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We all have preferences when it comes to video games. While some of us prefer action-adventure and first-person shooters, others prefer simulation games. However, there are also players that prefer the historical video game genre. These games can have various other subgenres and can be shooters and adventure as well but what they all have in common is the portrayal of a historical event, person, or civilization, whether accurately or as a fictional tale. If you’re on the lookout for some games with a historical setting, consider the following.

Red Dead Redemption 2

According to unofficial figures and analyst estimations, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most expensive video games ever, seeing as how it was in development for over eight years before it was released in 2018 for PlayStation4 and Xbox One. 

The setting takes you to a fictionalized version of the Southern, Western, and Midwestern United States in 1899 as you follow an outlaw by the name of Arthur Morgan while he deals with the decline of the Wild West. In the process, you have to survive against rival gangs, government forces, and other opponents. However, you are also free to take side missions and explore the interactive open world.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

When it comes to historical games, a franchise that you can consider is certainly Assassin’s Creed. For example, the series’ tenth major installment Assassin’s Creed Origins came out in 2017. This action role-playing game is primarily set in Egypt at the end of the Ptolemaic period. Origins follows Bayek of Siwa and his wife Aya while exploring the conflict between the Hidden Ones and The Order of the Ancients. However, there are also parts of the narrative happening in the 21st century, following Layla Hassan – a new character. 

If you love history, you will love how evocative this game is of the period and location it takes place in. Moreover, this period not only inspired big games like Assassin’s Creed Origins, but has influenced many others in the industry. Another great example is online casino slot games such as Egyptian King, Legacy of Egypt, and Doom of Egypt that can be found at Based on historical elements and ancient symbols, they provide players with lots of mysteries and hidden riches.

Age of Empires IV

Set during the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, Age of Empires IV was released in October 2021 for Windows. In this real-time strategy game, you can choose from four campaigns at the start, consisting of 35 missions in total. With that in mind, you can decide whether you will play The Normans (the Norman conquest of England), The Hundred Years War (a France vs England conflict), The Mongol Empire (the expansion of the empire), or The Rise of Moscow (the rise of Grand Duchy of Moscow) first before you move on to other campaigns. The game received generally favorable reviews so you will surely enjoy everything it has to offer.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

A game that received praise for its story, focus on realism, and attention to detail that you can consider playing is Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Released in 2018 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the game takes place in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia, in the early 15th century. 

In addition to avenging his family and restoring the rightful king to the throne, as the player, you will also get to explore the open-world environment and branching quest lines. Moreover, you will surely love the period-accurate clothing, architecture, weapons, and combat techniques.

Ghost of Tsushima

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game that is set during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. You will get to control Jin Sakai, a samurai whose task is to protect Tsushima Island. Various sets of charms, armor and clothing can be unlocked while playing. It’s available for PlayStation 4 and 5 and it sold a whopping eight million copies by January 2022.

Battlefield 1

In case you’d rather play a first-person shooter, you can opt for Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2016 and received positive reviews. The game is inspired by historical events that transpired during World War I and you can use weapons from this period such as submachine guns, flamethrowers, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, and poison gas as well as take control of tanks, torpedo boats, armored trains, M-class zeppelins, and bi- and tri-plane aircraft. You can also check out Battlefield V review at, which is set in World War II.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Another game set during WWI is Valiant Hearts: The Great War. It is a side-scrolling, puzzle adventure game where four characters help a German soldier find his love. To beat the game, players need to solve puzzles they are presented with when interacting with people and objects. Released on the one-hundredth anniversary of WWI, the game received generally positive reviews and it’s available on various platforms.

If you’re looking for video games with a historical setting, there are so many to choose from. The above-mentioned 7 titles should be enough to get you going, and you can expect many hours of fun. Happy gaming!

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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