About this time, every few years, we like to remember that a strange man once observed that “PC games are all about terrain”. Little did he know that in fact all games are about terrain. Except the ones that aren’t. But those are hardly games at all.
Terrain! It’s the undulating table on which the pieces of our play are set. It’s the sandbox in which we dig, and the garden in which we grow. Terrain: for exploring, for absorbing, for smoothing, for deforming. It is the unsung underfoot heroic substrate of all that is gaming, and much else besides.
Twitter helped me think about how much I love terrain. While hardly definitive, I think this gallery gives a taste of the rainbow of landscape that gaming terrain encompasses. Here’s how we got on:
Lord Of The Rings Online
Total War: Rome 2
Fallout: New Vegas
The Secret Of Monkey Island
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
XCOM: UfO Defense
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Just Cause 2
Battlefield 2 (Project Reality mod)
Thanks to everyone who contributed to #terrain!
Commenters: post your own terrain greatest hits below, and I will add the best ones to the gallery.