With the ‘Beast fro the East’ bringing lots of snow around Ireland last week, we look at some snow levels thst stick out to me.
Freezeezy Peak – Banjo-Kazooie
There are several snow themed levels that I could pick from the N64 era, but its Banjo-Kazooie’s Freezeezy Peak that I’m picking today. It’s full of all things Christmassy including snowmen, wrapped present’s and even a race against a polar bear, across the icy peaks. It’s
Cliffhanger – CoD: Modern Warfare 2
An interesting level in the successful sequel to the monumental Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2’s Cliffhanger sees you enter an enemy base by scaling a slippery, icy cliff side, using ice hooks and while you avoid falling. The level then sees you sneak onto the enemy base while your visibility is obscured by the blizzard. You traverse safely by using the heartbeat monitor attached to your weapon. It can be nerve wracking when you first play the level, as you are essentially limited to what you can see, as enemies can appear from all around you.
Tibetan Foothills – Tomb Raider II
Tomb Raider II certainly saw Lara travel to many more locations in this 1997 sequel. After hitting up The Great Wall of China, boating through the Venetian canals and heading to the bottom of the sea, you end up in the Tibetan Foothills. This level sees you explore the dangerous location, full of rolling snow boulders, high cliff drops and even massive crevasse jumps, using a ski-doo. All while taking down enemies wearing the iconic flying jacket.
Mountaineering – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Although there are a group of snow levels that Nate explores over your time with Uncharted 2, I’m going with Mountaineering, the first mission that sees you partnered with Tenzin through icy Tibetan caverns. With little communication abilities between the two, you start by swinging from the ropes, climbing ladders and ice walls, while you crawl through tight spaces as Tenzin leads you further into the caves. All this while not quite understanding what Tenzin is saying, but relaying on hand gestures and body language. You even take on a mystical, almost yeti, style beast late on. This level sets up the more complex puzzle and traversal levels, that run you deeper into the cavern.
Bear It – Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
There are several snow levels in Crash 2, but the Bear It sees Crash having to traverse the level on the back of a cute baby polar bear, as you race past enemy seals, avoiding stone pillars and jumping over the icy water below, in order to get to the end of the level in one piece. The music is also a memorable addition to the level, even it’s remixed version in the N-Sane Triolgy.
There are loads more snow levels we could of mentioned, so what levels did I miss out on? What are your favourite levels? Let us know in the comments below.