#1 Edited by killr0y (114 posts) -

By game universes, I mean look at the game WITHOUT the gameplay mechanics or storyline. Try to look at it purely from a Virtual Reality perspective, and which worlds feel the most realized, complete, and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Fallout
  • Mass Effect
  • Red Dead
  • Borderlands
  • Rage
  • Gears of War
  • Dead Space
  • Half-Life
  • Bioshock
  • Condemned

Those are my top 10 (not ordered)

EDIT: Also if a game world has had such an impact on you where it made you want to do something you otherwise normally wouldn't have done (i.e. Skyrim got me into mead making) like Bioshock making you want to visit an aquarium, Borderlands getting you into comic books, or Condemed getting you into beating hobos with a steel pipe, I want to hear about that!

#2 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1203 posts) -

Elder Scrolls

#3 Edited by believer258 (12184 posts) -

You could make a list, you know.

EDIT: Not like this, I mean a list that goes here.

#4 Posted by killr0y (114 posts) -

@TheCreamFilling said:

Elder Scrolls

Definitely a great one, and I own all the games in the series... I just think about not having toilets or bathtubs in that game, and the giant spiders, and I would just not rather live in that kind of environment. Then again, playing Skyrim actually resulted in me making my own mead, and I'd go into pubs and drink mead in the game while emulating it at home. Damned immersive if you ask me!

#5 Posted by BeachThunder (12407 posts) -

I'm not putting 10, nor am I ordering them, just listing a bunch that I like:

  • Zeno Clash
  • Bioshock
  • Fallout
  • Septerra Core
  • Oddworld
  • Grim Fandango
#6 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Fallout.

/thread

#7 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Noby Noby Boy/thread.

#8 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

Rage? really? And you have it in the same list as Borderlands? really?

My answer is The Witcher. Maybe Mass Effect, if the characters weren't so dull.

#9 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4805 posts) -
Darkstalkers
#10 Posted by NTM (7542 posts) -

I said said:

  • Mass Effect
  • Red Dead
  • Gears of War
  • Dead Space
  • Half-Life
  • Bioshock
  • Alan Wake
  • Halo

There are probably more as well. If I had to put those in a category from favorite to least favorite of the favorites, I'd have to say.

  1. Dead Space, Bioshock, Half Life
  2. Mass Effect, Halo
  3. Alan Wake, Red Dead
  4. Gears of War

Oh, and I really love Shadow Moses. I don't know, there are a lot of great ones.

#11 Posted by HH (626 posts) -

If i had to pick an overall favorite design it would be the Tower of Latria from Demon's Souls, but no way I would actually want to be there outside of a game.

A game-world I would gladly move to... Elder Scrolls' Tamriel, also I loved the world in Viking: Battle for Asgard.

I did briefly look into herbalism as a hobby after picking nine million flowers in Oblivion, but that shit is locked down tight, it's basically pharmacology, which you need degrees and a license to practice, and there are laws against doing it for fun.

#12 Posted by Rowr (5824 posts) -

This is like some xbox greatest hits of the last 5 years shit right here...

#13 Edited by Baillie (4281 posts) -
  • Metal Gear
  • Mass Effect
  • Red Dead
  • Bioshock
  • Aperture
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Arkham
  • Mafia
  • Splinter Cell
#14 Posted by Animasta (14719 posts) -

Shin Megami Tensei Multiverse.

#15 Posted by LikeaSsur (1586 posts) -

I may be missing something here, but the Fallout, Mass Effect, Red Dead, Dead Space, and Condemned universes are all....well, ours. Maybe the Fallout universe is a bit more fantasy, since there hasn't been a nuclear apocalypse (yet), but the rest of the list is either reality or has the possibility to become reality. So why pick a universe that's almost exactly like ours?

I would go for Azeroth or Thedas, or any Final Fantasy world. A world where magic is real and either co-exists or replaces technology. Monsters are a real threat, towns and cities have clear borders and walls to protect the people. You know, fantasy stuff. Stuff that isn't regular to this reality.

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#16 Posted by Iodine (551 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Shin Megami Tensei Multiverse.

Mara approves.

Anyway, a lot of my favorites have already been said, so some other ones (also fuck lists having to end at 5, or 10, or 25, etc)

I will always love the "logic" that is used in the Pokemon universe. Just so fucked that it becomes awesome.

