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Looking for a sandbox game....

TokkenTokken Portland, ORPosts: 1,153Member Uncommon

Can anyone help...... Looking for a sandbox game to play that has a decent population. Any recommendations?

Is there any up and coming sandbox games that will be out for 2012? TERA? ArchAge?

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  • Kuro1nKuro1n GothenburgPosts: 771Member

    Closest healthy one is EVE, coming is hopefully ArcheAge...

  • NizurNizur Austin, TXPosts: 1,417Member

    Define "decent population". EVE has the largest out of the sandboxes I've tried. Other good games that had smaller populations would be Darkfall and Ryzom.

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  • GTwanderGTwander San Diego, CAPosts: 6,035Member

    What kind of sandbox?

    Sci-fi or fantasy? Traditional EQ combat or something else? Does combat really matter for you?

    Very important questions.

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  • HomergdogHomergdog Dallas, TXPosts: 94Member

    I'm a big fan of EQ and FFXI, both sandboxish, and each has a decent population. 

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  • Scooch25Scooch25 Rosemount, MNPosts: 105Member

    Originally posted by Homergdog

    I'm a big fan of EQ and FFXI, both sandboxish, and each has a decent population. 

    Obvious troll.

     

    Minecraft is a good.

  • mentalnekomentalneko Pevely, MOPosts: 18Member

    Wakfu, it isn't the best sand box out there, and I'd argue it isn't much of one at all almost a hybrid. But it has a lot going for it, like a political system and ecosystem, as well as a different combat style. It's worth a look at the very least.

  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member

    EVE, Glitch, and RuneScape are the only sandboxes that would satisfy one looking for a population IMO.

    Not that the others are bad games, but they're pretty barren compared to the 3 above and the normal themepark game.

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,757Member Uncommon

    as of now i havent seen a sandbox mmo worthy of my time. I had hopes for Dawntide, but i think they closed it down to "re-make" the game or so i heard. And to the OP, u mentioned TERA, i may be wrong but i think tera is themepark.

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  • lalartulalartu SeoulPosts: 444Member

    best P2P:

    Eve Online -> solid population, lots to do, 15$/month. my only beef with this game is that it takes weeks to train higher level skills and sometimes you'll be just wasting time doing nothing waiting for them to finish training.

    Wurm Online -> most complex fantasy world, modifiable terrain, everything is player built, 7$/month (has free server too though, but with limitations). things take days/week to build, but the feeling of reward is amazing

     

    best F2P:

    Haven and Hearth -> Ultima Online graphics, but everything can be built. More of a hermit survivor game than an MMO though, but still lots of fun

    Pirates of the Burning Sea -> it's a solid seafaring sandbox, good sea combat, so so land combat, lots of stuff to manufacture and trade

    Uncharted Waters Online -> same as above, but slightly more trade focused and more slow in a sense

     

    good on paper, but not so fun in reality:

    Darkfall -> could have been amazing, but macroers and gankers, along with almost empty world make this more of a single player game with occasional ganking

    Mortal Online -> also good on paper and beatiful, but tons of bugs and the game doesn't really have a clear direction

    Xsyon -> this was supposed to be the sandbox of all sandboxes, but turned out to be a barely finished beta with almost nothing to do ingame

     

    games to look forward to:

    Archeage -> better be good or else!!! this may take 1 more year to develop though as it has only entered a closed beta in Korea very recently

    nothing else...there really is nothing else out there that I would call sandbox

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,638Member Uncommon

     

    Not a fan of your viglink user tracking.

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  • rpgamer13rpgamer13 edmonton, ABPosts: 72Member

    i agree with wurm.  its free till skills are 20.   that can be months of playing. some play free way longer too.

    i still play 90% of my free time.  just over a yr.

    building a home stead or village, boats. raise animals breed them,  cooking. smithing, carpantry ect. wiki it and see.

     

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  • BetelBetel Madison, WIPosts: 365Member

    Sandboxer.org is a joke.

     

    EVE put out a major expansion and that site pretty much ignored it, while every announcement from Mortal Online gets plugged. It gets negligable hits

     

    It is most likely run by a fan of MO purely to promote the game, but thankfully it gets negligable hits.

