7 Games Like Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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When it burst onto the RPG scene in 2018, Kingdom Come: Deliverance was a refreshing sight. Unlike most other RPGs of the time, it came with no mages, enchanted swords, goblins, or dragons. Throughout the entirety of Kingdom Come, you’ll never search for an ancient prophecy or kill a demon.

Instead of a fantasy land like Hyrule or Skyrim, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set in medieval Germany. And the fact that it represented a fairly realistic showcase of medieval life instead of going for the usual fantasy tropes definitely makes it the most original RPG most of us had played in ages.

And if you’re looking for games to play after you’ve had your fill of Kingdom Come, don’t worry; we’ve got a few suggestions on games like Kingdom Come: Deliverance right here.

Mordhau

One of the things that made Kingdom Come unique was its difficult and high-stakes combat, which gave drama and significance to encounters with even the weakest opponents. And that’s something that players appreciate about Mordhau as well. This medieval first-person combat game is, unlike Kingdom Come, a thoroughly multiplayer affair — but the combat bears plenty of similarities.

Most other games that give you a sword and shield make you feel like a fearless hero that’s mowing down battalions of foes — but Mordhau goes in the opposite direction. After your first few rounds online, you’ll be more terrified than joyful at the prospect of fighting someone.

That’s because Mordhau isn’t afraid of setting a high learning curve — and among the melee multiplayer games we’ve seen in the past couple of years, it’s definitely the most difficult one to get into.

If you don’t have the patience necessary to master its twitch-based, complex combat system; it’s probably not a great choice. On the other hand, when you actually become good and have your first hot streak, there aren’t many games where you’ll feel like a bigger badass.

As for the gameplay itself, the premise is quite simple. The default gameplay mode is Frontline, where you choose one of the nine available classes of rugged warriors — though you can also design your own class — and enter a 64-player fray, on the side of one of the two 32-player teams.

Most of the maps are objective-based, and they’re designed based on actual medieval battlefields. All in all, it’s fun; but prepare to die a lot before you gain some experience with the combat system.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Today, it’s easy to dismiss Skyrim as an obvious, mainstream pick among first-person RPGs. And yes, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a more complex combat system, a more realistic setting, and (at times) more fleshed-out characters.

But that’s like saying Superman is a boring superhero because his powers aren’t particularly original — that’s only natural because he was the first. And just like Superman was a prototype for all other superheroes, The Elder Scrolls series is the granddaddy of first-person RPGs.

From Daggerfall and Morrowind to 2011’s Skyrim, TES set forth many of the design standards and ideas that we take for granted today when it comes to first-person melee combat games. And even though it’s more than a decade old today, Skyrim is still surprisingly relevant.

Its revolutionary combat system was a vast improvement on its excellent, but clunkier predecessors — and its frozen land ravaged by civil war is still one of gaming’s most iconic settings.

And if you’ve played Skyrim ages ago and you’re worried that it will look and feel dated — don’t be. Bethesda released the latest Anniversary Edition of the game last year, and the sprawling modding community is still as active as ever. 

Today, Skyrim is its most technologically advanced, polished, and biggest self — also, some of the mods that aim to recreate Morrowind in Skyrim’s more advanced engine are set to release soon, which is more than enough of a reason to reinstall the fifth Elder Scrolls game.

Chivalry 2

Just like many of our favorite multiplayer titles, the story of the Chivalry series starts off with a mod — more specifically, a Half-Life 2 mod called Age of Chivalry. Back when it came out, it represented one of the most original uses of the Source engine, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with modding giants like Prop Hunt.

Most HL2 mods were either adventure or FPS affairs — but Age of Chivalry took that famous FPS engine and used it to create an interesting melee combat system. The mod spawned an active online community, and a subsequent standalone game called Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.

Mordhau and other medieval melee multiplayer (yep, that’s a mouthful) games were heavily influenced by Chivalry — and now’s a great time to play the latter, because Chivalry 2 was released last year.

The sequel is one of the most fun multiplayer games you can play on PC right now. It’s a riveting and simultaneously silly medieval warfare game that’s as much about mastering the art of the sword as it is about roleplaying as a buffoon in the Middle Ages.

Similarly to our previous pick, the crux of Chivalry 2 lies in its objective-based, 64-player team battles. These are expertly-designed, multi-stage medieval battles that will see you assaulting castles with ladders and rolling towers, ambushing caravans, and slaughtering scores of enemy peasants and knights alike.

Every map is a part of the overarching story, describing the comically medieval struggle between the Masons and the Agathians, two war-of-the-rose-ish but fictional factions. And if you’re looking for a medieval game that’s so serious that it becomes goofy — Chivalry 2 is a great pick!

