Selective Creation: The Greatest Dungeons in Gaming!



  • We've done the best locations in gaming, but that was pretty broad. Let's hone in on what is the meat of a lot of games, Dungeons!

    Let's make a list of the 25 greatest dungeons.

    When i say dungeons, I mean an area of a game featuring puzzles, combat, and possibly a boss, that are separate from the rest of the game's over world. This means that it doesn't have to be a literal dungeon, it could be something like the inside of the water dragon from Okami or Heaven from Persona 4. I think we all know what constitutes a dungeon.

    -Mega dungeons (like Tartarus from Persona 3) are allowed.

    -Outdoor areas that are separate from the rest of the game and culminate in a boss fight (like the Tombstone Trail from Ni No Kuni) are allowed.

    Here are the rules:

    • You may only add one additional entry for every 4 entries posted by other people.
    • Keep a running list of the dungeons that have already been added.
    • Only 5 dungeons per franchise (sorry Zelda).


  • Heaven - Persona 4

    Youtube Video

    I'll let the music give my reasoning.



  • @SabotageTheTruth Thanks so much for putting Heaven on the list. Heaven is literally my favorite song in all of gaming. I sang it as a solo at a choir concert. That's how much I hardcore love this song. Also the visuals are eerily beautiful.



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5

    The whole first arc of P5 is borderline perfect in my book, and this incredible dungeon is a huge part of it, to the point where the other dungeons while good felt like a bit of a letdown as they were not on par with the first



  • I'm not sure if I know what I dungeon is outside of what is known about in Zelda or Persona, but I'll give it a shot

    Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII

    This is my favorite moment I've ever experienced in gaming and repeating myself as to why feels pointless. What can I say: I'm a one-note kind of person when it comes to these things.



  • @Brannox I would count it as a dungeon, most definitely. A pretty fun one too!



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate

    It was an awesome optional end-game challenge and offered both tough fights and some cool puzzles/challenges. Really felt like the ultimate test for your team.

    @Brannox Weird, Shinra HQ was one of the first things that popped into my head when I saw the thread even though I can't remember many details about it. Just this feeling that I was reaching the endgame, it was so epic, and the conclusion was unexpected and turned the entire game on its head. And then realizing it was merely the end of chapter 1...



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon

    "At last, in the salt-soaked crags beneath the lowest foundations, we unearthed that damnable portal of antediluvian evil. Our every step unsettled the ancient earth, but we were in a realm of death and madness. In the end, I alone fled, laughing and wailing through those blackened arcades of antiquity. Until consciousness failed me."



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess

    Well I guess I'll start the Zelda section, lol. The Goron Mines, the second dungeon of TP, are a really innovative fire dungeon. Besides contextualizing why there would be this arcane lava labyrinth in an active volcano it twisted the iron boots to also respond to magnetism and allow Link to walk and use items on walls. The Goron Mines' final boss is one of the few in the series that isn't a monster of the week only ever seen inside the boss room, it is one of the earliest times Link gets the bow in the series, and it is still the only 3D Zelda fire dungeon to have water areas.



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Palace - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics

    The hardest area of the game and also optional. Lots of great goodies inside, a hidden boss, and a recruitable character as well. It changes the mechanics of the game as the entire map is shrouded in darkness and you need to kill enemies to create small amounts of light to see where you're going. Darkest Dungeon was definitely inspired by this (citation pending).



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Castle - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics
    Sae's Casino - Persona 5

    Youtube Video

    I don't know how many times I've heard this song, I still can't help but sing every time, and there's a reason why this is the only dungeon song they decided to add lyrics to



  • @bard91 Plus, the best party member joins you in that dungeon!



  • @SabotageTheTruth Stop spreading lies.



  • @michemagius That member is legitimately my favorite one though, for many, many reasons.

    And just because I've been watching a lot of The Office lately, yes, that is what she said. Or he said, I don't judge.



  • @SabotageTheTruth You're getting Sae and Madarame's palaces confused.

    Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Castle - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics
    Sae's Casino - Persona 5
    Victory Road - Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire

    Not 100% sure if this counts but honestly I'm not huge into RPGs outside of Persona 4/5, I don't wanna litter this with P5 dungeons as good as they are, and frankly the dungeons were the weakest aspect of 4 in my opinion. If it don't count feel free to just remove it.

