150 video games that have snow in them

150 video games that have snow in them

150 video games that have snow in them

by December 24, 2015

A few years ago, we were bored and decided to make an article that collated 113 games with snow in them. Then we updated it, bringing the total to a nice, round 122. Well, today is the day all that is blown away with an update that takes us to 150 games with snow in them.

The criteria for a game to be included is really strict and complicated, so listen hard: There has to be snow in it. Yep, it’s been tough to decide on more than a few of these. It’s come to the crunch, but we think we’ve got it white. So let’s plow on, shall we?

007 Legends

This is a recreation of that famous James Bond moment with the chase and the snowmobiles and the guns.

Actua Soccer

Don’t go assuming the developers have overcooked the footprint effect. Traditional football arenas were the origin of the phrase “pitch black”. This is a lie.

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

Santa’s sleigh in Animal Crossing is silent because Santa gave all the bells to Tom Nook so he could have a living room bigger than a cardboard box. Merry Christmas.

Angry Birds

True fact (that is also a lie): Low ambient temperatures have a calming sedative effect on the avian brain, hence the fact there are only two angry birds here.

Ape Escape

Scientists once put an ape on skis. It went wrong, and many people died.

Arctic Thunder

Berets. Not advisable as a cold weather protective garment, but oh so fashionable

Assassin’s Creed 3

Not the best snowflake impression weve ever seen

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

AHAHAHAHAHA there is no world in which this game looks this good on an Xbox 360 like this shot is supposed to be taken from. At least it’s got snow.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (Jack the Ripper DLC)

So let me take you by the hand / and lead you through the streets of London / I might accidentally stab you / and I hope that you don’t mind.

Avatar Snowball Fight

If Quake III had a slippy-slidey ice world, it would be absolutely nothing like this.

Banjo-Kazooie

Mario’s snowmen are so nice. Banjo’s are utter bastards. Snowbastards, they should call them.

Batman: Arkham City

Cold winter air. Brilliant for cooling one’s armpits after a long night fighting crime.

Batman Returns

Snow-based crime-fighting was easier in the ’90s. It only attacked from two directions.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The best camouflage to wear in the snow is white camouflage.

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

Blind snowmen have a more acute sense of smell and can smell carrots much better than sighted snowmen.

Bloodborne

This snow is a secret. Sssshhhh…

Borderlands 2

In Girlfriend Mode the snow is replaced with pretty flowers and nice shoes.

Braid

Faint it may be, but that snow is actually a densely-layered, hard-hitting metaphor for man’s inherent fear of a godless universe. Just ask Jonathon Blow.

Brutal Legend

This snow is just snow.

Bully

The real reason Rudolphs nose is red is because he keeps flying into buildings on account of him being completely cross-eyed.

Burnout 3: Takedown

This snow is made even cooler by the fact it’s draped across what looks suspiciously like the three peaks of Big Mountain from SSX 3. No, we didn’t notice at first either.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Black Ice Opsidais-three, more like.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Soap’s mum was adamant that he would wear the embarrassing new scarf she had knitted him. He had to get away.

Cannon Fodder

Don’t let his endearing cherubic looks fool you. That snowman is a sleeper agent and in a minute he’s going to blow the igloo sky high.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Gabriel gazed wistfully out across the frozen waters. The poignant truth hit him like an icicle to the heart. He was in a really, really boring screenshot.

Christmas NiGHTS

So… waking up at 12am, calling your mum and telling her it must be morning because there’s light outside, only to be told it’s a the streetlight and please, PLEASE go back to sleep? Fun game.

CJ’s Elephant Antics

In cold weather an elephants trunk can shrink by up to 10%. The size of its ears, however, remains consistent.

Colin McRae Rally 2005

High gear, low speed. Textbook snow driving. Well he’s got it half-right anyway. It’s a start…

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

It was Christmas Eve, and that meant only one thing. The whole town rushed to the mountains for the traditional eating of the giant festive omelette.

