Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? If you’re like me and you have indeed imagined such a thing and you enjoy playing video games, then this list may interest you.
A majority of games tend to feature a contemporary or future setting and very few developers venture back in time in order to set their game within the backdrop of the past. However, there are notable exceptions, and this list will highlight ten great games that are set in the past and are totally worth your time and money.
10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The sixth installment in the seminal Grand Theft Auto series, Vice City fully embraces its 80’s setting. Taking place within the fictional Vice City (heavily influenced by the city of Miami, Florida), everything about the game’s style reflects (and occasionally parodies) its setting perfectly. From main character Tommy Vercetti’s clothes, to the music and cars that occupy the world, nearly every aspect of Vice City‘s design fully adopts its eighties theme and runs wild with it. Borrowing many themes from classic crime movies from the era such as Scarface in addition to hit television series such as Miami Vice, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a great representation of 1980’s Miami which succeeds in creating a believable sun-soaked metropolis.
9. Bioshock Infinite
“Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt.” If you’ve heard this sentence before then you are a very lucky individual indeed. Bioshock Infinite is arguably one of the greatest games to have released in the last few years and this is no small part due to its inspired world. Set at the turn of the twentieth century during 1912, the events of the game take place within the fictional steampunk city-state of Columbia. The backdrop cleverly captures the essence of turn of the century American culture, incorporating the era’s style in addition to its idiosyncrasies. Race and class issues are thrust to the forefront of the game’s narrative and amplify’s its tone in order to create a believable dystopia, whilst also feeling disturbingly familiar. Infinite‘s setting is imaginative, creative and serves as a brilliant locale for the game’s dumbfounding story.
If you’ve yet to experience the game’s superb story and stellar setting then you’re in luck, it was recently announced that a Bioshock Collection would be making its way to store shelves this September.