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No Man’s Sky: Space Exploration at its Finest
The universe has no boundaries. You never know what lies out there because of its sheer size. And if you think about it, it's hard to fathom just how far and wide it can reach. But our desire to explore the unreachable has been the goal of us mere humans. Although technology has progressed rapidly, its limitations still bind us here on Earth. Luckily, the computer age has come upon us to bring games like No Man’s Sky, helping us get a glimpse of what lies beyond the universe as we know it.
No Man’s Sky has enjoyed immense success since its release. With upcoming updates to boost its gameplay, it continues to gain more players in the community. If No Man’s Sky answers the call of your curiosity regarding the hidden secrets of the universe, then here are similar games that you might fancy.
Games Similar to No Man’s Sky
- Mass Effect Series
- Star Ocean Series
- Osiris: New Dawn
- Elite Dangerous
- Rebel Galaxy
- Empyrion: Galactic Survival
- Planet Explorers
Release Date: December 16, 2016
If traveling into vast galaxies and planet exploration is right up your alley, then Astroneer should be on top of your list. Just like No Man’s Sky, Astroneer works like a sandbox adventure game where you play as an Astroneer living during the "age of intergalactic discovery" in the 25th Century.
The game starts with you crash landing on a strange new planet while traversing the universe. You need to survive by adapting to the new environment and repair your ship with the resources in this world. Once you have completed the repairs, the game allows you to travel to and explore new planets. Each planet you land on has secrets to unlock. You have to uncover them by digging down through the planet's core and discovering the mysteries hidden underneath.
2. Mass Effect Series
Release Date: November 16, 2007
The Mass Effect Series has accumulated many awards, including the coveted Game of the Year in 2011. You need to buckle up for this one because it will take you on an incredible journey beyond the stars. BioWare's masterpiece game shows Commander John Shepard's space adventures and his quest to save the universe against the evil collectors.
Both Mass Effect and No Man’s Sky focuses on survival. Mass Effect, though, concentrates on the human race's survival while No Man’s Sky tackles how to survive on different planets. Despite this primary difference, expect action-packed gameplay that will leave you wanting to finish one game after another until you complete the series.
3. Star Ocean Series
Release Date: July 19, 1996
If you want to play a JRPG outer-space-themed game, then the Star Ocean games tick all the boxes. A total of seven games have been released, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
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Star Ocean uses a real-time battle system, which stands as the norm for most JRPG games today. You can control one of the seven main characters of the story and switch among them anytime you want for flexibility. The storyline in this game can be pretty immersive, so do not miss out on this wonderful space adventure.
4. Osiris: New Dawn
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Osiris: New Dawn offers a new feature that No Man’s Sky cannot - a multiplayer experience. So, imagine a No Man’s Sky playthrough with your friends exploring with you. That's what Osiris: New Dawn gives you right off the bat.
Not only do you have to build new spacecraft and explore planets, but you will also encounter creatures to either fight or tame and new technologies to research. This game is best suited to players who love to grind for long hours.
5. Elite Dangerous
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Elite Dangerous shares plenty of similarities with No Man’s Sky when it comes to being a space exploration game. The only difference you will notice between the two lies in the exploration mechanics. You can land on some planets in Elite Dangerous, but you can't explore them like in No Man’s Sky. Being on your customizable ship is the only way to explore this expansive world.
With 400 billion star systems to traverse, you still feel the excitement of space exploration, even on a limited scale. You start out with a small-scale ship that you will use to travel wherever you want to explore. To upgrade your ship for further travel, you have to complete challenges and bounties. You need to note that if you want to play with other players, you need to go online for a better experience.
6. Rebel Galaxy
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Space exploration with a colossal destroyer ship is the focal point of Rebel Galaxy. As you explore into the deep unknown, be prepared to encounter aliens and space pirates. Also, you need to unwrap anomalies and make your way through asteroids throughout the galaxy.
Another standout feature in this game is the ship battles that give you the chance to destroy space pirate ships at will. This game's beauty lies in the freedom for you to decide how you want the story to end. You can either play throughout the main story or finish the side quests available that can affect your adventure's ending.
Release Date: May 26, 2017
When you want your space explorations to be filled with more action and less exploration, then Everspace may prove to be the perfect alternative for you. With monstrous elements, traveling to the underbellies of space might spell your doom, and once you die in the game, you start with what you have gained from your last save point.
Upon gaining experience from all the battles and travels, you will unlock new places to do combat and exploration once again. You will also encounter various characters that would give you numerous challenges adding a new layer of excitement to the game. Although it is not as open-ended as No Man’s Sky, the sense of progression and scope of possibilities give it its longevity.
8. Empyrion: Galactic Survival
Release Date: August 5, 2015
You can add Empyrion to the list of massive space exploration games you can play that resembles No Man’s Sky. You can freely traverse across planets and discover unearthly species with different kinds of plants and animals. You set off as the commander and only survivor of a large ship that crashes on a remote planet in the Andromeda Galaxy.
Just like any sandbox adventure game, you can design your own ship as well as space stations on any planet you arrive at. Crafting here serves as an essential feature because you will be gathering resources through this method. A lot of hidden planets can still be discovered in the game, and even new universes can be explored as well.
9. Planet Explorers
Release Date: November 8, 2016
A game that gives you all the freedom you need to play on your own terms, Planet Explorer consists of several modes that change the gameplay in more ways than one. You can play on building mode, focusing purely on building space items and creating stellar space architectural designs. You can also go through the main story mode that tackles the main story or even finish random side quests in adventure mode.
Release Date: July 28, 2014
An indie space exploration game, Rodina doesn't disappoint when it comes to being compared with No Man’s Sky. The game revolves around the size of individual planets instead of the scale of the universe. You can even explore big lumps of rocks in this game.
Exploration is not the only focus, however. Enemy units from other planets can attack you once you enter their space orbit. This makes the game challenging because you have to survive these alien attacks to conquer the planet you want to explore.