Today is a great day for Canada, and therefore the world. Yes, today we celebrate Canada Day, the birthday of the greatest nation in the history of time. As you can imagine, it’s a big deal for us whenever the true north pops up in a vidjagame, good or bad. And so, these are some of the best Canada cameos in gaming,
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
This game’s foray into Canada involves Sly and his gang participating in the Lumberjack Games. After plenty of log chopping, the gang is caught cheating like typical Americans, and gets arrested. A jailbreak and a fight in a log camp follow, where the gang assaults several Canadian citizens. But Canadian authorities are very polite, and prevented this from turning into an international incident. You’re welcome, America.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Adam Jensen travels to future Montreal to pursue the leader of a global news network that’s based there for some reason. While it is a nice reminder for players that Quebec does exist, this entry is devoid of realism. Jensen is met with gunfire, something impossible in Canada thanks to our logical gun control laws. Additionally, not one prostitute is seen in the chapter, which is just unfaithful to the charm of Montreal.
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 opens with Commander Shepard hanging out in Vancouver. This entry is also docked for being unrealistic. You can clearly see that it is sunny in Vancouver during the events of the game, but the sun has literally never been seen in that city — not ever. While it is sad to see Vancouver annihilated by the Reapers, it is also nice to see that BioWare made Vancouver the center of Earth’s government.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Any surprise here? Scott Pilgrim is a character so Canadian it defies belief. Scott Pilgrim vs The World also really nails the realism of Canada, Toronto specifically. I have traveled there many times in my life, and I can confirm that Anamanaguchi plays over loudspeakers throughout the city. I also had to regularly beat up pedestrians for meager amounts of change.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Never has a game captured the likeness of this beautiful nation in such a striking way as South Park: The Stick of Truth. In traditional South Park fashion, Canada is portrayed as the overworld of the original Zelda, which is shockingly accurate. The fantastic 8-bit rendering of “O, Canada” will fill any player with determination, but it’s extra effective on native Canadians. The King of Canada also provides some excellent commentary on Canadian politics.
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