Comparisons is an occasional series of posts looking at links and contrasts between specific games. Contains spoilers for both Miasmata and No Man's Sky.
No Man's Sky and Miasmata are both niche games featuring exploration, cataloguing species and crafting products from collected resources. Beyond that, their approaches are radically different. Where No Man's Sky is huge beyond my ability to conceptualise it, Miasmata is contained to a single island. Where Miasmata is about mapping and growing to understand a place, NMS embraces a more nomadic existence.
But there's value in comparing these two exploration games. Perhaps the most compelling difference between NMS and Miasmata is whether focus is directed inwards or outwards.