Best videogames to celebrate Independence Day

America is celebrating its Independence Day and with that in mind, here are some of the best games you can play to get yourself in a patriotic mood.

Madden NFL 16

In backgardens around the US, families are going to play pickup football games. If you’re not in the mood for running around, don’t have the weather for being outside, or simply can’t get the numbers for a real game, you can live out your football fantasies digitally in Madden NFL 16.

EA Sports is celebrating July 4 with special 4th of July Weekend Solo Challenges too, so it’s both thematic and beneficial to play.


If you were to cut Broforce, and it could bleed, it would bleed red, white, and blue. Broforce tasks players with travelling around the world to liberate territories from terrorist forces that threaten our way of life.

It features a huge roster of bros from pop culture, fully destructible everything, and plenty of references to freedom and justice. Grab some bros, blast your way through waves of enemies, and bring liberty and justice to all.

Saints Row IV

In Saints Row IV, you play the President of the United States. That alone should be enough to convince you that it’s the perfect game to play on July 4. Equipped with superpowers, you must fend off an alien invasion; it’s like Independence Day (the movie, not the actual day) all over again!

Saints Row IV features an open world to run amuck in and your abilities, including super jumps and speed, telekinesis, and projectile based combat mean that you can find plenty of ways to entertain yourself.

Assassin’s Creed III

It’s far from the most historically accurate portrayal of the American Revolution, but it’s still a fun romp set in that time period. If you’ve played an Assassin’s Creed game, you know the drill; you;ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the world, collect lots of goodies, and stealthily – or less so – take out targets.

While it had some technical issues and glitches, Assassin’s Creed III received plenty of acclaim and awards. It hasn’t been ported to current gen consoles, so hopefully you still have your last gen boxes or a PC lying around.

Red Dead Redemption

Perhaps we’re just looking for any reason to play Red Dead Redemption again, hopefully before a sequel is announced, but we think it fits the bill here. Make a list of things you associate with America and there’s a good chance that cowboys and the Wild West will make that list.

Journey back to 1911 and step into the boots of John Marston, one of the most iconic figures in videogames in the last few years. We won’t spoil the story that unfolds, but it is a great tale in a big open world that’s packed full of things to discover and happen across. Now we await news of a sequel.

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