Let’s face it, most universes where our games take place are things of horror – war-torn cities, dystopia’s and post-apocalyptic nightmares rule the roost. Look past the bloodshed though and you’ll find some places of beauty and peace; join FRIDAY FEELING as we show you the places we wouldn’t mind spending a days on holiday without the fear of being overrun by zombies or hellspawn….
Albion, The Fable Series
As long as you’re not a Hero or a travelling merchant, holiday makers have got it pretty cushy in Albion. From the glorious blue skies to the bustling town-squares, Albion is the perfect place to kick back and relax. There are inn’s a plenty; a great chance to have a few beers, play some dice and take in the atmosphere. Town life a bit too much? Why not take a stroll through the rolling hills of the stunning countryside and take a dip in the beautiful clear-water lakes? Marvel at the diverse country dialects; some may amuse (though some may find a few grating) and the local populace always have a laugh, smile and a quip to brighten your day. While some travelers HAVE reported the occasional spike in criminal activities (we’d recommend avoiding the forests after dark) a Hero is always on hand to hire in case you need protecting, or if you’re a fan of mime and passing wind.
Lake Hylia, Zelda: Ocarina of Time
If you’re looking to spend time alone, read a good book and do a spot of fishing then Lake Hylia is the perfect place for you. While the rest of Hyrule can be a little dicey (the best times to travel would be when a Princess named Zelda is NOT the ruling monarch – trouble seems to follow her), Hyrule Lake largely remains untouched by the troubles of the rest of the world. The lake itself boasts stunning, calm blue waters and the weather is always a perfect 27 degrees – perfect for camping and spending a lazy weekend. Lake Hylia truly is Hyrule’s best kept secret.
Future Earth, Enslaved: Odyssey To The West
Future Earth is a place that has had its troubles but is back on the rise again! Recovering for a pesky apocalypse, Future Earth is like an Earth you’ve never seen before. Gone are the eye-sores and cityscapes of the early 21st century, instead nature has returned and reclaimed the planet – lush forestry is abundant here and vibrant colours will have your eyes feasting in delight. Like climbing and exercise? Future Earth has you covered. We’d recommend this holiday for a young, active couple that like to self-cater.
Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
One for adventure seekers only, Skyrim is a place like no other. Boasting roaming wildlife, towering mountain ranges, tranquil rivers and jaw-dropping countrysides, Skyrim has it all. Many holiday makers have traveled to Skyrim seeking adventure and answers to life and have returned as new people – having more life experience and honing existing and new skills. The majority of the local population are friendly with much advice and even work given freely to newcomers, though some travelers have voiced complaints of the residents occasionally giving poor rewards for services rendered. Pick Skyrim as your holiday destination and you will choose your own path – the world is your oyster. We would strongly recommend taking out one of our flexible holiday insurance plans before travel, due to a recent dragon outbreak.
– Dave Green. Going on a gaming holiday? Tell him where on Twitter @davidpgreen83