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Some video games feature various civilizations and their cultures of the world, and they are successful.

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There are more and more scandals in the gaming industry, including integrating spyware in the game. Always keep your eyes open.

Here are games with Metacritic score no less than 75. A little fictional settings are allowed. If you are interested, you can pay a visit to these sites to find more information:

  • Fandom (the community is on the right side of the search result)
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Sid Meier's Civilization[edit | edit source]

This franchise is an example of 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) games.

You can choose a civilisation and develop it to compete with others. Each civilisation has its own leader with some unique features.

There are more than one way to victory, so you don't need to fight a war to win if you like.

What's more, there is a Civilopedia, with introductions about those civilisations. There is even a online version of VI.

You can spend hours on it if you like. Its multiple-hour music collections are real-life ones in V and in VI. Their picks of national anthemes are nice.

The peak of this series is considered to be IV, V or VI.

Tutorials for beginners: IV, V. VI.

Europa Universalis[edit | edit source]

It is a grand-strategy game with setting in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern period. Its focus is nation administration.

With extension packs, some nations have their distinctive ways of playing, which makes it more realistic.

It is very complicated to play grand-strategy games. You need to spend hours, lose the game several times to get used to it. As a beginner, you'd better pick a European nation. Otherwise, you will probably be subdued by European colonisation.

Expansion packs are indispensable if you want to fully enjoy. The price of all DLC is more than 10-folds of the original game.

It has wikis for the games.

Tutorials for beginners: IV.

Mods for realism: Real Flags.

Victoria[edit | edit source]

It is a grand-strategy game with setting in the Late Modern period in 19th to 20th century. Its focus is society and economy.

Tutorials for beginners: II.

Crusader Kings[edit | edit source]

It is a grand-strategy game with setting in the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages. Its focus is dynasty administration.

If you ask why China is not on the map, then you are great at asking. The answer is not on the Steam Community or Reddit.

Tutorials for beginners: II, III.

Hearts of Iron[edit | edit source]

It is a grand-strategy game with setting in World War II. Its focus is modern warfare.

Beginners can simply pick the US and export to both warring sides and get familiar with the game's mechanism with ease.

Tutorials for beginners: IV.

Mods for realism: Hearts of Iron 4 Historical Flag Mod

Mount & Blade[edit | edit source]

Experience the life in the medieval period or some other periods.

Some people guessed Warband factions in real life, but in Bannerlord, it's all made clear:

Tutorials for Warband, II: Bannerlord

Far Cry[edit | edit source]

It is an open-world first-person shooter series. You can experience the cultures in different regions and enjoy killing fools if it's not “infamous” difficulty in 2.

The peak of this series is considered to be 2, 3 or 4.

Tomb Raider[edit | edit source]

It is an action game series. Different historical sites to explore. Solving puzzles is its merit.

The peak of this series is considered to be I, II or Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Total War[edit | edit source]

This is a real-time tactics series. Each of its work focuses on an era. It is less and less realistic now.

The peak of this series is considered to be Shogun 2.

Tutorials for beginners: Shogun 2, Rome II, Three Kingdoms.

Mods for realism: FOTS Historically accurate banners.

Age of Empires[edit | edit source]

It is one of the most successful multicultural RTS franchise. Don't expect it to be very historically accurate.

The peak of this series is considered to be II or IV.

Tutorials for beginners: II.

Old World[edit | edit source]

Similar to Civilization but is different in many aspects such as dynasty.

Ancestors Legacy[edit | edit source]

It has four nations, each of which has a campaign.

0 A.D.[edit | edit source]

It is free and open-source.

It is a real-time strategy game about 13 ancient civilisations. More civilisations will be available in the future, said on the official website.

Although there is an “A.D.” in the name, the civilisations in the official version are “somewhere along the timeline of 500 B.C. to 1 B.C.”

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