Over the years, video games have thrown players into a variety of settings. Though one our favorite locals would definitely be the Europe setting. Thanks to Europe’s rich lore and interesting locations, game developers that decide to use Europe as a main setting will find a plethora of stories and themes they can create. Though haven’t you ever wondered what are the best video games set in Europe? Well, you aren’t alone in this thought folks.
That’s why we here at Honey’s Anime gathered our team and began discussing what are some of the better games set in Europe. After many hours of discussions, we finally did the impossible and made a list. We welcome all of you beautiful readers to our Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe list. From older titles to modern ones, we found some of the best games set in the large continent of Europe. With that being said, to begin this list, scroll down and just begin to read.
10. Shadow Hearts: Covenant
- System: PS2
- Publisher: Nautilus
- Developer: Aruze (JP), Midway Games
- Release Dates: Jun 9, 2015
Taking place during World War I, Karin Koenig is on a rather interesting mission. Heading to a small town named Domremy, Karin is tasked with helping Nicolas Conrad—a Vatican Inquisitor—with exorcising a demon that apparently is haunting the town. Upon reaching the town, Karin learns the demon in question is actually a man named Yuri and Nicolas was actually meant to curse Yuri so his demonic power would be destroyed and thus let Nicolas begin his mission of world domination. Now Karin must assist Yuri in removing the curse as well as stopping Nicholas before he succeeds with his mission. Together they will join alongside several others who will help them fulfill their quest and in the process, save the world from a dark fate.
Beginning our list of the Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe, we decided to start off strong by talking about Shadow Hearts: Covenant. While players won’t stay in one location as they play Shadow Hearts: Covenant—by that we mean the starting town of Domremy which is a real location—most of the game has players in different part of Europe. Some of the locations you can expect to see in Shadow Hearts: Covenant are Paris and Petrograd to name a few. So, if you want to see some real life European locations with a gaming twist, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Not only will you save a ton of money on traveling expenses but you also get to fight supernatural baddies in famous cities and towns within Europe.
- System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: IMGN. PRO
- Developer: IMGN. PRO
- Release Dates: Jun 9, 2015
In Russia, there is a true event that has been called the Dyatlov Pass incident. Here several college students decided to hike up a mountain but were all killed in mysterious ways. Some people say it was a nuclear testing accident while others claim it was possibly an alien attack. Looking for answers, many have tried to search the mountain known as Dead Mountain, but no conclusive answer was ever found to what transpired to the students. You are someone who has felt the need to seek the truth and thus you head up the mountain but what awaits you is something you never expected…
The Dyatlov Pass incident is easily one of the scariest and intriguing stories out there in the world. That’s why it only makes sense a game would take place in an area where the incident occurred, which is the Dead Mountain in Russia. Kholat—the game we are obviously talking about—lets players explore a fictional version of the mountain but also gives you a means of going there without having to suffer freezing weather and a treacherous landscape. Plus, there are too few horrors based games based on true stories of the paranormal that are set in Europe as it is. Thus Kholat was a unanimous choice for our list and we definitely recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a solid horror game.
8. Metro: Last Light Redux
- System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Developer: 4A Games
- Release Dates: May 14, 2013
Not long ago Artyom survived against a terrible incident within the Metro. Recent factions such as the Nazi Fourth Reich and the Communist Red Line have begun to fight against each other for territory in the Underground Metro. Acting fast, Artyom must keep his people safe from the now growing war. All the while Artyom must deal with his past decisions as they begin to haunt him. The dark tunnels of the Metro might not be the best home around but for Artyom and hundreds of others this is their only home and they must keep it safe.
Many games don’t deal with the Russian climate, especially not with a post-apocalyptic one. That’s why we love Metro: Last Light Redux which does all of that plus shows a setting not seen in many games, in this case the Underground Metro. Players can explore a scary landscape of tunnels and abandoned railways which use to be filled with passing trains. Plus, Metro: Last Light Redux does have players go above ground too. We also learned that the new Metro game—the third of the series—will have an even great exploration of the above ground setting so now is a good time to get your fill of the dark Metro tunnels before it releases.
