28 of the most favourite video game trees ever

Listeners of the TalkRadar UK Podcast will know that every week we have a 'Question of the Week', in which a question is presented to the community, who then kindly furnish us with appropriate answers. This week's QOTW was 'what is your favourite video game tree and why?' Lots of people answered, so we thought it would be nice to compile as many of those answers as possible and make an entire feature out of it. This is that feature and it's called '28 of the most favourite video game trees ever'. Although some of the entries, like Sceptile and Sudowoodo, might not strictly be trees. But whatever.

If this sort of thing is relevant to your interests, you should give the latest TalkRadar UK Podcast a listen. You might like it, although that's not a legally-binding guarantee. You'll even get to find out what OUR favourite video game trees are! Imagine the excitement. It's quite literally heart-pounding.

Also, sorry to anyone that replied to our QOTW but is neither included here or got a mention on the podcast. We can offer no reasonable explanation for that happening. But please enjoy this feature all the same.

The trees from Grim Fandango

"It's the best because it's in Grim Fandango." - Carl Griffiths

Harold the talking tree from Fallout 3

"From what I remember Bob grew from Harold's head and he then became rooted. He then became idolized by a cult called the tree minders and then I forget what happened. As far as trees go, pretty interesting and weird." - johnnylil

The Shenmue tree at the end of Shenmue 2

"It's the only tree I've been forced to think about for about 10 years waiting for the sequel..." - Mark Lawson

The trees on the beach in the first Crysis

"Being able to shoot them till they splintered and fell looked amazing and was a great precursor to effects we now take for granted." - ToyBoxGamer

The trees from Serious Sam HD

"I could spend hours cutting those fuckers down with the chainsaw." - Jake Denton

The trees from the original Far Cry

"Most FPS's I played before this game were murky corridor or urban affairs, while this was one of the first that broke out into a gorgeous, blue sky desert island paradise. It really was fecking beautiful and made you happy just being there. I remember spending ages just mooching around the jungles and shooting up the undergrowth. Amazing lighting and physics and all that." - Mooshon

Yggdrasil from Valkyrie Profile

"Beautiful music, amazing scenery and instead of going from left to right, you gotta go up from down. Then down, then up again. Awesome." - Myslitel Valsoray

Sceptile from Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald

"A tree that can walk, has attitude, will probably eat anyone it encounters, and just likes to mug people off seems like a winner to me." - OhMyJosh

The trees from Deadly Premonition

"Sexy." - Toby Bradley

The trees from Mortal Kombat's living forest

"The fact that they now eat people is awesome." - Zack Berghoff

The trees from de Blob

"It's nice to run into them and see them go from a limp, lifeless twig to one full of colour and volume." - jose2332

The trees from Super Mario 64

"Finding out you could handstand at the top of them was mind-blowing back in the day." - Gastric Titan

Unbelievably more trees on the next page!


  • mari-takayama - June 12, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    The honey tree comment in the article made me chuckle. 'I like Snorlax. He reminds me of me.' I knew that Sudowoodo was gonna be mentioned here, what's not awesome about a moving tree that I think is made from stone.
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 16, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Alan Wake's WOW forestry...
  • PorcelainPoison - June 25, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    This is a cute article. And I'm so glad the sakura trees in Okami are included! Okami is just a beautiful game through and through, I never got bored playing it.
  • philipshaw - June 24, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Deku tree was mine, don't need to explain
  • fadefrommyself97 - June 24, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    the last picture of the honey trees is totally looking like its from the hack Shiny Gold...its definitely not filed right
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - June 24, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    No ExDeathlove?
  • Dondada - June 23, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Secret of Mana tree is my favorite.
  • nemesiscw - June 23, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    What about the trees in Link to the Past? Dash into them for items!
  • garnsr - June 23, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    Not my favorite tree, but I remember while playing Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast they burned a forest, and I was really disappointed that the fire just seemed to be on top of the trees, instead of actually burning them. The rest of the game was so good, I was surprised they couldn't make the trees burn. Actually, I don't know how easy that would be even today.
  • Eccentrick - June 23, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    I would add the trees in Far Cry 2 - because they could be lit on fire and burned for a while. Also: the talking tree from DeathSpank. Glad the Mana tree was on here. First one I thought of when saw the article title. Harold is probably the best, though. Funniest sidequest in Fallout 3.
  • Cat_Mundy - June 23, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    Boom-a-loom. Obviously the best tree kicks off the article! Submitted by yours truly. Also, I'm hugging a tree in my picture.
  • jackthemenace - June 27, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Even though Mine's probably the most boring reason on there, seeing my name underneath Animal Crossing made my day. And, as Cundy rightly said, Sudowoodo ISN'T a tree, it's a rock. That LOOKS like a tree. A tree with a face. That walks. And shoots lasers.
  • WinkedUp Lozza - June 25, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    GTA IV: crush a light pole, bulldoze a mob, but go flying through the windscreen when versing a twig.
  • TheSatur9 - June 24, 2011 4:21 a.m.

    Did anyone else get the Wind Waker reference in the Sudowoodo section?
  • Fuzunga - June 23, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Uh, Sceptile is not a tree. I think you meant Soodowoodo.
  • Dredgon - June 23, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Dialogue trees FTW!!!!!
  • db1331 - June 23, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    You know you are old school when this is the first tree you thought of: Even more so if you pictured the original version.
  • CowboyBlasto - June 23, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Sudowoodo is made of rock, and is that a screenshot of Shiny Gold I see? Also, Munchlax are the ones who fall from trees.
  • TheHungryLemur - June 23, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Yep that basically sums up my favourite trees! I really liked Oblivion's trees and how they moved in the wind. I would have put it on the list. Nice article GR!
  • Matt Cundy - June 23, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Whispy Woods was suggested, but no one said why it was their favourite tree. And to make this list I needed a quote for each one. So no Whispy Woods. Sad face.

Showing 1-20 of 49 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000