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5 game worlds and levels to avoid if you can't stand hot climates
By Sam Jones - 25th Jul 2019Games
Not a FAN of the heat? Avoid these locations
The United Kingdom is in meltdown, we don't mean that in a political or financial sense, just a sweaty humid meltdown.
Today, us Brits will be consistently puffing out our cheeks and fanning our faces as we say the immortal words "It's too hot" - what with July 25th being what looks set to be the hottest day of the year, as well as the hottest day on record for this country. The Met Office, the UK's national weather service, has estimated that some areas of England will reach temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit).
This might be a mild day for some of our friends and fellow gamers across the world, but Britain is feeling the heat at the moment, so bear with us as we fill up your social media timelines with endless pictures and comments about our struggles. With the UK bracing for a day of extreme heat, it got us thinking about video game worlds that you would do well in avoiding if you can't stand hot climates.
Here, we've picked out 5 game worlds/levels to avoid if you can't handle the heat!
Elder's Recess - Monster Hunter: World
Home to some of the most powerful Elder Dragons and creatures ever to visit the New World, Elder's Recess is a vibrant ecosystem that features in the award-winning action RPG Monster Hunter: World.
Players must embark on quests that will often lead them into volcanic-like surroundings hidden within the Recess, which require players to consume Cold Drinks to prevent their health from depleting due to the heat!
If you don't have Cool Drinks on auto craft, or you've never crafted Cool Drinks before, all you need to do is pick some White Mushrooms. Alternatively, you could avoid the warm areas of the map altogether by luring your prey out with the Challenge Mantle.
Also, don't step on the patches of lava, it hurts.
Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog
Ah, a classic game level with that awesome retro funky bass soundtrack!
Leaving the small grass hills behind, Marble Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog sees players venture underground and traverse across moving blocks while avoiding the bubbling, spitting lava below.
If you can handle the heat, be sure to slow it down and don't get too cocky, as a dip in that lava will lose your precious golden rings.
Psst... Sonic the Hedgehog is included in the SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics Bundle with 58 other retro games in case you're feeling nostalgic!
Hot Lava - (Hot Lava)
The clue's in the game name!
Hot Lava is the Steam game equivalent to the childhood favorite 'The floor is lava'. Taking place in school corridors and wholesale warehouses, players must run, jump, climb and surf across nostalgia-packed environments flooded with hot molten lava.
The action Indie features drop-in-drop-out multiplayer for up to eight players, so if things do get too hot - or you've evaporated after touching the floor - at least you can leave this hot and sticky game world.
Level 5-2 - Overcooked!
The gaming pinnacle of 'If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen'.
Fun-filled co-op sim Overcooked! sees player frantically race around a kitchen preparing meals while trying not to burn the place down. Pretty much any level in the game can become a heated one, whether it's your food catching fire or you and your friends arguing over who should be cooking what.
But Level 2 from Chapter 5 is certainly the hottest, with chefs roaming across a cooking platform that's floating on lava - one false step and it will be more than just your burrito that gets singed.
It's worth noting that the thin paths between platforms will collapse and reform, so be careful!
Earth - DOOM Internal
Quite a big area to avoid!
If you ask any Brit on how warm it is today, they'll probably describe the weather similar to how Earth looks in the upcoming DOOM Eternal.
In the latest instalment of the hit action FPS franchise, the world has fallen in chaos and has turned into a hellish ruin as demonic creatures rise to the surface, with all remaining hope being gambled on the return of protagonist Doom Slayer. In fact, most of the locations in the DOOM reboot and the franchise overall are covered in fire and lava, so we'd suggest avoiding this version of Earth if you struggle with hot conditions!