Video game worlds offer players an escape in the fantasy and majesty they offer. More than just their appearance, it’s a view into cultures and creations that exist within the games themselves. We’re looking more closely at these worlds to see the top 10 worlds we want to live in.

10. Lego-Verse (Lego Games)

Who doesn’t love lego? The simplicity, the vivid color, the endless creativity of building whatever you want. While you could argue the Lego games have yet to capture the later, they certainly have the former down to a science. The undeniable style of the Lego games coupled with the huge list of licensed characters and universes like Star Wars, Marvel and DC comics, and Lord of the Rings means even if you don’t feel like building your own world you can play in someone else’s. It also helps that the versions of all these licensed games are the most joyful, upbeat and campy versions of what can be really dark and depressing stories. As the technology that forms the foundation of Lego Dimensions gets better the games may even realize the dream of bringing real life creations into the game world then we won’t need to want to live in the Lego universe because we can visit anytime.

~Stephen Krusel

9. Spira (Final Fantasy X)

Composed of one large continent with several smaller islands surrounding the land mass of Spira is a visual marvel. It is the setting for Final Fantasy X and X-2. Offering landscapes that range from tropical beaches, forest, plains, and mountains. Who would not want to live in these masterpieces? Spira is rich with history with past details in the game noting of the Machine War. Culture differences between Spiran and Al Bhed people with different ideals. The dominate religion being Yevon that is spiritual in nature, with temples devoted to fayth-spirits of the dead.

In Final Fantasy X, it might not be an ideal time with Sin roaming the world causing destruction and destroying lives. But by the end of the game that threat is eliminated by Yuna, Tidus and company.

~Melissa Buranen

8. Azeroth (World of Warcraft)

We all have that one friend who is way too into World of Warcraft (WoW). The fantastical world of Azeroth, WoW’s setting, already is a home of a sort for a lot of people. Folks get married there for crying out loud. While no one can fault the design work and polish of even the earliest version of WoW, the real draw was always the community. One thing that Blizzard, WoW’s developer, knows how to do is create space for the communities that play their games. Whether it’s the camaraderie of raiding in Wow, the celebration of individual skill of Starcraft, or the coordination of Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch, Blizzard seems to have a handle on just how involved they need to be in supporting their communities. The world of Azeroth offers people the chance to escape the real world together which for a long time was pretty rare in games.. Also there’s loot and character customisation and that’s all any game needs to hook players, right?

~Stephen Krusel

7. Earth, Distant Future (Mega Man)

In real life, automation is a real source of stress for a lot of people. We already live in a world where people are losing their jobs to robots, but the Mega Man games offer a brighter version of the automated future. When it isn’t being taken over by reprogrammed robots, the world of Mega Man is an idyllic wonderland where humans are free of menial, dangerous work. Robots replace lumberjacks, construction workers, waste disposal workers, miners, arctic explorers and many more jobs are all done by androids. And the fact that the world of Mega Man is taken over, destroyed and rebuilt several times over the course of Dr. Light’s twilight years just goes to show how much more productive robots are than humans anyway. I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

~Stephen Krusel

6. Earth, 2033 (Perfect Dark)

The world of Perfect Dark is, well, a pretty dark one. Set in the cyberpunk future of 2033, the Perfect Dark series does a fantastic job at capturing the scifi-noir aesthetic made famous by films like Blade Runner. From hovering spacecraft flying through the streets, to an AI living in a floating computer, to an alien named Elvis- Perfect Dark is a hallmark entry in scifi videogames. The world it inhabits, however bleak, still possesses a certain sense of life, making it feel both dangerous yet captivating at the same time. The exploration-heavy level design helps immerse you in Joanna Dark’s world as she explores Datadyne’s dark secrets, and the presentation of each level makes them all feel unique. Whether you’re blasting your way through top secret laboratories or sneaking around the city streets on a stormy Chicago night, Perfect Dark remains one of the coolest game worlds out there, and represents some of the best scifi-noir gaming has to offer.

~Peter Starr

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