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List of Sandbox MMORPGs [Updated: December 18, 2012]

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  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member

    Glitch is currently in closed beta.

    This is directly from the Glitch website at: http://www.glitch.com/join/: "Glitch is in beta and invites will be sent out periodically. It'll probably be a few weeks before you get one (though friends on the inside can send you an invite at any time)."

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  • dreamscaperdreamscaper Somewhere, NCPosts: 1,582Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sylvarii
    Originally posted by MMOExposed
    Originally posted by Pale_Fire

    You're missing Vanguard.  Unless, I'm blind, which is possible.

    Of course, that would make my ability to type this message flawlessly quite remarkable.

    vanguard is themepark. not sandbox

     

    Vanguard is a hybrid MMO just like ArcheAge is a hybrid.Both this games have mamy sandbox features,in fact they have more sandbox features than they do themepark.

     

    Having one or two sandbox features does not make your game a sandbox,  or even a hybrid. I can think of only one or two features of Vanguard at most that would be considered sandboxy, as opposed to clear sandbox games like UO, Eve Online, Wurm Online, etc.

    <3

  • SilverminkSilvermink Cape Coral, FLPosts: 289Member
    Originally posted by Larsa
    Putting them all into the "FFA PvP with full loot" category would make readers think about games like WURM or H&H as PvP-heavy - but they're not. That would be an example of factual information that mis-informs the reader.

    Rare PVP or not, in H&H and Darkfall (i think) you can be attacked almost anywhere by anyone and lose everything but your skills. H&H is even permadeath (with ancestry). IIRC Wurm has pvp and non pvp servers.

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,972Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Vutar
    Originally posted by MMOExposed
    Originally posted by Pale_Fire
    Also, Asheron's Call and Everquest.  I know AC was/is sandbox.

    EQ is the first major theme park mmo

     

    LOL that is riduclous. This is why when anyone starts talking about "sandbox" just nod and laugh at them. The majority have no idea.

    Or, perhaps you lack the understanding maybe?

    EQ1 is definitely not a sandbox when compared to the rest of the genre.  Might have been more of a virtual world than today's theme parks, but players could not change the world/direct the game play nearly as much as more sandbox like titles are.

     

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  • HodoHodo Raeford, NCPosts: 542Member

    Left off Star Quest Online.  It is the only TRUE space sandbox.   Eve is a space ship theme park.

    So much crap, so little quality.

  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member
    Originally posted by Hodo

    Left off Star Quest Online.  It is the only TRUE space sandbox.   Eve is a space ship theme park.

    Thanks for the suggestion, Hodo, I didn't even know the game.

    I'll look into Star Quest Online in the coming days and will update the OP accordingly.

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  • NaqajNaqaj Frankfurt am MainPosts: 1,673Member

     

    In a dichotomy of themepark-sandbox, EQ is definitely a themepark. By todays standards, it's an decidedly empty themepark, but so are most of the early MMOs.
     
     
     
    Larsa, have you considered condensing your list of sandbox criteria? It was mentioned earlier in the thread, several of the criteria are merely stating features that are often encountered in sandboxes, but are not neccessarily defining of a sandbox.
     
    I would propose to keep the following three higher-level criteria from your list:
     
    • Persistant, mostly non-instanced world
    • Player's ability to change aspects of the game world from within the game, either by being able to modify the physical game world or by being able to take ownership of structures in the game world 
    • Open-ended, player driven gameplay
    Everything else in your list is either derivative of one of these factors, or comes through the legacy of RPG mechanics. Any thoughts on this?
  • SharpKrisSharpKris haifaPosts: 17Member

    i also agree with this statement as otherwise a game in my opinion wount be counted as a sandbox game

  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member
    Originally posted by Naqaj

     

    ... Larsa, have you considered condensing your list of sandbox criteria? It was mentioned earlier in the thread, several of the criteria are merely stating features that are often encountered in sandboxes, but are not neccessarily defining of a sandbox.
     
    I would propose to keep the following three higher-level criteria from your list:
     
    • Persistant, mostly non-instanced world
    • Player's ability to change aspects of the game world from within the game, either by being able to modify the physical game world or by being able to take ownership of structures in the game world 
    • Open-ended, player driven gameplay
    Everything else in your list is either derivative of one of these factors, or comes through the legacy of RPG mechanics. Any thoughts on this?

