What are your favorite open ended/sandbox games?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by CzigBot, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. CzigBot

    CzigBot First time out of the vault

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    Jul 9, 2015
    I've been really enjoying building games lately where you're given a set of tools and allowed to do stuff with them either to achieve a goal in the game or just screw around. From The Depths, Factorio, RimWorld, Besiege, Kerbal, and Mount & Blade:Warband are what I've played recently. Also notable is X3:Terran Conflict (Was too grindy for me, I had to read while playing it because it was so slow, though it is supremely open ended).

    Out of those, my favorites would have to be
    1-Kerbal Space Program
    2-From The Depths
    3-Mount & Blade:Warband
     
  2. Ninja

    Ninja Who?

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    Dec 15, 2015
    Building stuff? Well I enjoy Starbound for what it is, although it's far from perfect, and I'm not ashamed to say Minecraft is pretty fun with friends. As far as general Sandboxes go, I'd say Saints Row and GTA (I don't exactly have a very refined taste).
     
  3. CzigBot

    CzigBot First time out of the vault

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    Jul 9, 2015
    I still have Starbound stuffed in my library somewhere, bought it years ago and soon forgot about it. I should probably give it another try to see how it's changed. I also enjoy Minecraft from time to time, my friend and I play it but not very often. Got Saints Row IV a while ago and it didn't manage to hold my interest, though I enjoyed II and The Third. GTA V was great, very fun and had a surprisingly good story.
     
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  4. AlbertCole

    AlbertCole First time out of the vault

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    Mar 27, 2016
    Definitely Crusader Kings II. After getting a hang of all the gameplay mechanics, it totally sucks you in.
     
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  5. Risewild

    Risewild Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Modder Orderite

    Jun 14, 2014
    I love Mount and Blade: Warband and Crusader Kings II.
    I have also been replaying Civilization V but I don't know if Civ fits the criteria for this thread (although not sure about Crusader Kings II either) :confused:.

    I played Stardew Valley when it came out and it was fun and I got hooked pretty fast, but now I haven't touched it for a while because I feel like playing a different kind of game.
     
  6. GlutinousRice

    GlutinousRice Ne travaillez jamais

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    Nov 7, 2015
    With no particular order :
    - Cataclysm DDA, it's like Fallout 4 in ASCII, more complex and better in any aspect. Even the radiant quests are better and more challenging. Complete crafting system that makes sense (you can't change the caliber of your gun by changing the receiver for example), that allow you to make nearly everything, with everything, craft your own ammo, build your own furniture, or a doom wagon of flaming and shooty death. Stuffing yourself with CBM (cybernetic implant), or drinking mutagen and laughing at the horrible result. The most advanced equipment system, with encombrement rating for each body part. Drugs, alcohol, and chocolate having other stats effects than for fighting, since you will have to take care of your depression and be happy in the apocalypse, or to help with your asthma, or you schizophrenia. More enemies, and more challenging ones than Fallout 4, that force you to think strategically to get those delicious potato chips and the last not rotten frozen pizza in the world. More cool traits (even the negative ones), and skills (yes they understand that in an rpg, character skill is more important than player skill) than Bethesda could ever think of.

    Just like any Bethesdian games , you can become the second Jesus of this world, not because it's your destiny since the moment you've started the game, but because your surhuman determination, careful preparation, ability to adapt to any situation, made you into the ultimate survivor. It's probably the only game that can make you feel awesome when you blown up a fungal boom with your stockpile of M72A2 LAW you've been keeping in your car's passenger seat for the right occasion.

    100% pure juice of fresh hand picked organic awesomeness for the ridiculous price of 0$ or your regional equivalent.

    - Dwarf Fortress, the difficulty is vastly blown out of proportion, it is in fact a fairly easy game, even in vanilla ASCII, without DF Therapist or DF Hack. Now with the amount of tutorials, and the wiki, if you're okay with sinking a few dozens of hours, you should get a hang on the basic of the game, and run a successful fort.

    - Aurora 4x, this one is the DF in space. In my opinion, it's tougher than DF, due to having an even more terrible UI, less tutorials, an nearly non-existant wiki, and the fact that you can't wall yourself underground and living forever on plump helmet.

