In this article, we have collected modern games, who skillfully conveyed the flavor of the genre and popularized it among gamers.
Medieval fiction, as an independent genre, originated in the last century and gained truly tremendous popularity among readers of fiction. Fans of tabletop role-playing games also did not stand aside: their entertainment combined magic, folklore and the state world order of that time.
For fans “Lord of the rings” and The Chronicle of Narnia get ready. It’s time to bare your blades and dive into world of dragons, elves and dark magic…
The Witcher Series
Since the genre of medieval fantasy is rooted in fiction, some of the iconic works formed the basis of computer games. A series of games about witcher Geralt of Rivia became the most striking game adaptation of the book saga of Pan Andrzej Sapkowski. The third and currently the final part of the franchise stood out especially due to the high quality well-developed open world, charismatic characters and many varied quests.
In connection with the release of the series of the same name in 2019, the fan base of the universe “The Witcher»Substantially expanded, so the newly arrived fans have a great opportunity to be in Geralt’s shoes, get to know the matured Ciri and build relationships with Yennefer.
Dark Souls Series
A dark franchise about the Middle Ages, which went down in the history of the genre thanks to challenging gameplay and total intolerance for casuals. In the games of the series, there is enough ancient weapons, magic, battles with dragons and other mythical wickedness in order to safely classify it as a genre “Fantasy”… And Dark Souls, along with its ideological mastermind Demon’s Souls, laid the foundation for a true gaming trend. “Souls-like”, famous for its hardcore battles and secondary storyline without focusing on dialogue, characters and fateful choices.
Baldur’s Gate Series
The first part of the series in 1998 became a single-player computer version of the board game Dungeons and dragons… More than 20 years have passed since then, and recently the world saw the release of Baldur’s Gate 3. At the moment, the game is in early access, however, rave reviews on Steam already indicate that the developers have almost succeeded in creating perfect role play with all its benefits.
A large number of races, classes and deep characters, whose destinies are intertwined with the main plot and the world around them. The fate of the Forgotten Realms entirely depends on decisions and the actions taken by the players.
The Elder Scrolls Series
This franchise directly associated with the genre of medieval fantasy… Despite the presence of powerful monarchs, ancient dragons, deadly magic and other boring clichés that are present in all works of this kind, the games in the series have always managed to amaze players.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim became benchmark a well-developed open world, medieval races (Nords, elves, Khajiit, Argonians) and an almost endless number of main and side quests. In the aggregate, players spent hundreds of thousands of hours of free time in Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim, and not at all did not regret it…
The first game in the series was released back in 2004 and provided players with a vast medieval world to explore. The existing election system not only allowed the gamer to take the side of good or evil, but added to the project variability: the world around and the appearance of the protagonist changed depending on the decisions made.
With each subsequent game, the Fable franchise improved graphically and gameplay, acquired characters with memorable characters, but surpassed plot of the first part, according to the fans, it could not.
Series “The Legend Of Zelda”
The first part of the popular “Zelda” was born in the 80s of the last century, however secret formula for success the developers that allow them to storm the heights of Metacritic and win the hearts of players, has not been lost. Each subsequent numbered part tells its own story, so there will be no problems with immersion in a new universe.
For fans of the medieval setting, the best place to start exploring the franchise is Twilight princess or Ocarina of Timesince in the final part Breath of the wild the authors paid attention to natural, not urban landscapes.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
This game takes players from small fishing villages to huge castles to enjoy canon medieval landscapes… Together with loyal allies who will accompany the protagonist and learn from him the military business, players will be able to challenge a wide variety of fiends of the magical world… Hydras, griffins and other monsters from the underworld are available.
Dragon Age Series
Any game in the franchise is an original story with many interesting characters and medieval fantasy monsters recognizable by fans. The game is suitable for those who like to spend a lot of time in the character editor, and then explore every corner of the mysterious world and accept long lasting decisions during your journey.
In all games in the series (with the exception of Dragon Age 2), the main character can be a representative of any exotic race and class, which in some cases affects the main storyline.
An unusual 2D-style game that combines medieval and Victorian motives, dungeons and a sense of sticky Lovecraftian horror. Characters from different eras complement the image and give turn based role playing game extra atmosphere. The creepy monsters in Darkest Dungeon are far from the most dangerous opponents that players will have to face.
The real danger is hunger, disease and impending darkness, which can cause deep stress for the protagonists.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor / War
Since the events of the game take place in the world “Lord of the rings”, there is no reason to doubt that the dilogy belongs to the genre of magical fantasy. Players with some knowledge of the setting will find it somewhat easier to get comfortable in the universe “Middle earth”, however, to be an ardent fan of Tolkien’s books at all not necessary… The game has many original characters, entertaining gameplay mechanics and very good plot, which is fully revealed through cut-scenes and contextual clues.
Write in the comments how you feel about the medieval fantasy genre, and whether you managed to find your favorite games in our TOP.