5 Games That Let You Get Medieval

2. Thief: The Dark Project

Released in 1998, Thief was a revolutionary, influential action game. By pioneering the use of sound and light to influence AI behavior and game mechanics, it paved the way for hugely popular franchises like Splinter Cell.

The world inhabited by pilfering protagonist Garret isn’t exactly our own, but it’s got plenty of medieval trappings, starting with the bow and arrow the titular thief uses to such great effect. If you can look past the occasional electric and steampunk touches, this classic title is a great way to get medieval and also sample a piece of gaming history.

1. Medieval II: Total War

An obvious, but necessary choice. It’s right there in the title, for God’s sake! Medieval II is considered by many to be the stand-out game in Creative Assembly’s on-going Total War series, and there’s no doubt that it’s got a lot to recommend it.

There’s the epic scale, the extensive mod support, the siege battles, the dynasties that rise and fall. Games can take weeks and even months, as dogged strategists wend their way though the title’s mix of turn-based and real-time strategy to make European superpowers out of feudal backwaters like Denmark. Until you’ve ordered a battery of ten trebuchets to open fire on some hapless fortification, you haven’t really gotten medieval.

Think we made some crucial, chainmail-clad omission? Have your Benedictine friar leave us an illuminated manuscript in the comments.

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