Video Games That Let You Travel the World from Your Home

Still from Uncharted 4

Video Games That Let You Travel the World

Yes, this is another coronavirus post.

And yes, I know coronavirus has us all like:

By now we’ve all faced up to the fact that we’re going to have to be indoors for a little while.

For the gamers out there, I’ve put together a list of games that show you accurate depictions of locations around the world. Whether you’re grown or have kiddos at home, I recommend each installment for its ability to transport you to the corners of the earth. The best part is, it’s all from the safety of your living room.

I don’t include every game from every series on this list, as I feel some do a better job of matching the real world than others. Read on for video games that let you travel the world from your home!

Uncharted Series

When Uncharted first came on the scene way back in 2007, it was heralded as a modern-day Indiana Jones. Production company Naughty Dog’s hit series introduced the wise-cracking action hero Nathan Drake, along with his friend and mentor Victor Sullivan and love interest Elena Fisher. Drake & Co. travel the world, battling militias and modern pirates, in search of fabled objects and lost cities. These games are famous for their slick controls, intense action sequences, and some of the most beautiful level designs ever.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

The second installment of Uncharted is to this day considered one of the best adventure games ever made. It sees Drake and Sully traveling through Istanbul, Borneo, Nepal, and the Himalayas in search of the fabled Cintamani Stone from Buddhist and Hindu folklore.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011)

Uncharted 3 has Drake climb, shoot, and quip his way through three continents. The goal here is to discover Iram of the Pillars, an ancient lost city mentioned in the Quran. This game really makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the action in a distant land. In fact, one level has you wandering through the Rub’ al Khali (“The Empty Quarter,” the largest sand desert in the world) in Saudi Arabia. You are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, and have only the stars for navigation.

Walking the streets of Cartagena, Colombia as a young Nathan Drake
Sanaa, Yemen

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

Gunfights in the mountains of Madagascar

The final chapter in the Uncharted series–and my personal favorite–has a slightly older, wiser Nathan. He is happily married to Elena but is stuck at a desk job, and longs for more adventures. The arrival of his long-lost brother Sam ignites a quest for the treasure of the legendary pirate Henry Avery. While the second half of this game takes place on the fictitious island of Libertalia (based on the real-life pirate utopia Libertatia), the first half features some pretty accurate depictions of Italy, Scotland, and Madagascar.

Infiltrating an Italian villa

The only Uncharted game released exclusively for the PlayStation 4, the graphics are sharp, rich, and vivid. The Madagascar levels, in particular, are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever played.

Tomb Raider Series

Everyone’s familiar with the old Tomb Raider games and their protagonist Lara Croft, dating back to the mid-90s. In 2012, however, they rebooted the entire series, introducing younger gamers to a more realistic Lara Croft. Each installment sees Lara getting closer to becoming the legendary Tomb Raider everyone knows and loves.

Tomb Raider: Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)

In the second installment, Lara is on the hunt for the lost Russian city of Kitezh. The Siberian wilderness is brought to life in glorious detail. You battle everything from blinding snowstorms to wild wolves. You also get a dose of history, learning about the Soviet Union, the Byzantine Empire, and the Mongol invaders. There’s even a level involving the infamous Baba Yaga of Slavic folklore!

Tomb Raider: Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

The most recent Tomb Raider deals with an ancient Inca weapon bringing about the end of the world. Croft travels to the stunningly depicted Peruvian jungle in search of a long-lost Inca tribe that has the key to stopping this evil. This game has some of the best graphics I’ve seen on any platform, and to say it looks incredible is an understatement. The sharpness, attention to detail, the way the light plays on vegetation and water, are almost as beautiful as the real thing.

Ruins in the Peruvian jungle

Assassin’s Creed Series

If we’re going for the best video games that let you travel the world from your home, Assassin’s Creed probably takes that trophy. Ever since hitting shelves in 2007, Assassin’s Creed has always been about accurately recreating the real world as an immersive backdrop to its stories.

This is a series that deals with the ancient order of Assassins and their fight against the Templars. To sum up a lot of complicated plot elements, you basically play as a modern individual who uses a virtual reality-type machine to enter the memories of your ancestors. Essentially, the gameplay is reliving the lives of assassins from important historical eras.

Ubisoft Montreal has always gone to great lengths to faithfully recreate real-world places the way they would have looked in the past. While this may not equate to modern-day travel, you can learn a lot of history from these games…when you’re not stabbing enemies with concealed blades.

Assassin’s Creed II (2009)

The second Assassin’s Creed game takes place during the Renaissance Period of the mid-1400s, in Florence and in Venice. Considering that the vast historical areas of these cities haven’t changed very much in the last 500 years, it really does feel like you running across the rooftops of Florence. It’s incredible. Did I mention you also meet Leonardo da Vinci?

Florence, Italy, featuring the Torre Vecchio and the Duomo
Jumping across the canals of Venice

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2012)

Assassin’s Creed IV takes place years later and with completely different characters, in the Caribbean Sea in the early 1700s. This was during the Golden Age of Piracy, and you meet many legends from the history books, such as “Black” Bart, “Calico” Jack, Anne Bonny, and even Blackbeard himself.

Early-18th Century Havana, Cuba. While I don’t remember mountains quite like that when I went, it’s an incredible immersive experience.
Take control of your very own pirate ship!

Watch Dogs (2014)

Watch Dogs is set in a pretty true-to-life version of Chicago, Illinois, complete with the “L” train circulating the city. You play a computer hacker who has to get at the people who framed him and sent him to prison. The game is similar in style to the Grand Theft Auto series, allowing you to follow the storyline or break off and cause mayhem. Be sure to collect all of the trivia markers around the city, giving you interesting tidbits of Chicago history.

Hopping rooftops by Union Station


I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of video games that you let you travel the world, and enjoy the games themselves even more. Are there any good ones I’ve missed? Go ahead and let me know in the comments below! As always, please be sure to Like, Tweet, and Pin!

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5 Responses

  1. Candis says:

    Video games are such a great escape from life right now. Recently, I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing.😁

    • 9to5voyager says:

      Ain’t that the truth 🙂 I’ve seen some friends play Animal Crossing and it looked relaxing.
      I personally am happy that Sony put up the first 3 Uncharted games for free. Time to finally beat the first one!

  2. I’m not really into video games but both my husband and daughter are big time! I know we have a copy of Assasins Creed in the house but not sure about the others so will show them this blog post!

    • 9to5voyager says:

      I would appreciate that! I don’t game as much as I used to, but with the quarantines, I’m firing them up again!

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