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Ah, Mount&Blade — no list of medieval games would be quite complete without it; especially when we’re talking about realistic, no-fantasy medieval settings. And although Bannerlord does not take place in the real world, make no mistake; this isn’t your goblin-killing, fireball-casting RPG.

The first Mount&Blade was an indie gem made by a Turkish studio called Taleworlds. As with most genius games, the premise was relatively simple — what if you took the basic gameplay beats of Sid Meier’s Pirates, and transplanted it to a medieval, land-bound setting?

The result was a wonky game that still managed to become an instant hit. It was an RPG that thrust you upon a fictional medieval world, and basically, let you do as you please. You could become a mercenary, trader, legendary warrior, bandit, or lord.

The gist of the game was your ability to gather and lead large parties of soldiers, that could eventually grow to armies — and then test their merits in large-scale combat on procedurally generated maps. And you participate in the combat yourself as their leader, which is made even more awesome by the fact that every single soldier was individually simulated.

When two 300-soldier armies clashed, it would basically result in the biggest melee battles available in any game up to that point. And when you couple that with a living world, filled with cities, villages, and castles — and the endless wars which saw them change hands — it was a particularly enticing package.

Most of the M&B sequels offered iterative, but still welcome changes — and if you want to check one of them out, we definitely recommend Bannerlord, as it’s the most recent version.

Medieval Dynasty

For a great many people, the best part of Kingdom Come Deliverance was its reasonably realistic medieval world. And if you count yourself among them, Medieval Dynasty will come as an extremely welcome addition to your gaming library.

While it has a reasonable amount of RPG elements, at its heart, Medieval Dynasty is a survival game. And it’s also a first-person city-builder — marrying the best of the three genres. In practice, this means you’ll have to build, survive, hunt, and lead people in the harsh medieval setting.

In the process, you’ll do more than just survive; you’ll create your very own dynasty and ensure its longevity and prosperity. The basic gameplay loop is one harbored by many of the non-blocky Minecraft successors of the day — you gather your basic construction materials in the wilderness, as well as food and water.

However, after constructing your own dwelling, you can start working on your very own village and the denizens your construction will attract. Once they arrive, you have to make sure there’s food and other supplies for them as well — along with basic services, a shelter, and everything else a village needs to thrive.

It’s worth pointing out that the survival and village-building aspects of Medieval Dynasty are its high points. There’s a rudimental story, but it’s nothing to write home about. Also, the RPG mechanics leave something to be desired. Still, if you want to immerse yourself in the life of a man starting his own medieval community and seeing it grow over time; this is a great survival RPG!

Crusader Kings III

In many ways, Crusader Kings III is the most unique game on this list, because it’s from a completely different genre compared to our other picks. Instead of a melee multiplayer brawl or a first-person RPG — CKIII is a grand strategy game, but laden with roleplaying elements.

A decade ago, the developers behind Crusader Kings were still a relatively niche company. Fast forward to 2022, however, and Paradox Interactive is one of the most famous gaming studios in the world. They’re the people behind some of the most influential and best grand strategy games ever created — and Crusader Kings III easily earns a spot on that list.

The entirety of the game plays out on the most detailed map of medieval Europe, North Africa, and Southern Asia you’ll ever see. The map is populated by thousands of historical characters and their dynasty — and you’ll play one of them, from the Viking raids of the 9th century up until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the end of the Middle Ages.

If playing a strategy game without the complex battle system of the Total War series seems boring, prepare to have your mind blown by the most detailed character system you’ve ever seen in a strategy game.

Every single CKIII character has traits and skills that evolve over time, as they make friends, enemies, lovers, and opponents from other fellow NPC and player characters. And the game takes them, and mixes in some truly inspired grand strategy design, with the result being an insane story generator that’s every roleplayer’s dream.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Does the Witcher series really need any introduction at this point? It’s one of the biggest RPG series in the world — and if you haven’t played it, the Witcher III’s low-fantasy medieval setting is your perfect next stop after finishing Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

At the start of the third Witcher title, a war is ravaging the Northern Realms. And you, as the famous White Wolf of Rivia, embark on the greatest quest of your life: finding Ciri, the Child of Prophecy and your former ward, who could alter the fate of the world.

In practice, this means freely exploring the massive world of the latest Witcher title, dealing with monsters, and solving quests in classic RPG fashion. However, the familiar tropes of the genre are elevated by the game’s superb design — even after a hundred hours with this truly massive game, the combat system doesn’t become any more boring or simple.

Also, the cities and villages of the Witcher 3 put anything other open-world games have created to absolute shame. Forget about the two dozen NPCs that would constitute a “city” in a title like Skyrim — in Witcher 3, these are actual living and breathing medieval cities with hundreds and hundreds of people, locations, and smaller quests.

If you haven’t played it yet, you definitely owe it to yourself to give this new-age classic a whirl!

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