3. No Man’s Sky
But some have criticized the game’s ambitious “open universe” gameplay, comparing the game to designer Will Wright’s Spore, which was a video game flop back in 2008. Spore, like No Man’s Sky, attempted to simulate an entire universe, focusing on the evolution of life from simple organisms to humans capable of space exploration. That game turned out to be a disappointment, so here’s hoping that developer Hello Games can get No Man’s Sky open-ended formula right and produce an engaging game when it’s released next year.
Release date: June 2016. Available on PS4 and PC.