Today I have an extra special post for you all in the form of my top 5 historical video games. In the bigger scheme of things… I guess one could say that I am a newbie to the world of video games, however, over the last couple of years, I’d like to say I built up a sound enough foundation to successfully relay my verdict on what games I think all you history lovers out there should definitely start playing.
*disclaimer- pictures are not my own*
Also on another note, for the LIFE of me, I could not decide how I would rank the games so instead I shall list them randomly and from there you can decide which game most takes your fancy.
Here we go…..
- L.A. Noire
Ah, LA Noire… where do I even begin with this game? This ladies and gents is one of my ALL TIME favourite videos games, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves: the 1940’s, detective/ murder mysteries, or just the general swankiness of the noir aesthetic. Set in Los Angeles in 1947, the game follows Cole Phelps (pictured above) an LAPD officer, and later detective who is a veteran of the Second World War, who starts his journey off as an officer in the Patrol department, eventually working his way up through the Traffic, Homicide, Vice and finally Arson desks which lead the gamer through a number of engaging cases, which will get the eager mind reeling. Set alongside Phelp’s personal roller-coaster journey of a life, gamers will never (and I mean ever) get bored of this game, with its beautiful selection of cars to drive (and steal), outfits and quirky characters, this action-packed game cannot be missed. Please, please, PLEASE, play this game.
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Although strictly not…’historical’ in the sense that it’s not set in a different era, the Tomb Raider series focuses on exploring ancient cities, civilisations and of course… tombs! With perhaps the most kick-ass female protagonist of ALL TIME, the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy is definitely amongst my favourite games and the modern Lara Croft is a force to be reckoned. Following on from the two previous games in the series, the apparent final game in the trilogy follows Lara as she steals an ancient Mayan artefact to stop Trinity (the bad guys, who also killed her Dad booo) from getting their hands on it. Although Lara’s intentions may have been good, she sets off a cataclysmic series of apocalyptic typhoons and earthquakes, and the story follows her quest to try and stop what basically could be… the end of the world (oh, all whilst again kicking Trinity’s ass). Set in beautiful locations such as Mexico, Puru and Paititi (A legendary lost Inca city) the game offers a gigantic open world for gamers to explore, and honestly, I think it deserves the title as being the best game of the series.
3. Assassins Creed: Syndicate
Of course, this wouldn’t be a legitimate historical video game post without mentioning at least one of the Assassins Creed games. So what AC game would I recommend above all else? why AC Syndicate of course. Oh boy, oh boy, OH BOY do I love this one. As the first real full-length video game I played, AC Syndicate has a special place in this ol’ gals heart and I’m about to tell you why. Set in Victorian London, Syndicate follows the story of twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the corridors of organised crime in the city, all whilst trying to take London back from Templar control with the help of their own creed of ‘rooks’. (not to mention stealing horse and carts, meeting Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, oh, and Queen Vic herself #knighthood) Sidenote for those of you who may be unaware of the AC backstory; the basis of the games is that The Brotherhood of the Assassins have been fighting against the Templars in an ideological battle which can be dated…well to the creation of man and woman. I am obsessed with this game in particular, not only for its incredible story but also for its steampunk aesthetic…which I am sure will appeal to all you Victorian enthusiasts out there.
4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Where would this post even be without mentioning my ULTIMATE video game crush…Nathan Drake? It would be non-existent and pointless that’s what it would be. Now for all those action-adventure, Indiana Jones, treasure hunting lovers out there, this is the game for YOU. Often likened to the Tomb Raider series, the Uncharted series follows the story of Nathan Drake (a supposed descendent of famous explorer Francis Drake) a charismatic treasure hunter who explores a plethora of historical sights in search of precious historical artefacts, whilst often getting himself into heaps of trouble with bad guys. As the last game in the Nathan Drake Uncharted series, A Thief’s End follows a retired (from treasure hunting) Drake as he is reunited with his estranged (and presumed dead) brother to search for the pirate Captain Henry Avery’s lost treasure to save his brother from…well basically being killed. This game is definitely my favourite in the series because everything.. and I mean everything about it seems to be better that its predecessors, the graphics are incredible, the script and acting is hilarious and gut-wrenching all at the same time. BUY. IT.
5. Assassins Creed: Odyssey
Is it unfair to have two AC games in one post? Maybe. Do I care? Absolutely not, because I am obsessed with this game. As I am currently playing Odyssey and cannot seem to put down my bloody controller to function like a normal human being… I thought it was only fair to include it on my top 5 list. Set in the year 431 BCE in Greece amidst the backdrop of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, Odyssey follows the story of Alexios or Kassandra (you get to pick who you would like to play as) who are mercenaries attempting to fight for both sides as they try to reunite their family and uncover a malign cult (The Cult of Kosmos) I really don’t want to go too in-depth with the plot of this game, as I am aware it has only just come out and many of you may wish too or are playing and I really, REALLY don’t want to spoil it for you (that, and the fact I am still playing it so have no idea of half the story yet myself) But what I will say is wow, this game is incredible and definitely ranks as one of, if not the top game of the AC. With a complete reboot of gaming style which now includes speech options which shape the outcome of the story (there are several endings), this game honestly is the gift that keeps on giving.
Now, this list was not easy for me to make so I felt it was only just to have a few honourable mentions below in case my choices don’t fully float your boat:
- Regency Love (Set in 1700’s Georgian England)
- Assassins Creed: Black Flag (Set in 18th Century Caribbean)
- Speakeasy Tonight (Set in the 1920’s)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (Set in Siberia, Kitzeh (Russia) in ancient civilisations)
- Uncharted: Lost Legacy ( Set in India in, of course, more ancient civilisations)
- Syberia (Set in a remote French village, although not strictly ‘historical’ it also has a steampunk feel to it)