Life sucks, so you play games, right? As any form of entertainment, gaming gives you a couple hours respite from nagging girlfriends, entrance exams, unpaid bills and scapegoating bosses. So you become something you’re not. Someone with strength, riches, magical powers. You don’t often play games to enter a world that sucks even more than reality.
Well, Warhorse Studios’ Kingdom Come: Deliverance may be that game. It’s a first-person RPG in a very realistic open-world, open-ended world of violence and greed. The game is also set in one of the toughest and cruelest periods in human history: Central Europe in the 15th century.
The new teaser trailer doesn’t show any violence. In fact, there’s not even a single fist thrown in a drunken bar fight. A beautiful rural village is there, though. So are farmers and craftsman and life is just swell. Guys yawn and relax in the lazy late-summer afternoon. It’s eye-candy graphics, but boring. But if you know anything about this game, and perhaps even followed it during its Kickstarter round, you know that it will be as close to real-life in medieval Europe as you can get.
There are no dragons or wizards or orcs. There’s hunger, though. And death. And massive battles. And exhaustion. And death. And there’s also…death. Complain all you want about your sucky life, but comparatively, life in the 21st Century is heck of a ton better than in any other period in human history. So maybe that’s why this is an escape. Playing this game may just help you realize how good we have it.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance plans to release in 2015 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.