     

     

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,770Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by lalartu

    Pirates of the Burning Sea -> it's a solid seafaring sandbox, good sea combat, so so land combat, lots of stuff to manufacture and trade

    Uncharted Waters Online -> same as above, but slightly more trade focused and more slow in a sense

    PotBS is a theme park, not a sandbox.  You go to one port, get a bunch of quests, do the quests, go to the next, higher level port, and so forth.  It is rather different from the usual theme park games, but it's not sandbox at all.

    PotBS and UWO really aren't very similar.  PotBS is mostly about combat, while UWO has combat as only a relatively minor portion of the game.  UWO is more about trading and exploration.  And trying to figure out what you're doing, because Koei makes things complicated for the sake of making them complicated.

     

  • OnomasOnomas Rock Hill, SCPosts: 1,128Member Uncommon

    I think so many dont know whart a sandbox is compared to a theme park game. Thats probably why all these crap so called MMO's are released thinking it will be good.

     

    If i can go anywhere, explore anything, have huge amounts of player content, be swept away just in one area for hours exploring, killing, harvesting, and just having fun, then i consider that a sandbox and a fun game.

     

    If im stuck on a ship, led down a narrow passage of high cliff walls, cant explore, on a timed mission, told where to go, given everything in front of me because there is no exploration, and feel confined and cramped, then its a theme park and i hate those games. SWTOR was the biggest let down this decade to me due to most of this.

     

    I dont mind mixes of the two though, long as i have a huge world and lots of fun exploring and so much more. But to be led around like a dog on a leash over and over, and having only dailies and pvp battles to keep me entertained at end game.............ill pass.

     

    That is why i loved SWG so much, even after the NGE and with some of its flaws. It was one of the most indepth and explorable games ever in my opinion. Now all these mmo's are just to limited to be considered mmorpgs in my eyes. I shouldnt need developement content to keep myself entertained or happy. Thats a bad combo having to wait for new content when you can just make your own.

  • RealedazedRealedazed Mesa, AZPosts: 103Member

    I have been playing Eternal Lands on and off for the past few weeks and its not bad. Its completely free, but they sell cosmetic things that you can't buy in game to support the game. I think they sell a few other things, but if if effects gameplay, you can also get with in game currency as well. You also have to pay to have a 24/7 merchant bot. I play free and I haven't had any trouble selling/buying on the market channel.

    I like it because you can be a pure crafter if you want to.  Or, go back and forth between combat, harvesting, crafting, etc. 

    The only bad thing is that its point and click movement. I got over that after aw hile though. 

  • AvsRock21AvsRock21 Denver, COPosts: 256Member

      Have you ever played Final Fantasy Tactics?  Wakfu is basically FF Tactics Online.  You only control one character though, but the combat is similar.  There is an ecosystem, where you can create life (plants or animals), or destroy them.  This includes introducing new species to new areas.  There is also an in-depth climate system, as well as a detailed political system.  The game stops holding your hand around level 8, then you're off on your own to figure stuff out.  And, it's produced by Square Enix (developed by Ankama).

  • AsgrimAsgrim SosariaPosts: 90Member Uncommon

    Istaria is a nice PVE sandbox game. Best crafting system this side of UO. The Chaos server has a decent sized population. Lots of very helpful people there.

  • crazynannycrazynanny PopowoPosts: 173Member
    EVE if You are into space games. Wurm Online if You like more fantasy stuff. For something more unorthodox - You can try out Wakfu as mentioned - it's still in open beta so free and it has very interesting ideas along with turn based combat like in FF tactics.

    But I think Archage is what sandbox peeps are really waiting for.
  • UNH0LYEV1LUNH0LYEV1L Summerville, SCPosts: 412Member Uncommon

    Yea...really banking on Archage PLEASE GOD BE AMAZING!!!


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  • TruthXHurtsTruthXHurts El Do, KSPosts: 1,555Member

    Starquest Online if you are into Dark Space Sims.

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  • SpiiderSpiider BinzPosts: 474Member Uncommon

    Archage will be bad, all gameplay videos show it. I hope I'm wrong but this will be just another asian grinder.

    Right now mmo market is barren if you are looking for a sandbox to play and stay. EVE is going down the drain (slowly but surely) and other games have very little active players.

    It's reality of today's world. WOWification of humanity has been complete:)

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  • Kuro1nKuro1n GothenburgPosts: 771Member

    Originally posted by Spiider

    Archage will be bad, all gameplay videos show it. I hope I'm wrong but this will be just another asian grinder.

    Right now mmo market is barren if you are looking for a sandbox to play and stay. EVE is going down the drain (slowly but surely) and other games have very little active players.

