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  • MrJP - March 17, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Never heard of 'skyboxes' before, but if I've understood them properly here are some I enjoyed: -Ocarina of Time the sunny freedom of Hyrule Field the first time -Termina Field with the moon looming in MM. -Super Metroid, the thundery sky as you come out of the spaceship before entering the caves.
  • avantguardian - March 15, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    "Without Rapture, BioShock isn’t all that exciting of a game." that game is called 'singularity', and i enjoyed it quite a bit. as did dave, if i'm not mistaken. love this list. i do agree with others about mass effect (particularly the first). say what you will about that game and its evolution, but those skyboxes are consistently nothing short of epic.
  • Moondoggie1157 - March 15, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    While reading this, all I could think was "this must be a Houghton article". I really, really enjoyed this one, great work! I was blown away by the sky in RAGE... I literally just walked around for a bit looking upwards, it was reeeaally pretty. The thunderstorms in Red Dead: Redemption were really well done as well. I'd throw Ace Combat in here as well. There is nothing cooler than rocketing up 20,000 feet, looking down through the clouds at an unsuspecting pilot, and then just pouncing "death from above" style... Badass...
  • Rhymenocerous - March 15, 2013 4:18 a.m.

    I honestly thought that Tomb Raider picture was from Uncharted 2 at first. Ridiculously similar. Anyhoo, Shadow of the Colossus Skyboxes are quite remarkable, as they develop along with the story.
  • Fox_Mulder - March 15, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Same. I thought I was looking at the box art for Uncharted 2. Tomb Raider seems to be really good though, I'll probably pick it up after I beat Infinite 1999+ times.
  • winner2 - March 14, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    How in holy hell did y'all miss Skyrim? If not the nighttime northern sky with the arouras, savngarde's sky should be here for sure.
  • ObliqueZombie - March 14, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Great writing as always. All great picks, too. The earliest "impactful" sandbox I remember was Morrowind. It was so vast, so imposing that I remember not getting far at all. I did steal that same katana from that same store, though; with every damn character I made.
  • dcbernman - March 14, 2013 8 p.m.

    I think this might just be my favorite list on this site yet. My heart leaped when you mentioned Secret of Mana and linked to one of my favorite music tracks of all time. I also nergasmed when you went crazy with Skies of Arcadia. And I've never been more excited to get my hands on Red Dead Redemption. Still, I think it might have been worth mentioning the Homeworld 1 and 2 skyboxes. They were the first games to make me oogle over skyboxes in general, including the one I inhabit every day. I loved gazing at the sky before, but after Homeworld, cloud gazing became something of a spiritual experience for me.
  • strip-cartoon - March 14, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    The Heavy Metal skies of Brutal Legend need to be mentioned.
  • cricket0 - March 14, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    Ico, the "Im not getting out any time soon" Skybox Its so big and tall, and foreboding. its already sizeable enough when you go through it, but when your walking around on the top walkways of the castle, you see everything, and its hundreds of feet if not miles away
  • Ronnie-_- - March 14, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Really great list, this is why I constantly return to this site- unique features and articles. Keep up the good work, David.
  • pl4y4h - March 14, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Maybe the first red faction because the outside is always teasing you to your wish of freedom but your stuck fighting in the mining facility.
  • Z-man427 - March 14, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    I've never heard of skyboxes before now. Words get created so quickly these days...
  • Evernight57 - March 14, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    You forgot Fallout 3? For Shame. Like Halo the first hour is the cold hard steel of the Vault - your home. You flee from it and the huge steel gear-like door closes and seals behind you. You approach the rickety-ass door out of the cave - light streaming through it. You exit into a blinding light of the sun and bask in warmth. A bombed out ghosttown lies before you - houses and rubble and a barren wasteland. You know two things: 1) this is a destroyed world full of danger and 2) your path is now your own. This list was MADE for FO3. Not sure how it was omitted.
  • CUFCfan616 - March 14, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    I second this. The first time I stepped out of the Vault entrance and vision slowly returned to normal it was one of those moments in gaming. De
  • CUFCfan616 - March 14, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    stupid smartphone submitting comment before it's finished. Depending on where you are, DC is on the horizon. In New Vegas, the casinos are shining on the horizon. In Skyrim vast mountain ranges calling you to go climb them are spreading into the distance. Say what you want about the original Fallouts being better, Bethesda know how to code a pretty damned convincing worlds to explore
  • mikeylawson - March 14, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    No Mass Effect? You surprise me! I put down the controller and just sat and gawped at the Palaven skybox for about 10 minutes.

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