When it comes to accurate depictions of historical settings and mythology, Gods of Egypt was a little off the mark. We thought we’d put together a list of games that do a better job of dealing with the setting, for those of you who have a hankering for some good old fashioned Egypt.
Remember – this is a list of games as compared to Gods of Egypt.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Perhaps the one closest to the movie’s plot, this game includes Osiris’ Staff, Set, and curses! We see Isis and Horus as well, and follow our favourite Tomb Raider as she attempts to break the curse that her rival Carter Bell set upon them by touching the damned staff. Brought to us by Crystal Dynamics, this isometric action-adventure game is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.
Serious Sam: The First Encounter
Yep, that’s right, Serious Sam has a more spot-on recreation of Ancient Egypt than Gods of Egypt. This FPS has you fighting in famous historical locations such as Memphis! You (Sam) have travelled back in time to stop the big baddie Mental in the past to save the future. There are deserts! There are Pyramids! And there’s time-travel! Could things get any more Egyptian?
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Afghanistan may as well be Egypt! And ancient mythology may as well be a fictional present! We’re both huge fans of Metal Gear Solid, and while The Phantom Pain was a huge disappointment, despite being tremendously fun to play, it does a great job depicting Ancient Egypt when compared to Gods of Egypt – there’s no way we could make this list without it. The game gets a little less Egyptian when we travel down to Africa – not enough vast expanses of desert.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Proof that a game doesn’t have to be set in Egypt to do a better job than Gods of Egypt! Probably one of my favourite Prince of Persia games, this bad boy from 2003 takes us to 9th century Persia where we play as the Prince, slicing and slashing and puzzle-solving through the game. Time-control powers, Sultans, and an evil Vizier – none of the terms are right, but it’s still closer to Egypt than the movie we just sat through!
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
Now here’s a game that provides endless hours of fun in a more historically accurate depiction of Ancient Egypt than Gods of Egypt. Goran and I have a constant back and forth on the leaderboards for this one. Currently I’m leading the race, but we’re both still working our way to the top 10 of the global rankings. In fact, I might just boot it up now. If you’re into twin-stick shooters, this is definitely one to try out if you haven’t already!