Explore the world during quarantine with these six intense video games! by - Aryachet
The 2020 havoc created by the COVID-19 has forced us to stay at home. There is almost no chance of embracing your wanderlust spirit to go out and see the world. However, this is also a great opportunity for gamers and even ordinary people to explore different places from the comfort of their homes and turning these gaming visits into real-life trips when life is back to normal. The games on this list are known for the beautiful and scenic backgrounds they provide, which can become areas of interest for both gamers and travelers. From playing single-player campaigns to spending time with your friends in multiplayer, here is a list of video games, which explore six beautiful places around the world.
So here are 6 incredible video games which can fill your urge to travel during the quarantine!
1. Forza Horizon 4
I used to listen to my friend talk about the cars in this game for hours on end. So, one day, I decided to try the game out for myself and see how it is. As a game for car lovers, Forza Horizon 4 takes place in a fictionalised version of Great Britain. Almost all types of terrains that you are likely to see when in Britain are available in this fictionalised version — the plains, mountains and chilly snow-covered roads reminding one of those English winters. The game introduces you to some of the most beautiful places in Great Britain such as Edinburgh, the Lake District and the Cotswolds, among many others. With an open-world concept, you can go anywhere you want, challenge people in races, attend and participate in the horizon festivals, and also play missions from the famous cars show Top Gear. Unlock outfits, emotes, cars, and even horns as you travel through the beautiful land, staying on the road, racing through the tight roads, or taking your car for a little adventure off the road. Drive through the rainy days of Britain the snowy seasons and heated summers. Be delighted when the sun is out because a sunny day is truly a rarity. You can be dazzled as you drive under the Aurora Borealis, an Icelandic and Scandinavian natural phenomenon occasionally visible in Britain’s night sky. Forza Horizon 4 is truly the perfect racing game that opens the window to real-life wonders of Britain.
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
I would often lose track of time while playing this game; one minute it is 2 ‘o’clock and the next minute it is 3:30. An entry into an enduring franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider challenges the player to conquer their fears and climb their way through natural relief such as the icy mountains of Siberia (Russia). With the raging wind and high risk of falling, this game is not for the faint-hearted. Surviving in the wild, away from any civilisations and trying to fend off the perils of the jungle are essential challenges of the game. With confronting mountains to scale, Rise of the Tomb Raider puts you in the place of Lara Croft, a brave explorer who has set out on finding the ruins of an old city in the caves and mountains of cold Siberia. In this game, you go head-to-head against a violent sect known as Trinity. Your mission is to find the key to everlasting life before the sect, for if they find it first only God knows what they will do. An artifact that Lara Croft finds in the game is called a “tug”. The “tug” is in reality a military standard or banner associated with the Mongol Empire. The game thus gets us acquainted with the history of Siberia, parts of which were ruled by the Mongols in the 13th and 14th century. So, get prepared, it will not be easy. Also, if Siberia is on your mind after playing the game, go on an exciting adventure trekking trip to Mount Altai in Siberia, and shop for quaint artifacts in this beautiful land.
3. Assassin’s Creed 2
One of the first games I got on the Xbox 360, the beautiful scenery seen in the background of Assassin’s Creed 2 is an accurate depiction of Italy during the Renaissance. With backgrounds like Mercato Vecchio and Palazzo Medici and historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, this game truly paints a beautiful picture of Florence. Assassins Creed 2 also takes you to places such as Tuscany and even Milan, where the protagonist becomes friends with the Sforzas, the ruling family of Milan during the Renaissance. Even the antagonist himself is a historical figure, known today as Pope Alexander VI or Rodrigo de Borja. The amount of attention to details like these make Assassin’s Creed 2 an exhilarating game to play. To truly have an experience of the architecture of the Italian Renaissance, one must definitely visit Ponte Vecchio and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which are the locations of special assassin tombs in the game. Indeed, videogames have that special ability magically making time travel possible!
4. Watch Dogs 2
Set in beautiful San Francisco Bay, Watch Dogs 2 places you in the birthplace of the technology revolution. as a tech-savvy protagonist Marcus Holloway, you become a member of a hacking organisation known as DEDSEC, and their missions will take you everywhere across the West US. From Oakland to Marion County and from the Golden Gate Bridge to the famous Silicon Valley, your mission is to expose a corrupt Congressman, who holds almost all the information about the people living in the Bay. From picturesque sceneries to the sun setting on water, Watch Dogs 2 gives you an immersive experience which is quite rare to get in the times of quarantine. Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Napa Valley wineries is a must when in San Francisco. The game convinces one enough!
5. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
The only role-playing game (RPG) on this list, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, gives a vivid picture of life in rural Bohemia, with the protagonist participating in a war. The games vibrant setting is an extremely realistic replication of Bohemia. Everything about it is serene and makes you feel like being a villager during the 15th century: Going to the market, stopping by at the tavern, which are big tourist attractions even nowadays in Bohemia, and ending the day at your humble home. Kingdom Come delivers a breath-taking experience no matter what you are doing, running errands for people or fighting in the army of the Holy Roman Empire. This game is as historically accurate as can be. Highly recommended for those who want to live during medieval times. Prague, Karlovy Vary and Kutna Hora are truly wonderful places if you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic.
6. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
One of the lesser known games of the Assassin’s Creed series, this game is one in a trilogy of games based in Russia, India and China. Made in a 2.5 D format, this game beautifully expresses the exotic aspects of India and what it was like during British rule. Parkour through beautiful palaces, hide from the guards, and lead a revolution against the British while hiding in the safety of the shadows. I recommend this game for anyone who wants to know about all the unique aspects of India such as its rich wildlife and the breath-taking monuments spread across the subcontinent. The game acts like a teaser inviting you to explore the heritage, which Indian people are so proud of. To get a taste of the heritage of India, one must visit the Taj Mahal and the Gateway of India, to mention just two. Both provide a splendid backdrop to the game.