While time travel is not available yet, there is one way to go back and participate in grand historical events. And this path leads through historical video games.

Do you dream of taking part in a massive medieval battle? Or maybe want to try the hardships of World War II? Whatever you desire, history based video games will get you that and more! You can travel for any length of time, learning the history of the whole world and taking part in events from the past. Or create them from scratch. Or completely change the course of events. Sounds like fun? So welcome to the list of the most popular history games to play in 2022.

The list of the most popular history games
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Assassins Creed Valhalla 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft 70% Read more
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (Xbox Series X/S) 2021-08-05 Action RPG Ubisoft Montréal 64% Read more
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 2016-10-20 Economy Firaxis Games 94% Read more
Sid Meier's Civilization V 2010-09-23 Economy Aspyr (Mac, Linux) 78% Read more
Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition 2016-06-06 Simulation Paradox Development Studio 84% Read more
Age Of Empires II Definitive Edition 2019-11-14 Strategy Forgotten Empires 68% Read more
Age of Empires III: Complete Collection 2009-09-15 Simulation Ensemble Studios 27% Read more
Age of Empires IV 2021-10-28 Strategy, Real-Time Relic Entertainment 58% Read more
Crusader Kings III 2020-09-01 Strategy Paradox Development Studio 75% Read more
Dynasty Warriors 9 Complete Edition 2019-12-05 Action KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. Read more
Call Of Duty World At War 2008-11-18 Action & Shooter Treyarch Read more
A Plague Tale Innocence 2019-05-14 Adventure Asobo Studio 79% Read more
Kingdom Come Deliverance 2018-02-13 Adventure Warhorse Studios 83% Read more
Ryse: Son of Rome 2014-10-10 Adventure Crytek 67% Read more
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS 2019-05-23 Strategy Creative Assembly 71% Read more

        

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Release:2020-11-10
Genre:Action RPG
Developer:Ubisoft

If you are starved for some brutal Vikings-style conflicts this title will make all your dreams come true. Command a Nordic army and travel to 9th-century England to conquer new lands and become their ultimate ruler.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Play as Eivor, a Viking hero eager to create a new home for his army. Invade England, establish a prosperous settlement and take care of the wellbeing of your people. It will not be easy, as the English will do their best to get rid of the intruders. They will be led by Alfred the Great himself, and the further fate of this story will depend only on your decisions. In addition to the features of this era, AC fans can also enjoy their favorite activities like sailing, free exploration, or parkour.

Key features
  • Play as a Viking leader in the 9th century
  • Invade England to create a new home for your people
  • Explore new lands and build a settlement
  • Collect resources and fight
        

God of War & GoW Ragnarök

Release:2022-01-14 (PC) / 2022-11-09
Genre:Action-adventure, hack and slash
Developer:Santa Monica Studio

It is a fantasy action game set in ancient Scandinavia. Follow the rest of the story of the unbreakable Kratos and lose yourself in the world of Norse myths to learn your destiny.

God of War: Ragnarök

Guide the actions of Kratos and his son on a brand-new journey through mythical Scandinavia. On your way, you will meet hordes of bloodthirsty beasts and sly opponents who will do anything to stop you. Develop your skills, fight, and complete tasks to discover the following chapters of the story about the end of the world. This title presents a high-quality audiovisual setting that will captivate you from the very first moment of the game.

Key features
  • Play the fifth part of Kratos’ adventures in God of War
  • Set off to ancient Scandinavia and start your journey together with your son
  • Develop your skills, use new weapons, and defeat hordes of enemies
  • Complete tasks and discover your destiny
        

Age of Empires II

Release:2013-04-09
Genre:Strategy
Developer:Ensemble Studios

There is nothing like infinite power on the game map! In this legendary title, you will travel to the Middle Ages and face a strategic battle for supremacy against the civilizations of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Manage one of thirty-five civilizations in the most addictive strategy game ever. Collect resources, expand your empire, and advance to the next era to outrun your enemies. Build an unbeatable army and go through a series of thrilling campaigns to uncover 1,000 years of human history in one game. Age of Empires II is a must-have for every fan of historical games!

Key features
  • Play a classic strategy game set in the Middle Ages
  • Lead one of 35 civilizations and manage its development
  • Collect resources and develop your settlement
  • Play solo or in multiplayer
        

Crusader Kings 2

Release:2012-02-14
Genre:RPG
Developer:Paradox Development Studio

Welcome to 11th-century Europe. You are one of the many ruling lords on the medieval map, and your task is to successfully take care of the fate of the entire dynasty in times of greatest conflicts. If you are ready, you will have a lot of fun in this spin-off of the famous Europa Universalis!

Crusader Kings 2

Play as a mighty ruler desiring to dominate the map of Europe. It is a strategy game unlike any other, as its key feature is to keep the dynasty in a steady position during the many years of its rule. Don’t trust the Pope? Or maybe you want to ally yourself with the craziest king in your area? Do what you want and discover the most unexpected outcomes of your strategy!

