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The best alternate history games, from Wolfenstein to Fallout

[2019.11.08, Fri 01:05] They say those who don't learn their history are doomed to repeat it, but what if they could change it, instead? Alternate history stories are incredibly popular in television and film, as well as in video games, where the most absurd concepts often lead to the best final products. For decades, video games have been asking players what could have happened if one piece of history was changed - a life saved, or perhaps a life ended. Fallout and its successors are set far in the future after a nuclear apocalypse, so why are they included in a list of alternate history games? Because prior to the games' actual events, United States history looked very different. Set in 1912, the game sees an America that has allowed a civilization to secede from the union and exist in the clouds, but the differences from our history do not stop there. Assassin's Creed III. What if the Assassins and the Templars played key roles in the American Revolution? Though far from the best Assassin's Creed game, Assassin's Creed III's premise was perhaps the most interesting, as it placed Templar enemies on both sides of the conflict. What if the conflicts of the 20th century never happened because of an alien attack? What would the world become? Insomniac Games asked these questions in the PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man, which was different from the purely futuristic or fantastical shooters that had become prominent in the science-fiction genre at the time. Another game set in a future heavily affected by changes that occurred decades earlier, Prey is an alternate history game because the assassination attempt of Kennedy was a failure.
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