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Fallen Earth: Front-Runner for the Sandbox Crown

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In our latest review at MMORPG.com, we take a look at the post apocalyptic world of Fallen Earth. Read on to find out why it's said in the review that Fallen Earth is the "front runner for the Sandbox Crown". Be sure to leave us a comment or two when you're finished reading!

It is always nice to find communities within MMORPGs, and Fallen Earth boasts a helpful and active population. The "Help" chat channel is always buzzing with Q&A, and veteran players will, in my experience, stop and give a helping hand to those in need. The addition of the F2P has also brought with it a bounty of new players, each as confused as the other, so fumbling through those opening stages will never be lonely. With an active YouTube fan base, as well as a number of guides, the community of Fallen Earth is if nothing else, productive, helpful, and engaging.

Read more of Adam Tingle's Fallen Earth: Front-Runner for the Sandbox Crown.


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  • NaowutNaowut MusselkanaalPosts: 647Member Uncommon

    -.-''

  • XzenXzen Los Alamos, NMPosts: 2,607Member Common

    Really? Is it going to take it from EvE?

  • dreamsofwardreamsofwar bangorPosts: 468Member

    Eve is always considered the sandbox, but sandboxes are about freedom. How many people truly feel they have the freedom to do everything in the confines of a spaceship?

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member


    Originally posted by Xzen
    Really? Is it going to take it from EvE?


    Well, anything is possible. FE is more approachable than Eve, and the cost to start playing it is lower. They could easily get more players than Eve, even if they don't get more paying players.

    ** edit **
    Also, it's only two years old. Add a couple years of polish, compared to the slowing development of Eve, and you get Fallen Earth as King (or Queen).

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

  • SupersoupsSupersoups New Orleans, LAPosts: 1,004Member

    Originally posted by Xzen

    Really? Is it going to take it from EvE?

    Let us see it is F2P, easier to get into, a lot more helping and mature community than EVE, players don't quit in frustration after being harrassed, ganked, camped or whatever. You have to take all things into factor and not  just how the game plays itself.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,180Member Uncommon

    Problem with Fallen Earth, it has always faced the question is it really a sandbox.  From my point of view, Eve is far more of a sandbox than Fallen Earth, hence you can't take a crown if you really aren't a true sandbox.

  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 17,934Member Uncommon

    I have my doubts, I think it is likelier that WoDO will take over after Eve tha FE.

    I  might be wrong though, Eve didn't start that well but turned the game around, maybe FE can do it as well.

  • blutigfaustblutigfaust Granite City, ILPosts: 98Member Common

    unless you can terraform and build structures piece by piece in Fallen Earth, I think Xsyon takes lead in 'sandbox'. But thats just my opinion.



     

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  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,966Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Problem with Fallen Earth, it has always faced the question is it really a sandbox.  From my point of view, Eve is far more of a sandbox than Fallen Earth, hence you can't take a crown if you really aren't a true sandbox.

    This.  FE is a true theme-park/sandbox hybrid, but it is far more like WOW than it is UO or even EVE.

    I enjoyed the title, but it has longevity issues which had players leaving in droves at end game (because, there isn't one)

    Maybe its changed since I played it (about a year after it launched) and since its now free to play I might give it another go.

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  • CeridithCeridith Toronto, ONPosts: 2,980Member

    Fallen Earth is not a sandbox MMO. It has some sandbox elements, but it has far more themepark elementals. At best it's a hybrid MMO, but it's by no means a sandbox.

  • Z3R01Z3R01 NYC, NYPosts: 2,426Member

    Fallen earth was too Quest stacky and linear for me. 

    Crafting was good but it doesn't off the freedom of a game like EvE.

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  • jeremyjodesjeremyjodes antioch, ORPosts: 679Member

    Will d/l this now and give it a try. was going to buy it back in the day, but heard bad things.I'm not sure EVE is for certain types of sandbox gamers. it's highly complex. but in truth after a few hours of play i found it lackluster. i think people prefer ground game based sandbox better. Gonna check this out.

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  • DonevDonev Homeville, ARPosts: 143Member

    I never understood why people keep touting that FE has great crafting. 