     

    My thoughts are that I agree with you. Much of the criteria list is derivative and is not a defining feature but an encountered feature. You are absolutely right in this.

    However, I did this for a purpose. If you only have these three high-level criteria it won't take long and a fan of a particular game would come and argue that I should include the game. After all, it's easy to twist words on high-level concepts. But when I break it down to a long list of actual game features it's much easier to just look at the feature list and decide from there whether it gets on the list or not.

    I don't claim that my feature list is the correct definition of a Sandbox MMORPG, for me it's just a method to decide whether a game gets on the list or not. :)

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  • NaqajNaqaj Frankfurt am MainPosts: 1,673Member

    I guess it will get messy either way, with a list too restricting you'll have discussions about games left out because of one missing feature.

    Still, you have to draw the line somewhere I guess, might as well err on the narrow side. Good luck with your list.

     

    I wanted to be constructive and add one to the list, but all the games I could think of are already on it. Though I have to ask, what about Second Life? Might be a stretch to call it a game, but as a sandbox?

  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member


    Originally posted by Naqaj

    ... I wanted to be constructive and add one to the list, but all the games I could think of are already on it. Though I have to ask, what about Second Life? Might be a stretch to call it a game, but as a sandbox?


    Thanks, Naqaj. Second Life has been suggested before but ticks too few boxes from that feature list in the OP. :) Here's what I wrote in post No. 80 of this thread:

    "I decided to exclude Second Live from the list. It's not an MMORPG, has no character development, no crafting and no resource system. Yes, I know one can make stuff in that game, but the stuff isn't made out of in-game resources but pure "Photoshop" work, they seem to have their own editor. The company running the world annex chat-room doesn't call it an MMORPG too."

    Please correct me if I'm wrong with that. I didn't play Second Life and only read their feature list and forums.


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  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member

    Not sure if it's been mentioned yet (it's not on the list and I only read the 1st page), but Glitch would be considered a sandbox.

  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member

    Updated the OP.

    • Added StarQuest Online to the game list. Please check whether the information provided is correct, especially the information about payment model and cash-shop, the game's website isn't very clear about this. I didn't play the game but from the feature list and forum discussions the game fits the criteria outlined in the OP.
    @Draron: Thanks. Glitch has been suggested before but is currently in closed beta testing. I list games that are playable by the general public, thus I list released games and games in open testing. I will happily put Glitch on the list once it's released or goes to open beta.

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  • HodoHodo Raeford, NCPosts: 542Member
    Originally posted by Larsa

    Updated the OP.

    • Added StarQuest Online to the game list. Please check whether the information provided is correct, especially the information about payment model and cash-shop, the game's website isn't very clear about this. I didn't play the game but from the feature list and forum discussions the game fits the criteria outlined in the OP.
    @Draron: Thanks. Glitch has been suggested before but is currently in closed beta testing. I list games that are playable by the general public, thus I list released games and games in open testing. I will happily put Glitch on the list once it's released or goes to open beta.

     

    SQO, looks about right.   Payment model is 9.99USD per month, there are discounts for multi-month payments. (24.99 for 3mo).   There is no current cash shop, it did have one at one point but they dropped it when the developers changed.   The games development is in a state of flux but it is still a good game worth checking out if you want a sandbox game where you are not the ship.

    So much crap, so little quality.

  • RheanonRheanon Catskill Mountains, NYPosts: 126Member
    Originally posted by MMOExposed
    Originally posted by Pale_Fire

    You're missing Vanguard.  Unless, I'm blind, which is possible.

    Of course, that would make my ability to type this message flawlessly quite remarkable.

    vanguard is themepark. not sandbox

    Well Vanguard was unique in that it had the best elements of both.  When it was released, I judged it more of a sandbox since the best items in the game were player crafted.  That changed and crafting is really useless unless you are involved in making parts for housing or shipbuilding.  Since now players can buy ships in the cash shop that also messed up crafting.  However, originally, it could not be beat.  Carpenters created furniture which could be placed anywhere in player houses and guild halls.   there were pretty unlimited decorating possibilities for both.  Practically everything you saw in the game could be made by players.  I think the cash shop ruined all that so a big portion of the game was ruined.