7. GoldenEye 007
- System: Nintendo 64, Wii
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Rare
- Release Dates: Aug 25, 1997
James Bond or better known as Agent 007 is about to undertake a new deadly mission. Players will traverse various locations in order to stop a Russian group who plans on using various weapons to take over as a superpower. With his expert spy skills and combat training, Bond will be the best bet in keeping the world safe from the likes of Colonel Arkady Ourumov and Natalya Simonova. Failure isn’t an option for James Bond because failure means the Russian army will win and change the world forever.
James Bond has always been a figure known for traveling the world to defeat various baddies and secret organizations. That can be seen in GoldenEye 007 for the legendary Nintendo 64. Players go into various European settings such as Monte Carlo and even locations in Russia. While you won’t too often be enjoying the outdoor locations, you’ll still get to see the world as a famous spy. Honestly, that’s the beauty of games like GoldenEye 007 and why we felt it was a good choice for our Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe list.
6. Call of Duty: WWII
- System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Sledgehammer Games
- Developer: Activision
- Release Dates: Nov 3, 2017
Call of Duty returns to its original routes in this latest installment titled Call of Duty: WWII. Following the protagonist named Ronald Red Daniels, players will enter his tale during the war starting at D-Day. Along the way, Call of Duty: WWII follows several other soldiers during one of the most gruesome wars ever seen by man. Can Daniels and his friends survive against the Nazi army? Find out now in Call of Duty: WWII.
The more recent games of the Call of Duty franchise have been very far from real locations. Just look at Call of Duty: Black Ops II or III that takes place in a distant future. That’s why if you’re looking for a great game set in Europe then all you need is Call of Duty: WWII which features real locations and real battles during World War II. With impressive graphics, Call of Duty: WWII allows players to not only feel the war but see the locations with a more accurate representation than a lot of other games out there. We also love that Call of Duty: WWII’s story mode makes players realize the tough times people had trying to keep not only the world safe during the war but Europe as well.
5. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
- System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Ubisoft Quebec
- Developer: Ubisoft
- Release Dates: Oct 23, 2015
The Helix player from Assassin’s Creed Unity has once more been contacted by a fellow Assassin named Bishop. Now Helix player must once more enter the past and enter the world of Evie and Jacob Frye in the world of 1868 London to search for more information on a piece of Eden. The two Frye siblings have begun to execute their mission to take back London from the power of the Templar. With their skills it’s time to show the Templar that any place they try to corrupt will be saved by the assassins who work from the shadows.
Obviously for our list of the Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe, we’d want to include some past examples of Europe. That’s why what better game to do that with than Assassin’s Creed Syndicate? Set in the past—namely the late 1800s—Assassin’s Creed Syndicate allows players to see London during a turning point in history! Not only do you get a history lesson—which we here at Honey’s Anime always love—but you get to enjoy a great third person adventure game as well. Honestly, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is one of our favorite of the franchise and we really believes it’s thanks to the setting being in such a great place such as London.
4. Destiny 2
- System: PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Activision
- Developer: BungieBungie
- Release Dates: Sept 6. 2017
Earth has seen its hard times thanks to the various issues its been dealing with for years now. Thankfully though, the Guardians have been able to keep it safe using their Light and the power of the Traveler. During a check of the satellites in the Earth’s orbit, the Guardians are hit by a surprise attack coming from a powerful Cabal army known as the Red Legion. Led by Dominus Ghaul, the Red Legion aims to take the power of the Traveler for themselves and wipe out Earth and their Guardians. With a lengthy battle ahead, get ready to fight in one of the toughest battles the Guardians have ever faced before.
