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#1 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11476 posts) -

In general, "The Water Level" of any given video game is the bad one, and in some cases these sequences have become infamous. Remember the Water Temple? Gloomy Galleon? Those unfortunate underwater sequences in Devil May Cry 2 that are somehow worse than the rest of the game by a wide margin? Ok, maybe that last one was just me.

Thus, I ask the question that is also the title of this topic. The closest I can get off the top of my head is Jolly Roger's Lagoon in Banjo-Tooie, but even then I wouldn't call it one of the better levels in the game. I guess you could also count Ecco the Dolphin, though that entire game is a water level.

#2 Posted by jking47 (1209 posts) -
#3 Posted by Pr1mus (3810 posts) -

Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario 64 because the water levels are not bad at all and have amazing music.

#4 Edited by believer258 (11634 posts) -

One bad side effect of the popularity of LP's is that now, it takes more than five seconds to find a video of a certain part of a game without some dork's voice over it.

Also, those Donkey Kong Country levels if only because of the music.

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21252 posts) -

I seem to remember thinking the underwater segment in Dino Crisis 2 was kinda cool. Man, Dino Crisis 2 in general was just fucking awesome.

The swimming segments in Resident Evil: Revelations were also... inoffensive. Well they weren't terrible at least.

#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36008 posts) -

Remember the Water Temple?

I actually liked the Water Temple, although that may be because I almost got through it without a walkthrough (and I went to it for the dumbest thing).

I guess you could also count Ecco the Dolphin, though that entire game is a water level.

I will, however, deny the hell out of this. As for water levels that are good....maybe Starfy would count? I mean, it's almost all just one huge water level.

#7 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7050 posts) -

I think they did water levels really well with Rayman Origins and Legends.

#8 Posted by Yummylee (21252 posts) -

Also, I remember the water temple equivalent in Primal was alright. Been a long time since I've played it, though... Always meant to give it another run.

#9 Posted by Embryonic (143 posts) -

I don't think I ever got frustrated during the underwater world in Rayman Legends.

#10 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

El Nido Triangle in Chrono Cross and also Chronopolis, if that counts. Chrono Cross has a lot of water stuff in it but El Nido Triangle is great because it is short and also how you start the quest to get the most adorable JRPG character ever.

#11 Posted by Yummylee (21252 posts) -

Oh, oh! There's the occasional underwater section in Puppeteer which are just as charming and whimsical as the rest of the game. Though to be fair it's literally just an aesthetic and doesn't effect the gameplay.

#12 Posted by Kedi2 (242 posts) -

The water levels in Rayman Origins are okay.

#13 Posted by ghostyTrickster (282 posts) -
#14 Posted by Julius_McHup (10 posts) -

Amnesia

#15 Posted by Bos1014 (59 posts) -

I didnt mind during WoW Catclysmn i think im in the minority though the zone, Vashj'ir

#16 Edited by mokotronics (23 posts) -

My first underwater level love is above.

#17 Posted by 49th (2691 posts) -

Rayman Legends has fine water levels.

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#18 Posted by mokotronics (23 posts) -

My first underwater level love is above.

#20 Posted by mokotronics (23 posts) -

My first underwater level love is above.

#21 Posted by Alo81 (82 posts) -

The water levels were some of the best in Rayman Origins.

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#22 Posted by mokotronics (23 posts) -

My first underwater level love is above.

#23 Edited by Gruebacca (499 posts) -

Jolly Roger Bay was kind of cool. You spend more time exploring underwater at your own pace than trying desperately to get to air before you drowned.

Also, it has rad music.

#25 Posted by Arx724 (201 posts) -

I didn't mind 2-3 in Super Mario Land.

Still eagerly awaiting a game that has a timed underwater stealth escort mission. With a breath meter.

#26 Edited by ILikePopCans (745 posts) -

Does Fire Emblem POR count?

#27 Edited by SaintOfKillers (64 posts) -

I thought the galaxy games had good water levels but i don't have the blind hate of water levels some people do... on the other hand, Fuck ice levels where you can easily slip and /or you can't control your character well because of the ice or snow.

#28 Posted by existentialspork (11 posts) -

I enjoyed the Mario Galaxy water levels because the shell provided easier control. Every other water level has been to some extent frustrating for me.

#29 Posted by kingclaw (757 posts) -

@yummylee said:

I seem to remember thinking the underwater segment in Dino Crisis 2 was kinda cool. Man, Dino Crisis 2 in general was just fucking awesome.

I just finished DN2 again yesterday and came here to say that, really awesome game.

#30 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

The swimming in the last of us wasn't bad. Not that there's ever really a water level, but most third person action games have teeerrrible swimming mechanics.