Key features
  • Play the second part of the classic Europa Universalis spin-off
  • Guide the fate of an entire dynasty over the years
  • Fight your enemies or forge alliances
  • Use the spy to discover the traitors of the kingdom
  • Play solo or in multiplayer
        

Dynasty Warriors 9

Release:2018-02-13
Genre:
Developer:Omega Force

It is an action game with hack and slash elements, where you will move to China at the turn of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Enter the open world of the Chinese civil war and lose yourself in the madness of the battlefield!

Dynasty Warriors 9

Choose one of the 90 playable heroes, plan the placement of units and make an attack strategy. Join massive fights on the battlefield and use your skills to gain more and more experience and eliminate as many enemies as possible. This title is an atmospheric action game with tactical elements where you can go crazy in combat using the powers of your favorite heroes.

Key features
  • Play the ninth installment in the action game series from Omega Force
  • Pick one of the 90 heroes and discover his skills
  • Plan your attack strategy to ensure victory on the battlefield
  • Fight in battles with hordes of enemies
        

Ghost of Tsushima

Release:2020-07-17
Genre:Action-adventure
Developer:Sucker Punch Productions

It is like Assassin’s Creed but set in 13th-century Japan. Have fun in the engaging title, where you will abandon the samurai code for revenge against the cruel Mongols.

Ghost of Tsushima

When a Mongol invasion massacres your island and its inhabitants, revenge becomes your only meaning in life. Become a Ghost – an invisible fighter that eliminates enemies by surprise. Explore the island’s open world, discover its secrets and gain experience. Fight with historically accurate weapons and sneak to achieve your goal. This title is a priceless gem for fans of historical stealth games.

Key features
  • Travel to 13th-century Japan
  • Explore the island and learn its story
  • Sneak to eliminate enemies by surprise
  • Fight with mighty weapons and develop your skills
        

Call of Duty: World at War

Release:2008-11-18
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Treyarch

The jungle hides many secrets and dangers. And in this part of Call of Duty, the Japanese soldiers will be the gravest of them all. Travel back to WWII on the Eastern Front and discover the horrors of war like never before.

Call of Duty: World at War

Complete a series of campaigns where you will play as an American soldier in Okinawa. Take part in the siege of Berlin and play as the fearless defender of Stalingrad. This title is a first-person shooter where you will experience the brutal atmosphere of World War II and try out new combat methods and an arsenal of weapons. The slightest mistake can cost you your life!

Key features
  • Play as a soldier during the Second World War
  • Fight in Berlin, Stalingrad, and Okinawa
  • Try new, more brutal methods of combat
  • Play solo or in multiplayer
        

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release:2019-05-14
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Asobo Studio

The Black Death is one of the darkest periods in Europe’s history, and you can find it out in this game. Play as orphaned siblings desperately fleeing the Inquisition and the merciless plague.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Play as Hugo and Amicia to get right in the middle of a brutal story about omnipresent death. Your only task is to survive and use all your skills to escape the hands of chasers and rats. Sneak, explore, upgrade your equipment and discover the mystery of Hugo’s disease. It is a gripping tale about survival, fleeing, despair, and complex sibling relationships set in 14th-century France. Perfect for historical game enthusiasts.

Key features
  • Play as lonely siblings in the times of the Black Death
  • Explore, sneak and collect the equipment
  • Run away from your enemies or eliminate them by surprise
  • Get carried away by a gloomy story of despair
        

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release:2018-02-13
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Warhorse Studios

It is an action role-playing game set in 15th-century Central Europe. The title is a fantastic recommendation for all players fascinated by the Hussite Wars and fans of games like The Witcher or Skyrim.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Play as the poor son of a blacksmith who lives a peaceful life in Skalitz. When your village is completely destroyed, all you have to do is go on a journey. Explore the open world of medieval realities and get involved in the political situation of your country. Develop your character, make challenging decisions and fight in highly complex battles that can kill you in one second. This title is an epic adventure of change and courage that will challenge even fans of video games like Dark Souls.

Key features
  • Play an action game set in Europe in the 15th century
  • Explore a beautiful open world and discover its secrets
  • Get carried away by the political intrigue and take revenge on your tormentors
  • Make decisions and see their consequences
        

Ryse: Son of Rome

Release:2014-10-10
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Crytek

If you love Ancient Rome, you will definitely enjoy this title. Ryse: Son of Rome is a spectacular action game where you can completely indulge in brutal battles on a historic battlefield.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Play as Marius Titus, a man seeking revenge for the death of his entire family. In search of an answer, the hero joins the army on a journey to Britain. Command your troops and fight your way through hordes of enemies! The combat in this title is deadly dynamic and satisfying, and the audiovisual setting delights. The story covers the hero’s entire life. But in addition to the main plot, you can also engage in side activities, like fighting your friends in Colosseum.

Key features
  • Play an action game set in the time of Ancient Rome
  • Manage Marius Titus’ actions and travel to Britain
  • Fight in spectacular battles and show no mercy
  • Discover new story chapters in the hero’s life
  • Play solo or have fun in multiplayer

History-based video games are the most valuable treasure for many players who, for obvious reasons, cannot witness past events. They provide a simple opportunity to relive monumentally significant events, change their course and reshape the whole history. No genre would put so much power and satisfaction in the hands of the player. And would teach, solidify knowledge and entertain at the same time! Well, maybe 4X strategy games in space, but that’s another story.