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Starbound is a 2-D sandbox space exploration game.  You start out fleeing the destruction of your home world and end up stranded above a random planet with a broken star ship.  You must beam down to the planet and find the resources needed to repair your ship's systems so you can survive, fight, and explore your way across the galaxy.

This game has been in development for a couple years now.  They are finally getting to the polish phase of development and I believe and hope that the finished version will be coming out soon.

I've been playing Starbound early access since it came out and have put many many hours into the game.

Here are some of it's features:

  • Large galaxy to explore with many stars and lots of planets around them.
  • Many different biomes on each planet on the surface and underground.
  • You start with an upgradable multi-tool for building and mining resources.
  • Your ship is also upgradable to much bigger classes.
  • Some planets and moons require specialized equipment to survive on them.
  • Crops can be grown and harvested for food and bonuses.
  • Great cooking system with many recipes.
  • Lots of crafting recipes for all kinds of items.
  • Questing system for the main story and from random npcs and colonists.
  • Ability to start a colony on a planet and fill it with npcs merchants and guards.
  • You can get crew and capture pets to help you on your journey.
  • Many different races to choose from.
  • Multiplayer support through dedicated or home servers.
  • Many kinds of weapons from swords to lasers.
  • A unique combat system.

I'm sure I missed a couple things, there is a lot to do in Starbound.  Check it out at their Starbound website or on Steam Early Access.

Subnautica is a futuristic openworld underwater survival game.  It's very early development right now but even with what it has it is a fun game to mess around with.  The story so far is your on a scientific mission when the ship your on has a catastrophic failure and it crashlands on an ocean world.  You start out in a life pod with minimal supplies and a fabricator.  From the start you'll have to start gathering food and water, finding salvage, and exploring the mysterious ocean world you are stranded on.  You'll be able to use the fabricator to convert resources for building gear, subs, and underwater habitats.

I've had a lot of fun playing it so far, there are many creatures and lot of different underwater biomes.  I can't wait to see what the finished game is going to be like.

If your interested check it out on steam early access right now.

Can't wait to play this game, it takes space exploration to a whole new level from what I have seen so far.  Everything in the game ships, animals, planets, galaxies, the universe, space stations, and whatever else there might be is procedurally generated.  Videos I have seen of the universe that it generates are mind boggling. 

The universe has 18 Quintilian planets in it.  The developer says it would take 500 billion real years to just take 1 second to look at each planet.

From what I've seen of it so far No Man's Sky is an open universe survival game.  You start out on a planet at the edge of the universe with just your suit and a multi tool. You have no real goals in the game just the ones you chose to do for yourself.

You could:

  • Explore the planet and discover all the different creatures or points of interest on it.
  • Jump in your ship and explore the whole solar system and see what other planets are there.
  • Collect resources to trade with the station or outposts in the system or to upgrade your gear and ship.
  • Be a pirate and hunt down cargo ships.
  • Hunt pirates.
  • Search each planet for blueprints and information on the alien races you can interact with.
  • Get a ship that has a jump drive and start exploring other solar systems.
  • Start mining the asteroids in the system for resources instead of getting them on the planet.
  • Pick some other goal that I haven't thought of.

My planned goal is to get to the center of the universe and see what is there, but I won't do it in a hurry.  I want to explore planets and get my gear and ship as upgraded as much as possible along the way.

There is also multiplayer in the game but I'm not sure if we'll ever be able to see each other or just what we have done in the universe.  I know that it will have an online and offline universe.  People in the online universe will be able to see the names of the systems, planets, and creatures you have named and if you leave a big enough mark on a place they'll see that too.  I thought about carving my initials into a moon with my multi tool, not sure how long that would take to make it visible from the sky though.  The planets are really big and if you traveled around one on foot it can take a few real days maybe longer.

 No Man's Sky is set for release in June 2016.