Ten video games set in Colorado: Part two
7.Need For Speed: The Run (2011, Xbox 360, PS3)
While Forza Horizon lets you take in Colorado's natural beauty, and DiRT 3 shows off the frosty slopes of Aspen, Need For Speed: The Run has you burning rubber through the visual feast of, uh, Commerce City. After racing on the Million Dollar Highway and dodging avalanches throughout the Rockies, Commerce City's smoggy industrial splendor and a stop at Colorado's finest Shell station (at 1:52 in the video) don't quite measure up. Still, the significant portion of The Run's cross-country race that takes place here is a good showcase of the state's environments.
6. Die Hard Trilogy (1996, Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder was filmed at the decommissioned Stapleton Airport, standing in for Dulles International in Washington, D.C. So yes, we're cheating with this one, but who's writing this list, anyway? The second part of this PS1 classic is very loosely based on the film, with the player shooting terrorists threatening D.C.'s supply of Coke machines with their light gun. Though we don't remember John McClane blowing away quite so many innocent bystanders as in this video...
5. Where In The USA Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985, 1996, PC)
"Colorado is calling your name! Because someone pilfered a peak: Pikes Peak, to be exact." That's how The Chief (played by the forever awesome Lynne Thigpen, the DJ from The Warriors) notifies you that Colorado's most famous mountain has been thieved by none other than Carmen Sandiego. Both the 1996 and 1985 versions of Where In The USA had kids solve thefts from Colorado -- but back in the '80s, Sandiego and the Villain's International League of Evil saw fit to steal not just the peak, but Molly Brown's tea set and the State Capitol's golden dome as well. What would Carmen snatch in 2012, the Big Blue Bear, perhaps? (A V.I.L.E. agent gets bagged in Colorado near 5:48.)