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.
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.
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.
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.
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.