Desert Vidya

Easton Parker
Easton Parker

What are some good games set in deserts? Not just wild west shit, but preferably something with camels, caravans, exotic stuff etc.

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Jace Collins
Jace Collins

WILD ARMS 3
Dune 2

Jonathan King
Jonathan King

Go back, Mohammed.

Also, deserts are the worst settings in vidya, and the desert stage is always objectively the worst stage in any game it appears in.

Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson

deserts are the worst settings in vidya, and the desert stage is always objectively the worst stage
Counterpoint: sewers.

Josiah Robinson
Josiah Robinson

I'm a Khergit, not a Sarranid

Daniel Morales
Daniel Morales

sewers
<linear, annoying, literally shitty but at least they're over quick because it's just a corridor

deserts
<endless fucking sand which slows down your movement
<takes forever to get anywhere
<the music style is more predictable than sleigh bells in winter stages

Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy

Journey :^)

Austin Allen
Austin Allen

Kenshi

Carter Morales
Carter Morales

but at least they're over quick
Xenogears, Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 both disagree extremely.

Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

I fucking hate deserts.
I will never play a game that is centered about this terrible biome.

Carter Russell
Carter Russell

sleep
Good taste you faggot.

Nathaniel Sanders
Nathaniel Sanders

I played Xenogears and severs end pretty quick, what are you talking about? They do have some strong enemies, but you finish them in like 30 minutes if you're leveled and geared properly.
Unless you mean dungeons of disk 2, which are not technically sewers.

Juan Ortiz
Juan Ortiz

Sleep
My nigger.
worst setting in vidya
not lava levels
Opinion discarded.
Fish detected. Better go hide, before the nips bait you again.

Jayden Davis
Jayden Davis

Fish wouldn't even know desert exits.
Actually if I name one game I didn't have deserts in that would be BOF4.
Hate grass plains in it instead.

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Christian Gomez
Christian Gomez

there will never be a Sleep videogame about making a mind-numbingly slow pilgrimmage to a space weed temple

Tyler Scott
Tyler Scott

That doesn't sound like a bad videogame.

David Johnson
David Johnson

no OM and High On Fire spin-offs either, à la FF 18nd²³ X-3.14 Rainbow Tournament Edition
Time for a drink, tbh.

Samuel Jenkins
Samuel Jenkins

deserts are best

Juan Walker
Juan Walker

Are you high? BOF4 starts in a desert.

Mason Rivera
Mason Rivera

Good taste as well.

Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood

Rayman has some desert levels.

Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson

Nigger, the actual desert part is when you return to it and get to control flying ship to race around it.
Intro is meh, but serviceable since you spend most of your time in towns and combat.

Mason Long
Mason Long

Nigger, the actual desert part is when you return to it and get to control flying ship to race around it.
Which is funny because that's just a reskin of the boat section from BOF3, while the plains segment you mentioned before is just the desert of Death.

Liam Morales
Liam Morales

no YURO truck simulator in space, either
Why do I have this strange yearning for all things "mundane stuff in futuristic space"?

Justin Howard
Justin Howard

counterpoint

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Liam Taylor
Liam Taylor

I'm not arguing since I didn't play past first 5-6 hours of bof 3 because of inferior combat and narrative.
I played bof4 first, which was probably a mistake, since its quality made me allergic to 99% of all jrpgs ever made including other bof titles.

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Joseph Cruz
Joseph Cruz

rogue galaxy starts in a desert

David Reed
David Reed

Do racing games even count? Their levels are mostly just skins, except for slippery ice.
God that game is shit. Battle system is fun, but everything else is god awful.

Jayden Thomas
Jayden Thomas

You could say that of any game
In the end a level is a bunch of geometry with a skin on top of it

Joshua Scott
Joshua Scott

Because you wanna escape the current hell on Earth? Just a guess.

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell

Half Life is the only thing that comes to mind that I've played. Someone should make a Dune themed megawad for Doom.

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Ian Martinez
Ian Martinez

Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 Desert Regions were the worst.

Gavin Gonzalez
Gavin Gonzalez

Drop out of life with bong in hand
Follow the smoke toward the riff filled land
Drop out of life with bong in hand
Follow the smoke toward the riff filled land

Proceeds the weedian - Nazareth
**Proceeds the weedian - Nazareth

Creedsmen roll out across the dying dawn
Sacred Israel holy mountain Zion
Sun beams down on to the sandsea reigns
Caravan migrates through deep sandscape

Lungsmen unearth the creed of Hasheeshian
Procession of the weed-priests to cross the sands
Desert legion smoke-covenant is complete
Herb bails retied on to backs of beasts
Arise arise arise - The Son of the God of Israel
Jordan river flows on evermore
Bathe in glow of sunlight’s beating rays
They feel the serpent's standard rule our days

Stoner caravan emerge from sandsea
Earthling inserts to chalice the green cutchie
Groundation soul finds trust upon smoking hose
Assembled creedsmen rises prayer-filled smoke
Raise up seer’s holy prophecy
Plants down on upon years of the sun now feeds
Seed of Eden fall on nurtured soil
Onward caravan prepare new bong

Xavier Butler
Xavier Butler

but there is one, E:D, the problem is it's an awful game

Brandon Collins
Brandon Collins

There is a point-and-click adventure Dune game. There is Dune 2, 2000, Emperor: Battle For Dune. But that's all I can think of that actually use a desert desert and not "Wasteland"

Nolan Williams
Nolan Williams

Counterpoint: sewers.
Counterpoint: warehouses with boxes everywhere
all the shantae games.

