"It's the season of freedom. Sure, liberty is on our minds what with our recent celebrations of Independence Day (or Canada Day, if that's your thing) and Memorial Day, but patriotic festivities aren't at the heart of it. No, this year we celebrate freedom thanks to the influx of the sandbox games -- that is, the open world adventures that have been popping up on (and being popped into) our consoles. Summer is usually the deadest gaming season, peppered with one or two marquee titles, a few sleepers, and a few measly handheld games to tide us over while we wait for September to kick off the holiday rush. 2009, however, has bucked the trend with the launch of no less than three triple-A titles in the past six weeks alone."