More of the Most American Games of All Time

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Many years ago, GameSpot wrote up a list of the most American Games of All Time. But lots of new American games have come out in the intervening years, and there were a few notable omissions from that original list. So in the spirt of Independence Day, let's celebrate July 4 with a few more of the most American games of all time.

Earthbound

This quirky Japanese RPG about a group of friends traveling the world and fighting off an evil alien menace may not sound terribly American, but Earthbound is actually an overt representation of America. The story starts out in the small town America setting of Onett, with a main character who's primary equipment is a baseball bat and cap (America's favorite pastime, baseball!). Fast food hamburger places are located in almost every town and pizza delivery service is available everywhere. A remix of the Star-Spangled Banner provides the background music for one of the game's locations, and a Blues Brothers-like band headlines one of the game's music venues.

And that's just a sampling of the Americana found in this trippy, weird adventure. Earthbound goes to a lot of strange places thematically, but one of the more interesting is how it paints a reflection of America, both the good and the bad, from an outsider's point of view. - Justin Haywald

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is a fantastic real-time strategy game that mixes solid gameplay with a campy sense of humor. The game’s plotline is ripped from the script of 1984’s Red Dawn--that fine work of American cinema. It's backed by a killer heavy metal soundtrack. And Texas-born Barry Corbin stars as the toothpick-chomping General Ben Carville. Red Alert 2 was a staple of my childhood, and I poured dozens of hours into taking back these great United States from the dreaded Soviets. Today, you can pick up the game as part of the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection on Origin, and be sure to add on Mental Omega, a fan-made expansion that rebalances the game and adds on a ton of new units and strategies. - Maxwell McGee

Metal Wolf Chaos

The President of the United States is the lead character in the Japanese-exclusive Xbox game, Metal Wolf Chaos, which should automatically qualify it as the most American game of all time. As President Wilson, descendant of our 28th President Woodrow Wilson, you have to reclaim the states from the grip of your former second in command, Vice President Hawk, who manipulated the military to impose his reign on the American populace.

Wilson, ever the patriotic hero, busts out of the White House in a battlemech that's brimming with firepower, and he travels from coast to coast, fighting for the return of freedom and justice, including the re-abolishment of slavery. And, as you progress through Metal Wolf Chaos, you unlock new weapons and skins for your mech, including a paint job that consists solely of American flags. You can also unlock a rocket launcher that fires rockets in the shape of footballs that leave trails of streamers and fireworks in their wake. In other words: AMERICA. - Peter Brown

Assassin's Creed III

What's more American than learning about the American Revolution? Killing Redcoats while you're doing it. That's why Assassin's Creed III is one of the most American games of all time. You get educated about American heritage, both European and Native American, and you get a big dose of good ol' American sensationalism at the same time. The battle of Bunker Hill is interesting to read about, but it's even more entertaining to swing through the trees and single-handedly win the battle by assassinating a British officer. Who cares if the colonists didn't actually win the battle? Connor, the half-Native American free runner, wields a tomahawk like no one else can, and he uses it to rip through those villainous Redcoats.

The United States is great. Learn how it came to be by playing through the Revolutionary War from the perspective of an assassin. For a game made by a bunch of French and Canadian dudes, Assassin's Creed III bleeds USA. - Alex Newhouse

Daytona USA

Let's go ahead and ignore the fact that Daytona USA literally contains "USA" in its title. That much is obvious. There's so much more about this 1993 arcade classic that embodies the spirit of our wonderful nation. I mean, just look at the lyrics to the intro theme song: "Daytona! Let's go away! Daytona! Weh hey hey!" Subtle? Of course not. But powerful? Emotional? Inspirational? Yes, yes, and yes! Just like America!

And once the game gets going, you're able to drive mighty, gas-guzzling stock cars through some of the most majestic locations in our fine nation. Places like Dinosaur Canyon, where dinosaurs were invented, or Seaside Street Galaxy, which has a bridge in it. But not just any bridge, mind you. A bridge that spans the gap between freedom and liberty! Also, one of the cars is named Wolf. - Shaun McInnis

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

I'm not an American myself, so my perspective may be a little skewed, but honestly, what could be a more American game than 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand? You play as 50 Cent, an American icon. He starts the game at a hip-hop concert--an iconic American musical genre. Fiddy celebrates his constitutional rights by unlocking a large assortment of larger guns, which he can fire sideways in slow motion because it's totally gangsta. And while searching for his lost crystal skull (and collectible posters of himself), he drives a gigantic humvee--fuel efficiency be damned. Happy July 4! - Dan Hindes

BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite may not paint the rosiest picture of America, but this alternate history parable shows just what could've happened if the US had taken American exceptionalism to its most horrible extreme (and if we'd had the ability to build floating fortress cities and kill people with psychic powers).

