While many video games are set in US cities, we want to take you further afield to some more exciting destinations. We’ve found six real-life video game locations that any top gamer simply has to visit. From Assassin’s Creed’s swash-buckling pirate coves in Jamaica, through to Tomb Raider’s mystical tombs of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, here are our top picks:
1. Tomb Raider: Cambodia
If you’re looking to embrace your inner ‘tomb raider’ and save the world, look no further than the mystical temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The site is the largest religious monument in the world, featuring the ruins of 12th-century temples from the Khmer Empire. Many of the ancient temples have been damaged by the elements and reclaimed by nature — there are thick trees that have grown into and around the temples, creating a really eerie atmosphere. It’s an incredibly picturesque setting and was used as a filming location in 2000 for the Tomb Raider film, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. If you want to explore Angkor Wat yourself, here are some great options for places to stay in Siem Reap.
2. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Rome
One of the best things about the Assassin’s Creed series is the locations featured in the games. In Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, you can explore the city of Rome, with its distinct architecture. In the game, which is the sequel to Assassin’s Creed II, is set in 16th-century Italy, you’re tasked with restoring the Assassin order and destroying enemies. The game features classic locations such as the Colosseum, which was once home to bloody gladiator battles in the Roman times, the Pantheon, which was a Pagan temple, and Capitoline Hill, which is a viewpoint that was dedicated to the god Saturn. It’s said that the game’s creators worked alongside a Renaissance-era expert to ensure the small details were historically correct. Here are all the options for places to stay in Rome if you want to see it for yourself.
3. Far Cry 4: Nepal
The creators of Far Cry 4 took inspiration from Nepal to create the fictional country of Kyrat, where the game is set. In Far Cry 4, you’ll see everything from the misty Himalayan mountains to the smaller details, such as the colorful flags lining road-side shrines. You’ll also be playing alongside the country’s exotic wildlife, such as tigers and elephants, which have been decorated in a traditional Nepalese style. While the Himalayas are incredibly peaceful, the fictional world that Far Cry 4 is set in is a world of violence, tradition and honor. If you’d like to see the Himalayas in real life, you can check out all the options for places to stay in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
4. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag: Jamaica & Bahamas
If you’ve ever wondered what life was like as a pirate in the Caribbean, playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will give you some insight. The game is set in Jamaica and the Bahamas, which were together the home of piracy in the 18th century. In Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag you will see tropical islands, with chaotic and lawless populations. Today, the islands aren’t quite as wild and make the perfect destination to unwind on a tropical beach. Get ready to relax in a hammock and sip a little rum! Explore all accommodation options in Kingston and Nassau.
5. Sleeping Dogs: Hong Kong
The bright lights and bustling streets of Hong Kong make the perfect location for Sleeping Dogs. The game is set on the island of Hong Kong and features everything from jam-packed streets to the smaller details, such as the city’s famous street food vendors. During the game there are tons of activities you can take part in, such as visiting traditional Chinese gambling dens, watching cockfights and even singing a few songs at a karaoke bar. Find a place to switch off and escape the crowds in Hong Kong.
6. Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End: Madagascar
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set amidst the rugged landscape of Madagascar. In the game, you’ll see Nathan, Sam, and Sully explore the plains of Madagascar while hunting treasure. On the way, you’ll see dirt roads, enormous rock formations, and cool wildlife. Madagascar is a truly jaw-dropping location and something to add to your travel list! Explore all places to stay in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.