Metro's

Bastion

Starcraft

Xcom

Red Alert

#17 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Mass Effect

Elder Scrolls

Borderlands

Bioshock

Dragon Age

#18 Posted by jakob187 (21757 posts) -
  1. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - The overall world had a great dark and gothic feel to it, and every monument and craggy mountain felt like it belonged in that world.
  2. Alan Wake - It features some of the densest atmosphere I've ever seen. Beyond that, it grounds all of its characters, locations, and supernatural elements into firm existence.
  3. Red Dead Redemption - It's a no brainer. You can look at the three distinct major locations and find different influences from Western movies everywhere, ranging from John Ford to Clint Eastwood to Sergio Leone. Mix that in with a world that actually feels living and breathing. Seriously, it's fucking gorgeous.
  4. Dead Space - We're talking about the original here. It's another game that dishes out tons of atmosphere, but how all the areas of the Ishimura link together feels seemless, and the drenching tension of turning any corner is undeniably satisfying and frightening.
  5. World of Warcraft - I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more fleshed out game universe anywhere in the industry, whether you like the game or not.
  6. Vagrant Story - Maybe it's just because it's a personal favorite of mine (*cough*GREATESTGAMEEVERMADEPERIODEXCLAMATIONPOINT*cough*). It's not, though. The game features another seemless blend of atmosphere, characters, and a bit of mystery to it. Speaking of mystery...
  7. Myst - WHY THE FUCK HAVE NONE OF YOU PUT MYST ON YOUR LISTS?! It's one of the most ICONIC game universes out there.
  8. Doom - It's Hell in low resolution, but everything about it just feels right and iconic. When I think of Hell, I think of Cyberdemons, not Satan.
  9. Dante's Inferno - As much as the game sucks, the world that Visceral created around Dante's epic poem is worth kicking the difficulty to easy and having a virtual tour of Hell.
  10. Katamari Damacy - There are very few game universes that are nearly as unique and wild as the Katamari franchise. The original game absolutely deserves to be on this list.
#19 Posted by SexyToad (2722 posts) -

Pokemon.

#20 Posted by bemusedchunk (734 posts) -

Descent

Warcraft

#21 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3535 posts) -

@jakob187: Nice. Soul Reaver and Legacy of Kain are sorely missed.

#22 Posted by Elyk247 (371 posts) -
  1. Mass Effect
  2. Fallout
  3. Oddworld
  4. Mortal Kombat
  5. Elder Scrolls
  6. Dead Space
  7. Psychonauts
  8. Beyond Good and Evil

I couldn't get ten......Most games have worlds that are interesting of course, but some stuff gets way too convoluted to enjoy them much.

#23 Posted by wewantsthering (1594 posts) -
  • Bioshock
  • The Longest Journey
  • Elder Scrolls
  • Half-Life
  • Mass Effect
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Persona
  • Halo (I don't even really like these games, but its universe if great)
  • Alan Wake
  • Oddworld
#24 Edited by Triumvir (499 posts) -

10. Killzone: There's something compelling about the conflicts and politics of that world, but it never really get's fleshed out. Which is too bad, because I feel like there's probably a great deal of quality fiction to told there.

9. Assassin's Creed: The Templar vs Assassin thing is okay, but what really got me was the fucked up shit they added in the second game. The vault at the end, the hidden messages: you know the stuff I'm talking about.

8. Elder Scrolls: Personally, the overall setting of Tamriel can be pretty generic, but I pretty much have to include this because it's so well-realized as a game world. It's not one of my favourite settings, but it's one of my favourite game worlds to visit.

7. Fallout: Fallout's world is pretty compelling (even if the hokey music in the newer games becomes grating), but the East Coast stuff never held my imagination like the stuff from the first 2 and New Vegas.

6. Rocksteady's take on Batman: At once homage and reinvention: take the feel of the animated series, the diverse lore of the comics, and ad a pinch of Nolan-esque grit and you've something which stands as it's own, unique, video game Batman world (although Batman should probably lay of the 'roids).

5. Hitman: The world of Hitman is like a fun-house mirror pointed at the absolute worst parts of humanity. It's a bleak place filled with corruption and depravity, but also with wry cynicism and black irony. If you enjoy black humour, it's actually one of the funniest games series, in my opinion.

4. Deus Ex: Cyberpunk is cool. Cyborgs are cool. Conspiracy theories are cool. Dystopian futures are cool. Deus Ex is cool.

3. The world of team Ico: i.e. the world in which Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and the Last Guardian are, presumably, set. I dunno if the devs have come out and said it's all in the same world, but it sure as hell feels like it.

2. Uncharted: Weird choice? Consider that it exists in a world, ostensibly like our own, but which is filled with lost and ancient supernatural stuff lurking just outside the reach of the mundane, but there for anyone with the know-how and guts to find it. As someone who studies ancient history and myth and has had more than a passing exposure to archaeology, it's the perfect fantasy world.

1. Mass Effect: No other video game franchise has hooked my like that world. I know way, way too much about this fictional setting; I own most of the books and comics as well as a bunch of collectables (I've even considered shelling out cash for the replica Avenger rifle, but even I can't rationalize spending that much). Really, it's a sickness and it needs to stop.

Honorary mentions: The Witcher, Metro 2033, Warhammer 40K, Forgotten Realms. Because, well, they're based on books or role-playing systems (or both), so they're not technically game universes.

