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Some of The Best Medieval Games You’ll Ever Play

Ahh the middle ages. Knights in shining armor, swordplay, jousting, intrigue and superstition. What’s not to like? It’s a fan favorite backdrop for many video games. Most of them pepper the boring reality of history with much sought after special ingredients like Orcs and Elves and Magic and Dragons. Thank JRR Tolkien.

But there are also games that do not do that, that rely on the power of historical accuracy alone. Like the upcoming hyper realistic Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a game developed by the Czech designers that also created the Mafia games and the sadly forgotten Vietcong. Kingdom Come will take place in medieval Eastern Europe, and present a medieval world as close to reality as possible.

To honor this intention of authenticity, here is a list of the 10 most best medieval video games you can shake your real piece of the holy cross at.

#25 Arcania: Gothic 4

  • Developer: Spellbound Entertainment, Black Forest Games
  • Publisher: JoWooD Entertainment, Nordic Gmes
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, X360, PS4

Another medieval fantasy game. All the Gothic games have been very faithful in their renditions of medieval life, down to the more mundane (boring?) aspects. None of course as in depth as Mount and Blade, but still they are very immersive when it comes to rendering a fully realized medieval style world.

#24 Vikings: Wolves of Midgard

  • Developer: Games Farm
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is an action-RPG that takes place in the Shores of Midgard. Players will be taking on the role as the clan chief of the Ulfung, otherwise known as the Wolves of Midgard.

As the world becomes invaded by Jotan, you’re goal is to get rid of the undead creatures that only serve as a means of total world destruction. While featuring a single-player story mode, there is an online co-op allowing friends to work together.

#23 Assassin’s Creed

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PS3, X360, PC

The first Assassin’s Creed was an incredibly vivid rendition of the medieval middle east. Granted, with a lot of science fiction-y backstory attached, but still very well realized and a joy to behold. The creators were obviously inspired by Ridley Scott’s last really great movie, Kingdom of Heaven, from which the game took a whole number of visual ideas.

#22 Styx: Shards of Darkness

  • Developer: Cyanide
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a stealth focused video game developed by Cyanide. Set as the third installment to the Of Orcs and Men series, players will take on the role of protagonist Styx. Overall, the narrative goal of the game is to infiltrate the Dark Elven city of Korangar in order to discover the reason between the new alliance of dark elves and dwarves.

If you enjoyed previous installments to Styx then you’ll find most of the gameplay elements have returned in this latest release. Styx will be able to turn invisible briefly, lay down traps and even clone himself in order to take out nearby enemies.

#21 War of the Roses

  • Developer: Fatshark
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Platforms: PC

The game based on the war on which George R. R. Martin’s hit novel series and the TV show are based upon! Also a bit like Crusader Kings 2. Not just as good and in-depth but still a grand old strategy title to bring a medieval lineage to full fruition!

#20 Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: May 3, 2018

Total War received a new installment in 2018 known as Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. The video game is very much the same style strategy game that the series is known for but set in the British Isles in 878 AD where Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic’s and Vikings begin to fight to reign as the leader.

The game has players going through campaigns where history will be shaped from the player’s actions and victories. This is also a standalone Total War video game, players can opt to pick the game up without having to replay any past titles. Likewise, developers have crafted the game to contain a highly detailed map as you gather armies and embark on campaign conquests.

#19 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publisher: Deep Silver, Warhorse Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Kingdom Come: Deliverance, is a historical RPG with a glorious open world. It’ll be a single-player experience set in the 15th century, and is set to feature historically-accurate armor, clothing, and combat techniques. It’s a lengthy RPG journey as well where players venture into a journey seeking revenge for the murder of our protagonists family.

For the narrative the old king of Bohemia had passed with his heirs lacking the ability and power to secure the throne. Using this opportunity to take advantage and claim the rights, the old king’s brother takes control of Bohemia.

Players will be taking on the role of a blacksmith’s son whose family had been murdered by an invading army. With revenge burning in his heart, the son seeks out his family’s killer while also restoring the throne to the rightful heir.