Crash Bandicoot

The penguins were attacking, but Crash didn’t mind. He knew he had a long and successful career ahead of him as a much-loved video game mascot, and life was good. Crash was an idiot.

Croc

Croc gazed happily at the shimmering facets of the crystal in front of him. He knew he had a long and successful career ahead of him as a much-loved video game mascot…

D2

Lauras left leg had been stuck in the snow for days, and now her right one had completely frozen up.

D4

The snow here is a thick as Detective Kaysen’s CLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM CHOOOOWDAAAAAAHHHH.

Dead or Alive 2

The real winner here is hypothermia.

Destiny

Imagine snowboarding down that! You’d die.

Devil’s Third

The first two must have been dreadful.

Diablo 3

Click, click, click, click, click. SNOW. Click, click, click. Click, click, click, click, click.

Dirt 3

Not sure why ‘dirt’ takes precedent over the other surfaces in the game. Asphalt or Snow 3 works just as well, right?

Dirt Rally

Any snowballs here almost certainly have gravel in them.

Doodle Jump

Ah the joyous freedom of doodling in the snow…

Dragon Quest 8

Not pictured here is the winter wonderland that made us think of this area in the first place.

Driveclub

What a shame the game sidelines drift events so much. Could have been called ‘Driftclub’ and that would have been PERFECT.

Dudeski

You haven’t experienced true horror until you’ve outrun a barreling avalanche while collecting pine cones for desperate squirrels.

Earthworm Jim

A snowman in a sort of lava-filled hell. Oh, the irony. HAHAHAHAHA!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

The next One Direction, these three, I’m telling you.

Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

Hands up if your tiny zombie balls have long frozen off.

Fable 2

Just like one of those Christmas cards your nan would get you. The ones that come in a pack of 200 – every one the same.

Fable: the Journey

Sad horse is sad.

Fantasy Zone

Welcome to the Fantasy Zone. Get sleddy! Erm the puns are getting stretched already and we’re not even halfway through yet. Send help.

Fahrenheit

What’s colder than this scene? Lucas Kane’s participation in gaming’s first and last necrophilia antics later in the game. Eugh.

Far Cry 4

The ghost of Randy the Mountain Ram was suddenly nowhere to be seen. Had he finally scared it away?

FAST Racing Neo

Crap name. Good game. And here: chilblains.

FIFA

Who’s the coolest goalkeeper ever? Peter Schmei-cicle. Yes. Peter Schmei-cicle. Because icicles.

Final Fantasy 7

Aerith dies.

Football Manager

Peter Schmei-cicle. We’re still laughing.

Freedom Fighters

Wow, this snowball fight escalated at an alarming rate.

Final Fantasy 14

This chap does a lot of crosswords to keep his mind sharp.

TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones

Snow x2.

GoldenEye 007

No Mr Bond, I expect you to snow.

Guild Wars

Can you spot the tiny snow elf on his pogo stick? Look closer.

Halo 4

Too cold for tea bagging.

Horace Goes Skiing

Horace Goes Skiing used an early version of the facial animation technology later seen in LA Noire.

Ice Climber

NES actually stands for Nintendo’s Excellent Snowrenderingmachine. Not a lot of folks know that. Ah! I just made you say ‘snow’ again.

James Pond 2: Codename Robocod

Protagonist James Pond is a mudskipper, which is a type of amphibious fish.

Joe Danger: The Movie

In addition to video games, snow is also a common weather type evident in many movies.

Journey

This snow might make you cry happy tears.

Just Cause 2

“…and if you look out of the right window, you’ll notice that we’re 15,000ft in the air and about to be dropped to our doom. Thanks for choosing Star Bus Tours”.