    -UnReal World, ever dreamed of clubing baby seal to death, tracking stag for days until you lose it's track, collapse from stravation and sleep deprivation in the dead of the Finnish winter with not enough strength left to make a fire? Living the life of an humble nomadic hunter-gatherer dying from unidentified mushroom, or the more settled life of a farmer in the farm you've built from your hard labor, being a fisher man, or a adventurer eating cannibal because running after your food is too hard? That's the right game for you.
     
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  7. AlbertCole

    AlbertCole First time out of the vault

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    Mar 27, 2016
    Probably I'm stretching it a bit, yeah. But in CK2 you can pretty much do what you want, so it's also kind of a sandbox.
     
  8. AlphaPromethean

    AlphaPromethean Vault Senior Citizen

    Mar 16, 2013
    Dwarf Fortress.
     
  9. mrchaos

    mrchaos Super Orc

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    Nov 14, 2015
    Stardew Valley, got addicted to it when it came out, I have over 100 hours on it.

    Mount & Blade:Warband, haven´t played it recentely but it was very enjoyable.

    Minecraft, used to play it a few months back, but eventually got bored with it, hella fun through.
     
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  10. FlashBash64

    FlashBash64 The High Roller

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    Mar 20, 2016
    Stardew Valley is really fun, yeah.

    Don't Starve is also really good.
     
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  11. mrchaos

    mrchaos Super Orc

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    Nov 14, 2015
    Played it, enjoyed the gameplay and the tim burton art style, didn´t hooked me up like minecraft but it was fun nonetheless.
     
  12. Millim

    Millim The Big Straight Orderite

    Oct 13, 2010
    In terms of Open World, urm... I really like the GTA games and I found Phantom Pain to be rather enjoyable.
    I don't really know what other games I could consider Open World without getting into other genres.
     
  13. The Vault Dweller

    The Vault Dweller always looking for water.

    Aug 24, 2004
    Don't Starve, but I don't like the gradually increasing difficulty or resources which though rarely used don't respawn. I have yet to complete the single player story mode in spite of many hours playing. I also have barely explored caves and haven't touched the new expansion with seafaring and islands.

    Dwarf Fortress should be one of the best games I've ever played, but it's a shame about the downright nasty UI. I only played it ten hours and most of that was learning how, but I SWEAR if they ever "finish" it and it's playable for the average gamer (even if the tutorial takes many times longer than most) I'd call it the best open world/simulator ever made.
     
  14. Radiosity

    Radiosity Writiosity

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    Sep 9, 2015
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  15. The Vault Dweller

    The Vault Dweller always looking for water.

    Aug 24, 2004
    I think it's worth playing just enough Dwarf Fortress to know what's going on in game so you can read that and understand it fully. I have.
     
  16. GlutinousRice

    GlutinousRice Ne travaillez jamais

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    Nov 7, 2015
    If you look at the dev goal of Toady, you will expect him to never finish it. He aim to arrive to version 1.0 in the next 20 years, but that's very unlikely. And rather than making it accessible to the average gamer, I'd prefer him to work on optimization and performance, I'm getting sick of all this fps death when my PC try to pathfinding for all the 300 critters in my fort, track each little masterwork obsidian amulets and simulate flowing water from pumpstack and mist generator. If he don't do it know, it's never going to happen, and we will have to wait for quantum computer to be available on the market to be able to play it.
     
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  17. FlashBash64

    FlashBash64 The High Roller

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    Mar 20, 2016
    It's a shame Minecraft was taken over by prepubesent children. It was loads of fun playing multiplayer.
     
  18. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    It can't still be fun?
     
  19. FlashBash64

    FlashBash64 The High Roller

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    Mar 20, 2016
    Oh, it's fun. But It's kinda killed multiplayer without friends a bit for me.
     
  20. Ragemage

    Ragemage Wept for Zion

    Feb 20, 2016
    Harvest Moon 64 is just as enjoyable to me now as it was 17 years ago when I got it at the age of 3. Same for Animal Crossing. They're basically just you doing IRL stuff and yet they just suck me in for hours.