Top 30 Best Free-Roam Sandbox Games

This is a genre that has offered quite a few awesome games in the past decade. It is likely one of the most enthralling in terms of plot, and has some of the most compelling visually appealing bonus features, including but not limited to the wide variety of side quests and the free-roam aspect. Sandbox games have come a long way and offer a large amount of replay value.
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1.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
After being released from jail, Tommy Vercetti left Liberty City for Vice City, a city overrun by the mob. Now, Tommy is out to make Vice City his home.
 
2.
Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.
Director: Navid Khonsari
 
3.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young man who's kicked out of the army precedes to rise through the ranks of multiple gangs in the glamourous and dangerous Vice City in the mid 1980's.
 
5.
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Niko Bellic comes to Liberty City, America to live the good life, but ends up having to assist his dangerously indebted cousin Roman with his financial troubles, by any (mostly illegal) means necessary.
 
6.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Luis Lopez is the bodyguard and business partner of famous Liberty City nightclub owner Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince...
 
7.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
A family tragedy prompts a man to return home, only to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which he must regain control of the streets before it gets even worse.
 
8.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Johnny Klebitz, Vice President of a gang of outlaw bikers called The Lost Motorcycle Club, has been keeping the brotherhood afloat while its President...
 
9.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
You play the Marvel Ultimate Universe versions of Spider-Man and his nemesis, Venom, as both clash with each other and others.
Director: Chris Busse
 
10.
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
As Bruce Banner, he is merely just another guy named Bruce... but as the Incredible Hulk... he's more than a man...
 
11.
Jak II (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
After being tortured and experimented upon in a dystopian city for two years, Jak escapes from prison and joins a rebel group, hoping for answers to his newfound dark powers.
 
12.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When mysterious surveillance equipment, mind control cola and aliens terrorize Springfield, only the Simpsons can find out why and save the town.
 
13.
Jak 3 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
After being unjustly exiled to the Wasteland, Jak discovers the secrets of his past in addition to a dark force which is threatening the planet.
 
14.
Just Cause (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
 
15.
Just Cause 2 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Rico Rodriguez, a CIA agent, travels to the infamous and beautiful island of Panau and joins various tribes bent on destroying each other. What follows is a story of politics, greed and exploration throughout the huge open world of Panau.
 
16.
Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ramio "Ram" Cruz, a youthful criminal turned DEA agent seeks for his father's murderers in the city of Los Toros...
Director: Simon Andreasen
 
17.
Spider-Man 2 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Spider-Man/Peter Parker struggles between his personal life which involves Mary Jane Watson and his superhero life where he joins up with a vigilante known as Black Cat battling a series of foes including the mad Doc Ock.
Director: Tomo Moriwaki
 
18.
Bully (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Jimmy Hopkins is a bad kid with a principle he don't hurt the good he's put in the worst school in the country Bullworth Academy and he must help the good and hurt the bad but he's only 15.
 
19.
Crackdown (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Set in a futuristic city, it is up to the agent to help clean it up and keep this city free from crime.
 
20.
The Godfather (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Set in New York from 1945-1955, Players will join the Corleone family as "soliders" and work their way up the ranks through loyalty, fear, and any number of illegal activities. The goal is to become Don of your own mafia family.
 
21.
The Godfather II (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A video game in which players control a new member of the Corleone crime family who is rising through the ranks.
Director: Si Duy Tran
 
22.
Mafia II (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The chronicles of Vito Scalletta, a young Italian immigrant who joins the Italian mafia, but soon gets in over his head when illegal drug dealing and deception take place.
 
23.
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
You play a 1930s mobster as you act out your confession of your rise in the ranks of organized crime.
Director: Daniel Vávra
 
24.
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
You play as the ruthless Cuban gangster Tony Montana. Sosa took everything you had and you are going to get it all back. Tony continues too buy buissness'. He continues to deal drugs. He continues on his quest to kill Sosa.
 
25.
Saints Row 2 (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Several new upstart gangs have been able to sweep in and make their mark on Stilwater. As leader of the Saints...
 
26.
Saints Row (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
We want Saint's Row to be the next step in the evolution of open world games. It is a game that gives...
 
27.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
North Korea seems to be opening up to the outside world under the rule of Choi Kim. However, his son...
Director: Cameron Brown
 
28.
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Control one of the three mercenaries and seek revenge on the man who betrayed you and tricked you into starting a civil war.
 
29.
Yakuza (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
 
30.
Yakuza 2 (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X