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But in all seriousness and in regular font size I am here with what I think are the top 5 strangest places in video games.
You know you are playing a game and you just happen to run into a place, location, city, etc. that is just plain weird. Whether it's the people, the buildings, the atmosophere, or maybe they don't have bathrooms or something I don't know lol.
And without further beating around the bush, we'll start with number 5!
5. Alexandria from Final Fantasy 9
It may strike some as odd that I picked this city as one of the strangest places in video games at first. Maybe if I refresh everyone's memory about Alexandria we'll have an, "AH-HA!" moment.
From the minute you start the game and roam through Alexandria as Vivi the strange black mage at the beginning of Final Fantasy 9 you notice that Alexandria is a normal looking place but you can't help but notice the weird looking people. There are bird-men, rat children, people with tails, muggers, and god knows what else I may be forgetting.
What may be even more weird is that Alexandria's entire army is comprised of very competent female soldiers and I mean all female. It is also led by a queen and it is never mentioned of it ever having a male ruler. The general of the army is a young girl named Beatrix who during every boss battle you face her in wipes the floor with you.
Though what is even stranger is that with a full army of capable females, it still has a full set of male knights who are all dumber than a box of rocks. Frankly I just think they keep them for entertainment purposes.
Though I think the most amazing thing about this city is that the castle is actually an enormous eidolon (or summon monster) named Alexander which is seen about half way through the game. It uses it's big wings to shield the castle (itself) from a large scale attack.
4. Outland from Warcraft and World of Warcraft
In the world of Azeroth at the very southern most region of the Eastern Kingdoms lies a barren area known as the Blasted Lands. Within this area is a large crater with a portal standing at it's base known as The Dark Portal. Those who step through this portal will find themself in the remnants of a planet known as Draenor or as most would call it Outland.
When you first enter Outland you see it's shattered sky, and multiple planets above it which is a peninsula known as Hellfire Peninsula. Demons fight constantly here trying to enter Azeroth through The Dark Portal. I don't think I will ever forget the sky here, it's something that is so odd and yet very beautiful to look at. While most of Outland doesn't quite look as different and as strange as Hellfire Peninsula it definitely has it's quirks in many of it's regions. Nagrand which looks like a regular cliff top area has many pieces of the obliterated planet of draenor just floating above it with endless streams of water pouring off of them. And then there is Blade's Edge Mountains which has large spikes covering all of the mountain range in the region.
Though I think that both Netherstorm (top of the above two pictures) and Shadow Moon Valley (bottom of the above two pictures) are both very unique as well and probably the most memorable. They are both located at the top and bottom of Outland and are also houses to the two rulers of Outland. Kael'thas Sunstrider uses Netherstorm in the north to harvest the magical energy that comes from the purple nether lightning that comes from the sky to enhance his own power and that of his people. While Illidan Stormrage resides in the south in Shadow Moon Valley where infernals rain from the sky and the looming Black Temple stands over the entire region.
Outland is definitely a weird place but it's also fascinating.
3. Rapture from the Bioshock series
If you look at this picture of Rapture from Bioshock you probably think, "Oh it looks like a regular city. With lights and it's really fancy! Oh there are a couple birds flying up in the top left corner of the picture."
Well guess what, those birds up on the top left of the picture are not birds. They are fish or some other type of aquatic creatures. Rapture is submerged under the ocean. A place where no gods or kings are allowed. Only men may reside there. A place where everyone is genetically enhanced to be the best of themselves and everything is perfect. Sounds great right?
These are the citizens of Rapture in the above picture, they are now known as splicers and essentially scour the city looking for the genetic enhancement product dispersed by Ryan Industries called ADAM. Basically they've all become crazed and addicted to it. Rapture is one creepy and terrifying place, but you may say, "Well hey, it may be scary but at least there are no gods or kings right?" Well not really, as you roam Rapture you find that the whole philosophy behind Rapture is flawed. Bibles have been smuggled in and the splicers are heard praying to god at times as well.
Well at least they don't have a king! Wrong again, there is Andrew Ryan, the bloody king of Rapture! He's probably the only person down there not deformed or addicted to ADAM.
Though I think the most associated thing with Bioshock and Rapture are the Little Sisters and Big Daddies. The little sisters are little girls that look harmless but they essentially run around and stick big needles into the splicers and suck all the ADAM out of them. This is of course after the Big Daddy rips them into little tiny pieces. The Big Daddies are also essentially the protectors of the Little Sisters.
This all seems very far-fetched especially if you haven't played Bioshock, and well if you haven't played Bioshock you really should. Though all of these things come together to make Rapture one very weird place.
2. The Shadow Temple from Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ok I'm going to admit that this place isn't all that strange or weird, except for maybe the hands that come and grab you in certain rooms of the temple. But the boss in the Shadow Temple is just plain weird. His name is Bongo Bongo and he tries to kill Link by banging on the giant bongo drum that Link is standing on lol.
And now for the Strangest and weirdest place in video games!
1. Doolin and the Netherworld from Folklore
Ok so I have never been in a stranger place in all my time playing games, just never! Folklore is set in a town named Doolin in Ireland, which actually exists in real life.
The town in the game is much more creepier than the actual place, I might add lol. Basically this whole game is weirder than weird. While I don't actually own the game anymore, I traded it in for credit at Gamestop I believe, I will never forget the pure strange and weirdness that came from this game.
Doolin in the game is apparently the only place where one can enter the Netherworld, or world of the dead. Doolin is also plagued by mysterious murders, like I seriously think like the whole village dies during this game lol. While Doolin has it's weirdness, like when the tavern is filled with strange creatures from the netherworld late at night when the town is sleeping. Or when weird faerys are in the cemetery by the woods.
Even so the Netherworld is even stranger. In the nether world you catch these strange creatures that you use to fight with and the environment is just plain bizarre. Frankly it's just too hard to explain as I'm typing this.
Even though Folklore was just one plain weird game that I'd never even dream of playing again, if you haven't played it I'd strongly encourage you to as it's definitely an experience.
And there you have it! What I think are the top 5 weirdest places in video games.
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