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No Man's Sky could potentially keep us waiting until 2016 for its official release date! Hello Games seem absolutely swamped with development work and even Sean Murray alluded to the stress he finds himself under at E3 earlier this year. Meanwhile, things are a lot easier for us gamers who are merely waiting for the announcement of a release date. But even then, the wait can be tough.

But if you're hyped for No Man's Sky and are looking for ways to engage your mind with similar concepts, games and phenomenons, we thought we'd throw together a list of ways to keep you busy. We'll start with a list of games that are similar, or utilise procedural generation, then move on to some websites and pages that focus on space exploration and analysis. Seriously - actual space is the best way to get hyped for the potential of No Man's Sky!

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky - Games to Keep You Busy Before Release Date!

Procedural generation is an extraordinary game mechanic. But it has its faults. Every procedurally generated game I've experienced has had movements of either brief or prolonged boredom. After all, you're basically just experiencing math at times. There will undoubtedly be moments of boredom in No Man's Sky, the question is whether Hello Games can make those moments few and far between.

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Best Procedurally Generated Games

Therefore, if you haven't come into contact with procedurally generated games, I suggest you check some out! Therefore you can be prepared for the sensations they evoke. I personally think these are the best procedurally generated games you can get your hands on!

  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - A twisted tale with a wicked sense of humour, Isaac is a fantastic game that demonstrates the awesome power of procedural generation.
  • Rogue Legacy - Rogue Legacy is an indie 2D side-scrolling mash-up of Metroidvania platforming and Rougelike perma-death, as players build up a knight's lineage by exploring the procedurally-generated Castle Hamson.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown - This is one of my favourite games of recent years, and the procedurally generated maps demonstrate the exciting power that this form of creation can have!
  • Eufloria - Kind of an unusual choice, but this is what I believe to be one of the best mobile games ever made. Its procedurally generated challenges will keep you coming back for more as you try to rid the galaxy of a unknown threat.
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Best Games Similar to No Mans Sky

Now, these games aren't exactly similar to No Man's Sky in that they offer a procedurally generated space adventure. But these are probably the best space games out there, and each one will offer unique takes on exploring the final frontier. No Man's Sky will draw some comparisons with some of these masterpieces, its how it expands on their ideas that will determine its success.

  • Homeworld Remastered - The Remastered version of Homeworld comes with two incredibly beautiful games. These are two of the greatest space strategy games ever made and the visuals will drive you crazy. A must buy for those that love space adventures!
  • FTL: Faster Than Light - In this game, the player controls the crew of a single spacecraft, holding critical information to be delivered to an allied fleet eight sectors away, while being pursued by a large rebel fleet. It's so interesting and a lot of fun!
  • Elite Dangerous - Elite has a lot of procedural generation, which can often lead to boredom. Though this space sim is packed with hours of content for you to enjoy, with some awesomely intense space battles. It has a lot in common with No Man's Sky too!
  • Proteus - Players explore an environment in which every creature and plant has a unique musical signature, which results in changes in audio depending on the area. This game is stunning and probably the closest you can get to No Man's Sky, with its procedurally generated layout.
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Astronomy is the Best Way to Prepare for No Mans Sky!

Lastly, I think all of you should check out This site will introduce you to so many of our astronomical discoveries and a ton of ideas that scientists are developing for the future. Staring at a black hole or a planet we never thought we'd see is probably the best way to prepare yourself for No Man's Sky. There will be so many sights to uncover on its release date, most of which we will never see - such is the case with the real universe.

Hopefully this list will help you get through the long wait for [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) and its official release date for the PS4 and PC! Let us know if you can think of something else in the comments and if you like one of the games mentioned above!


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