#18 Risen

  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, X360

This is the actual fourth Gothic game, since the licensing rights to the franchise remained with publisher JoWood, so when Germany based gaming studio Piranha Bites departed them, they had to leave their game world behind. But that didn’t matter much, they just came up with a new one for their own use, and Risen was born. While Risen 2 delves into early modern style pirate adventures, Risen is still firmly medieval, and quite like Gothic.

#17 For Honor

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

For Honor is a competitive third-person melee fighting game that combines speed, strategy and team-based gameplay in close range combat, pitting warriors from the medieval eras against each other. Players take on the roles of vikings, knights, and samurai in an all-out melee. This is an action hack-and-slash type video game that you have either already played or at least heard of. In For Honor, the game throws different factions going into head-on head battle. It’s a game that puts a focus on correctly swinging your ax, sword, or whatever it is you might be equipped with to hit your target.

#16 Mount and Blade: Warband

  • Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive, Ravenscourt
  • Platforms: PC, Mobo, PS4, XBO

Nothing short of a simulation of life in the medieval world, Mount and Blade is maddening in its breadth. Start as a down and out in the kingdom and rise to become the new king? Possible. Hard work, but possible. Be anything you want. A thief, a beggar, a farmer, take part in whatever, strategy, politics or day to day grind? Yeah all doable. M&B is insane in its ambition, and not the easiest game to get into, but once you do, getting away is even harder.

#15 Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

  • Developer: Torn Banner Studios
  • Publisher: Torn Banner Studios, Activison
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO

Based on the Half-Life 2 Mod Age of Chivalry, this game is essentially a class based shooter with a heavy emphasis on melee weapons instead of gunplay. There are also bows and siege weapons to pick from. It’s not the most authentic thing there is, but it’s devoid of any spellslinging or orcs.

#14 MediEvil

  • Developer: Other Ocean Emeryville
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4

We seen quite a big trend in this current-generation of console platforms. More and more games are getting picked back up and remastered or completely remade for both veterans along with new audiences. It’s a way to give fans a chance to enjoy something familiar but tweaked up to something that is more compatible with the latest mechanics and hardware capabilities. That’s where we got the latest release of MediEvil, a game that originally came out on the PlayStation but was brought back again for the PlayStation 4.

For those who are not aware of MediEvil, this is a game that follows Sir Daniel Fortesque, a knight that was resurrected to stop an evil sorcerer named Zarok. It’s a wacky story and hopefully one that will appeal to fans new and old. It’s also a unique take to more usual medieval video games we tend to see release into the market.

#13 Warhammer: Vermintide 2

  • Developer: Fatshark
  • Publisher: Fatshark
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a first-person action title that follows the events of the first title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Within the game, players must band together as they fight against a Chaos army along with a race of rat-men known as Skaven. Much of the game is focused around melee action with a slew of weapons and abilities making battles fluid and action-packed. Players will be able to select from five different characters all of which can be adjusted to match a certain class pathway resulting in different sets of skills and abilities. Currently, the game is only available on most of the major platforms such as PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any port in the works for Nintendo Switch owners.

#12 A Plague Tale Innocence

  • Developer: Asobo Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Set in 1349 France, the area has become ravaged by plague. Rats travel in swarms leaving those who are still alive to carefully traverse the world. But outside of the infected rats, there’s another hostile force to reckon with, the Inquisition. Players take on the role of Amicia De Rune and her younger brother Hugo De Rune with both being pursued by the Inquisition for unknown reasons.

Played in a third-person perspective, A Plague Tale: Innocence features a strong emphasis on stealth to avoid hostile encounters. Combat is mainly used to distract either guards or swarms of rats and when you’re not attempting to avoid detection, the game presents players with a series of puzzles. On average, to complete the main story you’ll need to set aside about ten hours so if you’re looking for something to sit back and enjoy on an empty weekend, we suggest giving this game a shot.

#11 Crusader Kings 2

  • Developer: Paradox Development Studio
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Platforms: PC

Legendary for its depth, Crusader Kings 2 allows the player to run a medieval country and go army to army with other nations. But be careful not to piss off the Pope if you’re interested in staying with the church. Build up your country, dabble in war and politics and manage your lineage carefully so you can become the best and biggest Crusader King. Yeah that’s about it.

