2016 promises to bring some spectacular space adventures our way, whether it be the return of Bioware's Mass Effect franchise with [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449), or small intimate projects like Astroneer. But there are other adventures to be had on the final frontier that have garnered cosniderable attention.
No Man's Sky, Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous are some of the biggest names in the gaming world right now. Elite Dangerous has been out on PC since 2014, XBOX One since 2015 and is due to receive a PS4 release date (hopefully in 2016). But Star Citizen and No Man's Sky have yet to show us what they've got. But why is it that the smaller indie game has more support than the likes of the enormous Star Citizen?
Why No Man's Sky?
Star Citizen has amassed more money than any other video game in history from crowd funding. The game currently has a whopping 106,000,000 dollars invested into it, hence why we're seeing such stunning graphics, endless scope, and a cast for the campaign that includes Gary Oldman. Insane.
So why is that this video game isn't as talked about as Hello Games' No Man's Sky? What is it that attracts gamers to the ideas behind this Playstation exclusive?
Why Not Elite Dangerous?
Elite Dangerous is a remarkably beautiful game. PC gamers have been able to enjoy it for quite some time, with Xbox owners currently indulging in a more or less complete version of the space sim. If you went through the preview build of Elite Dangerous, you no doubt have a lot more respect for how it currently runs and I'm sure PS4 owners are itching to get there hands on it.
But even though Elite Dangerous shares some similarities with No Man's Sky, it's a very different experience. This game promotes a sense of realism, to the extent where things can become pretty boring (space is massive after all, there's a lot of travelling to be done). But will Star Citizen fix this?
Why Not Star Citizen?
With a massive campaign, an endless universe ahead, procedurally generated planets, tons of ships and an incredible amount of online players to interact with, Star Citizen seems to be the ultimate version of Elite Dangerous and so much more. But even still, gamers maintain that they're far more excited for the adventure that Hello Games have cooking.
No Man's Sky has a lot of similarities with Star Citizen, but it's the differences that have drawn people in, and ultimately led to the game winning Most Anticipated Game of the Year.
What players have referenced about [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) is its sense of imagination. Realism isn't the main goal for Hello Games. This indie title is supposed to be an explorative adventure, one where you interact with the lifeforms you encounter and gather information on the wider galaxy for players to learn about.
It feels more personal, more approachable, not to mention that the game's art style is stunning. So what about you? Are you more excited for No Man's Sky than you are for the likes of Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen? If so, let us know why in the comments!