#31 Posted by Teoball (575 posts) -

I remember really liking the water level in Turrican 2. Mostly because of the music I think. Chris Huelsbeck made a more modern version of the theme a few years ago which I still listen to regularly. The Great Bath.

I also enjoyed the water stuff in The Last of Us.

#32 Posted by BeachThunder (11697 posts) -

Terror From The Deep

But really, underwater levels are fine by me as long as your movement isn't affected by being underwater...

#33 Posted by Vextroid (1358 posts) -

@arx724 said:

Still eagerly awaiting a game that has a timed underwater stealth escort mission. With a breath meter.

The Emma section in MGS2 comes pretty close.

#34 Posted by gkhan (417 posts) -

@teoball said:

I remember really liking the water level in Turrican 2. Mostly because of the music I think. Chris Huelsbeck made a more modern version of the theme a few years ago which I still listen to regularly. The Great Bath.

I also enjoyed the water stuff in The Last of Us.

What I was going to say. The Last of Us did that right.

#35 Edited by GreggD (4477 posts) -

I dunno, they all seem pretty Arbitrary to me.

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I'm sorry, that was completely uncalled for.

#36 Edited by Sinusoidal (1289 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog!

No, no, no, nononononono...

This music wrecked me:

I've actively enjoyed under water sections in Ratchet & Clank. I don't remember which games they're in though.

#37 Posted by Sinusoidal (1289 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog!

No, no, no, nononononono...

This music wrecked me:

I've actively enjoyed under water sections in Ratchet & Clank. I don't remember which games they're in though.

#38 Posted by Yummylee (21252 posts) -
@greggd said:

I dunno, they all seem pretty Arbitrary to me.

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#39 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

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#41 Posted by Hailinel (23899 posts) -

Super Mario Bros. World 2-2, baby!

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#42 Edited by ShaggE (6331 posts) -

@arx724 said:

I didn't mind 2-3 in Super Mario Land.

Still eagerly awaiting a game that has a timed underwater stealth escort mission. With a breath meter.

Seconded. Blowing up fish with torpedoes remains a Mario franchise highlight.

#43 Posted by wjb (1637 posts) -

@greggd said:

I dunno, they all seem pretty Arbitrary to me.

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I'm sorry, that was completely uncalled for.

Ah, I see someone has already taken care of it. Good show.

(leaves to go play croquet at the club)

#44 Posted by GreggD (4477 posts) -

@wjb: Took almost 3 hours, too. We're slipping, folks. Good thing I love the guy, and have been brainstorming ideas to pun up his name for about a year.

#45 Edited by ArbitraryWater (11476 posts) -

@greggd: I'm going to eat you alive. Or not. Really, I'm surprised puns haven't been used as much as they have, with this lovely username I acquired from a list of randomly generated names whilst making my XBL profile.

#46 Posted by GreggD (4477 posts) -

@greggd: I'm going to eat you alive. Or not. Really, I'm surprised puns haven't been used as much as they have, with this lovely username I acquired from a list of randomly generated names whilst making my XBL profile.

There are so many weird and dumb names on XBL, and they're ALWAYS adjective+noun. I think one of my favorites was Unassuming Spork, or something to the like.

#47 Posted by Yummylee (21252 posts) -

@greggd: I'm going to eat you alive. Or not. Really, I'm surprised puns haven't been used as much as they have, with this lovely username I acquired from a list of randomly generated names whilst making my XBL profile.

Huh, so that's where it came from? I've long assumed it was this super obscure piece of lingo from some old ass RPG.

#48 Edited by GreggD (4477 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@arbitrarywater said:

@greggd: I'm going to eat you alive. Or not. Really, I'm surprised puns haven't been used as much as they have, with this lovely username I acquired from a list of randomly generated names whilst making my XBL profile.

Huh, so that's where it came from? I've long assumed it was this super obscure piece of lingo from some old ass RPG.

Yup. When he told me that last year, I secretly lost some respect for him (but don't tell him I said that).

#49 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11476 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@arbitrarywater said:

@greggd: I'm going to eat you alive. Or not. Really, I'm surprised puns haven't been used as much as they have, with this lovely username I acquired from a list of randomly generated names whilst making my XBL profile.

Huh, so that's where it came from? I've long assumed it was this super obscure piece of lingo from some old ass RPG.

Nah. I've always thought it a bit tacky to have your username be something like SpoonyBard or JillSandwich... which is why my nonsensical pairing of words is so much better?

#50 Posted by wjb (1637 posts) -

@greggd said:

@wjb: Took almost 3 hours, too. We're slipping, folks. Good thing I love the guy, and have been brainstorming ideas to pun up his name for about a year.

I still have faith in us as a community. It's Saturday night in North America; early Sunday morning in Europe.

We didn't win the championship, but we learned the value of teamwork and [insert sports reference here].