5 Best Video Games That Are Based On Real Life Events

A lot of people struggle to stay awake during history class, but you don’t have to sit through a lecture to learn more about your world. Here are a few games that are actually based on real-world events…..


This game is based on The Dyatlov Pass Incident. In 1959, nine student skiers from the Ural Polytechnical Institute went missing in the Ural Mountains over a period of four months. Investigations started after a message they were meant to send following their return to Vizhai (their starting point) was never received. Two weeks afterward, their tent, cut up from the inside with all of the belongings still intact and footprints made by bare feet in the snow lead them to the bodies.

Medal Of Honor Series

Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few video games out there that follow the events of WWII, while some of them take liberties with the real events in order to weave more simplistic and fast-paced tales, games such as those in the Medal of Honor series do not follow suit. In 2010, the series arose from dormancy and offered people the chance to play through its depiction of the Afghan war. The plot and characters are fictitious but the setting was praised. Although the game was subject to some of amount of expected controversy, owing to the teams featured in its multiplayer. 

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30

We could write a whole article about games based on World War II. Series like Call of Duty, Company of Heroes, and Medal of Honor all have games set around real WWII battles, but the Brothers in Arms series went to an extreme length to achieve historical accuracy. Road to Hill 30 was the first entry in the series and was based on the true story of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division who dropped behind German lines on D-Day.

Assassin’s Creed Series

Since 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has developed a franchise steeped in history. You’ll often find yourself learning a lot, be it from the extra information the games offer you (courtesy of Shaun Hastings), or just because the protagonists of the series just can’t help but stumble into historically significant figures and/or events. It makes sense for the most part, since your targets are generally those who sought to shape the future, like Robert De Sable, the Borgias, Sehzade Ahmet, and Charles Lee, to name a few. 

The Town of Light

“The Town Of Light” is  a psychologically tense adventure set in a psychiatric asylum from the early 20th century. As you explore the space you find notes and items along the way that help you piece together your character’s past. Psychiatric asylum in which the game is based is real and located in Italy. According to the old documents,this asylum had 6,000 patients that were never allowed to leave. Patients could end up behind its locked doors for everything from slight depression to moral transgressions. There were only 20 sinks and 2 toilets to every 200 patients. In the 50s and 60s, it was considered one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in Italy when it grew to include everything from shops to a judicial facility. The asylum closed its doors in 1978.