The Most Amazing Snow Levels And Zones In Video Games

The Most Amazing Snow Levels And Zones In Video Games

Barring timed underwater escort missions, snow levels, with all their slippery ice and falling rocks (not to mention the fog), are probably the deadliest.

Yet it’s easy to find enjoyable — or at least memorable — ones, even if we disregard games where the entire setting is snowy (We’re looking at you, Skyrim).

Assault On The Control Room (Halo: Combat Evolved)


Source: Halo Wiki

Sherbert Land (Mario Kart 64)


Source: Mario Wiki

Battle Of Hoth (Shadows Of The Empire)


Source: glennplant’s LP

Ice Cap Zone (Sonic The Hedgehog 3)


Source: Sonic Wiki

Cliffhanger (Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)


Source: CoD Wiki

Valak Mountain At Night (Xenoblade Chronicles)


Source: MasterLL’s LP

Cool, Cool Mountain (Super Mario 64)


Source: cloudfangLP

Dun Morogh (World Of Warcraft)


Source: WoWWiki

Heart Of Ice (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)


Source: official screenshots

Phendrana Drifts (Metroid Prime)


Source: Metroid Wiki

In your opinion, which are the most amazing snow levels?


    • Yeah – but isn’t it generally agreed those levels coincide with the game becoming not very good? It’s hard for me to disassociate the two.

    • Yes!

      I came into this article thinking “Well I better make a comment and mention he forgot Valek Mountain in Xenoblade”, but lo and behold it’s there! Nice one 🙂

  • I think I really need to start playing Xenoblade -.- I got the game and everything it’s just so hard to get enthused for a JRPG that isn’t The Legend of Zelda.

  • Yeah Crysis. It was such a cool juxtapositionto the tropical island having it blanketed with snow. Looked great and you had to do things like stay warming to avoid freezing. So you couldn’t be still too long while fighting your way through battles. Using fires ect.

    BC2 as well. One of the biggest complaints with BF3 is the lack of snow levels after how well they worked in that game.

  • FF7 – the whole Northern Continent part of the story
    Already mentioned but plus one with the snow section of Journey

  • Journey’s finale? That blizzard was so moving and I felt so damn -there-. lol.

    Then there’s Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions, in particular the battle with the giant alien worm. Wasn’t fond of the sequel but the first one’s ice-planet had me feeling pretty chilled. 😛

    Killzone 3, though not perfect, still holds a place in my heart. What of the snows on Helghan there? Beautiful game, as was Crysis when shit went from tropical to ALIENSZXDSKRFNAKSFNKST – the atmosphere was pretty amazing there.

    Assassins Creed 3 was a disappointing game, but trudging through the snow (or incidentally, above the snow in the trees) could be pretty satisfying, especially when you dropped a column of redcoats in the process, falling like lumps into the drift.

    There’s the iconic Shadow Moses facility in the MGS series too. Can’t forget that. And of course, Red Dead Redemption, hunting bears in the northern zones. I already mentioned Crysis but if you could actually run those zones on high and above, it was pretty damn magnificent.

  • going back a fair few years the Hamalayi Mountains from LBA/Relentless/Twinsen’s Adventure

    also the desolate arctic wasteland of The Thing
    and perhaps the assault on the facility in Second Sight

    granted though the tech limitations of the time meant that they couldn’t quite manage what the ice-scapes of Lost Planet did, or Uncharted 2, or Journey for that matter

  • So glad you included Halo! “Assault on the control room” is one of the all time great chapters of gaming. It’s a shame they have not been able to reproduce this in any Halo title since.

  • What about the snow level in Goldeneye 64 – Severnaya Installation? Or some of the call of duties during ww2. The levels where you had to destroy the secret German missile locations.

  • I’ve gotta say some of the most memorable snow levels for me were the ones in Crash Bandicoot 2. Snow Go, anyone?


    Xarcabard is a pretty nifty snow “level” of sorts. While you already have to go through a glacier of sorts to actually make it to to this area (which is also a snow zone), it’s the only zone that let’s you enter FFXI’s first “final” dungeon. I’m quite certain it holds a special place in various gamers hearts.

  • Phendrana Drifts still haunt me. I could not beat that boss. He’d smack me around for literally half an hour and I couldnet take hime down. Never finished prime *shame*

  • I can’t believe that Freezeezy Peak from Banjo Kazooie wasn’t mentioned, IMO it is the best snow level out of the lot.

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