Beautiful maps of game worlds that you’ll never forget – Part 1
We all have our favourites, our places of escape, virtual lands where we went to discover things, to save princesses and worlds, to fight evil and to have adventures. Worlds of our favourite games. And we had maps to lead us on through these worlds, maps that have nothing to do with the real world we live in – come to think of it, much like pilgrims of Middle Ages, when maps were drawn like checkered boards poised on a giant turtle’s back or some sorts. Each of those games we visited had a map, and some of them are still unforgettable – or, if you haven’t visited a particular game world, you still ought to check it out, because I picked a lot of awesome, beautifully made game world maps for you to discover. Actually, I found such a huge lot of them, it stands to reason to divide them in two posts, if not more. Click on the images to see the full size versions.
We’ll open with Ultima series maps – all of them depicted the same world of Britannia, altered slightly. The series (apart form other things) became known for its cloth maps – yes, all the maps coming with the games were printed on cloth, not paper.
The new Ultima Forever that is right now in development featured a world map among their concept art – it looks worth the world and in style with the older games, except that it has simulated paper folds on it, when not a single Ultima map was ever printed on paper!
YS 7 Limited Edition included a cloth map too:
Another classic map is from The Legend of Zelda:
And of course Chrono Cross, although it’s an in-game map, not a physical one:
Darklands is a pretty old game (released in 1992) so you’ve probably never heard of it, but it had an awesome map that really looks like a map from some ancient Christian church book:
Another game world map styled to look like a Middle Age map – Endiness: Legend of Dragoon map:
Of more recent games, Grandia 2 has a very stylish hand-drawn looking map:
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas map is looking like it’s been drawn with color markers:
The map from the post’s description is the one from Guild Wars 2 and is quite beautifully drawn:
Another (relatively) new game with an awesome map is Witcher 2:
A map in a whole different style, but awesome nonetheless – from Hyperdimension Neptunia:
And last in this post but not least, a map in a whole different style yet again, Ico from PS2/PS3:
There’s so many maps I’d like to share, but I don’t want to make posts too heavy on images, so I’ll put them in another post, stay tuned!