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I made a thread recently here criticizing Skyrim, the so called Sandbox RPG that released this month.
I notice from over the net, that many people feel that Skyrim is a Sandbox because it has a "Open World".
But this confuses me. if Sandboxs are defined by having a "Open World" or not, than shouldnt we also consider all MMORPGs to also be Sandboxes, since they all have open persistent worlds (of course we excluding the CORPGs because thats a different genre of gaming the just share this site)
based of these flawed views I have seen on this, it has to be asked again. What do you define a Sandbox RPG as?
Cant say Player housing, because many MMO which commonly are considered Non sandbox also have this feature.
well how about a Skill System?
Truth of the matter is, a Skill System and a Class system are pretty much the same deal. But instead of having many different classes with unique skills, you have a Single parent class with many skills within it.
Take for example Skyrim's skill system vs Rift's skill system.
The Classes in Rift, regulate which armor and weapons I can wear, as well as which Trees I get and which spells I can possibly get.
While in Skyrim
I get access to all Trees, all Weapons, all Armor, and all Skills (excluding tree skills of course)
well with the Skyrim example, thats pretty much the same thing as having 1 parent class instead of having 4 parent classes like Rift does.
imagine if Rift had only 1 class combined. it would offer all armor,weapon, spell, trees, just like the access I get in Skyrim.
how does this make it a sandbox?
well maybe its the player made contents right.
So is Eve == to NWN? or Second Life?
fill me in here. what do you consider player made contents? players setting up a server wide event would be play made contents, correct? whats stopping you from doing that in the so called "Non Sandbox MMO"?
Sandbox == Exploration?
well whats stopping you from exploring in Everquest, WoW, Rift, etc?
seems like many of these checklist limits, are mentally self inflicted.
But hey, what you think?