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Gaming's most impressive natural disasters

Why the hell should Icelandic volcanoes get all the attention? Or, indeed, highly entertaining articles about game volcanoes? We think it's high time the other, less glamorous gaming natural disasters got championed. So here, to kill a couple of minutes of futile existence, are some words about the most impressive and cruellest of Mother Nature's digital disasters.


God of War III's tsunami


Alright, so the term 'natural' might be stretching things a bit. After all, the towering wave that seemingly destroys have of Ancient Greece is caused by Poseidon biting it in spectacular fashion. And by 'spectacular fashion' we mean he totally gets his holy eyeballs squashed like grapes. Still, PS3 water effects: purdy.


Disaster Report's earthquakes


An overlooked gem that can proudly claim to sport gaming's finest ground-trembling quakes. A cute twist on the survival horror genre, Disaster Report's crumbling city is way more intimidating than any zombie or undead alien beastie. What's a zombie bite compared to being stuck on a crumbling bridge as it's about to plunge straight into a freezing cold ocean?


18-Wheeler American Pro Trucker's twister


Ah, the humble tornado. Star of crappy 90s disaster movies featuring Bill Paxton. Transporters of houses that flatten Wicked Witches of the Eastern variety. And absolutely the most impressive thing in this redneck Dreamcast racer.

20 comments

  • Unoriginal - April 23, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    I live 10 Km away from the eruption going on right now and i can say: It's not as impressive as you are led to belive and all theese beat the RL one going on.
  • philipshaw - April 22, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    You should have put the SSX3 avalanches in there because they look better than 1080s and SSX3 is a better game than 1080 Avalanche
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 22, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Half life 2's portal storms. They're sooo natural.
  • Cyberninja - April 22, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    even if tingle was dead we wouldnt be able to enjoy it since we would be dead also
  • Ninja-KiLLR - April 22, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    @WonsAuto love the sienfeld refrence there
  • Skykid - April 21, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL, the Zelda one was HILARIOUS. Pardon me if I tick off anyone by saying this, but... Link and Zelda frickin' deserved it. The game was crap anyways
  • V13Dragongal - April 21, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    The face on that moon really creeped me out in the game.
  • Conman93 - April 21, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    Luckily I made it through majoras mask without gaetting flattened by that scary ass moon
  • WonsAuto - April 21, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    That Tingle pic at the end is gold, Jerry! Gold!
  • hcig - April 21, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    excuse me, but what about, i dunno, disaster: day of crisis - THE WHOLE GAME at one point you have to outrun a monster wave that makes the day after tomorrow's wave look as lame as the movie
  • garnsr - April 21, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    Would Kefka's world-destruction in FF 6 count as a natural disaster?
  • Link555 - April 21, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    god of war 3 looks amazing, its 1 of the games that I need 2 get.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 21, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    oh man you guy should have waited to write top 7 least annoying quick time events til god of war 3 came out #1 should have been L3 + R3 to poke out poseidons eyballs. i mean that first person view from poseidons eyes made me feel like i was gettin brutally murdered by kratos. and R3 + L3 to poke someones eyes out that was brilliant .
  • 510BrotherPanda - April 21, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    Cundy would probably disagree with killing Tingle off; isn't he Matt's favorite NPC in Zelda? "He's cool, he has that tight little jumpsuit and no one understands him."
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - April 21, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    I really like disaster games like SOS and Raw Danger (the sequel) i'm sad that I Am Alive has probably been cancelled, does anybody have any info on that game?
  • Rhymenocerous - April 21, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    Disaster Report IS an overlooked gem. Where I live (UK) it's called SOS The Final Escape. For some reason.
  • The4X - April 21, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    wow! GR is posting articles at night?! my respect!
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - April 21, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    @Ded Touché, my man. Touché.
  • Ded - April 21, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    I thought Blizzard's most lethal weapon is it's team of lawyers? :D
  • vogler1604 - April 21, 2010 9:15 a.m.

    Natural disasters usually make games appear more epic.

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