Here is another staple of sci-fi shooting. In Resistance 3 you are not only given astonishing graphics in the contrast of drear and cheer, but on of the most engrossing sniping missions in a winter wonderland.
Taking the street level hero Batman and placing him on the detective hunt with a team of world renown assassins gunning for him is enough to pull a gamer in. Off set the dreary Gotham underworld with the wonders of Christmas Eve can only make one of the best holiday set games of all time.
Saints Row IV
Having a following based on fantastic gameplay and down right craziness, Saints Row IV up the ante with the DLC How the Saints Saved Christmas. Take all the wildness of a normal Saints game and place it in an over the top and down right kooky winter wonderland only Saints Row could provide.
Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls is one of the most graphically stunning games to hit consoles in the last decade. The real time motion capture is engrossing in and of itself. Never does this shine more brightly than during the levels when you get to step outside and see the winder season hit the life of young Jodie.
The Last of Us
As you progress through one of the most highly regarded games on current consoles, and yes, it is a remaster, you reach the cabin resort. The awe inspiring graphics of The Last of Us melds beautifully with the doom and gloom found in the aftermath of the apocalypse and the fresh start of a new snow.
The recent reboot of the timeless Battlefront franchise, you get to rejoin the fight during the iconic Battle on Hoth scene. Whether you are imperial or rebel, the detail put into Hoth is truly remarkable. Aside from the glorious visuals, the development went as far as to even add the crunch of snow as you run. Throw this on during a fresh snowfall and you may think you are on Hoth yourself.
The mega sleeper hit Until Dawn took the horror gaming genre to new heights and fresh directions. The meticulous detail in the snow covered setting of Blackwood Pines Lodge is enough to engulf even the worst Scrooge. Just be wary of wendigos on your holiday strolls.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
As an early front runner for game of the year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt created one of the largest, most expansive video game worlds that we had ever lost ourselves in. The kingdoms of the fantasy realms are no strangers to the winter white, and at top resolution are truly a thing of beauty.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Already earning recognition in fan and critic circles alike, Rise of the Tomb Raider holds up to all the hype. As far as the epic scenery and quests that has made Tomb Raider a household name for almost 2 decades, the visuals of Siberian temples are absolutely striking.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The vast, and seemingly never-ending, world of Skyrim is no exception to the mountains and snow usually found in fantasy games. With unparalleled graphics and physics engines, the Old Kingdom set the most dumbfounding winter landscape in gaming to date.
Regardless of the art direction, the scenery of a game plays just as much into the immersion as the story, characters, and gameplay. Whether it is hyper-realistic or marvelously surrealist, game design can be an astonishing thing. Take some time this winter season and jump into the digital winter of engulfing game settings buried beneath captivating stories and torrents of the white stuff. Let your foot prints be light and your season be merry.