Top 7 Medieval Fantasy Games
I know if you’re like me, you have a soft spot for a true medieval game. I love the Middle Ages, and I find it romantic, the idea of men testing themselves against each other based on strength, wits, and skill alone. To me, swords and magic beat out a gun in terms or fun. While there are some entries in the steampunk genre that have caught my fancy, I constantly find myself coming back to more “traditional” medieval games, where technology is locked in the Middle Ages, and magic can exist. That is why I provide for you my list of the top 7 medieval-fantasy games.
7. Medieval 2: Total War
Medieval 2: Total War is getting on in years, released in 2006, but I still think it is a solid entry for anyone who loves the Middle Ages. Unlike another turn-based strategy game I would have liked to add to the list (looking at you Civilization 5), Medieval 2 is completely centered on the medieval period in Europe. You take control of a country or city-state, and work to conquer or simply exist in the tumultuous times. The game brings a different aspect than most other medieval games as it also has a focus on diplomacy. Who doesn’t want to take control of Europe by strategically marrying off their daughters?
6. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
While Medieval 2 may have chosen to add a little diplomacy to the mix, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is all about the unadulterated combat. A multiplayer game, Chivalry is like a first-person shooter for knights, and the large selection of weapons makes for some fun and interesting strategies. Chivalry is a way to feel like what combat could have been like, and gets you into knight action without having to pay out sixty bucks to go to a Renaissance festival. If you’re into the medieval genre at all, and you haven’t picked up this game on Steam, give it a whirl.
5. Dark Souls
Difficult. Insanely difficult. This is the only way to truly describe Dark Souls. But it is this difficulty wherein lies the true majesty of the game. You play as a lone hero up against overwhelming odds, and overwhelming they are. Any errant move could be your last. When you die, you lose all of your progress and are reset to the last time you saved at a bonfire (which are few and far between). The intense difficulty makes trial and error a true factor, and makes every victory against the game’s many bosses all the sweeter. The world is crafted so beautifully, it invites the challenge, and helps make Dark Souls a fantasy classic, especially for the hardcore gamer.
4. Mount and Blade: Warband
Another gem on Steam, Mount and Blade: Warband delivers the quintessential medieval experience. Though the graphics aren’t that great and the game is not easy on a beginner, the overall package is too fun to resist. Warband is as as sandboxy as any game I’ve played, allowing the player to do whatever he or she chooses. You can become a trader working the fluctuating markets, become a tournament champion, form of a group of bandits raiding the countryside, raise an army and become a vassal of a king, or start a kingdom of your own. The possibilities are numerous, and there are plenty of mods to extend the gameplay once the original game has been exhausted. It perfectly captures the medieval world, and puts it at your fingertips.
3. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a game many would call Dark Souls-lite. That label is fine by me, as it shares the same type of fun combat without the excruciatingly annoying difficulty. The game has you create the character you will control, and then eventually you create a computer controlled character known as a pawn. Your created pawn will travel with you always, but you can recruit pawns created by other players to help you in your journey, and your pawn is also recruitable by others. Pawns from other players may also have vital knowledge of the quests you are doing, making switching between them a tactical necessity. The lack of an easy fast travel option makes even mundane quests seem epic in nature, and the combat has a Shadow of the Colossus feel when you’re battling against the more ferocious monsters in the game. Different play styles for every class, and new game+ feature make this a must have for any fan of the fantasy genre.
2. Dragon Age: Origins
While there is a Dragon Age 2, I think its predecessor far exceeds it. Dragon Age: Origins is your typical a hero must save the world from evil plot, but it is done extremely well and is nicely polished. You get to create a character with a choice of 6 different origins, each with their own story. Also, the origin you choose can lead to a host of different outcomes and choices over the course of the game. All of the fights are fun and exciting. It is technically a strategy RPG, but it never feels that way. The voice acting is superb, and the characters really work to make a world that feels real. I’m having trouble not putting this at number one, but, alas, there is one better.
Does there really need to be anything more said about Skyrim? Chances are, if you’re reading this, you are a gamer, and you are already quite aware of how good Skyrim is. If not, it is a must play. This is THE medieval fantasy game, because nothing is cooler than saving villages, becoming a werewolf, trekking through dungeons, and fighting dragons. In fact, the only thing that should be keeping you out of Skyrim should be an arrow to the knee!