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Our Top 15 Favorite Game Locations!

26 Apr 2016

We like to make lists of our favorite things in games on our Tumblr, and we recently went through our top 15 game locations! In case you don't follow us on Tumblr (which you should! We post lots of great stuff there) we've compiled the list right here! We tried limiting it to one entry per game to keep it fair (there are a few exceptions), and even when the entire game should have been entered we settled on the specific area that is our favorite. Let us know what your favorite game locations are and why in the comments below! Do you feel like we missed out on any, or did we ace it? We would love to hear your opinions!

 

In order from number 15 to our all time favorite:

 

15 - Versailles, Assassin's Creed Unity

The Assassins Creed series does some of the greatest game trailers that exist, literally giving us goosebumps every time. AC: Unity was no different, with each trailer getting us more and more excited for a trip to the French Revolution. And it didn’t disappoint. Now, let’s not get too hung up in the bugs and glitches, because the game looks amazing. AC: Unity was our first game on the XBOX: One, and really does a great job at showing of new generation graphics. It was early in the game when you first see Versaille that we were really blown away. If you’d shown us a picture of the scene we might not have known it was a game at all. Versailles is one of Lou’s favorite places in the world, so for her to experience it so well executed in a game was a pretty big deal, and it’s something that stuck with us.

 

14 - Lavender Town, Pokemon series

 

The greatest children’s entertainment are the shows and games that also appeal to a more mature audience. The ones with hidden themes, optional complexity and well executed design/writing/directing. Let’s not get too much into the arguments surrounding this, but we feel like the Pokemon games belong in this category. And as an example to why let’s look at one of our favorite places in the Pokemon universe; Lavender Town. The moment you arrive, the entire mood of the game changes. No longer is it cheery and bright, nor is it intense and exciting. It’s melancholy, dark and disturbing. It’s unique and somber music, the tower of the dead (literally: there are ghosts all over), the story of vengeful spirits and loss. It’s dark, it’s different and it’s one of the most memorable experiences in a Pokemon game.

 

13 - Timeless River, Kingdom Hearts II

 

We like to make lists of our favorite things in games on our Tumblr, and we recently went through our top 15 game locations! In case you don't follow us on Tumblr (which you should! We post lots of great stuff there) we've compiled the list right here! We tried limiting it to one entry per game to keep it fair (there are a few exceptions), and even when the entire game should have been entered we settled on the specific area that is our favorite. Let us know what your favorite game locations are and why in the comments below! Do you feel like we missed out on any, or did we ace it? We would love to hear your opinions!

 

 

12 - Halo Installations, HALO series

The Halo series has recently released it’s fifth installment, and while the titular Halo rings aren’t as central to the plot anymore, they were definitely part of what made us fall in love with the original games. If you’re not familiar with Halo, the games are named after ancient ring shaped space stations that exist throughout space. Each of these rings has it’s own ecosystem and climate, simulating earth like conditions. While they might look nice and cozy they actually hold some pretty nasty secrets, which I won’t spoil here if you still haven’t played the games. Racing across the already beautiful terrain while seeing the ring world tower above you truly feels epic, and it’s a feeling we won’t soon forget.

 

11 - Fort Frolic (Rapture), Bioshock 

As an overall game world Rapture is one of our favorites and choosing just one area in it was really hard. We love the 1950′s aesthetic, and the dilapidated underwater world is so meticulously well designed. In the end we narrowed down, and chose the culture district of Rapture, Fort Frolic, as our favorite. Home to the insane genius Sander Cohen, it offers up quite a few surprises despite only being available in the second half of the game. The overall atmosphere of Bioshock is so tense and thrilling, and Fort Frolic is no different. It has some of the best jump scares in the game, as well as one of our favorite characters from the Bioshock series.

 

10 - Teldrassil, World of Warcraft

In some circles World of Warcraft has a bad rep, but honestly it doesn’t deserve it. It’s a great game, though it’s dangerously addictive. We played in every expansion, including vanilla, but have since stopped purely due to a desire to actually play other games as well. At times however, I do long for it. It’s a surprisingly beautiful game despite being a bit graphically challenged after 10 years. The music and art style of certain areas all contribute to why we could spend hours doing absolutely nothing in the game. And one of our favorite places to just hang out online was the great tree (it’s not a world tree to those who felt like correcting me there) island of Teldrassil. Here the ancient, moon worshiping night elves make their home, having built their capital on the branches of the sizable tree. It’s magical and wonderful, and after looking up all these images we just might re-subscribe. 

 

9 - Macalania Woods, Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy games are really pretty, and I don’t just mean that you run around with 6-10 modelesque characters, but the settings are always stunning. From techno-magical metropoleis to crystal forests the Final Fantasy series covers a vast array of unique landscapes. Macalania Woods was always one that really stood out to us as a serene and somber magical place. It’s the setting for one of the most memorable scenes in Final Fantasy X, as well as a backdrop for quite a few other ones. It’s one of those special moments that really change the atmosphere of the game, and it really touched us in a way that few games manage.

 

8 - The Shattered Library, Dragon Age: Inquisition