The 15 Best Sandbox Games

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As one of the biggest and most expansive genres, sandbox games offer unlimited freedom to explore vast open worlds and shape your experiences. Whether you want to build empires, survive against all odds, or just mess around with physics, sandbox games empower your creativity and help satisfy your sense of exploration from the comfort of your own home. In this list, we highlight the 20 best sandbox video games that let you write your own story, with open-ended gameplay and emergent storytelling that create endless possibilities for fun, discovery, and imagination. From roleplaying epics like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to physics playgrounds like Garry's Mod, these titles allow players to unleash their creativity. The only limit is your imagination—these exceptional sandbox games provide the tools, but it's up to you to play with them.

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1. 'Minecraft'

2. 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim'

3. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

4. Crusader Kings III

5. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

6. No Man's Sky

7. Starfield

8. Red Dead Redemption 2

9. Grand Theft Auto V

10. Garry's Mod

11. The Sims 4

12. Stardew Valley

13. Just Cause 4

14. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

15. Terraria

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