Sand Land, the upcoming game based on Akira Toriyama's obscure manga, has piqued my interest with its beautiful open world. Now, I know what you're thinking - another Bandai Namco adaptation? But hold on a second, because Sand Land might just surprise us all. The publisher has a knack for creating vibrant worlds and delivering satisfying gameplay, and this game seems to be no exception.

Before I even watched the new nine-minute gameplay trailer, I was already excited about Sand Land's potential. But oh boy, did the trailer exceed my expectations! It introduced us to Spino, the dilapidated hub town where you can customize your living quarters using a variety of furniture and decorations. It's like Animal Crossing on steroids! The trailer showcased a chill hideout, a forest-inspired room, and even a "cyber style" living space. I can already imagine myself losing countless hours just hanging out in these awesome places.

But here's the kicker: as you progress in the game, defeating enemies and completing side quests, Spino will transform from a ravaged town into a thriving city. With its expansion comes a plethora of new opportunities, including rare components from merchants and new services for hire. It's exciting to see how the city evolves and opens up new gear and quests. And visually, Spino is an absolute feast for the eyes.

Now, we've already caught glimpses of Sand Land's Mad Max vibes with its vehicle customization and post-apocalyptic environments. However, the latest trailer takes it up a notch. You'll have the chance to interact with Ann, an NPC at the garage in Spino, who will help you equip your vehicles with rocket launchers, lasers, machine guns, and shotguns. But that's not all – you can also upgrade their traversal capabilities and durability, and customize their appearances to match your style. It's vehicular madness in the best possible way!

But wait, there's more! Brace yourself for a surprising twist: Sand Land features a flippin' Mario Kart mini-game. Yes, you heard that right! You can take your fully kitted-out vehicles and engage in fast-paced races through various terrains. The 3-2-1 countdown timer at the beginning of each race truly captures the essence of a Dragon Ball Kart experience. This unexpected addition has completely won me over.

Sand Land is set to release on April 24 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and PC. It's still too early to determine its overall appeal, but one thing's for sure – it's a game that combines the charm of Animal Crossing, the intensity of Mad Max, and the sheer fun of Mario Kart. Whether it becomes a standout title or quietly joins the ranks of Bandai's similar-looking games, I can't wait to immerse myself in this wild and wacky adventure.

In the meantime, if you're craving some JRPG action, be sure to check out our list of the best JRPGs you can play today. Who knows, you might discover a hidden gem to keep you entertained until Sand Land arrives!

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