What is it about rain in video games that makes it so compelling? Perhaps it’s because many of us enjoy a good storm out in the real world and when applied skillfully, that unique vibe often translates well to the digital world and can even enhance gameplay. So, here are some of the best rain sequences in games from the current generation. Fair warning: There’s going to be some spoilers below, so proceed with caution tape.
5. Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
You know that part of the game where you’re running through the dark woods with a flashlight and…Ok, granted that’s a good chunk of the gameplay, but early on in Episode 4: The Truth, things change up a bit when you awaken in a mental hospital/lodge disoriented and befuddled. Outside, the skies darken and thunder echoes between the mountains off the distance. Eventually, everything goes to hell and Wake becomes entangled in a desperate race to escape the facility as floating, possessed furniture and the game’s main foe, The Taken, try to erase you from existence. The best part comes when you make it outside, and witness sprawling forks of lightning stabbing the countryside as the building threatens to implode in on itself, Poltergeist style.
4. Gears of War (Xbox 360)