Walking along the game's pristine streets early in the game perfectly encapsulates the innocence and patriotism of an American city in the 1900s. But the game, quickly and violently crosses into themes of racism, jingoism, and Manifest Destiny. The logo for the game, with iconography used by the game's ridiculously intolerant antagonist was even accidentally iappropriated by a Fox News segment on immigration. Infinite may not always show the parts of American history we want to remember, but it's a portrayal of our history nonetheless (plus interdimensional travel). - Justin Haywald

Anything we left out? Whether you hail from the US or not, what games embody America to you?

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196 comments
jasspur
jasspur

Shouldn't Fallout 3 be here? It takes place right at the capital, and emphasizes the American 50's right down to the vehicles, white house, and Washington Monument.

hitomo
hitomo

americas most importent time in regards to influence across the wohle world where in the 70s


while the world where staled and frightened by the cold war, american music, movies and art where a Symbol for the Freedom of Mind over the opression of ideologies and authorities and superiors ... a Symbol People everywhere in the world could recognize, understand and relate to ...


in the 80s these symbols and the american soul where used to make the big bucks on consumer markets and the wall street ... leading to the hollow shell of stereotypes and cliches we see today if we look at america


like american cars ... they are useless, inefficient, badly produced and often as ugly as it can get, but still 'american car' is someting that still works for us all as a canvas for something, even if its only an empty shell


regadrs


42:30 /watch?v=9sew6V6tFtI

ggregd
ggregd

Stereotypes are the refuge of the weak mind searching for order where there is none.

kenobipants
kenobipants

I believe the list is far from the whole picture. Where is the drone killings, the war for oil, the unethical-yet-unfolded spying, the CIA foreign interventions?

jemoedr
jemoedr

Earthbound? Ehm, no...

animalmother013
animalmother013

Surprised at the list, to not even include Duke Nukem is unamerican. Also kinda expecting at least one Tom Clancy game. 

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

seriously, you guys forgot the most american game ever!  GTA III.  This game ushered in everything current gen. and ultimately brought to life the American game system the Xbox! and don't forget Halo

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

USA is one damn country, out of thousands. Does it REALLY need to dangle its statistically sub-par genitals in our faces every single year? No other country on earth insists on attention and flags flying all over the internet on their country's national holiday. Urrgh, nerd rage building!

onixevil
onixevil

Military shooter games should be the best prime example.

onixevil
onixevil

What about American games at present days like COD4 ?

thecman25
thecman25

the Earthbound game ruins the cover

puffnbillys420
puffnbillys420

Might aswell mention every gun game ever made..nothings more american then shooting people

hitomo
hitomo

innocence and patriotism of an American city in the 1900s. But the game, quickly and violently crosses into themes of racism, jingoism,


because its the same 

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

Reason for lack of GTA? 

Sergeant_KFC
Sergeant_KFC

SERIOUSLY HOW IS BROFORCE NOT ON THIS LIST?!!?!!???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

redneck rampage? no? oh, ok then.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

GTA seems like the obvious omission, but then who wants obvious?

Destroy All Humans! was pretty American. Perhaps not the most up-to-date representation, but it oozes stripes and farts stars.


'MURICA!! F**K YEAH!

Drakkssiss
Drakkssiss

Saints Row IV! You play as the President of the U.S. defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

Artef
Artef

seriously? 50 cent game? wtf is this crap? Where is the gta or even battlefield?

grenadehh
grenadehh

Um. Calling BSI "American" is pretty ignorant considering this isn't the Confederate States of America, and Columbia basically was. So no, pretty not American. Other than the corruption.

vampiricxx
vampiricxx

America! F yeah!

My god, that ac3 trailer with that song had me laughing for days .

Decent list, i would have added gta, red dead,and one of our many military first person shooters.

SPUDIRL3
SPUDIRL3

Gears of War always came across as very American to me.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@MooncalfReviews I don't like patriotic shows, be it from USA citizens or from my own country, but I do see the logic of USA sites celebrating USA independence.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

The USA is the capital of the world bro. Better get used to it

Kalan_Arkais
Kalan_Arkais

@grenadehh BSI is filled with American imagery and exaggerated versions of some of America's longest-lived problems. It's ridiculous to claim that all those issues were unique to the 1860's.

kenobipants
kenobipants

I get your point. Q is did you get mine? And btw, a pict is worth a thousand words.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@Metallicwolf29 I guess you Americans need to wake up... Your country is far from what it used to be.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Metallicwolf29 Not the USA, The Rothschild. They own USA, well most of the world really but they use USA man power and resources on World Conquest 

jayjay444
jayjay444

@West123 @SPUDIRL3 Set on an Alien world? lol it's set on Earth, there are no Aliens in Gears of war, go back and play your Playstation lmao.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@jayjay444 @West123 @SPUDIRL3 It's set in the fictional planet Sera, and the indigenous race aren't humans...