Good Game: 11 Best Video Game Atmospheres of 2010


3. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Nov. 16 Xbox/PS3/PC) — Rome, late 15th century

Picking up right where Assassin’s Creed 2 left out, the exploration of Renaissance Italy continues in Brotherhood,
as you mingle with the locals, scale guard towers, and buy from
shopkeepers — when you’re not fighting for you life against
the evil Templars.

2. Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox/PS3) — Cacoon/Pulse

The visuals in FFXIII are just as beautiful as they are most Final Fantasy
games. Whether you’re in the Crystal Cavern or crossing the wide-open
fields of the Gran Pulse, you’re almost always fighting
creatues somewhere stunning in this fantasy game.

1. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox/PS3) — American Old West, 1911

The vast expanse of this Western and
your ability to interact with it is truly remarkable, from the canyons
in Mexico and snow-covered trees around Blackwater, to the wild animals
scampering across the road, to the saloons and poker games populating
the towns. In Red Dead, the setting is the game. The fact that there’s also a good story is just icing.

Feel free to agree, disagree, or suggest other games with great settings in the comments.

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