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Alternate History

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Alternate History, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
97% 4,977 votes
93% 8,998 votes
92% 1,014 votes
93% 602 votes
94% 152 votes
84% 31,214 votes
84% 15,015 votes
93% 82 votes
84% 2,835 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Alternate History is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Alternate History, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Singleplayer 45%
  2. Adventure 41%
  3. Action 37%
  4. 2D 34%
  5. Strategy 32%
  6. 3D 30%
  7. Story Rich 30%
  8. Simulation 28%
  9. Indie 28%
  10. Atmospheric 27%
  11. Historical 26%
  12. Casual 25%
  13. RPG 24%
  14. Exploration 23%
  15. First-Person 20%
  16. War 16%
  17. Shooter 16%
  18. Military 16%
  19. Action-Adventure 16%
  20. Sci-fi 16%
  21. Puzzle 15%

The Alternate History tag refers to a concept and genre commonly found in various forms of media, including video games. It involves creating a fictional narrative or setting that deviates from the known historical timeline. Alternate history games explore what could have happened if certain events, decisions, or circumstances had unfolded differently in the past.

Alternate history often poses questions like "What if?" and imagines alternative outcomes to pivotal historical moments, such as wars, political movements, scientific discoveries, or cultural shifts. These games play with ideas of how the world might have developed in different ways.

In video games with an alternate history theme:

  • Setting The game's universe is built upon a modified version of real-world history, incorporating changes and differences caused by fictional events or situations. This altered timeline may result in significant differences from our own world.
  • Narrative Alternate history games typically feature storylines that explore the consequences of these changes on individuals, nations, societies, or even entire civilizations. Players may be thrust into roles of key figures who shaped the alternate reality.
  • Cultural and Technological Shifts The altered timeline often influences cultural norms, technological advancements (or lack thereof), political landscapes, international relations; essentially every aspect of society can be affected.

Examples of popular games featuring an alternate history theme include:

  • BioShock Infinite This first-person shooter game is set in an alternate 1912 where Columbia—a city floating high above Earth—represents a distorted American exceptionalism.
  • Wolfenstein series These games take place in an alternate world where the Nazis won World War II, leading to a dystopian regime ruling over various regions.
  • Valkyria Chronicles Set in an alternate version of Europe during the 1930s, this tactical role-playing game explores a fictional war between two nations and their use of advanced technology.

Alternate history games provide players with the opportunity to explore intriguing "what if?" scenarios, challenge preconceptions about history, and engage with narratives that offer new perspectives on familiar events.

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