Call Of Duty: Five other video games set in Singapore

 Screenshot of Battlefield 4, a PC and Xbox 360 game. Players have to mount an assault on a Chinese-controlled Changi Airport, to destroy the planes that have been grounded there by a storm.
Screenshot of Battlefield 4, a PC and Xbox 360 game. Players have to mount an assault on a Chinese-controlled Changi Airport, to destroy the planes that have been grounded there by a storm.PHOTO: ACTIVISION/DICE

The Singapore setting in the upcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops III game is not the first time that the Republic has been featured prominently in a video game.

Here are five games that showcase the Little Red Dot.

1. Battlefield 4

Players take on the role of Sgt Daniel "Reck" Recker, commander of a US special operations squad and as part of the game's campaign, players have to mount an assault on a Chinese-controlled Changi Airport, to destroy the planes that have been grounded there by a storm.

In the game, players can see the three towers of Marina Bay Sands in a distance, and also signs pointing to Changi Airport. Alas, everything else about Singapore featured in the game is highly fictionalised. For example, the vehicles in the game sport licence plates with Chinese characters.

2. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II


Screenshot of Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. PHOTO: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

The Republic is the setting for a mission in which a strike-team has to infiltrate the docks, to secure parts of the dock and proceed on towards a freighter. The main objective is to call down an air strike on the freighter and have it destroyed.

In the game's narrative, Singapore is destroyed in the year 2060 due to a chemical leak that kills over 100,000 people in the first day.

3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution


Screenshot of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. PHOTO: SQUARE ENIX

This futuristic action title takes players to the Omega Ranch, a research facility in Singapore, where the main character, Adam Jensen, has to rescue Megan Reed and the three kidnapped members of her science team.

4. F1 (Various)


Screenshot of the ga,me F1 2013. PHOTO: CODEMASTERS

Credit this addition to the Formula One Grand Prix. Singapore's inclusion in the F1 race circuit means that the Marina Bay Street Circuit has been faithfully reproduced in the official F1 game, which takes players past the Esplanade, Fullerton Hotel and the Padang.

Racers can also see the Singapore Flyer in the background.

5. Need For Speed Nitro


Screenshot of Need For Speed: Nitro. PHOTO: ELECTRONIC ARTS

Singapore is one of five distinct locations featured in this action racing game. While the roads and buildings created in the game are generic, players can catch glimpses of the Esplanade, the Merlion and the Singapore Flyer.

Honourable mention

Just Cause 2


Screenshot of Just Cause 2. PHOTO: : NAMCO BANDAI PARTNERS SINGAPORE

The game does not feature Singapore, nor does it even mention the Republic, but no one can mention Singapore and video games without bringing up Bolo Santosi, the main villain in Just Cause 2.

In the game, Bolo Santosi is a highly corrupt and evil leader of a revolutionary group. She is voiced by London-based and Singapore-born actress Liz Sutherland, who came up with an exaggerated Singaporean accent for her role.

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