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Never forget 3 mile Island and never trust a government official or company spokesman.
To me an Open World game means that it will have a narrative.A sandbox means you have to create your own fun.I usually stay away from Sandboxes as they don't appeal to me.
If there was a "Best Answer" feature for regular posts on MMORPG, Phry would have it. Put some kind of green border around that.
Well said. But, as far as I remember, the Just Cause series has both open world narrative as you described and sandbox gameplay as well. And where do I put games like this? Or Factorio? Or Besiege? Less narrative, more narrative... Who cares, it always involves player's will to explore. But I have never played Minecraft which really fits your description.
I prefer open world than sandbox. Because you can become anything you have within such world.