Just Cause 3

Can’t see it? Keep looking. Any minute now. There ya go! Well done, champ.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Appear cool and learned at parties by telling people at parties that, actually, in fact it DID snow in Cairo in 2013. So this is totally plausible.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Theres a French film called Des Chiens dans la Neige, which means Dogs in the Snow. The English title of the film was changed to Wolves in the Snow. This is not a picture of that film, but it is a picture of a wolf in snow.

Killer Instinct

Cinder was as surprised as anyone when the Glacius ‘statue’ came to life and walloped him in his fiery chops.

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4

“You’re in a blizzard, Harry”

Lego Lord of the Rings

Real snow is made of frozen water, not plastic.

Lego Star Wars 2

The planet Hoth is made entirely of snow. Consequently, the use of un-licensed barbecues is strictly prohibited by order of the Empire.

LittleBigPlanet

We knew a man who dabbled in user-generated snow. He’s in prison now.

LocoRoco

The LocoRocos leap with joy, completely oblivious to the fact the Santa shape is trapped in the chimney and the fire below has melted most of his lower body.

Lost Planet

Evolution survival 101 – blend in with your surroundings. Mother Nature really did a number on these orange-assed beasts.

Madden 12

“Touchd…mmngghghg

Mafia 2

As pretty as it looks, this screenshot is actually historically inaccurate the snow umbrella wasnt invented until 1974.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Actual hedgehogs hibernate during winter so it’s unlikely this would happen in real life

Mario Kart 64

White has always traditionally been the preferred colour of Mario Kart’s snow tracks.

Mega Man

If he’s so mega how come he’s such a terrible shot?

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

How many words do the Inupiat people have for snow? No idea. Sorry, I don’t know any Inupiat people. Well this is awkward.

Metro 2033

“Hello love. We’ve come about the frozen pipe.”

Metroid Prime

You could say that this is a ‘PRIME’ example of snow.

Minecraft

The previous joke does not amuse square pig.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Never mind a demon blade, what he really needs in weather like this is a practical pair of demon welly boots.

MX vs. ATV: Alive

Motorbikes can be a great way to get around.

New Super Mario Bros. U

The first high definition Nintendo snow.

Onimusha 3

These graphics are experiencing blizzard conditions.

Pen Pen Tri-Icelon

Unlike Peter Schmei-cicle, ‘Tri-Icelon’ is a completely terrible pun.

Phantasy Star Zero

Zero refers to the number of graphics that won’t hurt your eyeballs.

PixelJunk Monsters

Some monsters, like the Yeti for example, are traditionally said to live in snow-type environments.

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Looking at the visual clues in this picture, we conclude the season is winter.

Pro Evolution Soccer 5

This is what snow looks like when there isn’t very much of it.

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

This snow is Sony-exclusive.

Red Dead Redemption

It’s the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine technology that makes this snow look better than snow in other open-world games.

Resident Evil 6

Zombies eat brains, not snow.

Resistance 3

Not all of Resistance 3’s ideas are borrowed from Half-Life 2. For starters it definitely has more snow.

Rhythm Heaven Fever

Just an Inuit chilling with his seals.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best snow in any game ever? Probably so. It even has ice crystals in it that catch the light and excuse me, I have something in my eye. Oh, yep. A bit of snow.

Ristar

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day a great big blobby monster appeared and ate all the bowls of brown food.

Rocket League

Calendar-activated limited-time events totally count. It’s a game. With snow in it.

Rollercoaster Tycoon

It’s depressing to think that snowmen see the beauty of winter through black eyes of coal.

Samurai Shodown

To be consistent, we suppose the snow in this case should be spelled ‘sno’.

Secret of Mana

Is the dog jumping over a hole, or is it his shadow? Maybe that’s the secret.

Sega Extreme Sports

The snow textures look like they’re melting when you approach but it’s just poor redraw on over-ambitious graphics. So the rocks melt too. And the grass. And your mind.

Sega Rally Revo

Mud and snow makes for very hazardous conditions. These drivers should exercise caution.

