Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games

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The world has a lot to offer—fantastic cities, historic landmarks and beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately there’s no way to see it all in one lifetime. Unless of course you play a lot of video games. Skip the long flights, crowds and learning foreign languages and visit the world with nothing but a joystiq and a dream. Check out these real locations around the world found in video games.

Fallout3 Lincoln Memorial Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
The Lincoln Memorial in Fallout 3 Source
Real Lincoln Memorial Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
The Lincoln Memorial – Washington, DC Source

The Lincoln Memorial in Fallout 3

Washington, DC

Have you ever imagined what Washington, DC would look like in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland? If you’ve played Fallout 3 you wouldn’t have to. Popular DC landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Capital Building can be found in ruins throughout the game. Source.

Resistance Fall of Man Manchester Cathedral Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
The Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man Source

Real Manchester Cathedral Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Manchester Cathedral – Manchester, England Source

Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man

Manchester, England

Manchester Cathedral doesn’t seem like a likely setting for a first-person shooter, but that didn’t stop Sony. Actually, the use of the inside of the Manchester Cathedral was the source of some controversy—however it lead to a boost in tourism from teenagers who played the game. Source

Assassins Creed Roman Colosseum Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Roman Colosseum in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Source

Real Roman Colosseum Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Roman Colosseum – Rome, Italy Source

Roman Colosseum in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Rome, Italy

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood gives players the amazing opportunity to visit the Roman Colosseum in its prime.

Far Cry2 African Wilderness Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
African Wilderness in Far Cry 2 Source

Real African Wilderness Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
African Wilderness Source

African Wilderness in Far Cry 2
There may not be any distinct landmarks in Far Cry 2, however the game developers captured the African Wilderness very well.

Yakuza Shinjuku Tokyo Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Kabukicho District in Yakuza Source

Real Shinjuku Tokyo Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Kabukicho District – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan Source

Kabukicho District in Yakuza
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku Kabukicho in Tokyo is known for its shopping and entertainment—full of hostess bars, shops and nightclubs. One of the most notable shopping outlets in the area is Don Quixote, featured in the Yakuza games. It’s a red-light district, so it’s natural that it would show up in a game series about Japanese gangsters.

GTAIV Broker Bridge Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Brooklyn Bridge in GTA IV Source

Real Brooklyn Bridge Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Brooklyn Bridge – New York, NY Source

Brooklyn Bridge in Grand Theft Auto IV
New York, NY

Okay, technically this isn’t the Brooklyn Bridge—it’s the Broker Bridge, but it’s clearly modeled after the bridge in NYC. In fact a lot of the locations players can visit in GTA IV’s “Liberty City” closely resemble real-life New York City locales—including Battery Park, the Chrysler Building, Hearst Tower, Times Square, JFK Airport and more. Source

Tomb Raider Ko Tapu Islands Thailand Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Ko Tapu Islands in Tomb Raider Source

Real Ko Tapu Islands Thailand Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Ko Tapu Islands – Phang Nga Bay, Thailand Source

Ko Tapu Islands in Tomb Raider Underworld
Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Lara Croft has explored many parts of the world, uncovering long lost secrets and treasures in fictional tombs. However, many of the locations she visits are based on real places, including the Ko Tapu Islands in Thailand.

Half Life Belgrade Serbia Parliament Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Serbian Parliament in Half Life 2 Source

Real Belgrade Serbia Parliament Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Parliament – Belgrade, Serbia Source

Serbian Parliament in Half Life 2
Belgrade, Serbia

The Belgrade, Serbia Parliament building can be found in Half Life 2, however in the game it’s known as the Overwatch Nexus in City 17. The plot in Half Life 2 follows an alternate history of Earth that takes place in a fictional Eastern European city resulting in this real-world landmark serving a completely different purpose.

Stalker Chernobyl Power Plant Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Source

Real Chernobyl Power Plant Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Chernobyl Power Plant – Chernobyl, Ukraine Source
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Chernobyl, Ukraine

Considering that you can now take a tour of Chernobyl it doesn’t sound that weird to visit it in a video game. Source

Assassins Creed Pantheon Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
The Pantheon in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Source

Real Pantheon Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
The Pantheon – Rome, Italy Source

The Pantheon in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Rome, Italy

Gamers can save themselves the trip to Rome by visiting the Pantheon in Assassin’s Creed, but unfortunately it’s likley to be just as crowed—especially in multi-player mode.

Uncharted2 Nepal Kathmandu Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Left: Kathmandu in Uncharted 2. Right: The real Kathmandu, Nepal Source
Kathmandu in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Kathmandu, Nepal

Nathan Drake gets around in Uncharted 2, (and no we’re not talking about NPCs Elena and Chloe) visiting amazing places around the world like Kathmandu, Nepal. The attention to detail in creating the atmosphere of Kathmandu is pretty impressive.

Gran Turismo 5 Madrid Spain Plaza de Cibeles Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Plaza de Cibeles in Gran Turismo 5 Source

Real Madrid Spain Plaza de Cibeles Real Locations Around the World Found in Video Games
Plaza de Cibeles – Madrid, Spain Source

Plaza de Cibeles in Gran Turismo 5
Madrid, Spain

The real-life scenery in Gran Turismo 5 looks breathtaking… it’s such a shame that you’re zipping by most of it at 100mph or more.

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