The 13 Chilliest Games Set In Snow

There are always standard locations that can be found in almost every video game. Forests, deserts, and underwater areas are tried and true settings.

Snow is just as prevalent, and here, we’ll be taking a look at the best games set in snow.

Games set in snow will usually incorporate other ice physics, Christmas aesthetics, and chilly enemies.

Let’s take a look at some of the chilliest games set in snow out there.

13. Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a brutally difficult game developed by From Software and is the reason for the renaming of the traditional Souls game into the now named Soulsborne genre.

Bloodborne does away with the traditional fantasy setting of other Dark Souls games in favor of a more gothic aesthetic.

Cainhurst Castle is the snowiest location you will find and is home to some frighteningly challenging boss battles.

If you love crazy difficulty and uniquely designed enemies, Bloodborne is the game for you.

12. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Set in the mountainous town of Colorado, The South Park games have always come blanketed in snow, and the Fractured But Whole is no exception.

Unlike the Stick of Truth which was modeled after the popular fantasy episodes of the series, The Fractured But Whole utilizes the hilarious superhero personas of the South Park kids.

The gameplay here is the same as a traditional turn-based RPG. Players will control a party of characters and use various abilities to take out enemies.

The standard RPG formula isn’t really shaken up much in these battles, but there are enough unique mechanics and funny animations to keep things from becoming too repetitive.

Where South Park: The Fractured But Whole really shines is with its humor. As you can imagine, when playing through a South Park game, the comedy is where this game makes a name for itself.

The dialogue here is hilarious, and all your favorite character dynamics from the show return here in full force.

However, The Fractured But Whole is more than just an episode of South Park converted into a video game. No, this is a video game through and through.

From the moment you boot up the game and are met with the ingenious difficulty selection/character creation hybrid system, you know what kind of game you are in for.

From the fourth wall breaks when you try to enter cheat codes to the tons of hidden Easter Eggs and plenty of content to enjoy, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a must-play for South Park and RPG fans alike.

11. Snowboard Kids

Unlike more traditional snowboarding games like 1080° Snowboarding, Snowboard Kids is much more similar to a standard cart racer.

In Snowboard Kids, players will race on a variety of different courses down a ski slope, all the while pelting opponents with various items.

There are several powerups that can be acquired over the course of a race, from projectiles to speed boosts. Players will need to utilize these items effectively in order to come out on top.

Much like Mario Kart, there are several ways for players to navigate through a level and the more keen-eyed will have a lot of fun scoping out the optimal routes down the mountain.

Furthermore, the selection of one’s board will also change up the gameplay. Depending on your personal preferences for speed or handling, your experience in-game will play out completely differently.

Snowboard Kids hasn’t aged the best when compared to other N64 cart racers, but its charming aesthetic and solid gameplay earn it a spot on this list.

10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the pinnacle of modern-day cart racers. Whacky powerups, smooth gameplay, and rage-inducing randomness are all par for the course when it comes to Mario Kart.

Mario Kart as a franchise has been steadily improving with each new release, and all of that effort has culminated in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Every course in this game is fun to play and packed full of shortcuts for you to discover. Plenty of new and returning items can be obtained either in the normal Grand Prix or in the Battle mode.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has plenty of snow-themed levels for fans of the aesthetic to check out. Mount Wario is a large mountain that is not broken up into the traditional three laps. Instead, you will make your way down the mountain until ultimately arriving at the finish line.

Sherbet Land is a retro map from the Nintendo Gamecube that returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You will have to traverse icy terrain while avoiding enemies and underwater pitfalls.

The Mario Kart Deluxe Cours Pass Wave 2 has just been released, so make sure you check out the game now and start mastering some of the new courses!

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, pardon the pun, a breath of fresh air for the Zelda series as a whole.

No longer will we go through the same three-act structure of previous games. Now, the entire world is explorable right from the get-go.

Skilled players are free to travel straight from the tutorial to Ganon’s castle. Yes, you’ll likely be squashed flat upon arrival, but that is your choice!

There are plenty of snowy places to explore in Breath of the Wild and interesting things to do there. From climbing mountains to snowboarding down them, there is always something to keep players occupied.

