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Screw Linearity, Come Play in the Sandbox!

GOGmix by Buttless_Boy's avatarButtless_Boy 21votes

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obs...

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: Forget sandbox, this game is a damn desert! In the good sense. Like, you can play in it. Um, not that you play in deserts... Okay so it's not a perfect analogy, but listen: this game is the ultimate isometric open-world sandbox and you will love it.

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Redneck Rampage Collection

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250

Buttless_Boy says: Stupid 250 character limit... So one time in Arcanum I killed nearly every human being in an enormous city after a disastrous strike attempt by the local orc union, then made love to a sheep. BEST GAME EVER.

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POSTAL 2

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: Not so much a sandbox as a litterbox, this is a game you spend hours kicking people's doors in, peeing on their dog, and lighting their living rooms on fire instead of following the piecemeal plot. The expansion's linear as hell, but mods can fix it.

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Arx Fatalis

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: This is a fun game, but I hate the mouse gesture spellcasting so I never get very far. The cooking system is so great though, why can't more games have a cooking system like this? Man, does that sound nerdy.

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Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga

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250

Buttless_Boy says: I don't like the Baldur's Gate games, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only one on the planet, so go play them because they're non-linear and everyone loves them. I'll be here in my corner, alone, playing Fallout for the dozenth time. And crying.

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Jagged Alliance 2

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250

Buttless_Boy says: I haven't played this much but it's awesome: a sandbox-y, non-linear turn-based strategy game with RPG elements.

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Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: Not really sandboxy or non-linear except that you can run around the linearly arranged levels as long as you want and flush toilets and break stuff. A minor pioneer of first-person non-linearity. Also a great game. My list, my rules!

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Deus Ex™ GOTY Edition

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: Um, duh? Arguably the high-point of the Guns 'n Conversation genre, and actually featuring both a somewhat nonlinear storyline AND sandbox tomfoolery! Hell yes, you should play this. Go do it now.

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Darklands

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250

Buttless_Boy says: Loading Darklands for the first time is like deciding to run away to a new country where you only half speak the language, and everyone's trying to kill you. In other words, totally sweet. And utterly non-linear in that old-school, no tutorial way.

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Divine Divinity

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250

Buttless_Boy says: Sometimes you wanna play Arcanum, sometimes you wanna play Diablo 2, and sometimes you get drunk and want to play them both at the same time. Divine Divinity is the closest you'll get without two computers and four hands.

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Sacred Gold

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: Or you could play this, but you really shouldn't if you could play Divine Divinity instead. Or Diablo 2. Or Arcanum. Or any other game on this list. Except Gothic 2, yuck.

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Star Control 1+2

Buttless_Boy's rating: not rated yet
250

Buttless_Boy says: Star Control 2 is the father of all great space sandbox games. There's a freeware clone you should play instead, but buy it anyway because it's fucking wonderful.

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Two Worlds

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250

Buttless_Boy says: This looks like a pretty neat game, but I can't play it because GOG is a butt and it doesn't work on my computer. Anyway, it's a big open sandbox-ish world to run around in, or so I'm told by people who can play it.

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Temple of Elemental Evil, The

Buttless_Boy's rating:
250

Buttless_Boy says: I don't like this game much. It's yet another D&D sandbox, it's okay, if you like D&D or loved the Icewind Dale games you'll probably like it, but make sure you get the unofficial patch 'cause it's buggy as all hell.

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Icewind Dale 2 Complete

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250

Buttless_Boy says: Thanks for reading! If you have any recommendations, please, let me know. I'm always looking for new sandboxes, and I know I'm missing a lot of classics. Tell me about them.

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