One of the biggest reasons why we all play videos games is for the sense of escapism, getting out of that nine to five mindset and letting go from all our trials and tribulations of modern-day life. And one of the best ways to do that is to totally immerse yourself in a world that is completely different to the one you currently inhabit. So what are the best games that are set in places that are far away from our current rural, suburban, or metropolitan areas?
Raid them Tombs
If you’re looking for the unusual, you can’t go wrong at all with the latest three of games in the Tomb Raider series. Based on the original series of Lara Croft games, the reboots, namely 2013’s Tomb Raider, 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider and last year’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider take you all over the planet. The first game is set on the lost island of Yamatai, just off the Japanese coast. The second game continues to run with the ‘lost world’ theme, with Lara venturing to Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh. And if that wasn’t enough for you, then the archaeologist travels through the tropical regions of the Americas in search for the missing Inca city of Paititi. All three games lean on legend and folklore for these places, but they offer that prime escapism because they all have an other-worldly feel to them.
And if you wanted to be like Lara Croft and jet-set across the world, it’s likely you’ll be travelling by plane from an airport, so long as you can’t fast travel like the Tomb Raider can in the games. There are plenty of things that we remember at an airport: hand luggage, passports and travel money, but there are other things that are often overlooked, like airport parking. Thankfully, with the help of Parking At Airports you can save money on those all-important airport car parking spaces, leaving you more spending money left over for your holiday.
How’s about travelling far back in time? Over 2,000 years ago. Released in 2018, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey lets you control a Greek Mercenary, taking part in the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. Being a mercenary means you can choose which side you’ll fight for, based on the decisions you make in the game. Not many games take you back in time to ancient Greece, but the 21st game in the Assassin’s Creed series does just that. IGN hailed the Ubisoft title as “the stuff of legends”, saying “Odyssey’s world is the biggest and most vibrantly colourful of the series.” If you’re a big fan of ancient Greece and Greek mythology, you’ll be a big fan of this critically-acclaimed game for sure.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away
You can’t get more far-flung than the Star Wars universe. Whilst there is plenty of escapism to be had all the expanded material outside of the films, the games are the best for when you want a completely immersive experience. There are a handful of titles currently on the market to sink your teeth into, namely LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Because they are two games that have been around for a couple of years now, they’re sure to be available for a reduced cost at your usual vendors.
As well as that, there are two big anticipated Star Wars games coming out in the next year-or-so. The one that is almost with us is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is set for release in November of this year. The game is set between Episode III and Episode IV, and centres around a Jedi padawan called Cal Kestis who escaped the purge. Take a look at some of the cool gameplay here. The other game, which is still a few months away, is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. It’ll cover all nine films in the aforementioned saga, including the yet-to-be-released The Rise of Skywalker, which is due out in cinemas in mid-December. The game itself though doesn’t come out until some point in 2020. But here’s what the previewers saw when the game was showcased at E3 back in June.