Welcome back! Today I’m going to continue with more popular video games that features or references our beloved country, Malaysia.
Today’s list is going to be a bit different from the previous one as the Malaysian references in them are subtle compared to the previous article . But I guess we’ll take them because it’s better to be mentioned, featured or referenced than nothing at all so without any further ado, here are the games on this list:
Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 is a 2010 sandbox style action video game developed by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and published by Eidos Interactive, and distributed by Square Enix. Panau Island is the fictional country featured in the game that is implied to be somewhere in the region of the Malay Peninsula.
Though fictional, Panau Island bares some resemblance to a town or city you would see in Sarawak like Miri or even parts of Kuching. The languages spoken on the island are Malay, Indonesian, and Tagalog and some of the characters’ accent sounds very close to home.
Other than the island design and language, there are some buildings and locations that look very similar from ones here in Malaysia. One building in particular is the Panau Falls Casino that looks like a glammed up version of the Petronas Twin Towers. You can watch the game play right here.
Street Fighter V
Though I cannot confirm this 100%, one of the background for this game was apparently set in Malaysia and I have to say it’s very subtle. You would think they’d put in KLCC as the background but no, the location is actually a beach.
In this game play, you can see 2 characters fighting on a beach and if I’m right (probably am not), that house, the beach has at least a resemblance to the Pulau Redang Laguna Resort in Terengganu. Do you agree? You decide and tell me what you think
SOCOM 4 US Navy SEALS
Okay, last one on our last is not very subtle. Alright, it’s not even subtle, it was actually set in Malaysia. SOCOM 4 US Navy Seals is a 2011 game for the PlayStation 3. The game is set at an undisclosed date somewhere in Malaysia.
The team are up against a rebel movement that calls themselves “Naga” which is the Malay word for Dragon. You will some familiar places and vehicles in the game but they didn’t get the Proton saga taxis colours right. In the game, they are yellow and black whereas in real life, they are red and white. We’re gonna let that go for now. In the game you will also hear the Naga members speak in Malay.
So that is it for this list. I wish I could do a part 3 but unfortunately there’s just not that many games that features our country. Maybe there’ll be more in the future. We can only hope. If you think there are games that I missed, let me know then maybe I will make a part 3 of this series.