Note: This article was updated in July of 2019
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!