The Best Historical Games

Update : Speakeasy added at rank #38.
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Pentiment (2022)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 j Nintendo Switch

Pentiment can be seen as a educational game set in the 15th century, combining point-and-click adventure with role-playing elements and a branching narrative. It follows Andreas Mahler as he tries to clear his friend's name while uncovering the secrets of a small Bavarian town.

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What we like:
  • Captivating story
  • Immersive atmosphere
  • Beautiful visuals and sound
  • Interesting characters and dialogue
  • Deep RPG elements and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Limited number of puzzles which are not particularly challenging

  • historical
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • medieval
  • rpg
  • choices
  • book
  • crime
  • adventure
  • detective
  • education
  • story
  • fiction
  • stylized
  • local

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The Legend of Tianding (2021)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows

The Legend of Tian Ding takes you on a journey into the depths of Taiwanese history and culture, through fast-paced combat and platforming. This game puts its own spin on the legend of Liao Tian Ding, a Taiwanese Robin Hood-like character, while remaining true to his character. With its mix of kung fu combat and platforming, this game is sure to satisfy any itch for an action-packed adventure set in Taiwan's past.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced combat and platforming
  • Rich story based on real events
  • Charming manhua aesthetic
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Freedom to chain abilities in combat & movement
  • Variety of secrets hidden throughout levels
What could be improved:
  • Cutscenes can be too long & unskippable at times
  • Uneven progression with upgrades only available later in the game
  • Difficulty spikes during some boss battles

  • historical
  • platform
  • spectacle
  • fight
  • side-scrolling
  • comic
  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • beat-em-up
  • combat
  • scroller
  • action
  • hack-and-slash
  • book

3

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 Xbox Series X

Immerse yourself in 50 years of gaming history with Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration! Enjoy over 100 classic and new games, unlock hidden gems, and delve into fascinating interviews and archival material. Whether you're a nostalgic gamer or a history buff, this collection will keep you entertained and educated.


What we like:
  • Rich collection of classic and new Atari games
  • Exciting hidden games to discover
  • Comprehensive history through interviews and archival materials
  • Good value for money
  • Appeals to both gamers and history enthusiasts
What could be improved:
  • Absence of Activision games and some licensed games
  • Limited subtitle availability for non-English speakers

  • arcade
  • classic
  • retro
  • historical
  • 1980s
  • interactive
  • software
  • voxel
  • compilation
  • vector
  • platform
  • shoot-em-up
  • education
  • pinball
  • pvp

4

FateSamurai Remnant (2023)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Step into the shoes of a master swordsman in Fate/Samurai Remnant, an action-packed RPG set in vibrant Edo. Summon powerful servants, engage in intense combat, and form bonds with rogue warriors. With its stunning visuals, compelling characters, and unique take on the Musou genre, this game is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


What we like:
  • Unique and refreshing take on the Musou genre
  • Well-crafted and engaging storyline
  • High-quality graphics and immersive world
  • Ability to pet and heal with cats and dogs
  • Satisfying combat system with strategic elements
What could be improved:
  • Combat can feel overly defensive at times
  • Some awkwardness in character interactions during sidequests
  • Excessive number of enemies can disrupt game flow

  • rpg
  • anime
  • historical
  • japanese
  • battle
  • fight
  • action
  • combat
  • spectacle
  • narrative
  • story
  • hack-and-slash
  • jrpg
  • boss-fight
  • exploration

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Samurai Warrior (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Android

A new SAMURAI WARRIORS begins. After a 7-year wait, a new instalment in the tactical action series "SAMURAI WARRIORS" is finally here!


  • hack-and-slash
  • historical
  • battle
  • combo
  • cooperative
  • combat
  • skill
  • narrative
  • fight
  • musou
  • action
  • anime
  • horses
  • split-screen

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Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X

Celebrating its first year of delighting millions of global players, the award-winning and best-selling strategy franchise continues with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition, putting you at the center of even more epic historical battles that shaped the world.


  • strategy
  • historical
  • real-time
  • battle
  • rich
  • military
  • best-selling
  • driven
  • empire
  • economy
  • documentary
  • innovative
  • resource-management

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Like A Dragon: Ishin! (2023)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows

Become Sakamoto Ryoma, a samurai seeking justice in 1860s Japan in 'Like a Dragon: Ishin!'. Unravel the mystery behind your father's death, navigate political tensions, and change Japan's future. Experience thrilling combat styles, engaging storylines, and a variety of mini-games in this riveting historical adventure.


What we like:
  • Engaging and emotional main story
  • Variety of exciting combat styles
  • Unique samurai setting
  • Rich side content and mini-games
  • Stellar ensemble of characters
What could be improved:
  • Unbalanced combat styles
  • Tedious and less engaging substories
  • Limited screen time for important characters
  • Excessive grind required

  • farming
  • remake
  • historical
  • fight
  • brawler
  • combat
  • political
  • card
  • spin-off
  • rpg
  • drama
  • japanese
  • assassin
  • battle
  • turn-based

8

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (2023)

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Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 4

A new dark fantasy Three Kingdoms action RPG from Team NINJA, the developers of Nioh.


  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • historical
  • rpg
  • demons
  • souls
  • combat
  • action
  • fight
  • fantasy
  • battle
  • exploration
  • difficult
  • narrative

9

Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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90
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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Control your own nation during World War II and dominate the planet in Hearts of Iron IV. With intricate military simulations, choose any nation and build your industrial and technological power to achieve glory, either playing solo or competing online. The game is both immersive and challenging, with engaging visuals that bring the experience to life.


What we like:
  • Historical accuracy
  • Mod community
  • Rewarding strategic gameplay
What could be improved:
  • DLC locks parts of the game
  • Overly complicated mechanics
  • Limited AI orders

  • grand-strategy
  • strategy
  • historical
  • war
  • military
  • world-war-2
  • naval
  • real-time
  • economy
  • tactical
  • political
  • grand
  • tanks
  • simulation
  • alternate

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Treasures of the Aegean (2021)

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Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Embark on a thrilling adventure to solve the mystery behind the downfall of the Minoan civilization in Treasures of the Aegean. With fascinating historical context and stunning hand-drawn graphics, explore a non-linear open world as you gather clues to prevent history from repeating itself. Parkour over obstacles, solve puzzles, and discover treasures while being challenged by lurking rivals. The game will immerse you in a time loop adventure filled with action, precision, and puzzle-solving that will keep you coming back for more.


What we like:
  • Huge and varied map with interesting places to discover and 110 collectibles to find
  • Good emphasis on movement and platforming
  • Excellent comic-book aesthetics with unique Greek music
  • Time-loop mechanic used well in puzzles and story elements
  • Fun parkour platforming with neat level design and tightly squeezed jumps and rolls
What could be improved:
  • Writing full of grammatical errors
  • Flawed gameplay that plays like a game of the late 1990s
  • Environmental hazards don't react as they should
  • No support for mouse controls

  • historical
  • parkour
  • platform
  • non-lineal
  • metroidvania
  • collectathon
  • open-world
  • hand-drawn
  • 2d
  • scroller
  • comic
  • action-adventure
  • puzzle
  • thriller
  • exploration

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