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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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Man, I love Gangs of New York, and I've recently started watching Copper, if I could just get a good openworld game set in both that place and time, I'd would have a blast.
Totally agree, but with a couple of extras. I would love to see a game set in the early colonial period of the United States, particularly somewhere in the 1600s. I have never seen a game set during that time in America, there's just so much potential though. I would love to see an Assassin's Creed game take place during that time period. Vietnam War would be pretty cool as well.
I couldn't agree with you more on the New York era setting. It would be pretty awesome.
I didn't know i wanted a far cry set in Madagascar until I read this article. Now i REALLY want the next far cry game set there
A survival horror set in the Game Informer offices, and Tim Turi is the villain!
I always thought Antarctica would be a "cool" place because its so desolate.
La Sagrada Familia.
What we need is a game set in Bruges, it's like a fairy tale.
A horror game in Ireland does sound pretty good. I read some of the myths and legends from there and they freaked me out. Probably would have to take place on Samhain (we now know it as All Saint's Day).
1880's NYC would be good for something crime ridden like AC, but they were already there in 3.
Settings I'd really like to see myself would be New Zealand since it has virtually every environment in the world, the Incan Empire which was around the same time as the Roman Empire but was much more advanced allowing maybe some sci fi if you want to add aliens, and, just for laughs, the Sun, much more extreme than the Moon imo.
except for Tenochtitlan I agree with the other 4, Ireland sounds like a beautiful but eerie kind of place for a survival horror game, and the 'gangs of new york' era is an awesome choice and a great idea.
1860s New York would be awesome! I just started watching the BBC's 'Copper' and a crime game/sandbox like GTA (or, I suppose, LA Noire) would be super cool!
...dang it. Now I want that game.
THIS IS AWESOME! You mean like Tommy Gun, Italian dude gangs?