Past Rants, Raves & Views

Snow in Games; Seasonal Memories

From sliding on the ice to shooting through walls of it, snow creeps into nearly every game

As I write this, it’s snowing heavily outside, and all is well with the world. Families are outside enjoying the climate, elderly couples are walking hand in hand through the ever growing blanket of snow, and children are giggling and laughing as they play with care-free abandon. Yep, there’s nothing like a heavy downfall of snow to wash away all the wrongs and problems of today’s landscape.

But this got me thinking. Firstly; why aren’t I out there enjoying it myself (ah yes, that restraining order), and secondly; what have been the fondest moments featuring snow in video games? Well, here are few that sprung to mind immediately:

Call of Duty 2 - Stalingrad

We’re in Russia, so there must be some snow. Yep, as the streets echoed with the distressing sound of gunfire and calls to arms, the snow casually fell all around. What made the snow so great in this early mission in COD2 was that it made the enemies easier to see, and therefore shoot; they were like little black ants running across the top of a cherry bakewell (I have no metaphor for the cherry, sorry).