When we need to learn about different periods of history, mostly written and visual sources come to our aid. But in addition to these, games that most people see as just a means of entertainment can also be very helpful in both past and probable/alternative history issues. In this list, we have brought together the best historical games that will allow you to experience different corners of history with the atmospheres they offer.
The Best Historical Games
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity
- Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Far Cry: Primal
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ghost of Tsushima
Platforms: PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5
Set in the period when Japan was invaded by the Mongols, Ghost of Tsushima is a production where you can see the values, lifestyle, nature and aesthetics of the period. In addition, even when all these historical values are set aside, it is a production that should be tasted in terms of game culture. It is also among the best PlayStation exclusives you should play.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
It is not difficult to see that nature has taken over the man-made structures in the game. But even if we do not know what will happen in the future, the developers of Horizon Zero Dawn have not forgotten to stick to the originals of some famous structures. Apart from this, forward-looking technological developments have been advanced as realistically as possible without exaggeration, even though we are in a fantastic universe.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
In Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the best historical games, set in 1899, you can both see the effects of urbanization and witness the conflict between the locals and those who have just set foot on the island. In addition, the disappearing cowboy lifestyle and the brutality of the American lands are also reflected in a quality way. The game was among the best selling Steam games of 2022.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna
In this game, which took place in 1789, historical buildings such as Notre Dame are tried to be reflected as close to their originals as possible. But apart from that, there are inconsistencies such as doorknobs and wider-than-normal streets that had not yet been invented in the period. When you ignore them, AC: Unity gives a delightful perspective on the France of the period and the way of life in it.
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Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Google Stadia, Wii U, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
In Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, one of the best pirate games for PC, we can see how piracy has risen, while we can witness the way life works in cities. Meanwhile, different types of ships and islands do not leave us alone.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Luna
We return to the year 1348 in the game, where we cannot pay attention to the tension of the story. While it’s hard to focus, the conflict between the British and the French shows us some of the Hundred Years’ War. Apart from that, the game also provides a close look at the medieval way of life.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Amazon Luna, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X/S
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you can occupy the settlements in England, see the adaptations of historical characters, and get certain historical information, although not entirely accurate. In addition, the map of the game is quite large and there are different communities in different places on this map. You can give Assassin’s Creed Valhalla a chance to see both the Viking lifestyle and the 9th century northern lifestyle.
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Ryse: Son of Rome
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
In fact, most of this game takes place outside of Rome due to the war in the game, but it is an enjoyable production that can be browsed to see the lifestyle, atmosphere, clothes and habits of the period. It is worth noting that historically it is not accurate in many points.
Far Cry: Primal
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia
There are certain non-historical factors in this production, which takes us to 10,000 BC. But you can take a look to get to know the difficulties, creatures and world of the period. On top of that, when you switch to the current Far Cry games, even the simple weapon in your hand will probably seem like a wonder of the world.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
Set in prehistoric Africa, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey asks players to control and survive the hominin species in the evolutionary lineage of modern humans and facilitate their evolution. In this third-person survival game, players control a member of a hominid clan and must manage the health of their character.