After a long and stressful day at work, there is nothing quite as relaxing as firing up your XBox and spending a few hours zoning out with your favorite video game. Whether you’re a fan of open-world fantasy games, or you find yourself reaching for sports games more often than not, your gaming console is your window to a world that’s only accessible through your controller and your imagination. However, trying to find a fun and unique game to play can seem like a serious challenge, especially when it feels like so many games these days are just sequels or rehashed and overused ideas. If you’re looking to break away from the tired and overused video game tropes that have currently saturated the market, and you want to try something new, then you may want to take a closer look at these three video games. What makes them so different? They’re actually inspired by real-world events!
Relive the Tunguska Event of 1908
When you think about powerful acts of nature, your first thought is probably something like an earthquake or a hurricane. And while meteor showers are always so beautiful to behold, we usually aren’t thinking that one might actually fall to earth when we watch them light up the night sky. After all, what are the odds the planet being hit by a rogue asteroid in this day and age? (I mean, it’s not like we’re dinosaurs, right?) And yet, this extremely rare and strangely alarming thing is exactly what happened in the frozen Siberian tundra back in June of 1908. The power of this event – which is now being accredited to a meteor strike – had the combined power of 2,000 atomic bombs and wiped out nearly 800 square miles of forest. (Whoa!) Endless speculation surrounds this strange occurrence, which is why Secret Files: Tunguska was written. This video game explores this mysterious event and focuses on separating the myth from the fact on that fateful night.
Join the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
You might be surprised to learn how many video games have been made about the Second World War. Call of Duty. Medal of Honor. World of Tanks. All of these video games pay tribute to WWII in their own way. Yet, while there certainly are numerous World War II games with amazing visual effects and incredible gameplay, none of them compare to Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30. It’s one thing to say that a video game was influenced by this global conflict, but another one entirely to meticulously attempt to pay respect to the unit that was actively involved in it. This tactical game puts you in the shoes of the soldiers who were dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. As a player in this game, you’ll be experiencing everything that happened in Normandy that critical day. Do you think you can handle it?
Solve Complex Crimes in the 1940s
Sometimes video games are designed to entertain you. Other times, they’re meant to educate you. Then you get games like L.A. Noire, which aims to make you put on your thinking cap and see if you’re cut out to be a private eye. Based in Los Angeles, this game follows Cole Phelps (a retired Marine) as he works to crack unsolved cases. What makes this fascinating game so intriguing isn’t so much the type of crimes that you’re solving, though. It’s learning more about who the perpetrator of these crimes really is. If you’ve ever heard of Elizabeth Short (also known as the Black Dahlia), then you’re going to figure out the common theme of all of these crimes fairly quickly. We’re not going to spoil the big secret for you, but this game is definitely worth spending a few hours playing!
Video Games: Where Art Imitates Life
Gamers are an eclectic crowd, and if you tried to shoehorn them all into the same box, you’d quickly find that while they share a common love of gaming, their similarities often end there. The fact is, video games (just like video gamers!) come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re not a fan of war games or RPGs, then that doesn’t mean you should write off all video games completely. Instead, if you branch out, you may find yourself falling in love with an entirely different genre altogether. But the next time you’re playing a video game, and you’re thinking to yourself that the plot seems awfully familiar, you may want to double-check its origins – it might’ve been based on actual events, just like these three were!