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The Middle Ages is one of the key “wish-fulfillment” eras for creators for several reasons. Mainly because it’s exciting to be a Knight and fight the wars of that time, or take that period and become fantastic with it. And here are some games that prove that point.
The Vikings were technically part of medieval times, so let’s move on, okay?
In Northgard, you play as a clan of Vikings who have been sailing for years to find a new home for themselves. They soon arrive in a land that seems to be perfect for them and establish a small colony. But as they soon learn, there is much more to this land than meets the eye.
There are giant wolves that can charge at you, undead warriors, and even mighty giants that you will have to fight or befriend!
You will not leave this new land, so build your home, prepare it for the dangers that lie ahead, and claim this place as your own.
#9 Kingdom Come Break Free
For a more real medieval experience, you just need to watch Kingdom Come Deliverance. In this game, you will play as the son of a blacksmith who gets involved in extraordinary events, as his life leads him to join the rebellion against the king in search of revenge.
That question will help you shape the land of Bohemia from top to bottom, so you’ll need to take into account how you behave and the actions of your characters. Will you be an honorable warrior who shows how the kingdom should be? Or will you be one who does nothing but draw blood from his enemies to satiate what he lost? The choice is yours.
#8 Innocence of a plague tale
Not all stories from the Middle Ages are about knights and great battles and kingdoms fighting to survive. Sometimes it’s just about two kids trying to withstand all the threats a world covered in darkness tries to throw at them. Such is the journey in A Plague Tale Innocence.
In the game, you will play as brother and sister through Amicia and Hugo. The dark plague is spreading across the land, and the two are trying to escape the swarms of rats that have it, while trying to avoid the vile Inquisitors that are after them.
Only by working together can they escape the cruel fate that awaits them.
#7 Graveyard Guardian
And now… something a little different. Graveyard Keeper is without a doubt one of the craziest games you’ll see on this list, and by the game’s own admission, it’s meant to be “grossly inaccurate” in terms of how things were in medieval times.
For example, in this management simulator, you are set to manage your own graveyard, and thus you need to turn it into a “thriving business”. Oh the puns we could do there.
So go find new resources, deal with “ethical questions”, go on quests, etc. Find out why this game is meant to be crazy in a fun way and change the medieval formula.
#6 Legacy of the ancestors
If you are looking for a title that is really about the wars of medieval times, then Ancestors Legacy is the one you will want to follow. Mainly because in this game you will play as four different nations depending on your style of play: Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, or Slavic nations, and then go to war across Europe to make it all yours.
But if you think this is just about the battles, you’re wrong. Because the title forces you to think like you would as a real commander. In this case, which means that you have to use the terrain and various strategies to overcome. In addition to maintaining his base of operations.
So be the best leader you can be and secure your legacy for centuries to come.
#5 Darkest Dungeon
If you’ve ever wondered what it would really be like to go on a “great journey” through some of the world’s most dangerous places… Darkest Dungeon will really help you see that.
Because on the surface, it looks like a role-playing roguelike where you recruit people to accompany you on your quests and adventures. But as you will soon find out, you will have to take care of these people, since the missions will wear them down both physically and mentally and emotionally. And when they die, they are gone forever.
So if you think you can “stick together”, you’ll want to check out the grand adventure that is Darkest Dungeon.
#4 Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice
A little more Viking than medieval, we’ll grant you, but Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice is easily one of the most unique video games ever made, and it was created with a very clear purpose in mind that you need to see and experience for yourself to truly understand.
In the game, Senua is a woman who has lost her lover and is desperate to get her soul back. The walk to do so will test her mind, body, and spirit, as well as her sanity. She experiences a game about mental health from the perspective of a warrior and see how much it affects her.
#3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
While Geralt of Rivia may not be your typical knight, he is very much a warrior who goes on missions for the people (whether they want it or not) to stop the threats that lie in the dark.
Furthermore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt allows you to explore the medieval-style world that The Witcher takes place in, and thus you’ll get a real feel for everything that’s going on, both big and small. Add that to the DLC that actually shows you various regions that look like different parts of Europe, and you get an even better idea of this medieval world.
Also, again, you fight monsters, so that’s it.
#2 dark souls
Some of you may be mad that Dark Souls isn’t #1, especially since you’re basically playing an “immortal knight” who has to wield a sword or other medieval weapons to slay evil.
The problem with Dark Souls is one that many have known about for years… it’s fucking hard! Yes really. That is the line we draw here. This game series is one of the hardest ever made, and it set up other game franchises to be just as hard.
Also, while it’s medieval, it feels more like “medieval horror” through the monsters you face, so we deducted points for that… and for being difficult.
How surprised are you that this game is number 1? After all the lists where we’ve put Skyrim at or near the top, it was pretty obvious that he was going to show up.
Especially since this game embodies the medieval yet fantastic genre better than most. You can become a Knight as well as a monster there. All the while fighting dragons, learning magic and everything else.
This game is so robust that people still play it to this day to try to do everything, and that’s before considering mod support!
So if you want one of the best medieval games of all time, that’s Skyrim. Period.