sandbox gameplay can be a tricky thing to master in MMOs. In an
era dominated by href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow" target="_blank"> style="font-style: italic;">World of Warcraft’s
“theme park” approach, the challenge ramps up even
further as players unfamiliar with the notion of creating their own
destiny within a virtual world can sometimes feel lost in the storm
without specific game mechanics in place to point them in the right
Enter CCP’s href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/" target="_blank"> style="font-style: italic;">EVE Online.
A staple on the MMO market for nearly six years, EVE not only provides
an excellent example of what can be done with sandbox gameplay, but
according to Reuben “Sardu” Waters, it blows the
competition out of the water.
The primary ingredient
for any successful sandbox MMO will always boil
down to whether the developers are giving players the tools to create
their own destiny. Not everyone wants to play the hero who slays the
dragon and wins the heart of the maiden who turns out to be an evil
sorceress that in turn traps the hero’s soul inside a charm
that gets tossed into the bottom of a well after all!
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