Super Mario 64
Continuing with the playful cartoon style, Super Mario 64 leads you to Cool, Cool Mountain. There is little more winter-esque than racing penguins tube style down a icy mountain side.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
This 2010 installment to the Castlevania franchise is a beautiful tapestry of the more eerie side of winter wonderlands. The creepy quite of snow covered gothic architecture is both unsettling and inspiring.
Being one of the most loved shooting games of all console gaming, GoldenEye 007 gave a couple levels based out of a Serbian base. The gentle, subtle snow of the game’s location helps define the setting and urgency for progression.
Metal Gear Solid 4
Continuing through Solid Snake’s journey, in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots you find yourself in the Snowfield. Moving through the stealth missions in freshly fallen snow adds difficulty and seasonal immersion.
During the events of everyone’s favorite terrible prep school simulation the year takes you to the level Balls of Snow. Dealing with Jimmy’s life gets a little more seasonal when a drunk hobo Santa and snowball fights gets involved.
The action-adventure crime game Mafia 2 puts the player in the front seat of the gangster drama fans have come to love. Setting the underground in the midst of a growing winter helps build the authenticity of the fictional Empire City.
Living in the underground rail stations to avoid the horrors of the surface after nuclear war, Metro 2033 places you deep in the Russian heartland. This first-person survival horror game based on the novel of the same title uses beautiful snow caked landscapes when on the surface
The third installment of the top-down action roleplaying game Diablo III almost broke fan-centric forums with pre-release leaked screenshots of levels incorporating snow. Though the series is not known for their graphics work, the scattered bits of snow add a mild winter cheer and greater immersion to the horrors of Sanctuary.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Though each and every installment of the Halo franchise has seen at least one level or map covered in a fresh coat of the white stuff, Assault on the Control Room holds a special place in fans’ hearts. There is just something about the gleam of a purple ghost and radiating blue plasma on the white layer that really shines.
Arguably the best game in the downhill, trick-for-bonus snowboard racing franchise is SSX Tricky. Here, a lovable cast of characters battling for supremacy along hills of wonderfully rendered snow leave distinct markings about the ornately done levels.