Sensible World of Soccer

You may notice the complete lack of snow in this screenshot. This is because someone inexplicably mistook pale green for snow when gathering images for this feature.

Shenmue

Thanks to the very groundbreaking ‘Magic Weather System’, snow falling from the in-game sky is actually one of Shenmue’s most exciting moments.

Shox

Even more Christmassy thanks to the two ‘elfs’. Hahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa *gunshot*

The Sims 2: Seasons

The kid in the pink is obviously distraught about the whole ‘snowmen seeing the beauty of winter through coal black eyes’ thing.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

This hill does actually look quite silent. And snowy.

Snow Surfers

Dreamcast’s only snowboarding game. FOR SHAME.

Sonic Lost World

Sonic’s popularity is really starting to snowball now! Said no-one since 1991.

Ski-doo Snowmobile Challenge

This was an easy one to find a screenshot for because they all had snow in them.

SkiFree

Target footage.

Skyrim

The weather in Skyrim today is snow with patchy fog and dragons.

Snow

Hell, this game is flat out called Snow. We might as well just call it a day right here.

Sled Storm

PSone snow looks like squashed Minecraft.

Super Mario Ball/Mario Pinball Land

Anyone expecting a black tie affair will be sorely disappointed in this Ball. It’s just a squashed-up Mario. You can still dance on him.

Star Wars: Battlefront

It’s getting Hoth in here, so put on all your clothes (and you thought all the good jokes were used up by now, didn’t you? Ha!)

Star Wars Battlefront (original game)

I’m getting so Hoth, I’m gonna put more clothes on.

Snowboard Kids

Hopefully these children are being supervised by a responsible adult.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Does the huge snowflake motif make up for the relative lack of snow? Who cares?

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

As previously stated, actual hedgehogs hibernate during winter so it’s unlikely this would happen in real life.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

What they don’t tell you is that South Park is always snowy due to a recent nuclear winter. Kinda puts the whole show into perspective.

Spyro 2

If Spyro was ever buried alive by an avalanche, he could breathe fire to melt the snow and escape. This is just one advantage of being a dragon.

SSX

Without the snow its just boarding.

SSX 3

Most snowboarding type games feature snow of some kind.

Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer

The Force is probably strong with this snow.

Super Mario 64

Mario! On a penguin! In the snow! Brilliant!

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario! Rolling a giant snowball! In the snow! Brilliant!

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

If Han Solo was captioning this picture he would probably say something like ‘And I thought this snow smelt bad on the outside’.

The Thing

A great film. Lots of snow. The game was OK. It also featured lots of snow.

Timesplitters 2

This level pays homage to the Dam level in GoldenEye on N64. Thanks to the advancement of graphic technology, there is much more snow in the TimeSplitters level.

ToeJam & Earl 3: Mission to Earth

And judging by those clouds it looks like there’s more snow on the way.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

Huh so bugs can live in snow.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Possibly the best narrative-driven snow in gaming.

Until Dawn

“Last one to build a snowman dies horribly!”

V-Rally 3

The most technologically ambitious snow ever to grace the GBA.

Virtua Fighter 5

A snowball fight without the snowballs is just a fight.

Winter Games

That moment when you realize you’re playing a sport that requires both skiing and shooting a gun. Also, you’re on drugs, because everything is purple.

Winter Heat

Skiing is a popular sport in places where there are mountains and snow.

Wipeout HD

When you’re flying past it at over a million mph, snow just looks like a white blur.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This lighthouse warns ships that they’re in snow. Bit late really. We’re six miles inland.

World of Warcraft

Made by Blizzard.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Refer to previous caption.

World of Tanks

Snow long and tanks for all the fish (don’t worry, you’re almost out of this crazy snowstorm now).

Yeti Sports

This is the last one. We’re going to go and get drunk now. We suggest anyone who clicked through the entire gallery does the same to celebrate their achievement.

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An earlier version of this article appeared on this website in December 2013.