So, lists are not something that I do that often, but you know what…it’s more fun that I originally thought. Well, hey…so do you enjoy playing sandbox games? They are my favorite genre and I just can’t get enough of them! Just for you, I’ve put together a list of my five favorite sandbox games and why they should be yours as well! So without further-ado, I give you numero cinco:
Yes…I put the ever so popular Minecraft at the bottom of my list, why? Never really got too into the game myself. To me, the game seemed like an extensive, blocky version of the Sims with enemies rather then neighbors. But I won’t say that it doesn’t have it’s charm.
The game itself is vastly extensive. Almost anything is possible, and you can build this world into anything, as long as you have the patience. Unfortunately, lacking on the story and quest lines…building is this game’s name. Allowing you to create masterpieces and even explore within, I don’t see much else of a use, but that’s just me.
4: Lego Games
There will always be a place for these games in my heart. Spanning many different fandoms, and creating games that are just a blast to play; Lego seems to have found a great niche within the video game world! Something very comforting about these games is that they are playable for the whole family. I know that a buddy of mine has been reduced to playing just the LEGO games as his child watches…and frankly, he loves it!
Not only do these games let you revisit old classics, but they let you be silly and goof off within your favorite scenes, worlds, and characters. A nice feature of these games is that you can play almost every single one of the characters of the series along with some you may have never really been aware of! Exploring is something that these games are still expanding upon and honestly, have begun to accomplish quite well. I always enjoy playing these, but just when I have nothing else that is drawing my attention.
3: Grand Theft Auto
Now, this is a game series I have personally never really owned, but I do have a lot of ‘watch’ time logged with some playing thrown in. This game was never one of my favorites to play but I know how popular it is and with the extent of how much you can do, how could I ignore this franchise?
These games have a reputation for being quite opposite of the last contestant on this list: M for Mature. Bringing sex, drugs, and a shit ton of violence to the player with the option of crime heists, shenanigans, and basically a whole city at the players disposal; GTA brings the sandbox genre to a whole new level with the extent of content and options available for exploitation and manipulation.
2: Dead Rising/State of Decay
What is a list of mine without a zombie game making an appearance, honestly? But that’s not the only reason I threw these two in here. For the life of me, I could not pick between the two, as they are both similar, but each have unique qualities and play styles.
First we have the Dead Rising series where you can customize your weapons, clothes and the game gives you an array of psychos to mow down with some collectables throw in whether it be pictures, tigers or actual collectables. The one things that kept this series from topping my charts was the time aspect and enemy variability…which gives it a little bit of flatness.
As for State of Decay, I did a review not too long ago which gives a lot of my opinions on this series. The game does create a sense of reality…or as much as you can with a apocalyptic zombie video game. This game does offer the customization of a home base which can be moved around and the playability of multiple characters. I don’t like however that you can’t create your own character…but who am I to argue, the game gives you a long list of players and watch out…it has perma-death!
When considering why this game was so great, I had to think of why I kept coming back for more. Was it the adrenaline pumping action or the exploration of a huge map with endless possibilities? Well, how about both with a dash of great story telling? Sure…you can only do so much with zombies, but hey, they took a well established box and broke down the walls.
1: Fallout/Elder Scrolls
Here we are at my number one choice; now some of you may be surprised to see these two games together, others of you will probably agree with the pairing. Since the two games are both from Bethesda and basically the same game, different universes…I figured they could share the spotlight at the top of my list.
Why are both of these games at the top of my list you may ask, but let me ask you, have you ever sat down to play either one? Sure, each has aspects that the other lacks or may compensate for. Example numero uno…the VATS in the Fallout series; some love it, some hate it…but with the announcement of Fallout 4, they mentioned some tweaking…so, we shall see!
Now, the two vary in basically everything you do; fight dragons or fight a group of super soldiers…pick your poison. However, they each keep people immersed in the universe with a basically never ending quest line and massive maps and expansions to play within. Even the items are customizable, and with the new game coming…even more customization will be available. Bases, weapons, outfits, the possibilities are endless, especially if you have access to mods.
So this was my list of the five (seven) greatest sandbox games. Like what I had to say or did you differ in opinion? Leave a comment or question below or find me and my fellow GPC crew on social media!