    Literally the culmination of everything you've done so far. You can't enter until you have all eight badges and it's the gatekeeper between you and the elite four themselves. Giving it to Ruby and Sapphire's version just because those are my favorite games in general, it requires surfing as well as just strength'ing around everywhere, and it ends with a pretty neat rival battle.



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Castle - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics
    Sae's Casino - Persona 5
    Victory Road - Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
    Infinite Dungeon - Ancient Domains of Mystery

    Now here's something not many here has experienced... A literally infinite Dungeon (well, in practise anyway *see the edit below *... No one I know has reached even lvl:1000 legitimately, as with each floor descended, difficulty rises up, yet better loot is also generated), and all floors are randomly generated, so if you go back a floor, it's not the same floor anymore. Still, there are few interesting secrets hidden into the ID, and some players use "ID stairhopping" to generate useful items to be used later on.

    EDIT:

    Well, ID is not technically infinite, but reaching it's bottom would require you to play the game 24/7 for over 1000 years to reach the bottom, if you manage to pass through each floor in 10 seconds (which is nearly impossible most of the time). However, if on were able to reach the bottom of ID, what would result is a integer overflow error, resulting you being sent back to the first level of ID.



  • I'm struggling a lot trying to think of memorable dungeons. Aside from my first submission and the excellent choice of Victory Road from Pokemon, I don't really think of any dungeons that stand out because 1.) I have come to realize I don't play many games that HAVE dungeons to begin with and 2.) The dungeons I remember, I'm don't think many are good. However:

    Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Castle - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics
    Sae's Casino - Persona 5
    Victory Road - Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
    Infinite Dungeon - Ancient Domains of Mystery
    Dragon Roost Cavern - The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

    Is it in the top three to five Zelda games? Is this even in the top half of dungeons in Wind Waker alone? I don't know the answer to these questions, but I DO know this: This is the one Zelda I've played the most of, and this location sticks out to me as the game's first challenge for me, but I fell in love with how the game looked and worked. By the time I sailed to the island and completed this area, I was hooked for most of the game. Which means: Dragon Roost is the sole catalyst as to why I love the Wind Waker more than any Zelda, because it got me to play the game, and is the ONLY Zelda game I would consider playing (again).



  • Heaven - Persona 4
    Kamoshida's Castle - Persona 5
    Shinra HQ - Final Fantasy VII
    Durlag's Tower - Baldur's Gate
    The Darkest Dungeon - Darkest Dungeon
    Goron Mines - Twilight Princess
    Deep Dungeon - Final Fantasy Tactics
    Sae's Casino - Persona 5
    Victory Road - Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
    Infinite Dungeon - Ancient Domains of Mystery
    Dragon Roost Cavern - The Wind Waker
    Snowpeak Ruins - Twilight Princess

    There are a lot of fun things about this place. The journey to it is a blistering trek across an icy lake and up one side of a mountain covered in deep snow before a breakneck and pretty fleshed out snowboarding descent down the other side. The dungeon itself is a ruined Hylian mansion taken over by two wandering yetis. Those are the friendly characters.

    The dungeon itself is a wild goose chase for the key to the tower. Along the way Link can shatter ice Stalfos, creep along roof beams, break ice with the ball & chain (one of the most fun items in the series found only in this game), and brew delicious pumpkin soup.



  • @Brannox Dragonroost is a solid basic puzzle mechanics dungeon with interesting new mechanics like cooling lava into platforms and swinging with the grappling hook. Crawling through holes, burning wooden barriers, finding keys to locked doors, pushing blocks to jump across, and lighting torches to make treasure chests appear are all accounted for. The story is also integrated into it better than most.

    ...You should really play the other 3D Zelda games though. At least Ocarina, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess.



  • @Axel said in Selective Creation: The Greatest Dungeons in Gaming!:

    And then realizing it was merely the end of chapter 1...

    Ahhh yes. Before I knew a game could be long. I thought that was gonna be the end of disk 1. I had no clue what I was getting into.