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor

I guess it's close enough, but I was thinking more along the lines of that Cowbob Beepboop episode or the setting in Planetes.
Please Mr. Wizard, take me far, far away.

Benjamin Watson
Benjamin Watson

If you're climbing and platforming on the boxes and hiding in shipping containers and everything's stacked three stories high warehouse levels are great.

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Evan James
Evan James

(very nice)
Do like to stack boxes?

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Parker Diaz
Parker Diaz

Counterpoint: FEAR had some amazing sewer levels
The first signs of the Replica assassin for example were fucking stellar and would not have worked as well in any other environment.
Sewers feel dirty, dark and confined by design. They lend themselves well to stealth games, since they can actually be combined with other elements such as catacombs, subways, underground parking garages, or storm-drains, each having their own unique look and feel. All of them can be connected to the sewers, which allows you to do an entire underground section of the game, and connect major hubs easily without going over ground.

Xavier Sanchez
Xavier Sanchez

Though, I strongly recommend playing the first game, before playing the second one, as your stats, spells and money carry over from one game to the next.

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Logan Rivera
Logan Rivera

Unironically this

Elijah Perry
Elijah Perry

Hidden Jew.
What in the actual fuck.

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Thomas Harris
Thomas Harris

Jak 3
tfw the emulation is still a hot mess of fucked up textures

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Ethan Perry
Ethan Perry

Metal slug and that train level in lost planet 2

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Carson Davis
Carson Davis

Conflict: Dessert Storm I 2 was also good, though I prefer the first one
They're both outdated as shit but I still find them enjoyable. They also have multiplayer and I wouldn't find it surprising if some autist still plays online to this date.
Expect a lot of behind-enemy-lines operator autism.
What does it play like
It's a tacticool TPS where you can command 4 guys from your squad and play as any of them whenever you wish. Each soldier specializes in specific kinds of weapons but they can use every weapon anyway.
You can control vehicles too and they're pretty neato. There is also stealth and can make some missions pretty challenging.

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Ayden Russell
Ayden Russell

My nigger; brb reinstalling

Alexander Powell
Alexander Powell

mount and blade warband, the sarranids territory
nier automata, big comfy desert
red faction guerilla, mars deserts
Kenshi, probably the largest desert areas in any game I can think of

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Cameron Ross
Cameron Ross

Foo Foo Fantasy 12.
The game's like, all desert.
A really, really gay desert.

Logan Peterson
Logan Peterson

Hang yourself my man
I like Sleep but that song was always too long for my liking. It was a bit too much like drone metal.

Nathan Torres
Nathan Torres

Aladdin for DOS was a genuinely fun platformer featuring a bunch of desert levels.

I remember Desert Strike was pretty good, or at least I spent a lot of time playing it. But I'm not sure it actually featured any camels or other features you were asking for 🐫

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James Parker
James Parker

This makes me want to play Hotline Miami again. Good shit.

Sebastian Sanchez
Sebastian Sanchez

Because mundane things in space are genuinely cool and significantly more immersive than the tired old epic space operas. I'd say that's because background lore for performing mundane tasks has to be significantly more detailed and well thought out than one for some epic quest, and it's those little details that draw you into the world.

Cameron Hughes
Cameron Hughes

Best 50s B-movie horror game ever made coming through.

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Jaxson Baker
Jaxson Baker

The desert section of Nier Automata was pretty nice if that counts.

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Bentley Hill
Bentley Hill

you need to be a sandnigger to appreciate deserts
implying deserts aren't one of the best settings in vidya

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Brandon Ramirez
Brandon Ramirez

I can appreciate a good desert level, but snow levels are superior objectively in every single way, mate.

Juan Jackson
Juan Jackson

Inb4
>Israel

Angel Phillips
Angel Phillips

Woah that looks awesome, thanks for posting it

Chase Diaz
Chase Diaz

Dank as hell. You made this thread worthwhile.

You are definitely right that out of all the half-assed video game biome abstractions out there, desert is the fucking worst. Real deserts are actually full of interesting shit if you're a autist naturalist like me.

Jason Baker
Jason Baker

Game deserts are always dune ergs (in arabian settings) or xeric shrub (in western settings). I would like to see a mix of dune ergs, canyon lands, xeric shrub, yardangs, salt flats, glacial moraines, and mountains. Like something set in tibet, mongolia or Kazakhstan. Desert game levels tend to be generic and don't really capture just how surreal and mysterious deserts can be
there will never be a game about the silk road set in the Han dynasty with tocharians and xiongnu
you will never have a world map stretching from lake Baikal to Nepalese cloud forests where you can get made stoned and wander through thousands of miles of psychedelic wastelands

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