A place to relax, prepare, and explore in their own right: Hub Worlds don’t get enough credit. The psychological toll of just existing in a game world as hostile as Demon’s Souls for example likely makes the inclusion of somewhere to chill and take a deep breath all the more comforting. Somewhere like Delfino Plaza in Super Mario Sunshine does a great job offering a fun place to bounce around and practice with new techniques and equipment, all the while offering secrets of its own to discover.
Any notable hub Worlds you can think of? Have we begun to trade the humble hub world with fast travel and completely connected open worlds? What are some of your favorite discoveries in these virtual homes away from home?