5 Games That Makes Players Think About History
Video games are great history lesson teachers.
We’ve all had those snooze fest classes with teachers who drone on and on about the past that makes you want to pull your hair out or those awful (truly horrendous) papers we have to write that’s about some fallen emperor’s reign or King Henry Tudor’s seven wives and their fates. But video games, gives a better presentation to the past than any history teacher ever could (though the accuracy of these games are questionable, with creative liberties sprinkled everywhere). So here are some games that I feel gives the players a deep interactive experience into history.
Hellblade is the newest game on the PC; just released in August of this year. Set during the Viking age, we are thrusted into a dark and dangerous world with Senua, a woman tasked with saving her beloved’s soul in the underworld. Using Norse mythology, beautiful graphics, and interesting storyline as well as character development, this game is worth checking out and playing. This game has been given positive reviews by critics and gamers alike. Hellblade is available now on Steam for $29.99 as well as being available on PS4.
By now, everyone should know about the newest installment of the CoD franchise. This anticipated game “returns to its roots” with its “boots on the ground” gameplay and storyline (taking place in a wartorn Europe – most specifically D-Day in Normandy), players can expect a co-op experience with beautiful graphics and new weaponry to play with. The setting of World War 2, as well as it’s brutality, may make for an almost realistic experience as well as utilizing the usual CoD tactics and gameplay.
The God of War series have always been one of my all-time favorite series for a long time. Gamers play as Kratos, a Spartan warrior, who gives himself to the god Ares only to have it all backfire and causing a series of events that changes his life as well as the lives of the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. The newest installment of the game takes the players to a new era and a new Kratos who faces both an unfamiliar land and enemies during the Viking age. More information on Kratos and the God of War franchise can be found here.
Assassin’s Creed takes the players through a variety of time periods; from middle ages Jerusalem to the Italian renaissance to (from the newest installment) ancient Egypt, giving the players a unique and almost fantastical look at the life and times of a long-gone era in history. Assassin’s Creed unites technology, the present and history for a remarkable gaming experience. I’ll link the first game in the series here.
Taking place in Persia, this game series starts off with a young prince who unleashes evil onto the world. Aided by a princess, the prince embarks on a journey to restore order and peace upon the land using the Sand of Time. The backdrop of the game is very interesting. With beautiful music as well as outdated (but still good) graphics this game may still be worth looking into and checking out.
What other games can you think of that gives you a small taste of history? Have you played any of the above mentioned games? Tell us what you think.