The freedom to do whatever you want is balanced in this game expertly by having so much to do. Players can stick to the main path or take a detour to complete one of the many sidequests.

Collecting Korok Seeds, for example, is a sidequest that takes a huge amount of time and dedication to complete but incentivizes exploring this new world.

All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games on Switch. If you ever questioned yourself about which Zelda to play first, make it this one.

8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 is a fan favorite among Call of Duty fans. The game was incredibly polished, had some of the best multiplayer of any Call of Duty game, and a surprisingly fun campaign as well.

Everything the first Modern Warfare set out to achieve was realized in Modern Warfare 2. The maps were sprawling and numbered a lot more. The guns were upgraded with so many new attachments to spice up gameplay. Replayability was enhanced by the Spec Ops missions.

Everything seemed to come together in Modern Warfare 2, and it is understandable why fans have been crying out for a full remake of this title for years now.

One of the most memorable missions from the Modern Warfare 2 campaign has to be Cliffhanger. This level starts with you scaling a snowy mountain before having to make your way through a blizzard stealthily.

The equipped heartbeat sensor here comes in super handy when picking off unsuspecting enemies through the storm.

The mission then climaxes after a huge explosion forces you and your superior onto a set of snowmobiles. Here, you will have to speed down the mountain shooting incoming enemies while making sure not to crash. Everything culminates in a cinematic jump over a chasm to safety.

If you love FPS games set in snow, Modern Warfare 2 is a must-play.

7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing as a series does away with combat, puzzles, and conflict in favor of a relaxing simulator-type game.

As you can imagine, for a game that is meant to emulate real life to some degree, seasons pass just like they do in the real world.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Winter will start on November 26 and end on February 24 (May 26 – August 24 in the Southern Hemisphere).

During this time, the entire world will become blanketed in snow, the trees will be adorned with Christmas lights, and critters will become less abundant due to the colder temperatures.

There are plenty of Winter-themed events to do during this time. Unique items like Snowflakes can only be collected at this time of the year.

Furthermore, several seasonal events such as New Year’s Day, Groundhog Day, and Valentine’s Day all fall within the Winter season, resulting in different items that can be purchased from Tom Nook’s shop.

Or, you can simply make some snowballs or snowmen at your own leisure!

6. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

When it comes to modern-day MMORPGs, the two titans of the pay-to-play industry are World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV.

Final Fantasy XIV has been gaining more and more traction over the past several years as World of Warcraft continues to shoot itself and its player base in the foot. Whereas Final Fantasy XIV continues to pump out more interesting content, provide better quality of life features, and always listens to its audience.

One of the great things about Final Fantasy XIV, when compared to other MMORPGs, is the ability to play every Class or Job on a single character. This allows you to switch up between Healer, Tank, or DPS whenever the mood takes you.

Gameplay is fast-paced and highly reactive, relying on strong teamwork to take on some of the more difficult end-game raids.

However, for those less interested in beating the entire game, the story mode has just as compelling a draw.

Final Fantasy XIV also has some of the best post-game for non-raiders. Glamor is a huge part of the Final Fantasy XIV experience, as is housebuilding. Creating that perfect outfit and perfect interior to show off to your friends can sometimes be more difficult to accomplish than defeating an end-game boss.

When it comes to snow in particular, there are plenty of Winter-themed locations spread across the world of Eorzea for you to explore. Additionally, several raids and dungeons also take place in snowy areas.

Final Fantasy XIV is the current king of the MMORPG genre. Yes, there is an argument to be made that the game appeals to certain demographic (namely, fans of anime and Japanese culture).

However, for those that can look past this stigma, there is a thoroughly entertaining game to be found underneath.

5. Elden Ring

Elden Ring was hyped up for a long time before it was eventually released. Luckily, the game delivered its promise in spades when it finally hit our TV screens.

Elden Ring is a brutally difficult game for even hardcore gamers to take on and is a gauntlet series of increasingly tough boss battles.

There are tons of locations to explore throughout Elden Ring, from wooded forests to snow-ridden mountains.

Elden Ring’s gameplay is silky smooth and builds upon the strong foundation found in all other From Software games prior.

If you love to have your skill and patience tested to absolute breaking point, be sure to give Elden Ring a try.

