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Here Are Your Favorite Video Game Worlds

From Gaia to a killing game. From London to the Farplane. From the meditative hunting of 900 korok seeds to the quiet expanses of space—video game worlds serve as places to reflect on life in ways we’re not expecting, and engage in thrilling, creative fantasy.

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Our last “Theme Week” exercise asked for your favorite video game worlds, and the responses were fantastic. Here they are and the reasons why they’re cemented in your minds as the best of the best, TAY. Please click the links below for the full articles in case you missed them.

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Jak & Daxter

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These days, open world video games are all the rage but as Cleon points out, Jak & Daxter’s world seamlessly transitioned for a mind blowing experience. Pretty awesome and impressive for the time!

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Final Fantasy IX

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Evan Chambers submits that Final Fantasy IX’s Gaia is perfection. Its diverse group of monsters and citizens alike helped create a fleshed out, beautiful world. The steampunk influences were pretty cool too.

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Final Fantasy VIII, Ar Tonelico, Danganronpa, Tales of Berseria

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Drea-Poetic thinks the predecessor, Final Fantasy VIII, actually has the best game world. But it’s not the only one! This year’s Tales of Berseria really stuck with her for a story that emotionally impacted her. The Danganronpa and Ar Tonelico series round out her list.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be out soon but RTLewis wants us to not forget just how gorgeous the first entry was. The ecosystems on the giant titans were diverse with lush landscapes and gave rise to curious species. Here are six places on the Bionis and Mechonis worth checking out.

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Final Fantasy X

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In the continuing discussion over which Final Fantasy had the best world, Papito Quinn makes his case for Spira. Final Fantasy X’s world was as stunning as it was depressing, with breathtaking scenery harboring the sad reality of a constant death cycle.

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Bloodborne, Dark Souls

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A battle for the ages: Yharnam vs Lordran. Bloodborne has the creepier, more intriguing world according to Aikage, who writes about his experiences with both that game and Dark Souls. His fighting words may be found right here:

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Link’s Awakening

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Hyrule is vast and over 30 years of the Legend of Zelda, there have been many iterations of its heroes and their world. Wiim argues that it’s actually Link’s Awakening’s Dream Island, and not Hyrule, that is the best.

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The Professor Layton Series

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London’s a vibrant city on its own, and the Professor Layton series nails its charm in its architecture. The games are a love letter to London and by adding its own unique, weird and witty characters and goofy puzzles to find, Narelle (Zarnyx) thinks it’s the place to be.

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Mass Effect

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In a Galaxy filled with so many strange video game worlds, The Normandy is what HyConnor calls home. It’s a comforting place to traverse space and all its mysteries and battles to save the universe.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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ThePickyGamer fell in love with Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule this year, as so many of us did. The sense of peace he got in collecting all 900 Korok seeds was a thing that happened, and it’s these little things that made the experience wholesome even if a painstaking task. Sometimes the mundane actions are the most relaxing and rewarding.

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And that’s it! Thanks to all who participated, read, and commented. Stay tuned for our next Theme Week in the coming weeks.

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