Grand Theft Auto IV
“GTA IV” doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of games that represent American values, but lead character Niko Bellic’s rise to power in Liberty City is an example of the American Dream. Niko is in immigrant who arrives on a boat, and immediately tries to find work, and make some money in the big American City.
Metal Gear Solid
At its heart, the “Metal Gear” franchise is all about fighting terrorism. In “Solid,” Snake protects America by neutralizing the terrorist threat known as FOXHOUND. The Japanese developer Konami has given video games one of the most popular games about defending America.
Here we have a game that demonstrates the idea of American Exceptionalism. It’s the thought of America using its knowledge and power to spread democracy to the rest of the world. Of course, the game explores the pitfalls of such a belief, but still acts as a looking glass into current America’s strengths and weaknesses.
Yep, the popular movie from 1996 has a not so popular video game for the PlayStation and PC. And “wow” was it terrible. Even so, any game that’s is spawned from the stellar “Independence Day” film deserves recognition.
In one scene in this game, RoboCop has to shoot a terrorist who is using the President of the United States as a human shield in front of a huge American Flag. Enough said.
Call of Duty (series)
War is a major part of our country’s history, and the “Call of Duty” franchise has explored many of the United States’ wars. It’s even shown some that haven’t happened yet. “Call of Duty” is an American game made by American developers about war on American soil. America!
MLB The Show (Series)
This might seem like an odd game to include in the list, but it’s a simulation of “America’s Pastime.” If you play “MLB The Show” on the 4th of July while eating a hotdog, you’re OK in my book.
Assassins's Creed III
Set in revolution-era Boston, "Assassin's Creed III" follows the events surrounding America's birth. The developers at Ubisoft put a lot of work into the imagery of the time period. Even the game's cover, which shows the protagonist Conner slaying a redcoat.
Here's one that just had to make the list. "Cruis'n USA" puts you behind the wheel of supercars as you tour the many sights and landmarks of across the United States. Great, now I'll have the game's theme song stuck in my head all day.
Saints Row 4
This game isn’t even out yet and it already looks like it’s going to be the most patriotic game ever made. In it you play the President of the United States. Aliens invade, abduct you, and wage war on the country. It’s up to the President to defend the country and take them down with brute force in the form of a dubstep gun and plenty other crazy weaponry.
So there’s a list of games to play on this Independence Day to make the most out of it. Are there any I missed? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @GameGuyPGH. Enjoy your holiday.