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Summer is a great time to take a vacation, but I like to travel to exotic locations in video games. Here is a list of locales I'd love to visit in the digital world.
Admittedly, some of these locations have probably been featured before (as much as I try, I still haven't been able to play every game ever made). Still, these scenic points are highly underutilized and I'd love to see them featured in games more often.
TenochtitlanThe Aztecs were a dark and mysterious people. This highly artistic culture was more advanced than we give it credit for. They had an advanced system for writing and keeping records, strange burial customs, and would often sell their own children into slavery. Not to mention their brutal human sacrifice rituals. A setting this dangerous and seedy is begging to be explored in a brutal action game.
IrelandThis might sound like an odd choice, but Ireland could be the perfect setting for a survival horror game (just check out the picture up top). Irish lore features some of the darkest and creepiest myths I've ever read: Halloween was derived from the Irish festival of Samhain, and Dracula may have been inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach. Irish legends are filled with tales of magic and creepy forest creatures ripe for exploring.
Gangs Of New York-era New YorkNew York isn't new to the video game stage, but early, undeveloped New York is. Sure, Martin Scorsese's Oscar Nominated Gangs of New York was somewhat fictionalized, but that doesn't stop it from being a vibrant setting ripe for a video game. Imagine a New York set just before the Civil War, in a time when the laws were loose, and sword-slinging gangs ruled the streets. Imagine a New York where thousands of foreigners (many of whom didn't speak English) were crammed into a few blocks of New York slums. Now imagine GTA set in that version of Liberty City. (I'd also accept '80s New York.)
MadagascarForget about that silly Ben Stiller flick; if you want an alien landscape, check out Madagascar. This south African "island" is about the size of Texas and 70 percent of its animal species as well as 90 percent of its fauna are found nowhere else in the world. Take Far Cry 3's open-world gameplay and throw it into Madagascar for an interesting twist. Add some sci-fi elements or a some magical gnomes if you're feeling really spicy.
The MoonHave you ever seen Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller, Moon? If you have, then you know that a story-based murder mystery set in a lonely way station located on Earth's satellite would be killer. Explore a once high tech, but now largely outdated space station, leap to ridiculous heights thanks to the moon's low gravity, and brave the extremes of the lunar atmosphere. What will you do when the station's life support systems begin to fail?
Those are my ideas for some great video game locals. What setting would you pick for a game if you had the power?
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Hell how about a stealth game set in Vietnam? They used all their tunnels & stuff during the Vietnam War. It would be pretty cool to explore that.
Routine looks like a good game that'll be on the moon. I for one want to see some untouched nature, like a stone age RPG or something.
A game set during the French Revolution screams Assassin's Creed to me.
um, can you change the title of this article to "locations"? "settings" is a misleading adjective, particularly in reference to video games.
Scotland,or any other Celtic nation. They all have long histories.
Holy mother of god, a Moon-like game would be amazing.
...so would a Moon Knight game. But alas, I dream.
An open world game where you play as the wildlife of the African plains. Hunting down a zebra as a leopard or lion would be cool.
I say, let's take all of your ideas and put all of the settings into one game. How do we accomplish such a feat? One acronym comes to mind...ready...TARDIS!
Besides Doom, we already have a fantastic game that is also a murder-mystery filled with intrigue set on the moon:
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. More people need to play that game.
I would enjoy a game in all these settings, Ben. I may also add any area with mountainous regions, like a Mount Everest type setting.
I had a DS game called Moon long ago. It was pretty good, and based on the moon if you can believe it.
Wow, the moon was sure a twist ending
If there's anything AC3 taught me other than American history buffs hate us Brits. Its that New York era America is a *** place for a game.
The buildings are few, ugly and small, the frontier is expansive but empty, the British are coming, everyone is in a stupid wig, Black people are enslaved and everyone is more interested in farming and acquiring native Indian land than anything good for a game, maybe an exploitation based harvest moon would be good. (Just to say I think the English were wrong and they deserved the arse kicking George gave them.)
80's New york would be great though.
Atlantis. Manifest Destiny era America. School/the workplace. The world of Monsters Inc. if it were less Disney/civilized/family-friendly and more horror monsters that will rip you apart and plant a baby in your corpse that will blow you up from the inside out.
I think that St. Petersburg during Dostoevsky's time would be great.
Maybe a turn of the century Japan or China? Right when guns started coming about so samurai and ninja were trying to find there way around projectile weapons. Good stealth/survival/strategy game idea. Make it more realistic than Shinobi or Ninja Gaiden. Like couple hit kills, good A.I. etc..
I would love each and everyone of these locales. Heck most would make a great AC game. Kudos to you!