We dont know why, but there arent any features on the internet about all the great doors in gaming. Which is amazing when you consider 1) the internet is really big, and 2) there are lots of great doors in gaming. After a short period of shock and disbelief we decided to rectify this utterly embarrassing internet failure as a matter of urgency. You can thank us later, but for now, please enjoy the internets debut feature on the 34 greatest, most absurdly interesting doors in gaming...
UPDATED: NOW WITH EVEN MORE OF THE GREATEST, MOST ABSURDLY INTERESTING DOORS IN GAMING!
The Legend of Zelda | Boss chamber doors
This door is great because: It leads to the ultimate destination of a dungeon. Behind it lurks some foul beast which--once heroically vanquished using some recently acquired weapon--will produce a delicious piece of heart.
Hotline Miami | Lethal doors
This door is great because: It can be harnessed as a powerful hinged makeshift weapon type thing which can knock out and sometimes even kill people and dogs.
Resident Evil | Spencer Mansion main door
This door is great because: Ill just have a quick peek outside and see if ther... ZOMBIE DOG HEAD ATTACK!!!!
Shadows of the Damned | Baby demon doors
This door is great because: Its fitted with a crying baby demon lock. The door is opened by feeding the crying baby demon a strawberry, which makes the baby demon burp and start giggling. Awww, whos a clever coochy-coo demon door baby lock demon thingy what likes strawberries in his tum-tum.
Metroid | Colour-coded shoot-to-open doors
This door is great because: It eschews conventional science-fiction door design by opting for a shoot-to-open operation, which is particularly convenient for anyone who happens to be equipped with an arm cannon.
Prey | Fleshy orifice doors
This door is great because: Them look like bum holes and lady parts hur-de-hur-hur.
Grand Theft Auto | Car doors
This door is great because: It is the manually-operated portal by which the protagonist can drag a driver, before passing through the portal himself and commandeering the vehicle. Sometimes the owner of the car is unwilling to relinquish the vehicle and will hold on to the door as the protagonist drives away. He wont be able to hold on for long and it will--inevitably--end badly for him. The car door has played an intrinsic yet inconspicuous role in the Grand Theft Auto series recurring theme of dark schadenfreude humour.
Silent Hill 4 | The Dont Go Out!! Door
This door is great because: Sometimes staying in is the safe option.
Luigis Mansion | Trapdoors
This door is great because: It springs open and squashes Luigi flat like lasagne. Its funny! Amirite!?
Pac-Man | Ghost containment door
This door is great because: It prevents accidental access to the ghost containment chamber.
Metal Gear Solid | Locker door
This door is great because: It has slats at eye-level, allowing anyone hiding inside the locker to easily observe movements of enemy guards in close proximity of the locker. The inside of the door can also be utilised as a discrete gravure viewing surface.
The Darkness | Dramatic door
This door is great because: It adds incredible drama and tension by acting as a barrier between protagonist Jackie Estacado and his girlfriend Jenny. Overpowered by demons, Jackie is forced to watch through the door as Jenny is executed. Without the door, this scene would not be as emotionally powerful and important for the narrative and stuff.
Bonanza Bros. | Anti-idiot door
This door is great because: Guards conveniently stand behind it, which is an open invitation to the titular duo to utilise the door as a weapon which will render the guards temporarily stunned (even guards wearing full riot gear). No matter how many times this happens, the guards are repeatedly caught out in this manner. Its almost as if they are pre-programmed to stand behind doors. Idiots.
Kingdom Hearts | The Door to Darkness
This door is great because: Mickey Mouse is on the other side.
Mario | Ghost House doors
This door is great because: It sometimes turns into ghosts.
Fable | Demon doors
This door is great because: Gregarious disposition. Talks. Has beard.
Red Dead Redemption | Saloon doors
This door is great because: Its the best type of door for walking in/out of a place and looking like a badass. Also demonstrates good swinging physics.
Max Payne 2 | Morgue door
This door is great because: It can only be opened from the inside, meaning bad man cant get in to kill Max Payne, but Max Payne can open it with force, knocking bad man to the floor, consequently enabling Max Payne to flee while bad man is temporarily incapacitated. Thanks door.
Fez | 8-bit trans-dimensional doors
This door is great because: Where will it lead? To a room? To an adjacent door? To a treasure map? To another dimension on the other side of the world? To a migraine triggered by complete spatial discombobulation?
Assassins Creed Revelations | Sequence 9 Library door
This door is great because: It is sealed with an ancient puzzle that requires the moving and rotating and lining-up of things in a specific way. Behind the door waits a dramatic cut-scene and 50 Achievement points.
Psychonauts | Mind doors
This door is great because: It occupies the Collective Unconscious, which is basically a hub where all the levels (or Mental Worlds as they are referred to in the game) can be accessed once completed. In conclusion, you could say these doors are mental.
