When it comes to video games, specifically the ones that are more story-driven, the setting is often just as important as the story, characters and gameplay. In many cases, the landscapes act as a character.
Sure, gameplay and story are vital to any video game. After all, if it’s not fun to play and the story doesn’t capture your imagination, then why should you be playing it? However, they are just two pieces of the puzzle. Landscapes help paint the picture and reinforce a narrative, provide challenges for the player to overcome and actually make you care about what’s going on in the game.
As games continue to outpace movies and television as the most profitable medium in entertainment, and professional actors continue to become a part of them, the worlds that are constructed for players to “live in” become all the more vital.
These settings are, let’s face it, more exciting than our own, which got us thinking: What video game worlds would we like to call home? Here are some of our top choices.