Thursday, July 18, 2024

Seven Well-known Video Games that are Based in India

Robin Bhuyan 

Despite having a huge cultural heritage, there are very few movies, shows or video games that have been able to capture India effectively. Unfortunately, there are several movies and shows that have actually misrepresented Indian culture and history, showing it in a negative light. Here, we shall take a look at seven video games that are not just based in India, but few of them also openly exploring Indian history and mythology.

Tomb Raider III

Tomb Raider III is a 1998 game, which is the third instalment of the Tomb Raider series. The game lets you play as Lara Croft, archaeologist-adventurer who is on a quest to recover four pieces of a meteorite that are scattered all over the world. Lara’s search eventually brings her to India.

 

 

Assassins Creed Chronicles: India   

Assassins Creed Chronicles: India is a sub-series of the popular Assassins Creed gaming franchise. The game takes you to 19th century India, during the Anglo-Sikh Wars, which took place between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company. You play as Arbaaz Mir, whose mission to stop the Templar influence in India, and prevent the theft of the Koh-I-Noor diamond.

 

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 follows the story of Ajay Ghale, who returns to his native country Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country based on India and Nepal. Ajay finds his country in a state of conflict between Kyrat’s Royal Army, led by a tyrannical King Pagan Min, and the game leaves it up to the player to control Ajay and determine the fate of his country.

 

 

Hitman Silent Assassin

In Hitman Assassin, which had come out in 2002, there are three missions that are set in a fictional place in Punjab. The missions involve Agent 47 trying to find and eliminate the leader of a powerful local cult. You get to hear a lot of Hindi throughout these missions.

Hitman 2 (2018)

With stunning graphics and incredible gameplay, the Hitman series takes you back to India for a second time! This time it takes you to the busy and crowded streets of Mumbai, India, where you will need to navigate your way as Agent 47 to find your targets and eliminate them. The game effectively captures the typical atmosphere in a busy Indian city.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

In this game, you play as Chloe Frazer, a treasure hunter who is in search of Bhagvan Ganesha’s broken tusks. You have to travel through the jungles of Tamil Nadu, in order to find your treasure. With terrific graphics, the game excellently explores several aspects of Indian history and mythology.

 

Raji: An Ancient Epic

Raji: An Ancient Epic is considered the first game that is entirely based upon Hindu mythology, where you also play as an Indian character. The game takes inspiration from epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana, and the architecture has been modelled after medieval Rajasthan. Similar in style to the popular Prince of Persia series, the story follows a young girl named Raji who is on a mission to rescue her brother, after he is kidnapped by a demon lord. The game has been hugely praised for its stunning visuals and interesting storyline.

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