#25 Posted by killr0y (114 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

  1. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - The overall world had a great dark and gothic feel to it, and every monument and craggy mountain felt like it belonged in that world.
  2. Alan Wake - It features some of the densest atmosphere I've ever seen. Beyond that, it grounds all of its characters, locations, and supernatural elements into firm existence.
  3. Red Dead Redemption - It's a no brainer. You can look at the three distinct major locations and find different influences from Western movies everywhere, ranging from John Ford to Clint Eastwood to Sergio Leone. Mix that in with a world that actually feels living and breathing. Seriously, it's fucking gorgeous.
  4. Dead Space - We're talking about the original here. It's another game that dishes out tons of atmosphere, but how all the areas of the Ishimura link together feels seemless, and the drenching tension of turning any corner is undeniably satisfying and frightening.
  5. World of Warcraft - I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more fleshed out game universe anywhere in the industry, whether you like the game or not.
  6. Vagrant Story - Maybe it's just because it's a personal favorite of mine (*cough*GREATESTGAMEEVERMADEPERIODEXCLAMATIONPOINT*cough*). It's not, though. The game features another seemless blend of atmosphere, characters, and a bit of mystery to it. Speaking of mystery...
  7. Myst - WHY THE FUCK HAVE NONE OF YOU PUT MYST ON YOUR LISTS?! It's one of the most ICONIC game universes out there.
  8. Doom - It's Hell in low resolution, but everything about it just feels right and iconic. When I think of Hell, I think of Cyberdemons, not Satan.
  9. Dante's Inferno - As much as the game sucks, the world that Visceral created around Dante's epic poem is worth kicking the difficulty to easy and having a virtual tour of Hell.
  10. Katamari Damacy - There are very few game universes that are nearly as unique and wild as the Katamari franchise. The original game absolutely deserves to be on this list.

Myst is more like looking at a picture of something cool. I never felt like I was actually living there. Dead Space is creepy in a sci-fi slasher kind of way. Alan Wake is creepy in a child-molesting serial killer kind of way, and while it was a great game, its too creepy for me to ever consider playing again. Doom 3, I am in complete agreement. One of the first games where the textures literally popped-out at you (thanks to the newly utilized "normal mapping"). The Mars atmosphere could be considered the precursor to what we have in Dead Space. Dante's Inferno? Definitely an interesting pick, and the hellishness was definitely well realized.

#26 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6402 posts) -

Fallout has a pretty outstanding universe.

#27 Posted by zombie2011 (5048 posts) -

Halo.

After Reach i found out how deep the Halo fiction is and it's really great.

#28 Posted by Coafi (1494 posts) -

Silent Hill. That's the only place I wanna visit.

#29 Posted by WildFloyd (127 posts) -

How about some non-current generation universes like:

C&C (pre renegade)

Heretic/Hexen

Unreal (Origional only)

Quake

Metroid

KOTOR (acient starwars)

Resident evil (1-4)

As far as this generation goes I'd say:

Team fortress 2

Mirrors edge

Bayonetta

Half life (including portal)

Mass effect

#30 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -

Grim Fandango. It's a crime such a rich universe hasn't been used for more games.

#31 Edited by predator (357 posts) -

@WildFloyd said:

Unreal (Origional only)

I think Na Pali is one of the best realised and atmospheric game worlds ever. And Unreal tells a great story without any dialogue.

#32 Posted by StarvingGamer (8554 posts) -

Ivalice

#33 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6391 posts) -

Fallout

Mass Effect

Dragon Age

Elder Scrolls

Quest for Glory

Final Fantasy VII

Suikoden

King's Quest

Deus Ex

Full Throttle

Runner-ups: Grim Fandango, Red Dead Redemption, Might and Magic

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#34 Posted by DarthOrange (3892 posts) -

Here are my ten in no particular order:

Mortal Kombat

God of War

Little Big Planet

Jak and Daxter

Dark Souls

Resistance

Scott Pilgram

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken

Castle Crashers

Saints Row

#35 Posted by killr0y (114 posts) -

I'll raise your Little Big Planet by one Voodoo Vince ; )

#36 Posted by Epyk (15 posts) -

@WildFloyd: I always forget about the pupil-dilating fever dream that is the Bayonetta universe.

#37 Posted by Taborlin (177 posts) -

Red Dead - Landscape is gorgeous and cowboys are awesome.

Wind Waker - Throw in the background music and I WILL PAY ANYTHING to make that happen. Such a beautiful world and cute characters.

#38 Posted by Vinny_Says (5721 posts) -

It's hard to choose between dead space's raw, gritty, dirty and ugly space vs. Mass Effect's clean, shiny, ordered and sanitary space....

#39 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -
  • Dark Souls
  • Metroid Prime
  • Silent Hill (any of them really)
  • Okami
  • Majora's Mask
#40 Posted by Example1013 (4807 posts) -

pong

#41 Edited by Questionable (619 posts) -