Video games have become far more than just a simple way to pass the time, they are serious platform for stories, artwork and even learning that continue to push the boundaries of each. Phone games and cash grabbing micro-transaction fuelled games can often make us forget what’s possible in the medium but there are still creators out there that are passionate about their content and the experience that a gamer undergoes whilst playing their game. Arguably the current best example of this lies within the history genre, there are some fantastic works that both educate and entertain in a big way, here a few great examples of this that you will surely love.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games’ latest entry in the Red Dead line-up had the highest grossing opening weekend of any entertainment release in history and it’s no surprise. The highly anticipated sequel to Red Dead Redemption had us waiting 8 years and boy did it pay off. It’s actually a prequel to the previous game and tells the story of a posse’s bid for survival in the relentless ‘wild west’ era of American history. Unlike most representations the game doesn’t shy away from showing the darker side of this somewhat lawless time and covers many of the times problems, crime, corruption, disease and even relations between races. Though the story itself is a work of fiction it covers so much of what life may have been like on the frontier, and shows you how hard it all would have been no matter your walk of life. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll spend a lot of time on side-quests and other activities before you get anywhere near finishing. It’s a great game that lives up to the hype.
Assassins Creed Odyssey
If ancient history is your thing then look no further than Assassins Creed Odyssey, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s ongoing franchise. The game takes place in Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War. You play a mercenary and have a choice between two characters to play through the game with, Alexios and Kassandra (pick Kassandra, she’s a far more interesting character) and are thrown in the middle of the war between Spartans and Athenians. This has everything, the history of Ancient Greek cities, warfare, genuine historic figures like Socrates and Leonidas and of course mythology. Not only is it filled to the brim with amazing historical accuracy but it also has a story that’ll really draw you in and so much extra content that you’ll be playing for months.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
If its medieval Europe that floats your boat then look no further than Kingdom Come: Deliverance. This game is essentially for anyone who would like to play a game similar to Skyrim only based heavily in real history. There’s no magic here, only the honing of your hard-earned skills in sword fighting, archery and horse riding. The game is set in Eastern Europe with and takes place in real historic towns and villages, made using the maps from the time. You’ll do everything from blacksmithing, to battling and even spending time in a monastery, this really is a history buffs paradise.