- What are some locations in games that left you in awe?
Arriving at the Citadel in Mass Effect.ID: hlvkd9b
I still watch that cutscene now and then. It's fantastic.ID: hlw49tm
I literally BSOD'ed myelf at the end of that game with the council choice. I did not see it coming and I must have sat frozen for a full minute.
That initial arrival in RaptureID: hlv5zw5
Incredible. I’m also a sucker for Columbia first view.ID: hlw9oxz
The acapella version of "God Only Knows" was such a good way to introduce you to the world
Oblivion, when you exit the sewers.ID: hlw76z8
Yes. It was one of the first open-world RPGs I'd played. I exited the sewer and then I was like 'what now?' and realising that I could just do whatever.
Same with Fallout 3. Both games were pretty good at keeping you 'on the rails' until they go for the big moment where it cuts you loose.ID: hlw7k5h
From around that same era, but Fallout 3. They had that long tutorial and by the time you reach the end you appreciate the bland browness of the wastelands.
Seeing all of Gotham from on high during Arkham knight
Florence from assassin's creed IIID: hlvzjas
I would also add San Gimignano and Venice!
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Usually when playing Assassin's Creed I used to think no way a town could have that many towers. But I visited San Gimignano last week actually, and the tiny town is really full of towers!ID: hlw6l9o
Assassin's Creed II is still one of my favorite games to date.
After the prologue in Ghost of Tsushima, when you're riding your horse through the field.
Anor londoID: hlwic41
The reveal in DS3 is pretty amazing too. When you finally realize where you are
Skyrim’s Blackreach, Sekiro’s Fountainhead Palace, and Control’s Black Rock Quarry.ID: hlwav4g
Black Rock Quarry was a mind bender. Such a good game
Halo. I'll never forget the first time I stepped out of that crashed pod in the 2nd levelID: hlvdufn
Where you blinded by its Majesty?ID: hlvev7r
Paralyzed? Dumbstruck?ID: hlw9knj
So many good moments. Encountering the Flood for the first time, getting on the elevator with the hopes that it'll take you up out of there, and down it goes...
City of Tears in Hollow KnightID: hlwefj8
For me it was Greenpath. After having experienced only dark, depressing, monochrome areas in Dirthmouth and Forgotten Crossroads, suddenly transitioning into the cheerful music and bright green plants everywhere blew my mind.ID: hlw9t7r
YES. When that beautiful music came on with the pattern of rain I realized this is one of the best games ever made.
Touissant from the Blood and Wine DLC of the Witcher 3. That first ride into it, the colors, the mountains, yeah… always a great change of pace from Velen.ID: hlw0qoh
Goddammit CDPR where's my PS5 update!
I'm easily entertained, so how much time you got?
Hitman 3: Chongqing (lights pretty)
Demon's souls Remake: Literally anywhere, but particularly that opening area the first time you play the game
RE village: Dimitrsicu Castle
Bioshock 1 and infinite: introduction to Rapture and Columbia
Kena Bridge of Spirits (on PS5 on harder difficulties): Corrupt Woodsmith boss fight (the rain, the music on point, pretty visuals all around)
Bloodborne: The little balcony overlooking moonside lake (right next to Master Willem and right before Rom boss fight)
I could go on.
Oh I've got a couole great ones I can think of.
Breaking out of your pod and wandering the dark, deserted streets of New Mombasa is definitely up there. The amount of raw ambiance that environment had really blew me away at the time and still sucks me back in from time to time today.
First approaching the Dreaming City in Destiny 2: Forsaken. Seeing the silhouettes of the buildings start to slowly take shape through the mist as you walked towards the city with that endless veil of fog in your wake was enchanting. The original Cosmodrome in D1 was fantastic as well. Something about it just had so much mood and mystery to it and it really helped to set a great, sort of grimdark, yet hopeful tone for the whole game.
The very first level of Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction was amazing too. It's still cool to go back and play that level just for how much of a glow-up Metropolis had going from the PS2 to the PS3. The Iris Supercomputer on Kreeli Comet was downright amazing too. Looking up to the sky box and seeing all the space dust that made up the tail of the comet streaking by overhead was awesome. That game still holds up in general tbh.
Kashyyyk in fallen order was fun and beautiful.ID: hlw802v
FO had a lot of fantastic scenery. The vaults were fantastic,leaping across the windmills on zepho, man that was beautiful.
When you first exit Vault 101 and your vision is bright but as it clears it reveals the Capital Wasteland.
Or when you first leave Doc Mitchell's house and you get to see the town of Goodsprings and the Mohave Desert.ID: hlw1eeh
Absolutely with the FO3 one. I had never played a FO game before and I had no idea what happened beyond there was a nuclear war.
Getting out of the vault and seeing how completely devastated the world was stunned me. I walked forward, eager for a better look and was so busy scanning the horizon that I literally fell down the rock face and died.ID: hlvx79t
Or when you first leave Doc Mitchell's house after robbing him of all his earthly possessions and you get to see the town of Goodsprings and the Mohave Desert.
There's a few for me but the only one I haven't seen mentioned yet is Dishonored! Both of the games have some beautiful views occasionally, especially the second game with its warm and tropical feel.
Even the small views in that one all have something beautiful to them, and the void has something beautifully creepy to it. My favourite is the view out from the clockwork mansion though.
The underground Dwemer city in Skyrim near the end of the main quest, forget what it’s called but I thought it was just magical. Don’t think I’ve ever used that word like that but that’s the only way to describe it
Mesa biomes still get me sometimes
End of portal 2. You spend most of your playtime inside of aperture and you see this beautiful and breathtaking field
A large portion of bioshock infiniteID: hlvksca
Same here. The Bioshock Trilogy were the best games I've ever played!
Freyas house in God of War 2018
Basically all of ancient Egypt in Assassin's Creed: Origins
Gotham in Batman: Arkham Knight. Good contender for best looking video game in history.
Honorable mention to basically the entirety of both Subnautica games.
Witcher 3: Skellige near Kaer Trolde, White Orchard, Velen sunsets and the bogs, the city of Novigrad, Kaer Morhen, Toussaint the minute you ride into it, many parts of Undvik…and the thunderstorms in Skellige…wow.
Central Yharnam in Bloodborne
Its easily the best introductory stage to any game I've played with so many branching paths and patterns that even without a minimap you can imagine the layout of the town.ID: hlvkp5e
Yharnam was so good, every corner is dangerous making the action game more scary than the horror games that were out at the time.ID: hlvs81g
From Software are so good at making their levels easy to remember without needing a map, except Prison of Hope in the Tower of Latria from Demon's Souls, I get lost in there every single time
Nearly every location in Red Dead Redemption 2 was stunning for its “realistic” and detailed depictions of the mythic Old West including all the amazing natural scenery and wildlife.ID: hlvjglk
I still can’t believe how good saint denis was.