#10 Mordhau

  • Developer: Triternion
  • Publisher: Triternion
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: April 29, 2019

Mordhau gained some widespread attention after it released. This is a hack-and-slash style mutliplayer video game, almost similar to For Honor. Players will enter a battle filled with over sixty players as they attempt to outlast or bring victory to their team. It’s all about melee combat and you’ll find a wide assortment of weapons to use on the field from swords to arrows. There’s also a play with customization here as well with players being able to craft weapons from various parts along with tweaking your armor to help withstand heavy blows.

#9  Dark Souls

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
  • Platforms: PS3, X360, PC, PS4, XBO, NS

Set in a mythical medieval age, Dark Souls is about as medieavalish brutal as a video game can get. Sure it’s not as authentic as many others, but Lodran is a great medieval game world all right. With the focus on death, rebirth, trial and error, exploration and building of muscle memory, Dark Souls is not for the weak. But you already know that.

#8  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, X360, XBO, PS4, NS

It’s still going strong. Years after release on 11/11/11, the fifth entry into the Elder Scrolls series is as alive as it ever was. Last year saw another huge DLC chunk released, and now the game has been left to the modders, who are hard at work creating more of everything for this behemoth of a game. And yes it’s not necessarily authentic either. Though dragons have been mentioned in a surprising number of medieval texts.

#7 Darkest Dungeon

  • Developer: Red Hook Studios
  • Publisher: Red Hook Studios, Merge Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PSV, Mobo, NS, XBO

This challenging gothic roguelike is a turn-based RPG revolving around the psychological stresses of adventuring. Within the game, players must recruit, train, and lead a team of incredibly human heroes to fight against unimaginable horrors, stress, farming, and disease.

#6 Medieval II: Total War

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC

The Total War series always has been this way. A glorified boardgame on the global strategy level, with real time strategy battles whenever conflict loomed. Medieval 2 makes no exception here. Pick a medieval power to bring through the dark ages victoriously. Special victory conditions apply. Crush your enemies in expansive real time battles, try some diplomacy for good measure, and then try not to piss off the Pope. Yeah that guy was kinda important back then…

#5 The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PC, X360

While the second Witcher game too does not take place in our world, the medieval fantasy setting it features is so well and intricately realized that it barely matters that there are some dudes with pointy ears running around. It’s a beautifully rendered world. There are monsters and there is magic. But you were not there to see the middle ages, so who’s to say those things did not exist?

#4 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Hellblade is a hack-and-slash title described as an independent AAA video game from Ninja Theory because of the game being developed by a small indie studio though with the level of detail expected from a major AAA video game release. The story of Hellblade follows a Celtic warrior named Senua as she travels through Hell. However, this Hell Senua is seeing is through her own psychotic manifestations because of her mental illnesses.

Senua suffers from hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, and depression. Because of these illnesses, our protagonist must embark on a very personal journey, one that Ninja Theory is took the utmost care to assure it’s accurate and sensitive.

#3 Dark Souls 3

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment, FromSoftware
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

The fourth overall entry to the Souls series, Dark Souls III was marked as publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment’s fastest selling game, with a whopping three million copies sold worldwide in just two months after release.

If you enjoyed the previous installments of the Souls series then you won’t want to miss out on picking up Dark Souls III. Without getting too in-depth with the story, the game opens up with the Kingdom of Lothric. Players learn that the First Flame is dying out, which if extinguished, the Age of Dark would be upon the world leaving undead and cursed beings to rise.

The Age of Fire could be prolonged with the linking of the fires, which previously cost heroes to sacrifice their souls to kindle the First Flame. However, Prince Lothric has chosen to watch the flame die off.

#2 Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Developer: BioWare Edmonton
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO

The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.

While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.

#1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. With its deep rich narrative journeys and fleshed out worlds, the trilogy has wrapped up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As expected the third installment not only saw a massive overhaul in terms of graphics but provided gamers with a much more lively world filled with quests and exploration.

While still taking the role of Geralt of Rivia, players will find that that they must deal with the invasion of the Norther Kingdom along with the growing threat of the Wild Hunt. Outside of just a massive world to explore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers campaigns and quests to keep you busy for hours on end.

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