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TOP 10 games based on real events or with real people


TOP 10 games based on real events or with real people

"Based on a true story" - such a mark can often be found in various films and games. Yes, unfortunately, many people use this as a marketing ploy and only green grass in the frame turns out to be real.

But there are also games on which the developers have worked hard while maintaining the authenticity of many events. In this top, we remembered ten games based on real events and stories, or in which there are real personalities.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Release date: February 13, 2018 
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publishers: Warhorse Studios,, Koch Media, Deep Silver, Prime Matter, Zoo Corporation
  • Genres: Adventure Game, Fighting, Action RPG

A lot of people have heard about Kingdom Come Deliverance! At one time, this game made a lot of noise, even declared as a killer of The Witcher series, Assassin's Creed, and The Elder Scrolls to boot. Not to say that the developers did it, but the game came out pretty good - and that's a fact.

Wise storyline based on the history of Bohemia - modern Czech Republic. Playing as Henry, the son of a blacksmith, gamers will find an interesting story of survival and struggle for power, as well as the opportunity to fully experience the beauty of the medieval world. All this is accompanied by acquaintances with real historical characters: in the game, there are Jan Ptáček, Radzig Kobyla, Hanuš z Lípy, and others.

Assassin's Creed series

  • Release date: November 14, 2007
  • Developer and Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genres: Adventure action with stealth elements, Action-RPG

About the huge Assassin's Creed series, it is quite possible to write legends. Whom did we meet there? If in the first three parts, we managed to get acquainted with such heroes as Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci), Cesare Borgia (Cesare Borgia), and Rashid ad-Din Sinan (Rashid al-Din Sinan), then farther into the forest, the more firewood. Assassin's Creed Odyssey lets you spend time with the ancient Greek thinker Socrates, and Alfred the Great, ruler of Wessex, appears in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

It is difficult, of course, to speak specifically for the historical component of the plot, but in any case, you can find some truth - one way or another, Ubisoft used history books as the main source of inspiration, and therefore inaccuracies are forgivable to her.

Age of Empires series

  • Release Date: October 26, 1997
  • Developers: Ensemble Studios, Big Huge Games, Robot Entertainment, Relic Entertainment, Hidden Path Entertainment, Forgotten Empires, World's Edge, Tantalus Media
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Genres: Real-time strategy

The Age of Empires series of real-time strategy games covers a large number of historical periods. Stone Age? Please! The rise of the Roman Empire? Welcome to The Rise of Rome add-on. The player is given great opportunities for development in the selected period of time. In addition, there is a separate Age of Mythology series from the same developers, which tells about Atlantis and touches on the mythological side of history.

Sid Meier's Civilization series

  • Release date: September 1991
  • Developers: MicroProse, Firaxis Games, Westlake Interactive, Aspyr, BreakAway Games
  • Publishers: MicroProse, Koei, Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, MacSoft, Aspyr, Atari, 2K Games
  • Genres: Turn-Based Strategy, Grand Strategy, 4X, Wargame

You can talk about Sid Meier's Civilization series endlessly. By the way, you can also play it for about the same amount. Known for its historical bias and very long games, turn-based strategy has long won the trust and love of players.

The gameplay begins long before our era and continues until the present. The player can get acquainted with such personalities as George Washington (George Washington), Cleopatra (Cleopatra), and even Peter I. The list can be continued for a very long time and, moreover, for each of the parts of the series, it is different. This game is definitely suitable for those who want to plunge headlong into history.

Crusader Kings series

  • Release date: September 1991
  • Developers: MicroProse, Firaxis Games, Westlake Interactive, Aspyr, BreakAway Games
  • Publishers: MicroProse, Koei, Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, MacSoft, Aspyr, Atari, 2K Games
  • Genres: Turn-Based Strategy, Grand Strategy, 4X, Wargame

Continuing to develop the theme of historical strategies, it would be dishonest to bypass the Crusader Kings series. Like previous games, it touches on a fairly extensive historical period - for example, the formation of Rus', the fall of Byzantium, and so on. In this game, you can easily try on the role of some eminent prince - the same Vladimir. And you can start with someone smaller.

The peculiarity of the series is that it immediately throws you into the thick of historical events, and only the player decides whether to follow the course of history or change everything to his liking.

Eternal Sonata

  • Release date: June 14, 2007
  • Developer: tri-Crescendo
  • Publishers: Bandai Namco
  • Genres: RPG
Eternal Sonata is a game that, unfortunately, never received a port on the PC, but still remains quite an interesting project. The plot combines the real story of Frederic Chopin (Frederic Chopin) with fantasy elements. Chopin himself is shown as very mysterious: in a suit with a top hat, and even communicates only in verse. Visually, it is somewhat reminiscent of the notorious Genshin Impact, so fans of the genre will definitely come in.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

  • Release date: June 24, 2014 
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genres: Adventure game, Puzzle

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a heavy game based entirely on the events of the First World War. And let us play for four fictional characters - the farmer Emil and his dog nurse, the ethnic German Karl, the American Freddie, and the student Anna from Paris - we go through the entire war on the Western Front with them from beginning to end. Their stories are skillfully intertwined in the storyline - everyone wants to save themselves and their friends.

In the game, you can find many household items of soldiers of those times, as well as real letters and photographs, documents, military reports, testimonies, and more. In Valiant Hearts: The Great War, there is little invented - and it breaks the heart.


  • Release date: June 9, 2015 
  • Developers: IMGN.PRO, Imagination sc, Blitworks
  • Publisher: IMGN.PRO, Imagination sc
  • Genres: Adventure game, Survival horror, Adventure

Kholat (or "Kholat: Dyatlov Pass") is a game about the most famous event called "The Incident at the Dyatlov Pass". The project will fully allow the player to plunge into the terrible atmosphere of the tragedy, and learn about the real members of that expedition to the mountains.

We play for a person who wants to investigate this case. True, as you progress, there will be more questions than answers.

Britannic: Patroness of the Mediterranean

  • Release date: June 19, 2020 
  • Developer and Publisher: Vintage Digital Revival LLC
  • Genres: Simulation, Adventure Game, Educational Game

Britannic: Patroness of the Mediterranean is a game about the Titanic's twin ship, the Britannic. It has no special plot or gameplay. In fact, this is a museum where you can look into every crevice of the last ship of the Olympic class to fully feel the atmosphere of the times when it was built. In the end, the Titanic will definitely not provide such an opportunity, and the Britannic is, in fact, almost an exact copy of it.

That Dragon, Cancer

  • Release date: January 12, 2016 
  • Developer and Publisher: Numinous Games
  • Genres: Adventure game

Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking games in the top. That Dragon, Cancer is not about war or about global history, but about the personal tragedy of one family. The autobiographical story of the spouses Ryan (Ryan Green) and Amy Green (Amy Green), whose little son had to fight cancer for four years.

Both in films and in games, the topics of serious illnesses are always raised very carefully, and it does not always work out truthfully. But this is not about That Dragon, Cancer. The goal of the game is not to plunge the player into an atmosphere of despair, but to show how one can live even in such a situation. Together with Ryan and Amy, you will have to go through both the happiest moments and the most difficult ones. Are you ready for this - it's up to you.


Of course, there are many more games based on real events, with real politicians, athletes, and other figures. But in this top, we tried to collect exactly those that, without unnecessary metaphors, give the player a certain experience and fully justify the label “based on real events.” What games do you remember?