Crusades are series of historical holy wars with the aim of conquering Christianity’s holy sites in the Middle East. There were 8 major Crusades and bunch of small-scaled ones in history. Clash of west and east… It’s a pretty popular topic in literature, movies, and of course gaming. I’ve found 11 solid video games all about crusades. I bet you’ll enjoy playing them if you like history.
Crusade setting is often used in realistic medieval RPGs, 4x grand strategy and in real time strategy games. Though some of the big companies started avoiding it in the past years because of the controversy of religious wars. Woke culture… History is history dudes, just let us enjoy our medieval battle games!
11 Crusade themed video games:
1. Crusader Kings 3
2. Stronghold Crusader
3. Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
4. Total War: Medieval
5. Assassin’s Creed
The first Assassin’s Creed itself takes place in 1191, where Altaïr plays major roles in battles like the Battle of Arsuf, which was itself a major victory for the crusaders.
6. Sands of Faith & In the Name of Jerusalem
These two are the best Crusade mods of Mount & Blade Warband.
7. The Cursed Crusade
8. Crusaders: Thy Kingdom Come
9. The Kings’ Crusade
Take sides in the Third Crusade as a knight or emir.
11. Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade
There is also the Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. It’s about a holy crusade against demons from hell. I didn’t include it to this list because it’s high fantasy game. But if you don’t mind the fantasy aspect, I say try it too.