    You take X amount of Elements and make Y Item. How is that any different from any other game out there? The only difference in FE crafting and WoW crafting, is that there are longer manufacturing times on FE's items. You don't get random stats. You can't really upgrade items. You really can't do much, other than just make Y and Y is always Y no matter if Bob made it or Jim made it, it's still the exact same item.

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  • VeldekarVeldekar Greeneville, TNPosts: 220Member

    I don't agree that FE was ever a sandbox, not by any stretch. It was too quest-heavy and  was level-based. Much too themepark to even call it a hybrid, imo...

     

    Edit: oops, typo.

  • VhalnVhaln Chicago, ILPosts: 3,159Member

    Originally posted by Ceridith

    Fallen Earth is not a sandbox MMO. It has some sandbox elements, but it has far more themepark elementals. At best it's a hybrid MMO, but it's by no means a sandbox.

     

    I agree.  I think it just gets called a sandbox because the genre is so lacking in real sandbox games, like UO and SWG used to be.  Now, there's just EVE, which is very niche, even for a sandbox.

     

    When I want a single-player story, I'll play a single-player game. When I play an MMO, I want a massively multiplayer world.

  • JowenJowen Posts: 326Member

    Now, it has been a long time since I tried out FE but it had some issues that made me favor EVE much more.

    As example, in EVE I can mine Tritanium on my first day that, potentially, will be bought by a five years old veteran for his Titan construction. This allows cash flow from veteran players to rookies and allows the smart player to avoid some of the money grind. I did not like that veteran players had zip interest in anything I could produce or acquire in FE.

    In EVE the Market binds players together both new and old. Did they even get prober market mechanics besides silly auction houses in FE?

  • LashleyLashley NorthumberlandPosts: 587Member

    might try this out

  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon

    Meh, I don't really consider FE a sandbox.  The crafting side of it might be, but the leveling side? Nope.  It's pretty much, do every quest possible to get max points to spend.  The combat is quite lackluster and what else is there to do besides level up, craft and pvp?  

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  • solarinesolarine IstanbulPosts: 1,203Member

    Originally posted by Donev

    I never understood why people keep touting that FE has great crafting. 

    You take X amount of Elements and make Y Item. How is that any different from any other game out there? The only difference in FE crafting and WoW crafting, is that there are longer manufacturing times on FE's items. You don't get random stats. You can't really upgrade items. You really can't do much, other than just make Y and Y is always Y no matter if Bob made it or Jim made it, it's still the exact same item.

    I think it's mostly to do with the fact that what you craft in Fallen Earth is actually useful. In many games, you end up crafting stuff just to level up your crafting. In Fallen Earth (which I haven't played for a long time, I might add, might as well check back to see how it's doing!) most of the stuff I was using was crafted by none other than myself.

     

  • shakermaker0shakermaker0 SheffieldPosts: 194Member

    What is and isn't a sandbox is another debate on to itself.

  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Riverside, RIPosts: 3,265Member Uncommon

    Ya, the term "sandbox" is pretty subjective. I've always enjoyed FE, but to me, it's no sandbox. A game like Wurm Online is what I define to be a sandbox game. FE is more an open world themepark, because areas essentially have level requirements.

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  • CeridithCeridith Toronto, ONPosts: 2,980Member

    Originally posted by shakermaker0

    What is and isn't a sandbox is another debate on to itself.

    When an MMO that isn't really a sandbox MMO is being discussed as potentially being labeled the "best sandbox", then what is and isn't a sadbox becomes relevant.

    At this rate we might as well throw WoW and SWTOR into the race for best sandbox MMO.

  • GruugGruug Chillicothe, ILPosts: 1,311Member Uncommon

    None of this is relevant as this has become a pay to win game. To bad really as I think it had potential.

    Let's party like it is 1863!

  • UnshraUnshra Hanover, MDPosts: 382Member

    Originally posted by dreamsofwar

    Eve is always considered the sandbox, but sandboxes are about freedom. How many people truly feel they have the freedom to do everything in the confines of a spaceship?

    How many people truely feel free doing every thing in the confines of an avatar?

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  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member

    It's a hybrid with good crafting. I.e. it's like SWG. Certainly not a front runner for a "sandbox crown".

     

    UO and EVE are the kings in the genre and that doesn't look like changing for some time. It remains to be seen what happens with Archeage and WoD looks like vaporware at the moment. But these are the only potential "challengers" on the horizon.

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