“Vanilla” medieval titles are a rare sight in the world of games. The reason is simple: developers usually sprinkle the setting with some twist that introduces magic, fantastic creatures and other elements to the game’s world in order to make it more appealing. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any strictly medieval video games. In fact, some of them are really popular in spite of their lack of supernatural features. What can we expect from the worlds full of swords, blood and battles?
The setting welcomes some variety, although it’s true that the first thing that comes to mind is either a realistic RPG or a strategy title. There are plenty of these, and games with knights speakto players on a personal level. Who never wanted to become one? Aside from this fact, it’s still quite a challenge to make a captivating production that doesn’t involve dragons.
As much as the setting, the game mechanics are often trying to display what the Middle Ages looked like. The reality was rather harsh back then and game developers show it either in their title’s plot or in gameplay as it is. Does the feeling of realism pay off? Let’s discuss the following examples.
Games that let you play as a knight
We could argue whether Henry is technically a knight or not, although the main protagonist of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a man with a mission that makes his actions noble anyway. This is exactly what we meant by realistic medieval RPG games. The title doesn’t like to goof around and if you mess up, it’s going to be unforgiving. You need to learn from your mistakes and then apply the lessons in practice. Aside from the difficulty, KC: D offers a great story and characters, the same could be said about the combat. It shows that the title wants to take itself seriously when there are several historical experts involved in the process of developing it.
The other title we chose is still in Early Access, yet is already a feast for those craving knight games PC, just on a bigger scale when it comes to fights. Maybe it doesn’t go for this much realism as the previous production, but it’s the variety of options that distinguishes this title from the previous one. As you can guess, we’re talking about Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.
After Warband’s success, you can imagine the expectations regarding the next M&B game. It’s practically a sandbox set in the Dark Ages. The focus is mainly on battles, which were always big and epic in this series. There’s something about the danger that comes with being only one of pawns that take part in the massive game that war often is.
Medieval battle games PC are often overlooked due to them being seemingly boring in comparison to titles that mix the setting with a bunch of other gimmicks enhancing the experience. While they can turn out fantastically, the Middle Ages were fascinating enough in reality and can be quite a sight in video games, too. You just need to make the first step outside your usual might and magic worlds.
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