In the mood for a medieval RPG? There are a lot of medieval game lists out there, but my list is all about role-playing games. Find your next game from this list, which has great games set in medieval times.
I’ve chosen games that have swords, bows and arrows, chain and plate mail, horses, villages, castles, taverns, etc. Sure, most of them also have dragons, sword and sorcery, elves and dwarves, and/or something else not found in real medieval times, but we are talking about games.
If you like swinging a flail or sword and tromping around in plate mail, these games are for you.
Let’s get to the list.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
I’ve started with Kingdom Come: Deliverance because it tries to be as realistic as possible when it comes to the setting—and life. The art at the top of this article is from the game.
You start out as blacksmith’s son in Bohemia, and you’re not the chosen one in a prophecy or anything like that. You’re just a regular guy. Your humdrum life changes in an instant when a mercenary raid destroys your village and you get dragged into the conflict.
According to Steam, I played the game for 111 minutes back in February, 2019. It didn’t grab me. I found the combat and other aspects of the game clunky, but other gamers loved it. It’s one of those games that splits gamers.
There’s no character creation. You play Henry, and that’s that. If you prefer playing a female protagonist, you don’t have that choice here.
If you want as close to a true medieval experience as you can get, try this game. You might be one of the gamers who loves it.
The Elder Scrolls
The last two games in the Elder Scrolls series have a medieval setting. Oblivion takes place in Cyrodiil, the heart of the empire, and so you’ll find imperial strongholds, towns, and villages.
Skyrim takes place in, well, Skyrim. The towns and villages are medieval, and there be dragons. In fact, dragons are very important in Skyrim’s main quest. Skyrim is on the medieval list because it has castles, inns, villages, and medieval weaponry and armour, including bows, which are always fun.
Oblivion was released in 2007 and Skyrim in 2011, but don’t let that stop you from trying them. Both play well on modern systems, and mods keep them fresh and can be used to enhance the UI and graphics.
The Dragon Age Series
There are three games for you here: Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. You’ll want to play them in that order.
I love the Dragon Age setting. Elves are treated differently than they usually are, and so are magic users. You might hear that Dragon Age 2 is the weakest of the series (some gamers would use stronger language than that!), but it’s my favourite of the three, though Inquisition comes a close second. I guess when it comes to this series, I have different taste to most gamers, because I liked Origins the least. Many gamers regard Origins as the spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate.
In the Dragon Age games, you’ll travel with companions that have their own quests and stories, and you can romance some or all of them, depending on the game.
Every RPG gamer should give this series a try.
Arcania: Gothic 4
Arcania takes place in a medieval setting and starts out similarly to Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Your village is destroyed in a raid and you get involved in things. But unlike Henry, the protagonist in Deliverance, you’re special. You’re linked to a lady who has a powerful artifact.
I put about 13 hours into the game and then abandoned it. This happened in 2014, so I don’t remember exactly why I gave up on it. I think it was because the game was getting a bit tedious. I’ll probably try it again, though, because it has a DLC I haven’t played.
The reviews for the game and DLC aren’t that great. One of the main complaints is that it doesn’t feel like a Gothic game. Too much changed from Gothic 3. Now, I wasn’t a big fan of the Gothic games, so that didn’t matter to me, but if you loved the Gothic games and expect a true successor to Gothic 4, you might be disappointed (you might want to check out Risen, instead – see below).
Once again, you don’t have the option to play a female protagonist. I prefer to play a female, but I don’t mind trying games that don’t offer that choice. They have to be really good to keep my attention though, and this game didn’t.
The game is rather short, so you won’t get an epic 50+ hour RPG here, but that can be a good thing.
Mount and Blade
Another game I’ve tried and just couldn’t get into, but it’s really popular, so I might be missing something. It’s an open-world, sandbox game, and there’s lots of horse riding (and it’s decent!).
It’s pretty much up to you what you do in the game: raise armies, become a merchant, raid towns, whatever. If you like a strong story, this game won’t be for you.
There are several games in the series. The first game is quite old, so you might want to get it on GOG.
I don’t believe you can play as a female, so if that’s important to you, stay away from this one.
The two games currently in the Baldur’s Gate series take place in a medieval setting, and I expect the third will follow suit. If you’re going to give this one a try, I’d suggest buying Beamdog’s Enhanced Edition. If you have the enhanced edition, you can also play Siege of Dragonspear, a new installment from Beamdog.
The Two Worlds series gets a lot of grief from some gamers, but I enjoyed both games. True, the dialogue is hilarious in the first game (lots of thee’s and thou’s), but if you can overlook it, you’ll get a solid gaming experience. The same is true of the second game, and even though it came out in 2010, DLCs were released for it fairly recently in 2017 and 2018 (and they’re on my to buy list!).
Other Single-Player Games that have a Medieval Setting, Weapons, and Armour
Here are a few more games with medieval settings. I’ve played and finished all of them except Dark Souls.
- The Witcher – All three games in the series have a medieval setting. I finished the first one, bailed on the second one, and can’t seem to get into the third one. I loved the Netflix series though, which has made me want to try the third one again. I’m in the minority of gamers here. Most gamers love the series.
- Icewind Dale – Built on the same engine as Baldur’s Gate. This one emphasizes combat over story.
- Neverwinter Nights – both games have a medieval feel. If you want to start with the first game, I’d recommend getting Beamdog’s enhanced edition.
- Dark Souls – I bailed on this one early. It wasn’t so much the difficulty level, but that I don’t enjoy games that are all about having to fight something numerous times to figure out how to beat it. I knew this going in but still wanted to try the game. Predictably, it wasn’t my cup of tea.
- Dark Messiah of Might and Magic – this is a little thin on the RPG aspect. I played it quite a few years ago, and if I remember correctly, there isn’t much to character development. I do remember that I had a lot of fun with the game. I’m currently playing Might and Magic X which also has medieval towns, weapons, and armour.
Multiplayer Medieval RPGs
If multiplayer games are more your thing (or you like to play one now and then), you have a few choices.
Life is Feudal
I haven’t played this one, but it bills itself as hardcore and realistic, showcasing medieval life on a grand scale. If you want to experience medieval life with other players, it sounds like this is the game to try. At the time I’m writing this article, it’s in early access, and so it’s free. You have nothing to lose but some time, and hey, you might love the game.
Elder Scrolls: Online
The Elder Scrolls: Online is sorta, kinda set in medieval times. Tamriel is a huge world, and some areas do not have a medieval feel (Black Marsh and Morrowind, for example). But many areas do, and some of the armour and weaponry is medieval in nature.
Lord of the Rings Online
Like the Elder Scrolls: Online, this one has a medieval feel in some areas (especially places like Bree). Some areas, like the Elven lands, aren’t medieval. You’ll spend a lot of time on your horse, and once you get to Rohan, there’s mounted combat.
Sort Of Medieval RPG Games I Considered Including on the List
Here are games I considered but ultimately didn’t include on the list because they don’t feel medieval, even though they have medieval weaponry and armour, and medieval towns, villages, taverns, and other characteristics of the time.
You might think some (or all) of these games are medieval, and that’s okay. I’ve included them so you can decide for yourself.
- Risen Series – some consider this the true spiritual successor to the Gothic series
- Pillars of Eternity (especially the first game)
- Divine Divinity: Ego Draconis – one of my favourite games in the Divine Divinity series, except for the ending.
- The Dungeon Siege Series
- Dragon’s Dogma
There you have it. If you’re looking for a PC medieval RPG, you have quite a few games to choose from.
Did I miss a game? Let me know in the comments.