With the sun scorching much of the world and being fairly absent in the UK, it must be the season known as summer, where Brits tend to go on holiday to find sunnier skies elsewhere.
In gaming, we’ve seen so many stunning locations brought to life in recent years, we decided to pick somewhere we’d really like to visit, if Dodo Airlines could really fly you to any destination across the gamerverse.
Will you opt for a sunny escape or a daring mountain adventure? A city break or a peaceful time on the beach? Let us know where your gaming summer holiday would be in our Discord.
Lental Region – New Pokémon Snap | Liam Andrews
If the summer had continued to be blazing hot, I would have joined Chris in choosing a chillier location for my holidays, but there’s been enough rain and grey skies recently that I feel the urge to visit somewhere more tropical.
The first place that popped into my head was Ancient Greece from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but all the warring armies, legendary monsters, and the numerous map icons would probably ruin an otherwise lovely location. I’ll stick to modern-day Greece, which I’ve been to, and thought was excellent, and where the only dangers were low flying turkey’s that almost knock you off your rented scooter.
Instead, I’m going with the Lental region from New Pokémon Snap. The game’s tropical islands would obviously make an excellent holiday destination, but the real draw is the NEO-ONE, the game’s hovercraft which slowly carries players around the beautiful scenery.
As someone who enjoys doing as little as possible on holiday, I like the idea of being transported around lovely tropical vistas, casually lobbing fruit at various Pokémon as I pass by. It’s the perfect device for exploring any holiday destination, capable of going safely underwater, withstanding volcanic heat and, presumably, flying turkeys.
Isle Delfino – Super Mario Sunshine | James Parry
While my instinct would certainly be to hide in a cosy shelter within an iceworld like the Great Glacier from Final Fantasy VII or The Frozen Wilds from Horizon: Zero Dawn, I’ve decided to embrace the spirit of the season and head to the beautiful Isle Delfino, setting of Super Mario Sunshine.
While Mario came across the island in a sorry state, after being safe for over 20 years it’s high time we give this holiday destination a visit. What could go wrong?
The constant music could be enough to drive me insane eventually, but I feel like for a couple of weeks I could put up with it if absolutely necessary, and the island offers so much to explore besides the main plaza area too.
You can pop over to the windmill formerly occupied by Petey Piranha, take a spin on the big wheel at Pinna Park or put your feet up on Gelato Beach – and there’s not a splurge of paint or a Shadow Mario in sight.
Need souvenirs to take home to the family? Grab a piece of fruit or two from the charming locals, there’s plenty to choose from. If getting your five-a-day isn’t a priority for them then they might enjoy a trinket from the bustling Ricco Harbor, or maybe catch a Squidling if you’re lucky.
In all, with its bright colours, blazing sunshine and lovely locations, Isle Delfino has it all. Now, where did I put my beach umbrella?