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I don't know about everyone else, but where I live,
the weather has been terrible. I mean constantly swinging from 30 - 70 degrees
all in the same week! Anyway, somewhere along the lines, this got me to
thinking about the weather in video games. I'm not really sure how many people
actually pay attention to weather when implemented inside a game, but I usually
do. I've always founding it intriguing, exciting, and at times, very impactful.
Here I will talk about those very games, the games whose weather left a
profound mark on my psyche.
Heavy Rain is an easy and obvious pick. The weather
in this game is impossible to ignore because it's a key element to the
storyline and in a sense, even the gameplay. In Heavy Rain you're racing
against the clock and the rain in an attempt to save your missing son. The
weather is fully integrated into the story and due to the near constant
rainfall, the game is a dark and dreary mess. But I mean that it in a good way.
The weather in Heavy Rain helps set the tone and in turn not only helps the
player to become more immersed in the environment but also the narrative
itself. By the end of Heavy Rain (depending on which ending you get) you'll be
relieved to see the yearly downpour come to an end, but you'll never forget
those horrific, nail-biting moments spent in the unrelenting storm.
It's no secret that Crystal Dynamics did an amazing
job with revamping Tomb Raider. Their take on the franchise brought a level of
depth and humanity to Lara Croft that we had never seen before. However, while
I was captivated by the new, down to earth Lara, about halfway through the game
it was the crazy mystical weather mystery that had totally captured my
interest. What was the secret behind this bizarre phenomenon? How would Lara
and her crew ever get off of the island? Would they be any match for the
ancient weather controlling scoundrel? How do you even defeat such a villain?
These are the questions that swirled about my head as I manically raced to the
finish, playing well into the wee hours of the morning, in an effort to finish
the game and solve the mystery in Scooby-Doo fashion! I was not disappointed.
The complete explanation for the abnormal weather was and unexpected one. And
the ending, when Lara truly comes into her own and transforms into the Tomb
Raider left me wanting more. I still think about my visit to the island of
Yamatai from time to time. However considering how horrible the weather is, it's
a place that I'm in no rush to revisit.
Depending on how much of my writing you've read, you
probably already know just how much I love Rockstar's Bully. It's safe to say
it's my favorite game and it takes that spot for a number of reasons, one of
which being a particular weather sequence that begins at the end of Chapter II.
That weather sequence is the beginning of a winter snowfall! Never in a video
game had I seen snow until I played Bully. To this day I can still remember my
initial feelings of awe and amazement as I watched those pixelated white flakes
fall from the digital sky. Truly, it was a sight to behold. And as I rode my
bike to the final challenge of Chapter II, all I could think about was how
beautiful the weather was. Even now, almost 8 years later, I still get excited
when I near the end of Chapter II. And when that snow begins to fall, I still
feel that same awe, that same amazement; and I still find myself stopping to
watch the emergence of winter.
Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was for me, a major
turning point in my gaming experience. It was the first "adult" game that I had
ever played (besides Doom 32x). It was my first real open-world/sandbox
experience. And it was the first game that I had ever played (once again,
besides Doom 32x) that was just so damned violent! I had never seen anything
like it; and like a glutton at a Golden Corral, I simply couldn't get enough of
it. And then, something strange happened. It began to rain. And when I say
rain, I mean dark luminous clouds, thunder, lightning, the whole shebang! It
was absolutely unheard of! Now maybe I had played games that had weather
changes prior to GTA: Vice City; however if I did, I certainly don't remember
them. GTA:Vice City sucked me in and refused to spit me out; and little yet
massive things like weather changes made living in the mouth of the beast all
the more enjoyable! To this day I remain a massive GTA fan, and that is in part
because of the first in game rain that I witnessed over 10 years ago. Something
so simple yet remarkable, stuck to me, latching on to my very essence and in a
sense, allowing GTA to mold my gaming interests from there on out. Who knew
that something so unassuming could be so life changing?
So, how do you guys feel about in game weather? Does
it affect your outlook on the game or is it just there, like a nice yet irrelevant
add on? Are there any weather based games that have stolen your heart as these
have stolen mine? Or what about in game weather based events; have any of those
impressed you? Feel free to leave feedback in the comments sections. As always,
thanks for reading, and Happy Gaming!