Great Sandbox Video Games


Some people like to play theme park video games, while others enjoy sandbox video games. In this article, I will discuss some of my favorite sandbox games. But before going further, let's first define what these two terms, sandbox and theme park, mean in the context of video games.




A theme park video game or mmo is generally a game that is carefully constructed by the developers and offer gamers a set path to follow, often by finishing quests and going through the game in a linear manner. These types of games do not give you much of a chance to do your own thing and create your own items or buildings. In that sense, it is like going on a ride in a theme park as opposed to taking a walk down the street.


A sandbox game, on the other hand, simply provides an environment in which you can pretty much do whatever you want. Some people may decide to engage in combat with each other, while others can focus on creating things. The possibilities are endless, but the burden is on the player to figure out what it is that he/she wants to do.


Which type of game you prefer is mostly a personal matter. I myself always liked sandbox games because of the flexibility it provides. With that said, some of my favorite sandbox games to date have been:


1. Grand Theft Auto

If you want to explore your Id a bit and engage in some crimes, Grand Theft Auto offers a rich world where you can do quite a bit. The game was once controversial because of some of the things it allows you to do, such as shoot police officers, but it has since gained widespread popularity despite its detractors. There many different Grand Theft Auto games, but Grand Theft Auto V is the latest one, and the one I recommend you get.


2. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
If fantasy is the genre you enjoy, it doesn't get much better than Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. This game gives you a large world to explore, where you can play a variety of classes, such as theif, battlemage, assassin, paladin, and more. Overall, the graphics for this game are excellent, but make sure you have a decent graphics card to get the most out of your gaming experience.


3. DayZ
This survival MMO is still in an alpha pre-release stage, but if you don't mind paying a small fee and trying it out, you will be able to roam a post-apocalyptic landscape where zombies lurk about. The game is already quite popular despite not being officially released, and may turn out to be the next big MMO. You can get in early and check out what all the hype is about by paying a fee that will go toward the development of the game.


In most case, you will be able to rent these games using a service called Gamefly, which sends games to you through the mail. The company currently offers a Gamefly free trial from that you can use if you want to check out this service for yourself. You will need to have a game console available, since all the games that you rent from Gamefly are console games. The price to join Gamefly is $14.95 a month, which is quite a steal when you consider the fact that you can rent as many games as you want for that price. The one caveat, however, is that you can only rent out one game at a time, and won't receive your next game until you send it back.


There is however, a plan that allows you to rent two games at a time, for a few dollars more. If you are a serious hobbyist, this may be the play that better fits your needs.


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