A patriotic list of games to play during the federal holiday
Fireworks, barbecues and parties are primed and ready to celebrate one of the most important dates on the US calendar - Independence Day!
July 4th sees millions gather to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States which was signed way back in 1776 - during the American Revolution when American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies defeated the British.
Over 240 years on, this period of US history has been brought back to life via video games, with everything from strategy games focusing on the combat and action-adventures bringing historical figures back to life in virtual form.
To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we take a look at some great Steam PC games that focus on the American Revolution.
Hold the Line: The American Revolution
Sharing the same name as the popular board game created by Worthington Publishing, Hold the Line: The American Revolution puts players in hex-based strategy battles during the 18th century.
Featuring an addictive 'Action Point' system, players will have a limited number of orders to dictate to your troops with each turn. You'll need to decide where to attack, who to rally, where to move and who to sacrifice to achieve your goals.
Each scenario features unique objectives for both sides and can be played as either. For newcomers, the game features seven scenario tutorials, helping you get to grips with the main principles of gameplay.
Assassin's Creed III
While war rages between the USA and British, another battle has erupted between the Brotherhood and the Templars in Assassin's Creed III. You take on the role of Connor (Ratonhnhaké:ton) is a Native American and Desmond's half-English, half-Mohawk ancestor.
The action-adventure feature combat, stealth and hunting abilities to eliminate targets and explore the environment including Boston, New York and Philadelphia. New-to-series mechanics including being able to climb trees and run across branches, as well as bow hunting to gain materials to craft and sell.
Players will meet historical characters such as George Washington, who will offer up missions to Connor as the USA (and Assassin's Brotherhood) attempt to defeat the British army and prevent the Templars from gaining access to a secret temple.
The remastered edition not only includes The Tyranny of King Washington DLC and the Assassin's Creed Liberation Remastered full game it also includes 4K resolution support, new character models, polished environment rendering and more!
Total War: EMPIRE
In Total War: EMPIRE, players lead one of five new Native American factions in an epic war to defend your lands and drive out the invaders in turn-based strategy gameplay.
There are 15 units that all played a major part in the American Revolution, including the 1st Delaware, 1st Maryland and Lee’s Legion for the United States army, as well as the 33rd Foot, Brunswick Dragoons and Hessian Grenadiers for the British.
As well as focusing on the American Revolution, Total War: Empire also features Elite Units of the East and Elite Units of the West alongside Special Forces Units & Bonus Content packs, which add over 50 elite new units to the 'Very Positive' Steam rated game.
1775: Rebellion is based on the award winning board game developed by Academy Games - in which players command the armies of the British Redcoats, English Loyalists, German Hessians, American Regulars, Patriots, French Regulars and Native Americans to decide the fate of the Americas.
Every Faction has a deck of cards consisting of Event cards, Movement cards, and one Truce card. Every turn, each faction will play a movement card to maneuver their troops and any number of event cards.
When both factions of a side (British or American) have played their truce cards, the game will end. Each deck has a specific number of movement cards in it and managing them is an important part of the game.
Battle across the Colonies with large armies or small. So long as each army group contains a unit of your faction, you may move units of your partner faction as well as Allied units with you from area to area.
In a four player game, each faction must strategize with their partner to maximize potential!