4th of July. Independence Day. Whatever you call the holiday, if you’d rather be celebrating July 4th with a game controller in your hand, check out this list!

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How do you plan to spend your 4th of July? If your plans include a patriotic game, check out this list!
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Normally, July 4th is spent grilling out, drinking a beer, and shooting fireworks at night. However, with COVID-19 still lurking, you may want to celebrate this 4th of July a bit differently. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of patriotic things you can do this July 4th. So, throw on the National Anthem, and check out these three patriotic games!

Patriotic Game #1: Assassin’s Creed III

Screenshot of Assassin's Creed III game where Connor is facing off against four redcoats
Live out the American Revolution with this game on July 4th!
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I knew this game was going to be on the list, you knew this game was going to be on the list, everyone knew this game was going to be here. But how could you not include it in a patriotic game article? Assassin’s Creed III is a 2012 game from Ubisoft, and the third in the Assassin’s Creed series. This particular entry comes in the patriotic flavor, with the story focusing on Haytham Kenway and Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor).

For its time, I remember this game being amazing. The story was genuinely interesting, as I was studying the American Revolution at the time. Though the game is full of Assassin’s Creed lore, most of the major battles are historically accurate. So, you can learn a little bit about American history, kill some bad guys, brush shoulders with American historical figures like George Washington, and celebrate July 4th inside? I’ll put my hotdog down for that!

This story focuses on events that occurred between 1754-1783, so it’s right in that sweet spot for July 4th action. I mean, what’s more American than fighting literal redcoats? Though the remastered version on steam has mixed reviews, if you’re nostalgic for the original, now is a perfect time to give the game another playthrough. Grab your assassin’s robes, weapon of choice, and set out on your patriotic adventure.

Patriotic Game #2: Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

Cover art for Saint's row IV game- man in a suit is punching the ground with the capitol building in the background
Live out your American Dream in this seriously silly game this July 4th!
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If you’re under the age of 18, avert your eyes now. Saint’s Row IV isn’t a game for the younger crowd. With a tagline that literally says “You’re the President Now”, this game is sure to be right at home with your 4th of July festivities. After the “Save Shaundi” ending to the third installment in the game series, the Saints are called upon to help save your fellow American citizens from a nuclear attack. I don’t know about you, but, that’s a pretty patriotic game premise if you ask me.

Through a series of amazing, action-packed events, your character ends up becoming the American President. But it isn’t all apple pie and fireworks, reader. Your 4th of July game session wouldn’t be complete without aliens. That’s right. There are aliens in this game, and they’re after your patriotic, presidential player.

If you’re looking to experience what it was like to be American in the 1950s, this game also provides that. After your character gets trapped in a simulation of 50s-era America, it’s up to you to fight your way out. There are a ton of cool twists and turns in this game, so I won’t reveal too much. All I can say is, you’ll definitely enjoy this game while listening to the sound of fireworks outside your window this July 4th! Plus, the game is available on Nintendo Switch, so you can experience the game on-the-go if you have plans to celebrate elsewhere this 4th of July.

Patriotic Game #3: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus game cover; red background with a man holding a gun and axe, with Nazi occupied New York in the background.
Get ready for some patriotic action if you pick this game up for July 4th!
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America called. They want their freedom back in this action-packed shooter game from Bethesda and Id Software. With an 87% rating on Metacritic, this game is a guaranteed good time for your 4th of July celebrations. The game is currently available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, so you have plenty of ways to get your patriotic hands on this game.

Set in Nazi-occupied America (gasp!), your task is to ignite the second American Revolution. This game has been praised for its well-written story, engaging gameplay, and righteous violence. You play as William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, a certified American hero. Through a series of crazy twists and turns, a plot to get yourself captured by Nazis in order to save your friends, and a power suit, you’ll be on your way to restoring freedom to surviving American citizens.

This game is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss out on this 4th of July. Resistance groups, guns, and freedom, all in one game? With gaming’s universal bad guy as your opponent, you’ll waste no time fretting over whether or not you should be so careless with your violence. But it’s not just all about murdering Nazis in this game- there’s a rich storyline that you must experience for yourself. Treat yourself this 4th of July, and pick up a copy of the game if you haven’t already. Your patriotic heart will thank you for it.

Bonus Game: Fallout 4

Fallout 4 game screenshot of a German Shepherd dog with his tongue out
Grab a gun, your trusty sidekick Dogmeat, and celebrate July 4th, post-apocalypse style!
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You didn’t think I could write an article about all things American and not give you a bonus, did you? America is the land of the free, home to the American Dream, and you’d better believe we do things bigger and better around here. So, here’s an extra game to punch you right in the patriotic gut.

Fallout 4 is another role-playing game from Bethesda. Although it can be somewhat buggy, the game has generally been well received. Plus, with an entire modding community keeping the game fresh and fixing common errors, this game is a great choice for celebrating being American this 4th of July.

Explore the ruined landmarks of Boston, Massachusetts, and work your way through an interesting story full of side quests, engaging companions, and the difficulties of building your own settlement in the Commonwealth. This game is also LGBTQIA+ friendly, with the option to romance your male and female companions no matter the player’s gender. There’s also Dogmeat, Fallout’s cutest companion. What’s more American than exploring the wastes of a nuclear war with man’s best friend?

Plus, one of the companions you can pick up in the game is John Hancock. (Well, not the John Hancock, but I’ll let you learn that story on your own.) He’s the mayor of a settlement called Goodneighbor, where they happily exclaim “of the people, for the people!” In a settlement where everyone is welcome, Goodneighbor echoes the American principles etched on the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus. In the game, you have the option to destroy the good that people are trying to create, or help defend those that are trying to rebuild after nuclear fallout. I believe that’s the most American part of this series- the freedom to choose.

From all of us at Game Aroono, we hope that your July 4th celebrations are safe and relaxing. Despite the challenges the world is currently facing, it’s important to take a step back and relax. Enjoy a game or two from this list, and reignite your American pride! Let us know in the comments which of these patriotic titles you’ll be enjoying this July 4th.