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Theres a lot I like

TLOU's entire Winter chapter is very intense
Heart of Ice of Uncharted 2 is one I absolutely adore.
Snowpeak Ruins from Twilight Princess is up there for me as well.
The Frozen Wilds of Horizon.
The WOTLK expansion of WOW is my 2nd favorite (next to BC, obviously)
Death Peak from Chrono Trigger counts? If so, Death Peak.
Kamui of Okami
Some parts of I am Setsuna are just gorgeous, tho I wouldnt put it in my favs the whole game counts as an ice level.

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Well, unlike Curl, I come from a part of the world where it gets so cold, I've had frostbite on my eyeballs. I mean wtf are you even supposed to do about that? Cover them and walk out into traffic? I still love snow in games though. Donkey Kong Country on SNES was one of the first games to really nail it IMO. I just finished Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, and it did an amazing job. It think it's the best representation of a cold climate I've ever seen in a video game.

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Ka-pi96 said:
Snowpoint City and the routes around it in Pokemon Platinum.

I just really liked that area, it looked awesome to walk around in and I just generally love snowy places in games too

Came here to say it's hard to associate the word "best" with "snow/ice levels", and you reminded me exactly why. How someone can actually enjoy that part of the game is well beyond me, that stuff is disgustingly tedious.

I suppose the sixth world in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze would be my favorite. Kamui from Okami is a good mention too, but that area stands out mostly for the story and soundtrack, the gameplay is definitely made more annoying by the ice.

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The first thing that comes to mind is the northern area in Final Fantasy 7. I am pretty sure that it doesn't look terribly impressive by today's standards, but I really liked the experience of walking through it. The story of the game was about to head to a major turning point at the same time which probably added to the experience.

Snowpeak Ruins (Twilight Princess). Already mentioned several times. Nice narrative and sense of discovery with this dungeon.
Tibet levels (Tomb Raider II). Not a big fan of the Barkhang Monastery, but the other three levels are all fantastic (particularly Tibetan Foothills).
Slipslide Ride (Donkey Kong Country). Wonderful music and atmosphere.
World 6 (Super Mario Bros 3). Just a great set of levels all round.
Freezeezy Peak (Banjo-Kazooie). Flying around, dive bombing those snowmen is good fun.
Surface levels (Goldeneye). I think the fog works wonders for these levels, with endless enemies appearing out of the mist.

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super_etecoon said:

Phendrana Drifts, Metroid Prime....probably mostly because of the amazing music.  But the environments were pretty cool looking, too.

Came here to post this.  That music...

Machina said:

God of War's crunchy snow is pretty damn satisfying to walk through and marvel at.

Horizon Zero Dawn's Frozen Wilds expansion is the best part of the game imo. It's got a similar level of detail to God of War's, although not quite as good. But the atmosphere as a whole is stronger and there's great use of colour.

And before those 2, Uncharted 2.

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Weird, no one mentioned Days Gone? Snow is actually a pretty shiny feature in that game.

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Alex_The_Hedgehog said:

New Super Mario Bros. U snow levels, with the starry backgrounds, are so beautiful!

Its really generic isnt it? Thats the best designed "snow" element area, you 've seen in a game?

Yes, it is generic, but I love 2D platforms.

Also, the snow areas in Borderlands 2 are beautiful too.

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