    It's reality of today's world. WOWification of humanity has been complete:)

    I think you need to level up your trolling skills mate.

  • OnomasOnomas Rock Hill, SCPosts: 1,128Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Kuro1n

    Originally posted by Spiider

    Archage will be bad, all gameplay videos show it. I hope I'm wrong but this will be just another asian grinder.

    Right now mmo market is barren if you are looking for a sandbox to play and stay. EVE is going down the drain (slowly but surely) and other games have very little active players.

    It's reality of today's world. WOWification of humanity has been complete:)

    I think you need to level up your trolling skills mate.

    I agree with this lol.

     

    ArchEage <--- with an E btw. Is in closed beta, videos wont be the best thing in the world, and ive seen some decent vids.

    Archeage has player housing, cities, crafting, moving items like boxes, can climb trees, farms, and so much more. Why would anyone want to play a dumbed down mmo that lacks so many features that could only imprve a mmo. To many people are on that WOW clone bandwagon and need to try new things. These mmo's are starting to look like they are the same exact thing with different skins.

    Dont knock Archeage just yet.

     

    Another sandbox that sounds very nice is "The Repopulation". The features in that game just look great.


    Feature Overview



    • Hybrid approach which blends Sandbox and Theme Park mechanics.


    • Unique three Faction PvP (Player vs. Player) system which allows players to join one of the two major Nations (OWON or FPR), or form their own independent Rogue Nation. Rogue Nations are similar to Guilds in other games, except they also act as their own independent faction in PvP.


    • City building system allows Nations to form their own cities complete with Walls, Turrets, Harveters, Workshops, Houses, and other forms of structures geared towards benefiting the owning character, or the City as a whole. Cities can even be besieged by opposing Nations.


    • Skills based gameplay featuring over 100 skills, and 15 tiers of advancement within each skill. This includes Combat, Social, Rogue, Crafting, Medical and General skills trees.


    • Engagement system which provides randomly occuring events throughout the world. These events can evolve, spread and mutate based on how players respond to them. Visting the same location three times could provide you with three very different environments if players have allowed alien species or catastrophies alter an area. Engagements are both common and random, and all players who participate will be eligible for automatic rewards.


    • Advanced generated mission (quest) system ensures that players always have something to keep them occupied. Unlike generated quest systems of the past, our generated quests can be epic in scale.


    • Easily toggle between one of our two combat modes. Tired of 1,2,3,4 key mashing combat? Try our Action Mode combat which allows you to aim and shoot your way to victory. Or stick to RPG Mode combat, with a traditional MMORPG feel.


    • Numerous new twists on combat traditional MMO combat. Openings system allows players to take advantage of create openings for their allies and encourages teamwork. Momentum system allows you to take advantage of gained Momentum to use powerful abilities. Hide behind cover, croutch or lie prone. Gain experience against a particular species to gain edges over them in combat.


    • Players are not forced into combat. There are many non-combat related activities and ways to advance them independently of it. This includes an advanced crafting system which allows the creation of many advanced items.


    • Vehicle system featuring upgrades, vehicle to vehicle combat, and siege vehicles, in addition to the usual fast transport.


    • Customize your equipment with a fitting system that tailors items to your style.


    • Expect more from your pets. Tame animals and have them grow in power over time. Construct or purchase robots to perform a variety of tasks. Hire NPCs or take advantage of Genetically Engineered beings. Even control multiple pets at a single time.


    • Be rewarded for your travel through the exploration system.


    • Tired of farming the same Group or Raid bosses using the same old strategies? The Repopulation features a generated ability system for our boss mobs. This system allows bosses to a select number of abilities appropriate to their difficulty tier and species. This forces groups or raids to adjust their tactics on the fly.


    • Have an affect on the world. NPCs will spread word of your deeds to other players, or curse your name if you have treated them wrongly. Respond quickly to threats in an area and you can prevent them from becoming larger scale problems. Fail to do so and an area could fall under enemy hands.


    Graphics need some major work, but the foundation for a good mmo is there.

     

     

  • MmorpgeriusMmorpgerius LappeenrantaPosts: 48Member Uncommon

    Any pvpish - sandbox - game suggestions besides those mentioned already?

  • Kuro1nKuro1n GothenburgPosts: 771Member

    Originally posted by Mmorpgerius

    Any pvpish - sandbox - game suggestions besides those mentioned already?

    Probably not. Lets cry together. :(

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