Video Game Locations That Can Rival Black Panther’s Wakanda

By Yue Lynn on Feb 26, 2018

 

Image Credit: Marvel Studios
Image Credit: Marvel Studios

For Wakandans, Wakanda is a literal heaven on Earth, a precious gem hidden from the world. Powered by Vibranium, Wakanda is futuristically sleek and rooted deep in culture, truly a best of both worlds. Not only that, Wakanda serve as an important set piece for Black Panther, the movie and his majesty, T'Challa himself. In all good stories, locations play a significant role in setting up the mood and environment of the story’s universe and plot. While Wakanda may be rated A for Awesome, let’s not forget about some video game locations that aren’t too bad themselves and totes worthy of recognition.

Don’t fret ‘till the cows come home if your favourite video game location isn’t included in this list as this article is all about the jest and not very academic-leaning at all.

Nexus (Heroes of the Storm)

Image Credit: alwaysforkeyboard.com
Image Credit: alwaysforkeyboard.com

Nexus is like, the lifeline of Heroes of the Storm. Without Nexus (a dimension that houses multiple worlds), there’s only nil.

Numbani (Overwatch)

Image Credit: Overwatch Wiki
Image Credit: Overwatch Wiki

Numbani is a technologically-advanced, harmonious city and is one of the few places in Overwatch’s universe whereby omnics and humans live together in peace (read: boutiques for omnics). As a Hybrid (Assault+Escort) map, Numbani is a bane and a boon to many players. Also, Numbani is one of Symmetra and Torbjorn players’ favourite maps to unleash and flaunt their turret power.

Azeroth (World of Warcraft)

Image Credit: World of Warcraft Wiki
Image Credit: World of Warcraft Wiki

Despite possessing a less-than-peaceful setting, Azeroth still rivals Wakanda in terms of being a classic location icon. Enough said.

Vice City (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City)

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Image Credit: enemy1st.narod.ru

Vice City is one of the most famous entries in the GTA series and is also one of the most critically acclaimed games in the PS2 era. This is largely thanks to the game’s open world setting of the titular Vice City, a fictional city of vice that parodies Miami.

Yamatai (Tomb Raider)

 Image Credit: Hannah Rice (H Does Heritage website)
 Image Credit: Hannah Rice (H Does Heritage website)

The dreaded island of Yamatai (ruled by the equally-dreaded Sun Queen, Himiko) forms the setting of Tomb Raider. To cut a long story short (do play the game if you wanna experience Lara’s journey in said island), Yamatai proved to be a mythical and “unforgiving deathtrap” due to Himiko’s curse, marooning people (escaping means death) and wrecking passing ships and planes. But of course, our heroine shan’t let a cursed island and a shamanistic queen best her eh?

Yharnam (Bloodborne)

Image Credit: Bloodborne Wiki
Image Credit: Bloodborne Wiki

I’ll be really honest here: I Really Hate Shitty-Ass Yharnam. This godforsaken place is filled with vile creatures and reeks of never-ending darkness and despair. Why the **** would there still be people living there? I don’t know the answer for the previous question but in terms of Gothic aesthetics, Yharnam certainly takes the cake for being so disgustingly mysterious and enchanting at the same time.

SSV Normandy (Mass Effect series)

Image Credit: Mass Effect Fanon
Image Credit: Mass Effect Fanon
 

This is Commander Shepard’s most famous ride in the galaxy! *Winky face*

Honourable Mention:

A Game’s Objective Point

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Image Credit: me.me

Objective point is your literal game wifey and must be cherished at all times; she must be cared for and be protected from any harm/intruders. Therefore, do make sure that [insert game’s name]’s objective point is always at the forefront of your mind. While anyone can boast about their awesome skills and kills, please be aware that C9 is just lurking around unnoticed, waiting patiently to strike out on unsuspecting players aka you.

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