Facebook Files: What’s Your Favourite Apocalypse?



This week, we’re discussing the different post-apocalyptic scenarios in gaming, and which ones stand out to you more than others. Click here for the full discussion.


Steven wrote:

So many games today portray the end of the world in many different ways.


Many different interpretations include but are not limited to; the tiresome Zombie Apocalypse in games like Left 4 Dead, the post-nuclear Apocalypse like in the Fallout series, the robot inhabited and lushly vegetated Apocalypse of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, the omni-religious Apocalypse as seen in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (and other SMT titles), and the Apocalypse that you help initiate as one of the Four Horsemen and subsequently attempt to clean up in Darksiders.


Typically the post-Apocalyptic world of each game plays a major role in the gameplay and story of each game. So I ask you, what was your favorite “end of the world”video game and why? Feel free to discuss anything and everything you liked about the game.


Don wrote:

Before we go any further, I just have to get this out of the way: SPOILERS ALERT!!


The Xenosaga series would have to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of apocalyptic games in my book. Here’s why. In the first episode, within the first five minutes, you see the activation of the Zohar, and the subsequent disappearance of Earth (aka Lost Jerusalem). So already, before you even start playing, within the FIRST cut-scene, one planet is gone. Within the same game, another planet disappears (Ariadne), and a third planet is nearly destroyed (Second Miltia). Keep in mind that this is a trilogy of games.


Patrick wrote:

I haven’t played this game but one of the reasons I wanna play it is because of its visually stunning post-apocalyptic world. I’m really looking forward to having time to play Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. There is something about nature taking over a city (A mixture of natural and man made) that is very pleasing to me.


Andre wrote:

I wasn’t able to finish it but I really enjoyed Metro 2033, I loved it for how it really forced you to conserve ammunition and how things got tense when I was running out of my favorite shotgun ammo and had to rely on my less than trusted pistol against the mutated denizens on the surface and terrorists underground.


Which apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic game worlds do you like? Which one do you think is the most believable or better executed in general than the rest? Have at it!

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.