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5 Best Sandbox Games on Xbox Game Pass (April 2024)

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Building in a massive house in Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Sandbox games, perhaps more than any other gaming subgenre, allow for unparalleled freedom. These games transport players to fantastical worlds where anything is possible. This does a marvelous job of giving them a certain air of escapism and wonder that is certainly palpable. This freedom is also reflected in many of the gameplay mechanics present in these titles. That said, Xbox Game Pass offers an array of sandbox titles, each ranging in scope and scale. So, today, we are here to highlight the 5 Best Sandbox Games on Xbox Game Pass

5. Valheim

Valheim: Xbox Launch Trailer

Valheim, for many players, brings an unbridled sense of joy and freedom. In the open-world survival game, players are thrust into a mythical, mystical world full of gods and immensely strong creatures. It is within this world that players will have to learn to survive by any means. This will require them to not only learn how to craft the necessary items to make it through the day but also hunt, fish, and build homes with which to rest. The overall presentation and this game oozes style and immerses the player through its atmospheric environmental design, as well as other elements.

Along their journey, players will be able to construct grand halls, sail massive ships, and discover new lands and enemies. This taps into the game's core feeling of exploration, which is palpable from beginning to end. In addition to this, being able to enjoy the game in a multitude of different ways is also fantastic. Whether you simply wish to live in the world of Valheim or you wish to become a great warrior, the choice is yours. For these reasons, we consider Valheim to be one of the best sandbox games available on Xbox Game Pass.

4. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5: Story Trailer

We are taking quite a sharp turn on our list of the best sandbox games on Xbox Game Pass. Here, we have Far Cry 5. The Far Cry franchise has been well-known for its open-world nature and sandbox elements for quite some time. However, with Far Cry 5, the franchise is taken in a bold new direction. Players are able to choose not only the order in which they tackle goals but also be rewarded for doing so. Thwarting the efforts of the maddened cult leader Jacob Seed never once feels boring or repetitive.

This is due not only to the strength of the core gameplay loop Far Cry 5 offers but also to how it manages to make its world feel alive. The characters in the game are incredibly memorable and can leave quite an impact as well. The open world is teeming with life, allowing players to either hunt or gather resources in order to survive. The game also supports cooperative play for those who wish to play alongside their friends. All around, Far Cry 5 is an incredibly solid entry in the franchise and one of the best sandbox games on Xbox Game Pass.

3. Palworld

Palworld | Game Preview Launch Trailer

Our next entry, despite being the most recently released, has made a tremendous impact on the gaming industry. Here, we have Palworld. For those unaware, Palworld is a massive open-world sandbox game in which players are tasked with collecting creatures called Pals. Each of these Pals not only has their own unique quirks about them, but each has certain specializations as well. Whether you have a Pal that is more suited to help the player craft items or battle, this variety is fantastic for the game. In addition to this, goals can be tackled in a number of ways.

This ensures that players can approach the same problem from a multitude of angles. The creature designs are also phenomenal, with many of them being quite memorable. Additionally, players can enjoy this game cooperatively to a great degree. For players who desire more challenging content, it is out there, and for players who enjoy a more casual experience, there is plenty to love here. All in all, Palworld is one of the finest examples of what sandbox games can be.

2. Dragon Quest Builders 2

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 – Launch Trailer

The next entry on our list is Dragon Quest Builders 2. With a franchise as massive as Dragon Quest and a legacy of phenomenal titles, Dragon Quest Builders 2 had a lot of expectations. Well, we are happy to report that this game beautifully improves upon its predecessor's sandbox nature. The world of the game feels alive, not only due to the player's actions but also through its own lore and worldbuilding. For new players to the franchise, the game also features a storyline that isn't fully connected to the previous games.

This is wonderful, as it allows new players to jump headfirst into some of the most fantastic sandbox gameplay on the market. As players progress through the game, they will find more blueprints in order to build more items. This not only ties in wonderfully with the game's sense of freedom but also gives players goals for which to strive. Added to this, the game also features cooperative multiplayer for players to tackle alongside their friends. In short, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is one of the best sandbox games on Xbox Game Pass.

1. LEGO Fortnite

LEGO Fortnite Gameplay Launch Trailer

Our final entry is one that players will undoubtedly be familiar with. Here, we have LEGO Fortnite. The collaboration between these creative giants cannot be understated. Players can traverse a beautifully blocky landscape to explore. In doing so, they will face many challenges in this massively open world. Additionally, there are multiple ways to enjoy this title as well. For players who enjoy the more open-ended nature of sandbox games, there is a sandbox mode. For players who desire a bit more structure and danger, there is a survival mode.

Both of these modes showcase how wonderful LEGO Fortnite can be. Working alongside others or simply playing solo both feel marvelous. With an unrestricted sense of freedom, this game offers players the chance to truly play with the sandbox they are given. This is wonderful for players who wish to set their own goals, as well as those who enjoy a casual, relaxing way to play Fortnite. To close, LEGO Fortnite is one of the best sandbox games available on Xbox Game Pass.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Sandbox Games on Xbox Game Pass? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.