DayZ is a sandbox survival game set after the zombie apocalypse. Scavenge the remains of an enormous world, Chernarus, searching for resources and weapons to defend yourself against zombies and other players.
||Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
Type: Sandbox Survival
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Pros: +Huge open world (225km²). +Dynamic weather system. +Customizable weapons.
Cons: -Unoptimized client. -Zombies glitch through objects. -Clunky gameplay animations.
Project Zomboid is an open world survival game taking place in a zombie infested apocalypse. Explore Kentucky suburbs searching for loot, while leveling skills, crafting, and building a base. Hordes of zombies force players to work together, until they inevitably die.
||Publisher: The Indie Stone
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Pros: +Extensive, simple crafting system. +Realistic zombie survival. +Customizable sandbox mode.
Cons: -Limited character customization. -Top-down graphics makes PvP difficult. -Clunky combat.
Ark: Survival Evolved is a sandbox survival game where players are stranded on a tropical island inhabited by dinosaurs. Gather, hunt, and build to survive the unforgiving wilderness. Compete with other players for precious resources and tame dinosaurs to ride and protect you.
||Publisher: Studio Wildcard
Release Date: June 2, 2015 (Early Access)
Pros: +Extensive crafting and building. +Tons of dinosaurs to fight and tame. +Tribal PvP.
Cons: -Demanding system requirements. -No tutorial makes learning mechanics difficult. -Several optimization issues.
In Rust players must survive on a procedurally generated map by collecting resources, hunting wildlife, and crafting tools. But you’re not alone, other players are also enduring the wilderness. Survive by building a shelter and arming yourself with weapons in an unforgivable environment.
||Publisher: Facepunch Studios
Type: B2P Survival Game
Release Date: December 11, 2013
Pros: +Intricate building tools. +Procedurally generated maps. +Extensive crafting system. +Regular updates.
Cons: -No tutorial makes learning systems difficult. -Poor optimization causes crashes. -Time consuming to play effectively.
Natural Selection 2 is a tactically-oriented FPS set in a science fiction universe. Play on the ground as marines or xenoforms and attack your enemies, or become a leader and command your team building structures, researching upgrades, and directing troop movement.
||Publisher: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Type: Strategy FPS
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Pros: +Fast-paced FPS combat. +RTS as commander. +Unique Alien gameplay mechanics.
Cons: -Very steep learning curve. -Community can be toxic at times. -Mediocre tutorial.
LEGO Worlds is a procedurally-generated sandbox game where players build anything they can imagine using LEGO bricks. Explore unique environments and discover buried LEGO treasure while racing, soaring, and zooming across an expansive landscape.
||Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Type: B2P Sandbox
Release Date: June 01, 2015 (Early Access)
Pros: +Open-ended LEGO builder. +Procedurally-generated worlds. +Loads of customization.
Cons: -Clunky controls. -Limited content, becomes repetitive. -Wonky camera makes building difficult.
Diablo 3 is an action RPG where players choose one of six classes to crawl through dungeons and defeat the minions of hell. A huge catalog of skills and randomized equipment drops enable players to customize their playstyle.
||Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Type: Action RPG
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Pros: +Competitive ladder system. +Huge number of skills for each class. +Cooperative play with up to 4 players.
Cons: -Highly repetitive gameplay. -Limited PvP system. -No server finder.
The Repopulation is a 3D sci-fi themed sandbox MMORPG with open ended, player driven gameplay. The Repopulation offers a mix of RPG and shooter style gameplay with skill-based progression.
||Publisher: Idea Fabrik
Type: Sandbox MMORPG
PvP: Faction Based
Release Date: December 19, 2014
Pros: +Vast, feature rich game world. +Player driven economy. +Hybrid RPG/Shooter combat.
Cons: -Steep learning curve. -Clunky user interface. -Dated visuals.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a multiplayer action game that emphasizes melee combat. Enter a brutal medieval battlefield by choosing from four classes and fight using one of sixty medieval weapons. Intense game modes include players besieging castles, slaughtering each other in the arena, and raiding villages with up to thirty-two players in one match.
||Publisher: Torn Banner Studios
Type: Melee PvP
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Pros: +Entertaining gore effects. +Deep combat mechanics. +Objective-based game modes.
Cons: -Toxic community. -Random game crashes. -Hit-box detection issues.
Elder Scrolls Online is a fantasy MMORPG set on the sprawling continent of Tamriel. Choose between three factions and four classes to customize your character. An open-ended skill system lets you fight monsters and other players or steal and murder NPCs as you please.
||Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: April 4, 2014
PvP: Alliance Wars (Faction Wars)
Pros: +Player choices affect the world. +Active combat. +Steal, pickpocket, and & murder NPCs. +Expansive PvP system.
Cons: -Known bugs. -Huge installation.