Many video games these days are so rich in detail that you could be forgiven for mistaking their fictional landscapes and backdrops for the real deal.
Here are some of the best games for people who want to get a taste for a famous destination before they splash the cash on flights that will take them there for real.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
The Ancient Greek ruins in Athens are some of the most iconic structures to be found anywhere on earth, with the Acropolis and Parthenon sure to be on most travellers’ bucket lists.
When the Assassin’s Creed series announced they would be launching a game set in the city, presented as it was back in ancient times, fans of Greek mythology and history were almost as excited as avid gamers.
This excitement was proven to be well-founded, with the game giving stunning views of the ancient city as it bustles with life. You will be so engrossed that completing the game’s missions will almost be beside the point.
Assassin’s Creed gives players unprecedented access and views of this ancient city
Las Vegas and Monte Carlo Recreated Online
For many travellers, dream destinations tend to be places where glitz and glamour reign supreme, and both Las Vegas and Monte Carlo both certainly fit that bill, although in very different ways.
The best way to brush up on your casino game skills before you go to such places is to practice online, at sites that also give the authentic touch and feel of a live casino floor. Many such sites will even throw in some free spins or a no deposit bonus just to make you feel like a Vegas VIP.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Have you always imagined yourself strutting or inline skating down the palm tree lined boulevard in Miami, watching the beautiful people over the frames of your designer shades? Well, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City can give you a taste of just that, before you head off and experience it in the flesh.
This game allows you to explore every inch of Miami Beach, be that on foot or behind the wheel of a beautiful cruiser. You can even take a boat out for a spin if you want, all as a super-cool soundtrack soothes your ears.
GTA will have you feeling like you are sipping a cocktail and soaking up the rays down on Miami Beach