For many people, December is the beginning of colder weather, barren trees and of course snow. And just like in real life, video games often encompass snowy and wintry levels or entire areas. Let’s put on a pair of gloves and a good coat and go into the best snow in video games.
Just a quick note: we’ve made a similar post on snow plains and zones in video games in the past. However, this list is almost seven years old and I think it’s time for an update. If you like a classic Kotaku Content or just want to see this original blog, Feel free to check it out too!
Red Dead Redemption II – 2018
While the first game had some snow that looked good, Rockstar’s sequel prequel added more snow that looked better and acted more as expected. Snow plays a big part in the game’s opening times, so you can see Rockstar’s snow technology right away.
Snowrunner – 2020
The game has snow in the RIGHT title, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that there are some great snow areas to explore. in the SnowrunnerThey drive around in trucks and other ATVs, delivering and asking where everyone else is. It also features some of the most realistic, and therefore most annoying snow in video game history. Be prepared to be stuck in the snow for 30 minutes as you and your wife desperately slowly emerge from the mud and ice. Video games are so much fun!
SSX Tricky – 2001
I could probably list everyone SSX Play on this list and it would be a great choice. But even if I love SSX 3 much I have to admit Tricky is still the king of the series. The snow technology here is no longer super advanced, but it looked good at the time. More importantly, it’s still a great time to play Tricky’s snow-covered plains like the legendary Garibaldi in 2020.
Lost planet – 2007
Capcom released this weird third-person shooter back in the early days of Xbox 360. Lost Planet was a game based entirely on snow. So it has a single snow depth or area, but a huge snow zone. By the time I remember being impressed with the snow in the demo, the rest of the game made me feel a little … cold. (Do you get it? Like snow that’s cold too.)
The Last of Us Part II
As RDR1 to RDR2, The first Last of us had great looking snow during the winter chapter. However, The Last of Us Part II Electric Boogaloo improves the snow technology seen in this game in some big ways, with better deformation. It also includes a sweet one Snowball fight. Who doesn’t love snowballs?
Super mario 64 – 1996
Cool Cool Mountain may be the first snow depth shown on a 3D platformer. This makes sense in view of this Super mario 64 is one of the first 3D platformer ever made. Therefore, the snow technology is basically not available here. But you do get some nice snow slides and snowflakes. Oh, and penguins.
The corporate division – 2016
While Department 2 is a better game, I still miss the snow-covered streets and NYC allies of the original game. Few games feel like walking around in a wintry cityscape, really as perfect as The corporate division. Sometimes I would launch the game and just walk around without killing, shooting, or even looking. Instead, I was recording a cool, snowy night on the town. If we get another one division
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 – 2005
Sure, the new one Battle front Games look wonderful and have some great Hoth cards. But nothing can beat the cold, empty magic of Hoth 2005s Battlefront 2. Whenever I come back to play part of this classic shooter, I make sure to play a match or two on this big one snowy Map.
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – 1994
Ice Cap Zone is switched one of the best snow depths in all sound Game. You can snowboard, the world looks fantastic and the best of all of this music. Ice Cap Zone has one Bang from a Track. This song is a big factor in making this level feel so wintry and fun. The, and the sick snowboard.
Halo 3 – 2007
The gloriole Franchise has lots of snowy maps and levels, but one of my all time Favorite is the medium sized one Multiplayer map Snowbound of Halo 3. (Or the better, more balanced variant, Limitless.) I’ve spent many hours on this map, winning and mostly losing. But it didn’t matter because the card was so beautiful. The smaller size made it feel like we were all kids fooling around in a snowy area Playground during the break. Until someone threw a grenade With you.
These are just a few of my favorites. What are some of your favorite snow levels or video games?