4. God of War

The newest God of War title is a stark departure from the previous entries in the series. Where once Kratos was a bloodthirsty maniac on a quest for revenge against themselves, he is now… more or less the same, but with a son.

The main difference in the new generation is with the gameplay. God of War previously adopted an overhead camera with high-octane combo-heavy combat. The game was all about dishing out as much damage as possible, and while the story was thoroughly interesting, it took a backseat to the gameplay.

The new God of War dials things back, choosing to focus more on the dynamic between Kratos and his son. The gameplay also shifts into a third-person focus with fewer enemies on the screen at any one time.

Whether you think these changes are a good thing or not will depend on your personal gaming preferences. However, after three games of the same style, the new God of War chose to shake things up and did so very effectively.

The landscapes you explore here are incredibly detailed and really bring to life the world of God of War. Fans of snow will be glad to know that there are a plethora of Winter-themed areas as well.

3. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is the most recent entry into the star-studded 3D Mario catalog and one that continues the legacy.

3D Mario games, since the advent of Super Mario 64, have all been amazing games. Super Mario 64 laid the foundation for modern 3D platforming games. Super Mario Odyssey, arguably, perfected Mario’s movement giving him so many options to increase his momentum and explore a level. Super Mario Galaxy toned down the flexible movement in favor of more grandiose spectacle and orchestral music.

Super Mario Odyssey combines aspects from all three of its predecessors to create a thoroughly enjoyable gameplay experience from beginning to end.

Like all Mario games, there will always be your classic world archetypes. Snow, sand, and water are staple themes that all return in Super Mario Odyssey.

However, Super Mario Odyssey also switches up the traditional formula for more unique levels as well. The Ruined Kingdom, for example, looks as though it has been ripped straight out of Dark Souls (complete with a boss fight against a giant dragon).

Bowser’s Kingdom takes inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture. Finally, Metro Kingdom is a joy to explore. Pairing Mario up with the modern world is just a fantastic idea and worked so well Nintendo did the exact same thing with Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best platformers on Switch, and we highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t done so already.

2. Minecraft

Minecraft’s world is constantly changing with different seasons. Sometimes the sun will beam down, sometimes the rain will pour, and other times a blanket of snow will carpet the entire world.

Minecraft is one of the most successful games ever created, despite the base game having little to no story.

Yes, players can venture through a short campaign in an effort to take on the final boss, the Ender Dragon, but the real joy of Minecraft comes from creating your own fun.

Playing in Survival mode, you will be pitted against the forces of nature. Whether this is avoiding Creepers or gathering resources, you will have to utilize all the materials you can find to create tools and a safe house.

However, if you really want to test the limits of your creativity, you can also play on Creative Mode. Playing in this mode provides you with an infinite amount of resources as well as the ability to fly across the map at will.

Feel free to use any and all types of blocks to create a true masterpiece. Players will often create sprawling continents in this mode or intricately detailed murals.

Minecraft continues to expand to this day and recently introduce a single-player story mode spinoff title as well.

If you enjoy serene and peaceful worldbuilding games, Minecraft is the game for you.

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Despite being first released way back in 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to be one of the most played games of this generation.

With countless rereleases on various different consoles, there is no excuse not to play Skyrim at this point!

Skyrim isn’t inherently a game all about snowy locations, but plenty of key areas in the game feature blizzards and Winter aesthetics.

There will be plenty of times throughout your adventure as the Dragonborn where climbing to the peak of snowy mountains becomes necessary in order to continue on your quest.

What makes Skyrim so great and infinitely replayable is the seemingly endless world you get to explore. People have been playing this game for the better part of a decade by now and are still managing to come across locations or NPCs they have never met throughout any of their hundreds of playthroughs.

Even if you somehow did manage to unearth every single pixel the world of Skyrim has to offer, you are more than welcome to replay the entire game from the beginning as a different class.

Players will quickly learn that playing through the Skyrim campaign as an Archer is a completely different experience than playing as a Mage, for example.

Skyrim’s world manages to immerse players in a way other game series’ can’t replicate. Whether you are exploring a wooded forest, a dark cave, or a snowy tundra, there is always an adventure to be had in this game.