There are two kinds of architecture that can be found in video games. The first is an important part of the video game world.
It is included in the embedded assets of the game and isn’t easily edited. You can see some of this in games like Skyrim or other open-world video games that depend on the scenery to provide the player with a sense of immersion.
There are the games that have architecture which the player can interact with.
In these games, the creativity of the player isn’t limited to the activities they do in the game. There are also other things to do, like create structures for your characters or edit the environment to work in your favor.
If you’d rather play games like these, then take a look at these game worlds, which have rather good architecture in it.
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Azeroth from the Warcraft series
The World of Warcraft – and the RPG game that inspired it – is a place filled with majestic structures taken straight from a Medieval time and mixed with fantastical ideas.
This world offers a lot of architecture; each looks like they’ve been placed with extensive care, taking elements from Gothic structures and mixing them to form the majestic city of Azeroth.
There are also the Blood Elves’ structures to consider. It takes on the architectural style of masters like Gaudi. It also takes on a mix of organic, softer structures, presented in a form that’s found in the real world under the Art Nouveau movement.
GTA IV’s Liberty City
Liberty City from the GTA series is a motorist’s paradise. It was built for those who wanted to drive around in their fast cars, an urban planning decision that’s supposed to eliminate traffic.
Given that, it’s also an example of how city-living can be made to feel like heaven. People still flock to the city in spite of the dangers.
The coastal location is also big, and there is a similarity to the Big Apple that brings people despite the appearance of urban decay. Perhaps its because of its proximity to the coast.
There’s nothing much in structures within Minecraft, but here, players can learn how to create structures.
A ‘build’ environment means players can gather natural resources from their surroundings and use those to try and survive them, plus the many monsters the game throws their way.
There are a lot of players who have already benefited from the ability to create almost anything from scratch.
This game is being used to teach youngsters creativity at an early age, and other more established players have also been creating a lot of impressive buildings within the game.
Assassin’s Creed’s Buildings
There is no surprise that the buildings and, in general, world of Assassin’s Creed would find its way into this list.
In this game, players get to explore ancient wonders through the eyes of a given Assassin. In one game, the Assassin moves through the buildings of Italy during the Renaissance era.
Being an Assassin, the game often forces the player to think their strategies, weaving through the buildings in pursuit of their target – and, in doing so, exploring the said buildings accidentally.
It’s the original city builder, existing way before all of these games ever came out. Players are given the control in the development of their very own city, seeing its development through time and despite various calamities the game throws in their way.
It’s been challenged by a lot of games with the same gameplay in mind, but SimCity continues to improve on its design and gameplay.
Cities are divided into different zones, with an area for Sims to live in and commercial zones as well as industrial ones – the names says it all.
Homes in The Sims
Sims need to have homes, and Maxis answered this call through The Sims. It is sandbox in a sense, where players can supply their Sims – the people whose lives you control – through helping them live in a pre-constructed home or a home design of their own creation.
The most attractive facet of the game, aside from managing your Sims’ life, is when you get to design their dwelling. There are a lot of design choices available in the game, and your only limit is your creativity.
There are, of course, a lot of games to choose magnificent architecture from. The ruins of Ark: Survival Evolved is nice, but there are nicer ruins in Conan: Exiles. If you find yourself needing a break from common casual games, why don’t you give your creativity a try and load up one of these games?
Jonathan J Kingston is a video game enthusiast, gamer, and a veteran video game news writer for Games.lol. He spends his free time hunting for free game sites and testing their reliability.