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By Jess McDonell | @JessMcDonell and Dan Crowd on September 19, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT
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So many worlds....
Paragon City (because I played City of Heroes, not WoW)
Zeno Clash was a heck of a world. I didn't end up liking the game a whole lot but the art was amazing. American McGee's Alice is in the same class.
Good picks but when you limit yourself to 5 you miss a lot, like those mentioned initially. My favorite is Elder Scrolls but not mentioned was Deus Ex or Thief.
1) Nihilumbra - atmosphere and a sense of discovering yourself.
2) Knights of the Old Republic/SWTOR - Throwing away a beloved setting of a well-established IP was a risky move, but Bioware believed they could write Star Wars better than what was already available. And they succeeded. Travelling back several millennia before the movies allowed them to play with new races and establish a world where personal shields were enabling a comeback of sword fighting even for non-Jedi combatants. It also paved the way for number 3 on my list. Voss-ka is particularly amazing.
3) Mass Effect - Suddenly, I care about the relationships of a floating Jellyfish.
4) Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy: Coming at a time when 3D platformers was THE genre for videogames and when the genre seemed to fall stale, both introduced vibrant, diverse worlds that were memorably to me. The calming music as I swam underwater for the first time, the creepiness of Boo's merry-go-round in a haunted house. The joy of the bee costume as I navigated a honeycomb. The sense of excitement the first time I ran all around a 3D sphere and toyed with gravity. They're atmospheric in spades.
5) Portal/Portal 2 : I really love to test.
I guess these are your favorites... but it's funny, all the contenders you mentioned but then decided to not include seem more worthy to be included in this video. But that's just me... :-)
Devil may cry is my favorite !! And all Final Fantasy worlds and Chrono Cross are pretty nice too
dont like watching vids so dunno which u mentioned, but Legacy of Kain world is very good as to lore and everything, one of my favorites (among the less known ones as TES etc. are somethign which everybody repeats all the time)
Ivalice (even tho Vagrant Story may not be the best representative of it, Lea Monde is still amazing, but yeah... FFXII, FFT, FFTA...)
Resonance of Fate.
American McGee's Alice's world (especially in sequel)
Ico/Shadow of Colossus
Anno 2070, that architecture <3
Warhammer 40 000
Out of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim, I'd sooner pick Morrowind, over the other two, due to less generic architecture.
I only have one "most memorable": EverQuest circa 2000
Hmm I'm going to think of lesser known ones. Metro 2033 world is fantastically grim.
Planescape Torment is so deep in lore and bizarre its probably my favourite setting.
This one might be cheating but the Sam & Max world is pretty unique. It's not so much about the world but the characters are talking animals along with humans.
Oh and Serious Sam. I'm into Pyramids and Egyptian mythology so that world is one I would explore and be amazed by it.
Some of my favorites are Zelda, Mass Effect, Bioshock, Dragon Age, Metroid and Fallout.
JESS, good to see you! Where have you been?Hope to see more commentary from you soon. This list is crap, though. Utter poo.Re-do and go with the honorable mentions.
Here is my top 10! Let me know what you think.
- Made me feel like I had been sucked into my TV. I spent hours walking around doing nothing but admiring the world.
2. Witcher 3
- Best story telling and largest world to explore on my list. This is as high fantasy as it gets.
3. Mass Effect
- I'll never forget exploring the Galaxy on the Normandy. Best space game ever made.
4. Red Dead Redemption
- This game made me feel like I was in the old west! Great story telling and excellent world design.
5. Zelda ocarina of time
- This is the game that started it all for me! I had never felt so free in a video game and I beleive this game paved the way for open world gaming.
6. Assassins Creed
- They really do a good job bringing the player back in time.
- What I loved about this world is the fairy tale vibe that it gives off.
8. Dragon Age Inquisition
- Dragon age felt like a mix of fable and darksiders 2.
- Loved all the different modes of transportation in these games.
10. The Last of Us and Uncharted
- The detailed environments in these series really bring the action to life. I can't wait to see what is next from naughty dog
Anyways that's my list! Let me know what you think.
That eyeliner is on point.
sweet the gist is back - seems so long unless iv been asleep under a rock
Nirn, not Nim. :D
I'd put The Zone from the Stalker series up with most of these games, not exactly a pretty game world but it actually played a role in gameplay rather than just being set dressing. I wasn't a fan of the world of Dark Souls or Zelda, though.
Interesting choices... I'd have listed Lord of the Rings Online ahead of World of Warcraft in every way. One pick has me totally stumped though. I simply can't imagine how Hyrule could even be on a list of top 50, much less a list of top 5. I can only assume it comes from channeling memories of wonder experienced when playing it as a child and not evaluating it with mature eyes.
How about the Shadow of the Colossus world? The giants are as much part of the scenery as the game itself. Nosgoth also comes into mind, and the world of Chrono Trigger and all its ages are awesome as well.
All of the worlds mentioned were at the very least respectable, Hyrule looked like a giant empty space after seeing all those. I can't say graphics were the problem as much older games have much more fleshed out game worlds.
@Ultramarinus: Hyrule field is a giant empty space, but just the design or the world isn't the only thing that makes the world endearing. You can have a beautifully designed world, but without the content, characters and gameplay seamlessly blending into that design, you got nothing. That's where Zelda fits in and when OoT came out, that world was definitely cutting edge.
The 'honourable mentions' at the start ould be my list.