Every video game fan, casual or hardcore, has had the fantasy of being inside the game themselves. Although, whether they’re committing crimes on the streets of San Andreas or battling the Greek god’s in the depths of hell, they don’t take the time to fully appreciate their surroundings either. That’s a huge discredit to the game developers who have put blood, sweat and time into creating the picturesque beauties that are our game landscapes.
To ensure nerd justice is achieved in society, this landscape list has been created to show the best in-game worlds — we’d would buy a virtual plane ticket to visit. If you do not see your favorite game on the list do not be disheartened, it was close to impossible to narrow it down to just five. After considering the aesthetics of the game, the activities that would available on the virtual vacation and general popularity of the title, the list was dissolved into five equally astounding games:
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The aforementioned episode in the Grand Theft Auto franchise can be summed up into one word: mayhem. Based upon Los Angeles, the felony-filled place that is San Andreas sees visitors basking in the sunlight at lunch and witnessing drive-by shootings at dinner. That’s excitement! Granted, this is not a family-friendly world, but if you want to partake in shootings, extortion, prostitution, robbery and car chases — all with minimal consequences — then this is the place for you.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time – Hyrule
For the less chaos and excitement driven, maybe a nice trip to the land of Hyrule is what’s in order. The Nintendo 64 classic Legend of Zelda — which looks retro now but was once considered the best graphics-heavy game ever created — places the player into various landscapes, from lush countryside’s to medieval-esque towns. Hyrule is the perfect destination for a would-be sightseer.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 — yes, another Nintendo 64 title — might be the greatest video game of all time. It pits the player as Mario, in Bowser’s castle on a mission to rescue his precious Princess Peach. The mystical castle allows players to jump into various portraits, transporting them into several other mini worlds, each mini world bringing something new to the table. This castle would be ideal for the adventurous sort, hoping for the unexpected and usually getting it around every corner.
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar (the creators of the Grand Theft Auto, see above) really out did themselves on the aesthetics of this game, creating the old west that you have always dreamed of – minus the zombies. For lovers of westerns, visiting the world of Red Dead Redemption would be dream come true: riding horses in the dry plains, shotgun saddled around your back, toothpick in mouth ready for any lowlife miscreants. The game is beautiful and really captures the essence of the old west. John Wayne would be proud.
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Minecraft, a Mojang-developed phenomenon, took the world by storm no less than five years ago. It’s a cube filled world in which everything can be mined and then turned into something else. For all you creative and imaginative sorts, this is the place for you; visiting a world where you can create anything you have ever wanted (within reason), with any material you could think of. Although the building aspect may not be an ideal holiday for most, who wouldn’t want to live in their dream home?
Thanks to Jamal Asskoumi — blogger, journalist, video game addict and entrepreneur — for guest writing this post.