    It does have quests, leveling, dungeons, mobs, etc, which are a big  part of themepark.  The combination of both game types made it a very unique and pleasant game to play.  However, as happens often, developers tend to screw up a good thing.  In my opinion, the game started its decline by the decision to place crafting stations in all the housing areas.  There was a sizeable crafting community that would gather in various crafting hubs throughout the game world.   A player needing something could go to one of these hubs and always find the right kind of crafter to make whatever the person needed.  This helped to sustain a very healthy game economy.  These hubs were gradually deserted by players.  Next they made dungeon drops better than player crafted items, another mistake.  Vanguard was a game with three distinct leveling paths.  These were the normal adventuring (for lack of a better term), crafting and diplomacy.  A player could max any one of these independently of the others.    In other words, you could be a level 20 in adventuring and be a level 50 crafter and/or diplomat or any combination of all three.   This was also changed where in many cases, a player has to level adventuring to have access to materials and recipes of maximum level.  So.... I think the sandbox aspects were relegated to the background in favor of the adventuring/themepark tier.  Anyway, thats just my take on the whole thing with Vanguard.   Its a real shame :(

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,636Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Naqaj

    I wanted to be constructive and add one to the list, but all the games I could think of are already on it. Though I have to ask, what about Second Life? Might be a stretch to call it a game, but as a sandbox?

    Since sandbox features are predominantly tools and toys, Second Life is not only a sandbox but a great example of the far end of the sandbox side of the sandbox/themepark spectrum.

    There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein
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  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Naqaj

    I wanted to be constructive and add one to the list, but all the games I could think of are already on it. Though I have to ask, what about Second Life? Might be a stretch to call it a game, but as a sandbox?

    Since sandbox features are predominantly tools and toys, Second Life is not only a sandbox but a great example of the far end of the sandbox side of the sandbox/themepark spectrum.

    I agree, Second Life is a sandbox. But it's not an MMORPG (for example: has no character progression), and that's why it's not on the list. If I had made a list of sandbox games then Second Life (and of course Minecraft too) would have been on this list - but I decided to make a list of sandbox MMORPGs because otherwise the list would have been too long to maintain as a hobby project - there are actually quite a number of non-MMORPG sandboxes around, anyone remember SimCity and the likes? :)

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  • mastersomratmastersomrat Saint Charles, MOPosts: 368Member
    A tale in the Des.  anyone know if it's worth jumping into?  I know with game end s and restarts...so is it getting ready for and end and new start?
  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,636Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Larsa
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Naqaj

    I wanted to be constructive and add one to the list, but all the games I could think of are already on it. Though I have to ask, what about Second Life? Might be a stretch to call it a game, but as a sandbox?

    Since sandbox features are predominantly tools and toys, Second Life is not only a sandbox but a great example of the far end of the sandbox side of the sandbox/themepark spectrum.

    I agree, Second Life is a sandbox. But it's not an MMORPG (for example: has no character progression), and that's why it's not on the list. If I had made a list of sandbox games then Second Life (and of course Minecraft too) would have been on this list - but I decided to make a list of sandbox MMORPGs because otherwise the list would have been too long to maintain as a hobby project - there are actually quite a number of non-MMORPG sandboxes around, anyone remember SimCity and the likes? :)

    I wasn't suggesting it for the list, rather offering an answer to his question of people calling it a sandbox.

    There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein
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  • donjndonjn Valencia, CAPosts: 769Member Uncommon

    Why isnt Linkrealms on here?

    http://www.linkrealms.com/

     

  • lqw6843128lqw6843128 burnaby, BCPosts: 39Member
    Wurm has cashshop? u sure?
  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member

    Originally posted by donjn

    Why isnt Linkrealms on here?

    http://www.linkrealms.com/

     

    Originally posted by lqw6843128
    Wurm has cashshop? u sure?

    Linkrealms is in closed beta, and closed beta games aren't on the list.

     

    And Wurm lets players buy Silver with real world cash that they can use to buy items from other players in game, which then you can use to pay for subscriptions.

  • TeiraaTeiraa Tempe, AZPosts: 447Member Common

    Ryzom has a native Linux client. Might want to mention this in your list. :)

    http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/36/view/reviews/loadUR/199

  • LarsaLarsa NurembergPosts: 990Member
    Originally posted by Teiraa

    Ryzom has a native Linux client. Might want to mention this in your list. :)

    http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/36/view/reviews/loadUR/199

    Oops, you're right, Teiraa. Thanks for the information, I have updated the OP.

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