White Christmas

Snow is white and cold and it falls from the sky in the form of flakes. It is often associated with Christmas. Also, many games feature snow. To celebrate Christmas and snow and games, here is a Christmas gallery featuring 113 games with snow in them.

Merry Christmas.

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.

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 III

Not the best snowflake impression we’ve ever seen

Avatar Snowball Fight

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

Banjo-Kazooie

Mario’s snowmen were so nice. Banjo’s were 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.

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 Rudolph’s 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: 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

Not as good as Boogie NiGHTS.

CJ's Elephant Antics

In cold weather an elephant’s trunk can shrink by up to 10%. The size of its ears, however, remain 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

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

Dead or Alive 2

The real winner here is hypothermia.

Diablo III

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?

Donald Duck in the Lucky Dime Caper

Granted, it looks more like custard on top of a past-its-sell-by-date Christmas pudding, but that is indeed snow in the background.

Donkey Kong Country

This snowstorm is hardly a barrel of laughs.

Dragon Quest VIII

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

Earthworm Jim

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

Elder Scrolls III: 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.

Fahrenheit

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

FIFA

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

Final Fantasy VII

Aeris dies.

Football Manager

Peter Schmei-cicle. We’re still laughing.

Freedom Fighters

Wow, this snowball fight escalated at an alarming rate.

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.

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”.

Killer Instinct

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

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

There’s 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.

Lego Harry Potter

Hogsmeade Village – home to a pub that nobody can drink in, and thick snow.

Lego Lord of the Rings

Real snow is made of frozen water, not plastic.

Lego Star Wars II

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 II

As pretty as it looks, this screenshot is actually historically inaccurate – the snow umbrella wasn’t invented until 1974.

Mario Kart 64

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

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

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

Mega Man

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

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.

PixelJunkMonsters

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.

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.

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 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 was actually one of Shenmue’s most exciting moments.

Shox

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

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

This hill does actually look quite silent. And snowy.

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.

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.

Sled Storm

PSOne snow looks like squashed Minecraft.

Snowboard Kids

Hopefully these children are being supervised by a responsible adult.

Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing

Just imagine if Ryo was saying “Look! Snow!” That would be really great.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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

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 it’s just boarding.

SSX 3

Most snowboarding type games feature snow of some kind.

Star Wars: Episode One 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.

Uncharted 2

Possibly the best narrative-driven snow in gaming.

Virtua Fighter 5

A snowball fight without the snowballs is just a fight.

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.

World of Warcraft

Made by Blizzard.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Refer to previous caption.

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.

Melting

Wow. That was a lot of snow. Absolutely loads of it. What other games that have got snow in them did we forget? We’re sure there are lots. Please tell us about them in the comments and we’ll update the feature for next Christmas so there will be even more pictures of games that have got snow in them for you to look at.

If this has given you an appetite for snow, please allow us to recommend this informative article called Facts About The Ice World
, or alternatively the very seasonal Top 7… Winter Wonderlands feature.

By Matt Cundy