On July 4th, 1776 the thirteen American colonies claimed their independence from Great Britain in an event that eventually led to the establishment of the United States of America. And now, every year on the 4th of July, we Americans celebrate our independence and remember those who gave sacrificed their lives for this freedom. To celebrate this day, we are going to take a look at 5 of the most patriotic video games ever.
Grand Theft Auto 4
The back of the Grand Theft Auto 4 box asks, “What does the American dream mean today?” Rockstar Games examines this question through the eyes of Serbian immigrant Niko Bellic. GTA 4 offers a unique, and somewhat satirical, view of what America looks like in modern times through the eyes an immigrant. The game serves as a fantastic social commentary and deals with themes of capitalism, immigration, family and success. Niko learns first hand that America is still a land of opportunity, even if he does go about finding his success in a somewhat, err, illegal way.
Any game that features a robotic version of George Washington wielding a Gatling gun would have to be featured on this list, right? For that reason alone, Bioshock Infinite cracks our top 5 but there’s so much more to this game than just robo-presidents. The city of Columbia, which is the main setting of Infinite, was founded as representation of American religious and political ideals. The people of Columbia and their leader, Zachary Comstock, look upon the Founding Fathers of the United States as gods. Comstock wants Columbia to represent what he believes to be the true idea of what America should be, even if this involves institutional slavery and elitism. While the game isn’t necessarily the most patriotic, Bioshock Infinite deserves a spot on this list just because of how important the themes of American ideals and values are to its story.
Duke Nukem 3D
It is a commonly known formula that Babes + Guns = a sarcastic one-liner spewing American hero named Duke Nukem. Duke Nukem became a cultural phenomenon when Duke Nukem 3D came out almost 20 years ago. With ultra-violence, sexual themes, and BFGs, there’s no way around the fact that Duke Nukem is the ideal American, alien-ass-kicking persona.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
What’s more patriotic than killing Nazis? Killing mechanized Nazis of course! There were a lot of war-based shooters we could’ve put on this list, but we chose to go with the one about taking back America. Wolfenstein: The New Order shows us what a world taken over by Nazis would look like and B.J. Blazkowicz doesn’t want to live in that world. This game is all about redemption and revenge, and pits you as the underdog in the war you’re raging. It feels very reminiscent of the Revolutionary War just because of how under matched you are. Let’s also not forget this incredible scene featuring a fictional Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner. It makes me feel pride for my country every time I watch it. If you have to play one game that involves killing Nazi scum, make it The New Order.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
How far would you go to serve your country? This is one of the main questions asked in Metal Gear Solid 3. Most of the game is spent hunting down Snake’s former mentor, The Boss, a woman who has seemingly defected from the United States. However in the game’s final moments, you learn that The Boss wasn’t actually working for the Soviets at all–and the actions she carried out throughout the game were because of her love for the United States and her commitment to her mission. Now, she knows that it is her duty to die for her country, even if it means she will be remembered as an enemy. In a final heartbreaking scene, Snake kills his former master knowing that she died a hero, even if the rest of the world views her as a traitor. Metal Gear Solid 3 showed us true patriotism by having a character give their own life and legacy for their country.
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– PSI Team.