Volcanic eruption: 9 gaming lava spurts

In case you missed the news, Armageddon has come early. A mountain popped its load in Iceland and now Europe has returned to the Victorian ages as far as transport goes. Last night's history-making, televised UK election debates (US readers: Yeah, we only just got those) were actually overshadowed by a story about ash. 

We want a slice of that volcanic action - after all, if we believe the media we could all be sat in Purgatory awaiting our fate on Judgement Day by next Tuesday. So what better way to bow out before 'death by lungs full of glass filings', than a quick round-up of the most memorable volcanic game eruptions - because in games, volcanos are safe and controllable and don't leave a nasty sulphurous taste in your mouth.


This 'display' volcano appears in PS3 PSN game Pain, in the amusment park level. It's triggered by hitting a few levers, culminating in a fairly feeble puff of acrid smoke. Not enough to ground planes, anyway.

Tomb Raider Anniversary


While it's not made entirely explicit that this is a volcanic eruption, it is. This level of Tomb Raider Anniversary is set on a volcanic island and there's lava everywhere. What other evidence do you need?

Resident Evil 5

We feel this should probably be accompanied by some kind of spoiler warning, but f*** it. If you didn't already know, at the end of Resident Evil 5 you fight Wesker in the middle of an erupting volcano.

Far Cry

Ah. This might be another spoiler, so we'll cut straight to the chase; at the end of Far Cry you end up in the middle of a volcano and it erupts.

Age of Conan

You may or may not know that this is Tortage Volcano. It won't erupt as long as it has a supply of virgins' blood splattered over it. You can, of course swap it for some whore's blood and watch it blow its top. We're not making that up.


  • Kipper - April 19, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    This is why all the airlines were worried. They didn't ground the planes on a whim. Air Crash Investigation/Mayday: All Engines Failed
  • Clovin64 - April 18, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    As I'm looking out my window on a sunday morning in Scotland right now I see hellish dark grey skies and people outside are choking to death on the murderous ash that blankets the air... Oh well, I bet I can fit in a couple more hours of Resi 5 before I too succumb to poisonous ash.
  • 7h313371 - April 17, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    it hasn't hit most of iceland yet and most ppl take pictures of it and some ppl live less than 5 km near it and it isn't rly that bad. actually im lokking forward to taking a walk with a gas mask on :D
  • gilgamesh310 - April 17, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I actually played the secret files 1 & 2. It has some of the most inane puzzles known to man!
  • oufour - April 17, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    i think the Europeans are overreacting. it's grey ALL DAY there. the US is sitting on a supervolcano, you don't see us bitching.
  • chrisda - April 17, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Yes! i so called Black and White 2!
  • Stabby_Joe - April 17, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    If you watch FOX you'd think Europe went all Fallout/Metro 2033... ...just got back from a walk during one of the most pleasant days yet.
  • Link555 - April 17, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    what about ocarino of time, didnt that volcaneo erupt
  • connermcalpine - April 17, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    @ventager youre complaining about resi 5 because they done something impossible.THEY HAVE ZOMBIES AND PEOPLE WHO TURN INTO GIANT ZOMBIEFIED OCTOPUS'S why does it nedd to be possible after that
  • reaperman22 - April 17, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I agree with 64DD war of the monsters volcano eruption was fairly cool it was the second best disaster you could cause in my opinion (first would be the big ass earthquake)
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 17, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    I call a conspiracy. ReCaptcha: births eventful - I would agree
  • philipshaw - April 17, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    It hasn't hit Northern Ireland yet
  • Cogglesz - April 17, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    +1 Lethal Lava Land was an awesome level in SM64. As for the Volcano, I'm in Scotland and its looking rather grey today
  • Solid_Gabriel - April 17, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    Super Mario 64 Lethal Lava Land's volcano should be on this list...
  • Cyberninja - April 17, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    and i just learned about this in science class today
  • cholobear911 - April 17, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    they killed wesker how dare they!!
  • Dondada - April 16, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    No Street Fighter 4 volcano level?
  • 64DD - April 16, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    War of the monster should b on there
  • RonnyLive19881 - April 16, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    My favorite is the explosion in Super Mario Galaxy. Best volcano explosion since Death Mountain!
  • Geoffish - April 16, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    what about the rome total war volcanos?

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