Horses have always been human’s most loyal companions, and we can see them through movies, books, and even video games. Nowadays, the video gaming world is moving at a fast pace, but it seems like most games focus on horses, especially when it comes to traveling.
Horses in video games have always been hard to recreate. The aesthetics of a horse is one thing, but its mechanics and movement are another. Horses are beautiful creatures that have a specific movement that has been mastered through our bond with these animals. The most challenging part for game developers is creating a horse movement identical to real life.
With that said, there are some games that managed to pull this off successfully, and in today’s article, we will highlight some of the best video games that include horses.
- Shadow of The Colossus
Here we have a game that is pretty old, but still one of the best when it comes to horses. Shadow of the Colossus doesn’t offer much choice when it comes to horses or characters. It is focused on Argo which is a beautiful horse that has carried Wander through hell and back and he is his most loyal companion.
If you ever played Shadow of the Colossus, you’ll immediately fall in love with Argo. SOTC is a game focused on the adventures of Wander and his horse Argo, without too much stuff in the world. The game also has a secret message, showing the bond between the two characters even when there is nobody in the world.
- The Witcher 3
If you love playing games, there is a good chance you’ve already played the Witcher 3. This game won the game of the year award and was praised for having a good story, impressive graphics, and lifelike mechanics.
This also includes horses. The Witcher 3 introduced us to a number of memorable characters, such as Geralt’s most faithful companion, a horse named Roach.
This is also one of the first games that featured horse mechanics very close to real life. Even though the Witcher 3 doesn’t have many horses, Roach is enough to make you fall in love with the game.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is praised to be one of the most realistic games when it comes to mechanics and gameplay options, and the truth is, it is not far from reality. Since the action takes place in Western history, the main transportation for the people is horses.
RDR 2 is one of the best games when it comes to horse variety. They even went to a point where they specifically designed each horse’s breed abilities based on real life. You will find some breeds in the game that are often on the list of Belmont Stakes winners here. In other words, some horses are better for racing, and others for combat and working.
Horses also should be fed, and cared for in order to maintain their health. It is one of the best and most realistic games when it comes to horses.
- Ghost of Tsushima
When you enter the beautiful world of Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful scenery. This will force you to take a horse and just travel around checking out some of the beautifully designed nature.
Fortunately, the developers decided to include horses in this game, but in order to get one, you need to make a series of decisions, that might look simple but are very personal. The horse mechanics in Ghost of Tsushima are also great, and very similar to real life.
- The Elder Scrolls Online
All of the games we covered so far featured regular horses, with no special abilities. However, if you want to spice things up and possibly choose a loyal companion that comes in a form of a horse as a mythical creature then Elder Scrolls is the right game for you.
Horses in Elder Scrolls actually play a very important role. There are many different horses, each coming with various body types, coat colors, designs, countries of origin, and even elemental affiliation.
Horses are not only used for traveling from point A to point B but are also very useful in combat.
It is a must-play game for all horse enthusiasts that would love something out of this world.