Dec 20th, 2016

After nearly three months of silence, Hello Games is finally back and working on No Man’s Sky. Unfortunately, the problems the community had with the base game aren’t being addressed and instead the development team has gone forward with their plan to add base-building to the game to try and entice players to remain interested in the game.

Without crucial updates to the way the inventory system works, No Man’s Sky remains as frustrating as ever to play. If you’re like me and you love base building games and you’d like to experience that to its fullest, I recommend you check out the following games before plunging into No Man’s Sky.

At this point, the game still feels like an Early Access title and it’s hard to recommend it when so many better games are available to play. Check out the games on this list and you’ll see what makes them unique versus the hack job that Hello Games is developing for No Man’s Sky.

Rimworld

While Rimworld’s idea isn’t quite original as it takes a lot of inspiration from Dwarf Fortress, it is currently one of the most feature complete versions of a base building or colony management game that you can get and it’s only in alpha. The game’s creator Tynan Sylvester has borrowed the look of Prison Architect to create a space colony simulator that covers just about every aspect of humanity.

Your colonists can produce drugs to help them deal with the bleak survival conditions. You’ll need to research technology like electricity and mechanical defenses to ward off raiders who are hell bent on destroying your newly founded colony. You can trade and become prosperous as you lead your community of space pioneers and in the latest update, you can even create caravans to send around the world to trade and conquer in your name.

The most recent update for the game released today and it’s called Wanderlust. It adds spherical planet generation, so you can see where different factions are around you before you decide where to settle. This can help you avoid trouble if you want to be nestled near friendly factions, but it can also helo you wreak havoc if you build amidst your enemies as you plan to raid their settlements.

ARK: Survival Evolved

For console and PC players who are disappointed in the features found in No Man’s Sky, ARK: Survival Evolved offers a much better base-building experience with the added benefit that you can tame and capture dinosaurs to help you with your tasks.

The only downside to this game is that taming some dinosaurs tends to take a while, so it’s a community effort to keep the larger dinosaurs. You’ll need to play with a group of people in order to reap the most benefits from this game, but for those who do you won’t find another experience like it.

Astroneer

Astroneer is an early access title, but already the game appears to have more going for it than the trainwreck that is No Man’s Sky. It contains some of the same base building promises, but it’s built around drop-in and drop-out co-op play, so you can invite your friends along for the ride. That’s still something that No Man’s Sky is incapable of doing, despite Sean Murray refusing to call No Man’s Sky the single-player game it truly is.

In Astroneer, you can also reshape the terrain to your liking and every other player near you can see the changes you make. You can create your own custom vehicles and modules by snapping components together so you can travel to new planets and moons. This game seems promising and even in this early access mode it has more features than No Man’s Sky did at launch.

Osiris: New Dawn

Out of all the games on this list, Osiris: New Dawn comes closest to what Hello Games wanted to achieve with No Man’s Sky. Players join together to survive on harsh planets as they explore the galaxy and build bases to keep themselves alive to survive and build another day. The resource management system in the game is pretty realistic and while some of the building blueprints take a lot of resources to build, they also grant some pretty big rewards.

The only bad thing the game has going for it is the combat system is a bit clunky, but the two person dev team has been responsive since debuting the game on Steam and they’re continuing to update the game based on player feedback.

Subnautica

You don’t have to leave the planet to find alien life you’ve never encountered before! The world’s oceans are teeming with life we’ve yet to lay eyes on, which is exactly what makes Subnautica so great. It takes place below the waves and players are tasked with surviving in a hostile environment that hasn’t been explored before.

You’ll plunge to the depths of the ocean to gather materials to keep your meager research base sustained and as you continue to build, you’ll be able to acquire new vehicles to help you explore further from your base.

There’s nothing quite so terrifying as not knowing what’s in the water with you as you explore, which is why Subnautica is a must for anyone who loves the survival base-building experience.