World maps in video games are usually pretty great. We love world maps! You can use them to track the results of your progression through some grand adventure as new locations become accesible and your control over the world grows. A well-crafted world map in any game is always a sign of high quality.
Plus, many world maps are gorgeous.
We collected some of the most atmospheric and good-looking world maps. Careful, though, mild spoilers abound.
El Nido In Chrono Cross
Dragon Quest V for the Nintendo DS
Ivalice In Final Fantasy Tactics
source: Final Fantasy Wiki
The Northern Kremisphere In Donkey Kong Country 3
The Sword Coast In Baldur's Gate
source: Mike's RPG Center
Gaia In Final Fantasy VII
source: FuzzFinger's longplay
The Island Of Panau In Just Cause 2
Simon The Sorcerer 2: The Lion, The Wizard And The Wardrobe
Skies Of Arcadia
source: Let's Play Archive
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX for the Gameboy Color
source: Link's Hideaway
New Super Mario Bros U
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch
source: E3 2012 Trailer [YouTube]
Onett During The Day In Earthbound
Not necessarily a world map, but when you look at it zoomed out, you get the same feeling.