8 SEVERELY Underused Locations In Video Games

We've all seen New York, but how about the majesty of Dubai?


With countless video games releasing every single year, it's pretty surprising how certain countries and some of history's biggest time periods are seemingly left by the wayside.

New York City, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, World War II, somewhere Lord of the Rings inspired, and space. Those are, by far, the most commonly found settings in video games. This is the reason games like Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, Grim Fandango, and Spec Ops: The Line stand out; they look fundamentally different from the myriad of other titles flooding marketplaces.

From blood-laden, century-long wars to beautiful untouched countries, prepare yourself for insights into forgotten times and unique landscapes, ones that are begging to be explored by the world's most talented games developers.

8. The Mongol Empire


The reign of Genghis Khan over the Mongol Empire is one of history's most brutal and all-encompassing. It seems ripe for a modern video game, but few have ever really made the effort.

The upcoming Sucker Punch PS4 exclusive, Ghost of Tshushima, is set during the Mongol invasion of Japan in the 13th century. Other than that though, there have only been four video games set during this period of history that lasted over 160 years, and resulted in the biggest empire ever. One of those titles was a strategy sim, another was a fighting game, while the third and fourth were 1980's turn-based strategy games.

Think about that: we get inundated with games about World War II, which granted is fascinating and the most deadly war ever, but it only lasted for six years, while this massive empire has yielded but four games.

There is so much depth to explore with the Mongol Empire, from the eradication of China's Jin Dynasty, to the overwhelming of Russia and the domination of Eastern Europe. It's an incredible time period that could easily make for a series of great video games, namely Assassin's Creed. Who wouldn't want to assassinate Genghis Khan?

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