Destiny 2 might be a sci-fi themed game but one of the main settings in game is an area of Earth called the European Dead Zone. This area in Destiny 2 is indeed a fictionalized version of Europe but in a post-apocalyptic theme. Decayed buildings abandoned by humans makes it a perfect place for various skirmishes. We here at Honey’s Anime do wonder what part of Europe Destiny 2 is meant to mirror. Though if we know gamers out there in the world, most have already begun to speculate and have begun to theorize the answer to this question.
3. Tomb Raider
- System: Sega Saturn, MS-DOS, PS1, N-Gage, PC, iOS, Android, MAC
- Publisher: Core Design
- Developer: Eidos Interactive
- Release Dates: Oct 25, 1996
Lara Croft is a world-renowned tomb raider who is willing to explore dangerous locations to find ancient treasures/artifacts. Asked by American Larson Conway to recover an artifact called the Scion, Lara heads for the mountains of Peru. Entering the lost tomb of Qualopec, Lara begins her search. However, little does she know that her mission will be the toughest ever and Lara’s skills will be put to the hardest challenge yet.
The beauty of Tomb Raider—and many of the sequels—is that it has two connections with Europe making it perfect for our list. The first is Lara Croft herself is from Wimbledon—London—and her travels within the first game take her into a specific area of Greece. That’s the beauty of a game that follows a beautiful adventurer such as Lara. Not only can you see many locations from Europe but even other parts of the world. Though, no matter what the original Lara Croft hails from London and that makes it perfect for our list of the Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe.
- System: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC
- Publisher: Sega, Nintendo (Wii U)
- Developer: Platinum Games
- Release Dates: Oct 29, 2009
Bayonetta is a butt kicking witch with no memories of her past. However, that doesn’t stop Bayonetta from using her witch powers to kill various angels and demons alike. Though one-day Bayonetta begins learning of her past that relates to the Umbra witches and Lumen Sages. Seeking her past finally, Bayonetta heads towards various forces with her arsenal of weapons. Regardless of what Bayonetta’s past holds, all she knows is that she wants to discover her past and won’t let anything stop her.
Taking place in a fictional city known as Vigrid, Bayonetta still takes place in Europe. Thanks to the various buildings and designs, it’s actually quite clear that real life locations of Europe—most likely London and Paris—were used as a muse of sorts. If you need more proof just look at the tight roads, cobblestone paths, catacombs and various churches to see the similarities. Though that’s what makes Bayonetta such a perfect European themed game. Not only can you see a fictional rendition of a great country but also get to several pseudo-real locations in one game.
- System: Family Computer Disk System, NES/Famicom, Arcade, PC
- Publisher: Konami
- Developer: Konami
- Release Dates: Sept 26, 1986
Back from a long slumber, the legendary Dracula has revived once more. With plans to take over, Dracula must be stopped. Thus, vampire hunter Simon Belmont goes to accomplish this task. Heading for his castle, Simon knows he must act quickly. If Simon should fail to defeat the legendary demon of the night, then the world will forever fall into darkness.
We end our list of the Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe with Castlevania. While the Castlevania games don’t usually say where they take place at, seeing as how they use the legend of Dracula and his castle we can infer the series takes place in Romania. For many of us who only know the myth behind the legendary Dracula, Castlevania acts a creepy game because we do know the location does indeed exist. Castlevania games will most likely always take place in the European setting and honestly, we don’t mind. We all know that at the end of the day, staying true to the source material is the best course of action and that’s why we hope Castlevania continues being set in Europe for the remainder of the franchise.
The beauty of games set in different countries is we get to see the world through a medium we all love. For some of us that can’t travel or venture far from our homes, games that aren’t set in our own countries allow us to explore an unfamiliar setting to its fullest. With that said we here at Honey’s Anime hope you enjoyed our list of Top 10 Video Games Set in Europe. If you have any other games that you think could have made the list, feel free to comment down below and let us know and if you liked this article there are tons more here on our awesome site.