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15 Video Games That Teach History

Rome Total War 2

Rome Total War 2 is a game developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, it allows you to manage your cities and armies on a grand strategy map while also controlling your forces in real-time 3D battles that take into account morale, troop energy, weather, terrain and various strategies to name a few of the factors. The game features hundreds of units with each faction having unique units, each faction also has its own unique win objectives that are based on historical events such as capturing 50 regions and also taking hold of a few regions as a must. There are obviously a lot of other Total War games that can be on this list but we decided not to flood the list just with Total War games.

Europa Universalis 4

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Europa Universalis 4 is a grand war strategy game, its one of the most detailed and also the biggest war strategy out there right now. The game allows you to essentially play anywhere on the planet (excluding regions that at the time could not be colonized due to their harsh environments). You can play as any nation you want on the map which is a nice change from Crusader Kings 2 a game released by the same developers known as Paradox which requires you to pay to play as some factions. The game allows you to play from the 15th century to the beginning of the 19th century. It features technological developments, policies, dealing with politics, arranged marriages between your monarchs and different nation mechanics from tribes such as in the Golden Horde faction, being the emperor or member of the Holy Roman Empire and also Native American nation mechanics with there being different Native American mechanics for different Native American tribe groups.

Victoria 2

Victoria 2 is another grand strategy game on this list that is developed by Paradox, war is a big part of the game, however, economics and politics are a lot more prevalent which is a feature I like as that is how things were changing. The game is set in the Victorian era which was the time of an economic and technological boom with many new political ideologies such as communism and fascism popping up during the period’s timeline from the 19th to 20th century.

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Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings 2 is a grand strategy and role-playing video game developed and published by Paradox, the games don’t require you to hold territory instead the aim is to grow your dynasty through strategically arranged marriages, having children and progressing your characters. In the game, you play as the character that is at the head of the dynasty at that time, once they die you play as the person second in line. By playing the game you will gain a bigger insight into how dynasties and society worked at the time, for example, the structure of Empires to Kingdoms to Duchies.

Hearts Of Iron 4

Hearts Of Iron 4 is a grand strategy video game that takes place during the World War 2 period as all its other Hearts Of Iron predecessors, the game lets you play as any nation that was present during the World War 2 period. The game requires you to select a faction from the Allies, Axis, and Comintern (Communists) and for the first time you can create your own factions allowing you now to be a powerful side in the way, with before you will need to play as Germany, the United Kingdom or the Soviet Union if you wanted to be a powerful force as you had control of a faction. This game will teach you about the important technologies and social ideas that shaped the era with each nation having a unique tech tree as well as learning about hundreds of different units from infantry types, tanks, armored vehicles, various air units and naval units.

Medal Of Honour: Allied Assault

Medal of Honour: Allied Assault is a first-person shooter classic, it was released in 2002 by developers 2015 Inc and published by Electronic Arts. The game is also known for the amazing scene where the allies land on the Normandy beaches which is praised by many as one of the best missions ever in a game. The game is very fast paced but well thought out, throughout the game you play as Allies with no offering of the German perspective but the game does allow you to visit various locations from Normandy, France to Norway to Arzew, Algeria and various weapons of the war. The game does good in introducing creative new objectives from saving captives, destroying artillery, destroying submarines to infiltrating enemy outposts as a spy rather than being just a repetitive point and shoot.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is one if not the best turn based historical strategy games out there, the game allows you to progress from the Stone Age to the Future Era by researching technologies and cultural policies, choosing what Great Wonders to build with each Great Wonder giving various bonuses from production boosts and coin boosts to even boost in your chance of Great People (powerful units that allow for you to do various actions from building forts to discovering technologies instantly), but you must consider this carefully as if another civilization build a Great Wonder before you if you are in the process of building that Great Wonder all work on it will instantly seize and you have lost a lot of time, you also need to make sure not to build the Great Wonders in vulnerable isolated cities or next to aggressive neigbours as you may end up losing them and after all why build Great Wonders when you can just let your enemies build them and then just take them from them.

Age Of Empires 2 HD

Age of Empires 2 is a strategy game classic, this real-time strategy game was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. The game allows you progress from the Dark Ages to the Imperial Ages with each era unlocking more buildings, techs, and units. The game features various factions from European factions such as the British and the French to the Huns and the Aztecs.

Tannenberg

Tannenberg is a squad-based multiplayer first-person shooter that is set during the First World War, with the namesake of the game ‘Tannenberg’ being based on the Battle of Tannenberg that took place during the year 1914 at the start of the First World War where the German forces completely embarrassed the Russians who outnumbered them with 150,000 Germans fighting against 230,000 Russians but the Germans won and suffered only 15,000 losses while the Russians suffered 170,000. The game will teach you about the various weapons and technologies during the First World War and also get a better perspective of how the world was back then.

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Life Of Rome

Life Of Rome is a unique and very exciting video game, Life Of Rome is a third and first person MMORPG set in 320AD Rome, one of the most tumultuous periods of the Roman Empire. The game allows you to choose whether to play as the Roman Empire or the Romans. The game allows you to roleplay as someone alive during the Roman era with the ability to form families, form allegiances and take part in politics and also in ancient Roman religions.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

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All Assassin’s Creed games despite the fact they are partly fiction and futuristic teach the player something about the history of the period by incorporating history perfectly in this fantasy world. We have featured Assassin’s Creed Origins as its one of the best Assassin’s Creed games yet. Assassin’s Creed Origins is set in Ancient Egypt during the time of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, you play in massive, immersive ancient Egyptian world while interacting with various real Ancient Egyptian characters, using Ancient Egyptian weapons and uncovering Ancient Egyptian secrets.

Call Of Duty: WW2

Call of Duty: WW2 was the long-awaited return of Call Of Duty to the present era and it was a great success with the single-player campaign being great, the game perfectly visualizes the goriness of World War 2. By playing Call Of Duty: WW2 you will gain more than knowledge of weapons and events of the war, you will also gain a sense of the psychological impact and the reality of fighting for your life for months straight while sleep deprived in inhumane conditions.

Naval Action

Naval Action is a naval combat strategy game, there are many naval combat games but they are very few ones that are set in the 18th century with the majority set from World War 2 onwards. The game allows you to traverse a massive world, and one of the best features…the ability to build and customize your own ships and of course fight bloody naval battles battling both your foe, the weather and the untamable seas.

Railway Empire

Railway Empire may look like a weird addition to this list, however, this roleplaying strategy game is extremely detailed. It is set from the 1830’s onwards during the boom of the railway industry which helped propel the USA into a superpower. The game features over 40 different models of trains and allows you buy railway stations, maintain buildings and factories and also requires you to stay ahead of your competition.

Mount & Blade Warband

Mount & Blade Warband is a critically acclaimed strategy role-playing video game, it is developed and published by TaleWorlds Entertainment, the game allows you to manage your land while building your army and fighting in 3D real-time battles that range from battles out in the open to siege and you also have the option to interact without factions and characters. The popularity of the game grew significantly after they introduced multiplayer which allowed players to have massive medieval real-time battles.

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