With the Westworld television series seeing its release on HBO, Game Rant takes a look at some of the most dangerous theme parks from the realm of video games.
Almost everyone loves a trip to an amusement park. HBO's new series Westworld, which reimagines the Michael Crichton movie of the same name, certainly has a unique selling point, giving an authentic look at life in the Wild West. As some might suspect, however, things don't exactly go to plan for the visitors of the park.
It's not only television show characters that have dangerous theme parks to contend with, however. Indeed, the world of video games has plenty of deadly parks within its medium – some of which built by the player themselves. Here is Game Rant's look at the most deadly theme parks in video games.
7 Lakeside Amusement Park (Silent Hill Series)
When trying to escape from Silent Hill, players might think that a trip to the nearby theme park might be helpful for a little bit of relaxation. However, perhaps unsurprisingly for the Silent Hill series, the Lakeside Amusement Park instead throws out some of the creepiest moments across multiple games in the franchise - and that's not only because of its terrifying haunted house.
Gamers will have to contend with deadly rollercoasters, a claustrophobic and paranoia-inducing tunnel of love, and the same foreboding atmosphere that seems to infect every nook and cranny of Silent Hill. Even the park's carousel is a nightmare, complete with flayed, but living, horses. To top it all off, Lakeside Amusement Park comes complete with mascot Robbie the Rabbit, who would give anything out of Five Nights at Freddy's a run for its money.
6 Nuka World (Fallout 4 - Nuka World DLC)
Before the nuclear apocalypse, Nuka World from Fallout 4 certainly seemed to be the go-to attraction for families looking for a fun day away. The park had a wide variety of attractions, and even different themes for different areas of the park, and as such catered for plenty of different interests. Unfortunately, come the events of Fallout 4's Nuka World DLC, the park instead caters for a different set of clientele.
Indeed, gone is the family focus and wholesome good fun. Instead, Nuka World instead acts as a safe haven for raiders, and plenty of vicious groups have holed up in the park. That said, the player is more than willing to go into the park once more, lured by the promise of being able to take control of a raider army.
5 Whispering Oaks Amusement Park (Left 4 Dead 2)
The survivors from Left 4 Dead 2 made their way through some rather hazardous locations to try and reach a safe haven, but one stage in particular has stood out to fans of the game. Just mentioning the Dark Carnival campaign level from the co-op multiplayer shooter will be enough to put many players on edge. After all, that level did include the deadly Whispering Oaks Amusement Park.
Although once an evacuation center, the theme park has now been taken over by the infected horde, meaning there isn't exactly much time to take part in a game of whack-a-mole. Things get even worse for sufferers of coulrophobia, as some of the clowns in the park have been infected themselves. Thankfully, a trip to the park's stadium means that escape via helicopter is on the cards.
4 Eggmanland (Sonic Unleashed)
Just because a character is a villain, it doesn't mean that they can't occasionally have fun. Such is the case with Eggmanland from Sonic Unleashed, built by Dr. Eggman as a capital city-meets-theme park on top of the Earth's core. Equal parts evil metropolis and amusement park, its neon-tinged streets and rollercoaster-esque rails certainly makes for impressive viewing.
For Sonic the Hedgehog, however, this theme park is less than a grand day out. Instead, its treacherous pits and robotic enemies make it another dangerous stage to be overcome on the way to stopping another of Dr. Eggman's nefarious schemes. At least it's still a big thrill for the player.
3 Ryan Amusements (BioShock 2)
Although a great city underwater seems like an amazing premise for a theme park attraction itself, those living in the city of Rapture from BioShock apparently needed an amusement park of their own. That's where Ryan Amusements from BioShock 2 comes in. Built as a propaganda piece to keep away thoughts of wanting to leave Rapture, the park came complete with attractions meant to push the philosophies of Andrew Ryan.
Much like the rest of Rapture, however, Ryan Amusements fell into violence and decay. When Delta makes his way to the park during the game, he finds it full of deadly Splicers hindering his plans. In the end, no amount of rides makes up for the horrors of the failed underwater city.
2 Seagate Amusement Park (Batman: Arkham Knight – A Matter of Family DLC)
The Joker is, without a doubt, the most iconic of Batman's villains. The clown prince of crime has held a number of hideouts and bases of operations over the years, but perhaps the one most fitting to his character was found in Batman: Arkham Knight's A Matter of Family DLC. Here, the Joker has shored himself up in Seagate Amusement Park - rather fitting for one dressed as a clown.
However, it's not just rollercoasters and teacups that are meant to entice Batman: Arkham Knight players in. Instead, the park acts as a lure for Batgirl and Robin, as the Joker had kidnapped Commissioner Gordon and trapped him inside the park. As such, Barbara Gordon must see to it that her father is set free, taking on the Joker and his henchmen in the process.
1 The Player's Own Park (RollerCoaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, Theme Park)
Plenty of the other parks on this list are dangerous due to external additions. Putting some flesh-eating zombies into the middle of a perfectly serviceable park, in the example of Left 4 Dead 2, is bound to make it a more dangerous experience for visitors. However, there are still some theme parks within video games that deserve to be avoided based purely on the dangers present from the rides and attractions themselves.
In perhaps the most dangerous of them all, the player has no one to blame but themselves. Fans of RollerCoaster Tycoon will no doubt be able to attest to this, as countless hours have been spent perfecting epic – and outright life-threatening – roller coasters for unsuspecting theme park visitors to ‘enjoy’. Meanwhile, lazy players could all too easily ignore the safety protocols in the likes of Zoo Tycoon and Theme Park, and the hilarity of the situations that unfold are no doubt worth the bad press. To be honest, even the most ardent of roller coaster fans might try to run through a gauntlet of bloodthirsty creatures to a more tame attraction rather than take their chances with some of the fan-made rides on show.
That's our pick of the most dangerous theme parks in the history of video games. Are there any amusement parks that we missed from the list? Does Atlantic Island Park from The Park deserves a spot, or perhaps Witchyworld from Banjo Tooie? Let us know in the comments below.