Portal | Aperture Science Relaxation Vault door which is a portal
This door is great because: It takes you by surprise when youre expecting the Aperture Science Relaxation Vault exit to be a regular sort of science facility door but when it appears its a portal and you can see yourself (i.e. Chell) on the opposite wall, which is actually an adjacent wall and it only appears to be opposite because of all the perspective bending portal science stuff. Either way, the door which is a portal is great.
Zombies Ate My Neighbours | Magically appearing exit door
This door is great because: If it never appeared there would be no way to access the next level. There would only be Level 1.
Alan Wake | Axe door
This door is great because: Its inspired by the bathroom door from Stanley Kubrick horror masterpiece The Shining, which is definitely one of the most famous doors in movie history.
Rez | Doors inside a computer
This door is great because: It rotates and can only be opened by shooting it and shooting it makes a semi-rhythmical clapping sound. Its also exactly what wed expect doors inside an existentially troubled computer super network to be like.
House of the Dead | Zombie axe door
This door is great because: AXE ZOMBIE IS COMING THROUGH THE DOOR!!!!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare | Exploding door of temporal deceleration
This door is great because: Its purpose is to be exploded by the placement of a breaching charge. Once exploded, time dilation often occurs, allowing enemies to be dispatched in slow motion. It is not known why this phenomenon occurs.
Doom | The sounds familiar door
This door is great because: Hey, thats the same sound as the Doom door makes!
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion | A strange door
This door is great because: It leads to the Shivering Isles through the Fringe of Madness, which leads to the Gates of Madness, which is in the Realm of Madness, a place of madness ruled by the Prince of Madness, and so on and madness blah de blah wibble and madness wibble.
Left 4 Dead | Safe room door
This door is great because: It is attached to a safe room.
BioShock | Door to Rapture
This door is great because: Would you kindly... leave the door wide open?
Heavy Rain | Secret door to killers hidden room
This door is great because: Press Circle to open and reveal identity of killer. Jason is not behind the door.
Plants Vs Zombies | Zombie protection door
This door is great because: It makes a refreshing change from zombies thoughtlessly destroying doors in a desperate grab for brains.
LA Noire | Clue door
This door is great because: It provides the first clue in the first case. The clue is all that red stuff. Which is blood. CASE CLOSED.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Black Door
This door is great because: At first it seems pretty spooky but beneath its stony skull exterior it is just a magic talking door that enjoys doing riddles on people. And everyone loves riddles.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door | Old door
This door is great because: Its titular and opening it is the main quest (Princess Peach needs rescuing--natch--from the other side). And because the door is so completely great, when its opened theres a whole dedicated door opening cut-scene and everything.
Fallout 3 | Door to the Wasteland
This door is great because: Its the only door that leads outside to the Capital Wasteland and marks the start of the adventure proper. Going through the door can also be used to change your characters race and/or sex. Were not quite sure how that works, but whatever. It does. And thats that.
Portal 2 | Fake door
This door is great because: ITS A TRAP!!!
Gauntlet | Many doors of monster containment
This door is great because: It keeps back many types of monster. It even keeps back ghosts, which are supernatural beings normally associated with the skill of being able to pass through solid objects. Solid objects like doors, for example.
Spy Vs Spy | Booby-trap door
This door is great because: It serves impassively--and impartially--as a very cunning booby-trap opportunity. However, whether the door is your ally or enemy is completely dependant on whether you are the booby-trapper or the booby-trapped. Which booby are you?
God of War | Doors for real men
This door is great because: Doors with knobs and hinges? Thats for wimps. Real men use intimidating hernia-inducing doors made of solid rock and pain, and are operated with levers and chains and pulleys and pure raw man power.
Fallout 3 | Rude door
This door is great because: Opening the door reveals a wall and on the wall are the words F**K YOU crudely daubed in green paint. Which is great because swearing.
Mappy | Anti-cat door
This door is great because: It gets rid of cats. Under regular conditions we would have no use for a door which gets rid of cats. We like cats. But in a game in which we are playing as a mouse then a door which gets rid of cats is very useful
Dantes Inferno | The door that is the Gates of Hell
This door is great because: It leads to Hell. Admittedly, Hell itself isnt particularly great, but being the door that leads to Hell is a pretty impressive claim to fame (if youre a door).
Hotel Mario | Best worst doors
This door is great because: The entire game is about shutting doors and everyone loves the unrivalled thrill of door shutting.
Okami | Doors locked by Lockjaws
This door is great because: Its lock is a one-eyed demon padlock that shakes in terror when it sees a key, which is probably because its eye is the keyhole. As if having a key in the eye wasnt bad enough, once unlocked a Lockjaw explodes. Sucks to be a Lockjaw.
Half-Life | Door of vocational opportunity
This door is great because: That nice G-Man fellow says his employers would like Gordon Freeman to come work for them and all Gordon has to do to accept the offer is step through the door and into the portal of green. Its a door to an exciting new career.
And thats where well have to shut the--ahem--door on this feature. But if you have a door you feel deserves a place on this list of greatest, most absurdly interesting doors in gaming, please tell us in the comments and if we get enough door suggestions well update the feature.
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