Medieval Games have always remained a niche in the gaming community. They are almost like Military Simulation games with their popularity only being restricted to a certain cult following. Games like Mount and Blade: Warband, Age of Empires and Total War were pioneers in this genre. Recently the Medieval Gaming genre has grown into a much larger entity, encompassing medieval fantasy, role-playing games, strategy games and even masterfully crafted story games. This is our pick of the absolute best 10 Medieval Games from 2020.
10. Yes, Your Grace
King Eryk’s story might not be the most complex, but it more endearing and compelling than half of the stories on this list. Yes, Your Grace is a kingdom management game at its core, but the kingdom managing comes second to its incredibly well written narrative. Just like any management game, this is a game about resource management and helping out those under you and taking out/building alliances with those that aren’t. This is achieved through providing for the villages under your command with food and rations, and gaining alliances by either helping Kings wage war or offering them your daughters’ hands in marriage. This is a beautifully well written narrative game, with a very simple gameplay; the choices of the player are what shape the story here.
9. King’s Bounty II
King’s Bounty II is a game that takes a bit of understanding to truly get interested in. The game has an open world design, but not completely open. This is a narrative based game with choices that matter; some could even call it an RPG. However, the combat in this game is a real time strategy game. You can walk around the HUB areas and talk to NPCs in third person, this game looks quite great in that perspective. However the actual battle simulation parts of it begin when you get into battles, which are completely in a top-down perspective and are great showcases of medieval strategy games. This is not a very complex game, but it sinks its teeth in once you start to understand the mechanics.
8. Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition
What can one say about Age of Empires that hasn’t already been said? Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is the best that the series has ever looked. The Xbox exclusive has never looked better, with reworked textures and lighting systems, better crowd and population density and tons of UI changes to make the game the best version of itself. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition comes as no surprise after the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, but what’s surprising is the game’s sheer scope and scale compared to the original version of it. It looks better, it plays better and it is certainly an upgrade that will keep the ball rolling for this series for years to come.
7. Mount And Blade II: Bannerlord
Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord, a game that has been in the making for more years than most of its fan-base can count. Bannerlord comes as no surprise to Mount and Blade fans, the developers TaleWorlds have successfully delivered what their fan-base wanted once again. Bannerlord is Warband but better in every single way, it has smoother controlling, better user interface, way better graphics and more content than ever. Mount and Blade Bannerlord has some of the most visceral war experiences in a medieval game to date, with great dismemberment physics and blood effects. This is a game every medieval fan should pick up.
6. Medieval Dynasty
Medieval Dynasty is unlike any other games on this list, as it does not revolve around battling armored brutes nor does it care for waging war between kingdoms. Rather, this game focuses on building a town to the maximum of your abilities. The game throws you into a lush open world, and provides you with tools to create your own dynasty! The game revolves mainly around building your own settlement, which turns into a town and even a city if you’re determined. There’s a lot of different wild life that and other obstacles such as weather and resource management that you’d need to get through, but this game is worth all that trouble.
5. Baldur’s Gate III
Baldur’s Gate III is another game that has been in development hell for very long. The game is a medieval fantasy role-playing game unlike most others on this list. It features a ton of narrative threads that players can pull depending on their choices. You start off by creating a character within the game, choosing their race from a wide variety of different options including elves and of course humans. Then you are thrust into this world of heavy narrative set pieces and plots which change and rearrange themselves according to your choices. This game is a masterful addition to the already well reputed Baldur’s Gate series.
4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is perhaps one of the most unique games on this list aside from our number three pick. The game is an ARPG, but with a medieval twist to it. You play as Eivor, a Viking raider from Norway who has travelled all the way to England in search of their true destiny. Eivor can be customized as both a male or female character, depending on your choice. So goes the story as well, with your choices determining how the story will unfold. The game introduces a completely new power level system, while bringing back features such as the Hidden Blade and social stealth from original Assassin’s Creed games.
Crusader Kings III is by far the most modern grand strategy game on this list. Age of Empires III might look like a brand new game but it is a re-master of the original, while this is completely new. Like its predecessors, Crusader Kings III brings forth the diplomacy of the medieval era. This game has a deep focus on its characters. Your chosen character will have an entire world full of characters all cruel, honest, cowardly and diplomatic to deal with. This is where you must forge a path where you choose either diplomacy, hidden deals, honest to god truth or full on warfare. The choices you have as a player are immense, making this experience unrivaled in the genre.
2. Ghost Of Tsushima
Sucker Punch Studios’ latest release, Ghost of Tsushima took the world by storm. This is a medieval action adventure/stealth game with a heavy focus on narrative, with some RPG elements added into the mix such as customization and skill trees. The game is set in medieval Japan, during a Mongol invasion, you play as Jin Sakai. The game pushes you to explore its gorgeous open world design and battle through Mongol invaders, all while deciding to fight honorably as a Samurai or fighting deceptively as a dishonorable ghost. Ghost of Tsushima has one of the most gorgeous open worlds to date along with gruesome, flashy Katana combat and a story that encapsulates the medieval era in Japan perfectly.
1. Demons Souls (PS5)
Bluepoint Games seemingly does the impossible on the very first Playstation 5 exclusive title. Demons Souls for the PS5 is a masterpiece, through and through. The game serves as a testament to how far video games have come in the past decade, improving on almost everything clunky about the game in 2009 while retaining the artistic design and vision of FromSoftware’s genre defining game. Demons Souls PS5 throws you into the world of Boletaria, leaving you to explore its five regions and fight its many, MANY untamable creatures. The game is just as frustrating as ever, with bosses being overly aggressive and hard to learn but equally as rewarding to finally defeat. Checkpoints are just as scarce, and Bluepoint have added a few changes to the game which might take veteran Soulsborne players by surprise. All in all, Demons Souls PS5 is probably the best way that Sony could have launched their new console generation, with a passionately designed remake of a game with millions of dedicated fans.