Many games are linked to the world's most well-known mythologies, whether they are entirely based on them or draw inspiration from them.
Religions play a very important role in all major human cultures and civilizations. Many books, movies, and TV series have been inspired by the world's most famous mythologies, such as Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Norse, and recently, an increasing number of video game producers have decided to base their games on some versions of these mythologies.
This is understandable given the way mythologies tell their stories and the aspects of fantasy that are so easily replicated in video games. Not to mention the quantity and quality of wonderful characters with predetermined personalities just waiting to be introduced to the ever-expanding video game audience.
In recent years, a great number of games have been published that depend extensively, or at least superficially, on mythological themes. So, without further ado, let us discuss the games that were inspired by the world's most well-known mythologies.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
There are many games out there that are inspired by Egyptian mythology and ancient Egypt in general, but no other game depicts the beauty and the atmosphere of this ancient civilisation like Assassin's Creed: Origins . The vast deserts, the Nile Valley, the Pyramids of Giza, and the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs are so faithfully portrayed that Ubisoft produced a separate section of the game called Discovery Tour, which allows you to virtually see all of ancient Egypt's wonders. The Discovery Tour has even been incorporated into lectures by several university history teachers. The game is also heavily based on Egyptian mythology, especially in the DLC "Curse of the Pharaohs," where you will encounter a lot of Egyptian gods and dead pharaohs.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Apart from a few Tomb Raider games and some other less famous titles, there aren't that many games available whose plots are intertwined with the mythology and civilization of the ancient Mayas and Incas. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider , Lara Croft travels to the Amazon to stop Trinity and clear her father's name, where she finds the forgotten city of Paititi. She will meet some mythological creatures as well as living gods and goddesses from Mayan mythology on her journey. One of the few games on the market that reliably depicts the splendour of the Amazon jungle and the Mayan civilization and mythology.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
Although many argue that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is not a true Assassin's Creed title, this action RPG remains the most graphically breathtaking game that captures ancient Greece in all its former glory. The story of this game takes place during the Peloponnesian War, and apart from the beautiful temples, statues, ancient cities, and historical sites you will visit, you will also be able to interact with the versions of Greek mythological creatures like the Minotaur, Sphinx, Medusa, and Cyclops, as well as most of the Greek gods, especially in the DLC "The Fate of Atlantis." The game's story is told in its own unique way, yet it is heavily influenced by figures from Greek mythology.
Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice
Norse mythology was rarely covered in movies and TV shows until the arrival of Marvel's Thor films and the TV series Loki and the Vikings. The situation is completely different with video games. Norse mythology is unquestionably the most popular mythology in video games. One of the games that covers all aspects of this mythology is Ninja Theory 's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice . Aside from the heavy themes of mental disorder that this game addresses, the main story follows a Pict warrior who travels to Helheim, one of Norse mythology's nine realms, to save the soul of her murdered lover. Senua will find lore stones throughout the game to help her understand the background of Norse mythology and better understand the path she is taking to save her beloved's soul.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
The final instalment of the popular series, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla , is heavily influenced by Norse mythology, as the game's main protagonist, Eivor, is the reincarnation of the All-Father himself. Playing as Havi (Odin), you will be able to visit different realms like Asgard and Jötunheim and relive the true saga of the Norse gods through the eyes of Eivor and his vivid dreams. In the DLC "Dawn of Ragnarök," you will be able to visit Muspelheim and meet some important figures from Norse mythology, and in the latest free update, Odin travels to Helheim trying to save his son Baldr from Hel. It is worth mentioning that in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the Norse myths are told as accurately as possible.
God of War and God of War: Ragnarök
Unlike Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, God of War and God of War: Ragnarök attempt to tell a story based on Norse mythology but also somehow bend it to their needs and the needs of Kratos, a Greek god involved in Norse mythology. In terms of plot, God of War: Ragnarök picks up where God of War left off, which is why we combined them. In addition to being an extremely emotional story that deals with father-son relationships, the story of the God of War games is entirely based on Norse mythology. All characters like Mimir, Freya, Brok, Sindri, Odin, Thor, Tyr, Sif, and finally Loki, as one of the main characters, are actually real characters from Norse mythology. It's remarkable how the people at Santa Monica Studio actually integrated some myths into the plot of God of War, such as Tyr losing his arm and then the creation of Fenrir and Jörmungandr, the children of Loki and Angrboda, Mimir being the head, and many more. The depiction of the nine worlds of Norse mythology, especially in "God of War: Ragnarök," is a sight to behold.
Many more games, such as Immortals: Phoenix Rising , Hades , Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Age of Mythology , Rise of the Argonauts, and others, are inspired by the most well-known mythologies.