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List of Sandbox MMOs - Sticky Please

mCalvertmCalvert Tallahassee, FLPosts: 1,283Member

Theres no way to filter for Sandbox type games in the game list, so thought I would start making one. Apologies if there is one somewhere. Maybe the Devs can sticky that one instead.

Whats a sandbox?  Argue about it there... Ill will stick to the obvious ones, but I haven't played every sandbox yet, so feel free to point out what I missed.

 

The List

  • EVE Online
  • Darkfall
  • WURM
  • Perpetuum
  • Ultima Online
  • Anarchy Online
  • Xsyon
  • Mortal Online
  • Ryzom
  • Age of Wushu
  • Entropia
  • Asherons Call
  • Faldon
Edit - since there was some confusion.
 

All obvious sandbox MMORPGs have some things in common:

freedom - the player is given tools and a general nudge in the right the direction to start but can then basically do whatever they want

open world - limited instancing or walls

massive number of players possible in one logical space

role playing - a general lore or story which sets the background

competition of some form

 

If you feel any of these games don't include this, Im happy to remove them. I am most interested in collecting a list of purist sandbox MMORPGs.

 
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  • MaquiameMaquiame Posts: 794Member Uncommon
    Ryzom is arguably better than most games on that list, please add it.

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    Any mmo worth its salt should be like a good prostitute when it comes to its game world- One hell of a faker, and a damn good shaker!

  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,272Member Uncommon

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

     

  • legendsololegendsolo gentPosts: 81Member
  • wowcloneswowclones Los Angeles, CAPosts: 127Member
  • mCalvertmCalvert Tallahassee, FLPosts: 1,283Member
    Originally posted by legendsolo
    there is already a list http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/349518

    Ah well then, 1. mmorpg search box sucks and 2. mods, please sticky THAT thread, although mines a bit more strict I guess. Fallen Earth is not an obvious sandbox. It just has some elements.

  • furbansfurbans Tinbucktwo, IAPosts: 965Member

    Yeah... Perpetuum that is on past life support and where a few Devs are left....

    Mortal Online that has failed to get the Greenlight on Steam or how it has cheated it's customers is buggy/exploitive as hell and the only reason it's not shut down is because spoiled lil rich kid's daddy is paying to keep it running...

  • ariestearieste toronto, ONPosts: 3,308Member Common

    Fallen Earth is missing. 

     

    Also, if you consider AO a sandbox, you can probably consider AoC one too, in terms of being able to build cities, attack other people's cities, etc.  They're both hybrids really.

    "I’d rather work on something with great potential than on fulfilling a promise of mediocrity."

    - Raph Koster

    Tried: AO,EQ,EQ2,DAoC,SWG,AA,SB,HZ,CoX,PS,GA,TR,IV,GnH,EVE, PP,DnL,WAR,MxO,SWG,FE,VG,AoC,DDO,LoTRO,Rift,TOR,Aion,Tera,TSW,GW2,DCUO,CO,STO
    Favourites: AO,SWG,EVE,TR,LoTRO,TSW,EQ2
    Currently Playing: EQ2, Firefall

  • gekkothegreygekkothegrey soddy daisy, TNPosts: 236Member
  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by mCalvert
    Originally posted by legendsolo
    there is already a list http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/349518

    Ah well then, 1. mmorpg search box sucks and 2. mods, please sticky THAT thread, although mines a bit more strict I guess. Fallen Earth is not an obvious sandbox. It just has some elements.

    That thread is just a bunch of ppl arguing about what a sandbox is and the OP almost never comes to the forums to update it.

    This one of course will become just another argument but atleast you're active...for now :P

     

  • dar_es_balatdar_es_balat Oakland, CAPosts: 438Member

    Entropia Universe

     

    Crappy, petty people breed and raise crappy, petty kids.

  • TriadninjaTriadninja Detroit, MIPosts: 111Member
    Divergence Online should be on the list, even though its not out yet.
  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by Triadninja
    Divergence Online should be on the list, even though its not out yet.

    A game that is not even complete and hasn't it's features flesh out should be on this list? Right...

  • legendsololegendsolo gentPosts: 81Member
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    Originally posted by mCalvert
    Originally posted by legendsolo
    there is already a list http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/349518

    Ah well then, 1. mmorpg search box sucks and 2. mods, please sticky THAT thread, although mines a bit more strict I guess. Fallen Earth is not an obvious sandbox. It just has some elements.

    That thread is just a bunch of ppl arguing about what a sandbox is and the OP almost never comes to the forums to update it.

    This one of course will become just another argument but atleast you're active...for now :P

     

    because there is no need to update it? As far as I know there isnt a new one released.

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  • azzamasinazzamasin Butler, OHPosts: 3,066Member Uncommon
    Asheron's Call is missing from the list as well.

    Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!

    Subscription Gaming, especially MMO gaming is a Cash grab bigger then the most P2W cash shop!

    Bring Back Exploration and lengthy progression times. RPG's have always been about the Journey not the destination!!!

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  • SomeHumanSomeHuman Austin, TXPosts: 350Member Uncommon

    Some playable Alphas (terraforming/crafting/multiplayer):

    • StarForge (on STEAM)
    • Planet Explorers (free download, playable)
    • Starmade (free download, playable, multiplayer servers active)
     
    Also a decent listing here for upcoming sandbox games from STEAM: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=135773904

     

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  • azzamasinazzamasin Butler, OHPosts: 3,066Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by nerovipus32
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

     Show me in the definition of where you need to be able to build something to label it a sandbox.  Sandbox means non-linear, open ended gameplay. Period.

    Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!

    Subscription Gaming, especially MMO gaming is a Cash grab bigger then the most P2W cash shop!

    Bring Back Exploration and lengthy progression times. RPG's have always been about the Journey not the destination!!!

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  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by azzamasin
    Originally posted by nerovipus32
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

     Show me in the definition of where you need to be able to build something to label it a sandbox.  Sandbox means non-linear, open ended gameplay. Period.

    That's your definition. In my sandbox I built things...a game without "sand" isn't a sandbox to me.

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,506Member Uncommon

    you are missing ArcheAge and Everqurest Next

    Both have (will have) enough sandbox features to be on the list.

    Also the list should be broken up into AAA and indie as the quality of those games is night and day.

    Seeing wurm/mortal online next to EVE just hurts.

     

  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,473Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by mCalvert
    Originally posted by legendsolo
    there is already a list http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/349518

    Ah well then, 1. mmorpg search box sucks and 2. mods, please sticky THAT thread, although mines a bit more strict I guess. Fallen Earth is not an obvious sandbox. It just has some elements.

     You don't like it so it sucks.  Ok.  The world doesn't really work that way.

  • legendsololegendsolo gentPosts: 81Member
    Originally posted by azzamasin
    Originally posted by nerovipus32
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

     Show me in the definition of where you need to be able to build something to label it a sandbox.  Sandbox means non-linear, open ended gameplay. Period.

    that's how you define 'sandbox'.

    how i see it: you have openworlds and sandboxes. In an open world the player can roam freely through the virtual world and is given freedom in how or when to approach objectives.No invisible walls and loading screens that block you from certain parts of the world.In a sandbox, the player has tools to modify the world themselves and create how they play. openworlds dont necessarily imply a sandbox. For me AoW is a openworld.

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  • DocBrodyDocBrody EldridgePosts: 1,820Member

    World of Darkness

    Black Desert

  • Squeak69Squeak69 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 956Member
    Originally posted by azzamasin
    Originally posted by nerovipus32
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

     Show me in the definition of where you need to be able to build something to label it a sandbox.  Sandbox means non-linear, open ended gameplay. Period.

    so in your term a sandbox is a open world theme park with no content, ok then I have a simple solution for you go play WoW and ignore the content there you go perfect sandbox. tell all your friends.

    F2P may be the way of the future, but ya know they dont make them like they used toimage
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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,506Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by legendsolo
    Originally posted by azzamasin
    Originally posted by nerovipus32
    Originally posted by bcbully

    Age of Wushu. 

     

    add to your list. It's probably the best on the list. if you like people more than space ships 15-20 million worldwide. 

    How exactly is age of wushu a sandbox? You can't build things in that game.

     Show me in the definition of where you need to be able to build something to label it a sandbox.  Sandbox means non-linear, open ended gameplay. Period.

    that's how you define 'sandbox'.

    how i see it: you have openworlds and sandboxes. In an open world the player can roam freely through the virtual world and is given freedom in how or when to approach objectives.No invisible walls and loading screens that block you from certain parts of the world.In a sandbox, the player has tools to modify the world themselves and create how they play. openworlds dont necessarily imply a sandbox. For me AoW is a openworld.

    Excellent way of explaining it - I agree with this 100%.

    I talked to several developers and they agreed the key to sandbox games is that players are given the tools to change the game, the more aspects they can change the more of a sandbox you have.

    a 100% sandbox game is where the player can change EVERY aspect down to physics in zones (being able to turn off gravity for example), nothing is off limits.

    I am not aware if any MMOs that are 100% sandbox games.

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member

    You should probably restrict your list to games that have actually launched. Everyone knows that when you say sandbox ppl go all zealot fan over the game, but until you actually play the game we don't really know it's going to be a "sandbox "

    Neverwinter could of called itself a sandbox. The foundry is a building tool. I wouldn't want to see it on a sandbox list though.

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