Kahbaatangs:
Discovered by 27-year-old gamer Jorgen Fernandez, Kahbaatangs is a mostly barren desert with a 24 hour rain cycle.
"The worst thing about my planet was the lifelessness and lack of diversity a desert planet inherently has," Fernandez said. Frankly, it's the sort of planet that most players would run away from as soon as they could, but Fernandez took it as a challenge anyway.
"Luckily it wasn't an extreme environment planet," Fernandez said. "The sentinels on the planet are low security so I didn't have to deal with them much."
Kahbaatangs technically has a day/night cycle, but mostly, it's just varying intensities of green depending on the time.
Specifically, Fernandez explored his initial planet so thoroughly because he felt motivated to beat No Man's Sky's cumbersome and annoying inventory limits right from the start of the game, before exploring the rest of the galaxy.
"It all started when I looted a couple of trade commodities and was quickly running out of inventory slots," Fernandez explained. "Strapped for slots, I finally found a vendor I could offload all my stuff. Then after taking off I found a drop pod not too far from the vendor. Curiously, I inspected it and found that I could buy more exo suit slots (and could afford it).
"Upon taking off I found another drop pod and bought up another slot. Then I started stumbling into outposts that eventually lead me to crashed ships/new multitools. Fed up with always not having space in my inventory, I made it my mission to track down all the drop pod, crashed ships and multitool vendors I could find. One thing lead to another and I had realised I was almost done with all the upgrades so I felt the need to max everything out."
Without leaving that initial planet, Fernandez managed to deck everything he owned out using Kahbaatangs's plentiful gold deposits:
Along the way, Fernandez also set out to find all the plants and animals on Kahbaatangs. "The fauna seems to be your run of the mill hopping blob/mushroom creatures, some flying creatures, giant roided out deer looking things and quadrupedal cat-like creatures with glowy bits."
Here's a taste:
In a woe that must be familiar to many ambitious No Man's Sky players, Fernandez is still searching for that one last life form to complete his planetary records for Kahbaatangs. It's absurd to think one could spend dozens of hours on a single planet, but this far in, Kahbaatangs still finds small ways to surprise Fernandez.
"The coolest [moment] was about 15 hours in I ran up to a giant pillar of what I thought was going to be Heridium and to my joy turned out to be Nickel," Fernandez. "My eyes were bugging out of my head. I honestly thought I had seen absolutely everything this planet had to offer and was pleasantly surprised."
Beyond maxing out all of his slots, the hours Fernandez has spent in Kahbaatangs have paid off linguistically, too. "I'm 100 per cent fluent in Gek," Fernandez boasts.
Eventually, Fernandez will leave his starter planet — but he doesn't plan on surveying other locales as closely as he did Kahbaatangs. Instead, Fernandez wants to just enjoy gathering resources and seeing what else No Man's Sky has to offer.
"I did enjoy my time [on Kahbaatangs]... one thing is for sure, I can't wait to leave and explore the rest of the galaxy."