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

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source: Chronopedia

Dragon Quest V for the Nintendo DS

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source: Realmofdarkness.net

Ivalice In Final Fantasy Tactics

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source: Final Fantasy Wiki

The Northern Kremisphere In Donkey Kong Country 3

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source: Suppermariobroth

Moonstone

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source: SignificantBits

The Sword Coast In Baldur's Gate

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source: Mike's RPG Center

Gaia In Final Fantasy VII

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source: FuzzFinger's longplay

The Island Of Panau In Just Cause 2

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source: Maplib

Simon The Sorcerer 2: The Lion, The Wizard And The Wardrobe

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source: VGMaps

Skies Of Arcadia

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source: Let's Play Archive

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX for the Gameboy Color

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source: Link's Hideaway

Fez

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source: NeoGAF

New Super Mario Bros U

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source: Nintendonerds

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch

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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.

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source: Starmen.net