Column: Who Still Wants A Sandbox MMO?

IncGamers' Bill Vaughan discusses the advantages and disadvantages of real sandbox MMOs. Is it worth playing them anymore?

"Now to the crux of the matter – how many people still really want to play this type of game? Clearly some do, because there are always plenty of players going about their business whenever I log on to Mortal, and there's been a lot of interest in the community, but to me it lacks excitement, and I can't understand what would keep bringing people back to the game, besides friends I suppose."

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thetamer3142d ago

I'm not playing sandbox MMOs anymore. In fact, I'm not playing MMOs at all. Mwahahahaha

SCFreelancer3142d ago

Same, although it is not because they aren't fun, but because they take way to much time to "enjoy".

Dorjan3142d ago

I used to want them but now I like multiplayer... tbh I want lan again or private parties like in NWN!

Recka3142d ago

I play EVE, Enjoying it :D

Leord3142d ago

I think sandbox games is a little boy's dream that works different in real life than they imagined.

Fyzzu3142d ago

To answer the title question: quite a lot of people, I think. It's a fair argument, but there's some awesome stuff going on with sandbox MMOs. An MMO doesn't mean a WoW-style MMORPG - it means a whole lot more, and there's plenty of room for other things in there.

Medievaldragon3142d ago

I'm unfamiliar with the term sandbox MMO. What does he mean with that?

Motion3142d ago (Edited 3142d ago )

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe a "sandbox" mmo, is one where there isn't an overall structure of what you are supposed to accomplish within the game. What I mean by this, is that, while there are quests and what not, there isn't necessarily an "end game", where the story is more driven by the players. The developers basically give you a world to play in, but the players are really the ones creating the story of whats happening in that world. You would need a very strong community to pull this type of play off. I haven't played either of these games myself, but I believe that's how EVE online and Darkfall work.

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