The original Assassin’s Creed was a fantastic piece of art when it came out all the way back in 2007, putting players in the boots of brotherhood assassin, Altair. The game focused on stealth and despite its repetitive mission structure, the fluid combat was a novelty and the parkour mechanics an absolute joy to play around with. Not to mention the faithful creation of historical cities such as Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. Historical pundits might lose interest in the series’ supernatural ways, but until the very last mission, Assassin’s Creed appears firmly grounded in reality. To this day it remains the only Assassin’s Creed I can stomach.
Mount and Blade: Warband
I love Mount and Blade. It unleashes you in a harsh, fantasy-medieval kingdom, and you’re left to fend for your own. Avoid bandits and start doing some favors to get some money and recruit a posse of other poor but adventure-hungry individuals and take on bigger and bigger tasks and challenges until you find yourself besieging castles, taking part in court politics, and fighting field battles for your King… Until you replace him of course. Campaigns can last for hundreds of hours and every single playthrough is different.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come is the only game in this list I haven’t extensively played, but read a lot about. Set in 15th century Bohemia, this story-driven open-world RPG does its best to immerse players in the skin of Henry, whose life is practically destroyed in the first moments of the game. Excessively preoccupied with small day-to-day details and realistic combat, Kingdom Come could be a perfect RPG for those longing to experience what was life like in the Holy Roman Empire. It has fantastic graphics, with meticulous recreated towns and castles, as real to their real-life counterparts the developers could get.
Portugal 1111: A Conquista de Soure
You can’t fault me for placing this one here. Is it a good game? Of course not! Is it a game anyone remembers? Obviously not. However, it is the only videogame I am aware of that was developed in Portugal and “tries” to use the Portuguese Reconquista as its only setting -and by trying what I really mean is that it reskins what I think is the Cossacks engine and ape the Age of Empires gameplay, but I can’t be sure because there’s almost no information available. other than the fact it was developed by Ciberbit in a partnership with the Soure municipality. Hey! At least it looks really good for the time! As far as I know, it’s abandonware, so you can google it and play it right now.
Another looker for its advanced age! Anno 1404 follows the usual formula we’ve all grown accustomed to in the series. Establish a prosperous community, make sure your townsfolk have everything they need, create supply routes and chains, secure raw materials, and expand. There’s also a very limited military appeal to the title but if you enjoy the Anno series, you can’t go wrong by giving 1404 a whirl, sure it leans more towards the expansionist formula of the late 15th hundreds but hey! Beggars can’t be choosers!