Here are our picks for the ten most peaceful areas in games that are otherwise quite violent. These areas offer the player respite from the chaos that takes place in the world. The entries on the list may not be peaceful in a literal manner, yet they feel nice to be in and players love these locations. There are no spoilers in this article.
10. Riverwood – Skyrim
Riverwood is the first civilized village the Dragonborn comes across in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it sure makes a great first impression on the player. There’s a mill, a blacksmith, and an inn.
The river that flows by the village is the main attraction and the origin of the village’s name. It’s a quiet and calm place, and the townsfolk are mostly friendly, too.
9. Majula – Dark Souls II
Perhaps Majula is the most serene and calm place on this list, but you can be the judge of that. It’s a beautiful little settlement by the ocean, and I personally can just walk around here listening to the beautiful music for hours. It’s the hub of Dark Souls II and returning here isn’t a chore; it’s like returning home.
8. Goodsprings – Fallout: New Vegas
Goodsprings is the first location the player encounters in Fallout New Vegas. Like in Skyrim, this place leaves an impression on the player. It resembles an old Western town and the music suits the place very well.
There are a lot of people to talk to in Goodsprings and the town itself is rather quiet. It certainly seems like an ideal place to settle down.
7. Jarburg – Elden Ring
Jarburg is a secluded village in Liurnia. This is the place where the Living Jars reside. Despite its relatively calm and serene look, there are bandits who attack this village from time to time. But you can’t expect a perfectly calm and peaceful place in a world as dangerous as the Lands Between, and I don’t think there are many other places that match Jarburg in terms of aesthetics.
6. Aball and the forest nearby – Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. The anime aesthetic and the color palette are just magical. The story of the game might be one that tackles emotional topics, but the game’s locations are as peaceful as they get. Aball is the first location of the game, and it’s so beautiful, to say the very least. There is also a lot of wildlife and flora.
5. Serena – Yakuza
Serena is a bar that makes a welcome appearance in every single Yakuza game. There isn’t really much to tell about the place, as it’s a regular old bar, but because there aren’t many customers there, it’s so quiet (there’s music playing) and relaxing. It’s the perfect place for a drink after a busy day.
4. Davenport Homestead – Assassin’s Creed III
Davenport Homestead is a kind of hub area in Assassin’s Creed III. There’s the Davenport manor there and the surrounding wilderness is so beautiful. There are a lot of places to visit around here, and you can engage in various activities too. There are nearly no enemies here, so it makes this place somewhere the assassin can put their hood down.
3. Machine Village – NieR Automata
NieR Automata is far from a joyful story, but the Machine Village is definitely one of the places where it feels truly peaceful. As the name implies, the village is where many machines reside. Some of them are quite philosophical.
You realize that the machines you’ve been tasked to hunt aren’t as vile as they seem when you find this place. It’s located in the middle of a forest and it’s somewhat misty too. All of that adds to the beauty of the place.
2. The Afterlife – Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077’s world is a depressing one and technology has only added to the misery in many cases. There are, however, places where it seems a little bit calmer and peaceful. The Afterlife is one such place.
Sure, there are shady business dealings and other sinister things going on here, just like any other part of Night City. But this is one place where it feels a little better than many other places.
1. Firelink Shrine – Dark Souls
Firelink Shrine is the hub of the brilliant first Dark Souls game. There are a few NPCs there but mostly it’s quiet and there rarely is any conflict in the shrine. The surrounding peaceful and atmospheric area of the bonfire is a place where you’re safe from the many dangerous things out in the world.