The Top 7... Winter wonderlands

1 – Lost Planet: everything

If a snowy state gets number two, then only an entire planet could secure the top spot. And as you might have figured out by now, Lost Planet is exactly that – an entire world smothered in feet, if not miles of snow. In fact, you’ll barely find an inch of this game that isn’t saturated with white, grey or some variation on the usual winter palette.

Above: Did we mention giant bugs?

So yeah, there’s top-notch powder effects, with blowing drifts and patches that stick to your clothes. But there’s also an oppressive sense of temperature, as your health is constantly draining from the arctic chill permeating the planet. Go too long without thermal energy and you’re dead. Sure gets across the unwavering harshness of winter.

Above: You’ve got to steal the bugs’ heat energy to survive

You’ve got ice, snow, colossal insects, cutting edge graphics… already this sounds like a winner. But also consider the chest-caving explosions that shudder the very ground you walk on.

Above: Man-to-man showdowns lead to rockets, grenades and teeth-rattling explosions that make you stumble headfirst into the snow

Above: Damn that’s cool

It adds up to an all-out war zone on a planet that would be deadly in any circumstance, let alone the site of a volatile power struggle. Lost Planet 2, releasing in February, takes place on the same planet, though it’s in the process of thawing, so don’t expect nearly as much of the white stuff.

~Wind chill bonus!~

Nathan Drake’s exhilarating search for the Cintamani Stone covers a wide variety of terrain, including a death-defying trip through frozen caves and a Hollywood-esque escape from a dangling train. PS3 owners, hold your heads high.

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  • Spybreak8 - February 11, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    Just wanted to say I listening to old Tdars, 81 in this case, and I came here for the screenshots of beautiful winter wonderlands. ^^
  • thefreakysurgeon - December 26, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    ugh, i HATED Snowpeak Ruins!
  • BlackElement17 - December 26, 2010 10:48 a.m.

    I really do dislike snow.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - December 26, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    Yeah it's from last year, we put it up top again for the holiday break. Some people are seeing it for the first time! True though, not sure why I left out Mario 64 and Banjo. I had some dumbass reason that's since left me. Uncharted 2 is in there as a bonus entry though.
  • BurntToShreds - December 25, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    Dang, I really need to get back to Twilight Princess. I haven't touched ever since I got to that damned Water Temple, AUUUGH I HATE IT SO MUCH. I also liked some of the icy levels in Bioshock, especially the frozen art gallery. In fact I would have loved to see a Splicer Santa.
  • Not Snake - December 25, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    Wow. Someone referenced Bomberman 64. And it wasn't me declaring the self-immolation poison as the greatest powerup in the game. It is, but that's not the point.
  • DriveShaft - December 25, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    Im surprised uncharted 2 wasnt number one, and that mario 64 wasnt even mentioned.
  • mEgAzD - December 25, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    Yeah it did come out before. If you read the comments on front, they're dated a year ago.
  • papergoon - December 25, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    Okay I know this sounds crazy but I'm pretty sure that this top 7 has came out before. I can remember it clearly and how it has been written. Deja vu or am I just delusional?
  • Scammeleon - December 25, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Great article, Brett. Just one ommision I'm sorry to not see make the list, Banjo Kazooie's Freezeezy peak?
  • FelNaRj - December 24, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    my hollydays are un full summer! :P but nice article! GR :D
  • TheAsterite - December 4, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    I'm a little surprised the snow levels from Crysis didn't get a mention here. They were really cool. (pun not intended)
  • monsterhunter3rox - December 2, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    you forgot to add monster hunter tri´s tundra level. and the mk snow track,of course (lol,get it?)
  • skyline19 - December 2, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    Tall Trees in Red Dead? Uncharted 2 had to be in there somehow.
  • Viandemoisie - August 24, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    What about the super mario 64 ice levels?
  • Lycanthrokeith - April 24, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Ice Man's Stage, from the original Mega Man. How could that one be left out?
  • ExeterLux - February 22, 2010 6:23 a.m.

    What are PC games not up for consideration? CRYOSTASIS!
  • soren7550 - December 26, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    What about Noveria in Mass Effect? Or Zang Li's mansion in Perfect Dark Zero?
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - December 15, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    @mastersword That first picture is my parent's front yard. I'm from the middle of nowhere. It freezes solid on an annual basis.
  • mastersword369 - December 11, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    O come on, do these californians even know what snow is? They should central NY around winter, it's a frozen HELL.

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