With winter coming to an end I thought it was about time I put together another cross country road trip inspired by video games. In my initial cross country road trip inspired by video games, we went east to west across the northern states, so for this trip, I decided to backtrack through the south. We have an epic list so buckle up and hit the road with us! Be mindful there might be some spoilers ahead!

Watch Dogs 2 – San Francisco, California

We are kicking off this road trip in San Francisco, California with Watch Dogs 2. Players take control of Marcus Holloway as he joins DedSec, a group of hackers working to bring down Blume and the ctOS (central operating system). Navigate San Francisco, California on foot or other forms of transportation while completing missions.  Of course, visiting San Francisco today won’t include the use of ctOS so happy traveling!

Fallout: New Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada

Thankfully our Las Vegas, Nevada is much safer than Fallout: New Vegas and I will tell you that one for free. Set in a post-apocalyptic world around Nevada, California, and Arizona, players take control of a courier left for dead who is determined to get revenge and his package back. Of course, IRL Vegas just has tons of gambling, shows, and nightlife to enjoy.

Outlast 2 – Supai, Arizona

This isn’t one of our typical stops on the road trip, but definitely, one that should be included. Supai, Arizona is not a village that can be reached by car. Visitors need to either hike in or take a helicopter. This is why its connection to Outlast 2 is perfect. The survival psychological horror game has players wandering the northern Arizona desert in order to solve a mysterious murder and missing wife. Retrace the steps of Blake Langermann, without having to run and hide from monsters of course.

A night shot from Outlast 2

Wolfenstein II: New Colossus – Roswell, New Mexico

Our next stop brings us into Roswell, New Mexico. During the events of Wolfenstein II: New Colossus Grace heads off to Roswell in order to take out some top Nazi leaders and the Oberkommando. Our trip will be a bit more laid back and hopefully won’t have us facing off against any major villains. However, Roswell is known as the home of some pretty cool aliens, you might even get a chance to see one!

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is no slouch when it comes to creating immersive stories in our world. The basis of the franchise is members of the Brotherhood go back in time to secure and protect the world from the Knights of Templar.  Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation begins in New Orlean, Louisiana, towards the end of the French-Indian War. Follow in the footsteps of Aveline de Grandpré and see what New Orleans has to offer.

Left 4 Dead 2 – Savannah, Georgia

One of my favorite cities in Georgia, Savannah is rich with history, architecture, and chilling ghost stories. Not to mention Tom Hanks sat on a park bench waiting for a bus there. Who wouldn’t love this town? I mean unless you are in Left 4 Dead 2 Savannah which is swarming with zombies. The campaign begins in sweet Savannah before taking the players on a zombie run right to New Orleans.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Washington, D.C.

Look it’s the United States capital! Full of history, museums, and monuments. The Smithsonian’s are completely worth getting lost in for days at a time. Now, of course, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is set in the near future where they are trying to rebuild after a smallpox pandemic. Ubisoft did a fantastic job building our real-life world within the game and it is great to see both side by side.

Friday The 13th: The Game – Hardwick, New Jersey

Finally back in my home state and of course, I had to make it spooky. While Camp Crystal Lake is a made-up summer camp for the Friday the 13th franchise, it is possible to visit the camp in which the films were shot. The No-Be-Bo-Sco camp is located in Hardwick, New Jersey and not only a great place to visit for horror fans, but also fans of the Friday the 13th: The Game.

Where do you want to head on your next video game inspired road trip? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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This was originally published on 3/15/20

 

 

Julia Roth
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