With the British government having recently chosen to relax visa restrictions for professionals from Asian countries, it’s likely that more people from that part of the world will soon be making a new home for themselves in the UK. Moving to the UK can feel like a major challenge and adjustment, especially if you don’t know what to expect.
If you’re looking for some ways to learn about the culture and history of the United Kingdom that are more fun than cracking open a history book, read on to find out the very best video games set in the country, which you should play before moving there.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
This one is absolutely ideal for those looking for a crash-course in British history. Set in Victorian London during the height of Queen Victoria’s reign, players can encounter dozens of real-world figures in the game, including Darwin, Dickens, and even Karl Marx, who teach you about their respective roles in shaping British history. The game’s recreation of actual people and places is so faithful that we think this game wouldn’t go amiss as an official resource for the Life in the UK test!
This 2003 game was the first ever video game to be set entirely in London and is one that managed to recreate pretty much the entirety of Zone 1 and 2 in painstaking detail. The game is more of a Guy Ritchie gangster film than a lesson in history, but it’s a great way to get a feel for the British capital and to pick up as much regional and local slang in one sitting as your brain can possibly handle.
Glory and Britannia
If you’re looking for a game that will inspire some old-fashioned British patriotism ahead of your big move, then you can’t do much better than Glory and Britannia. This online casino game is one of the most popular slots in the country, which takes all of the tropes of popular British national myths and turns them into a heart-racing five-reel slot machine. If your interests lie in English mediaeval history and myth, such as the Knights of the Round Table and the magic of Merlin, this is the game for you.
Resistance: Fall of Man
This may not be the most cheerful way to prepare for your new life in the UK, given that the subject of the game is an extraterrestrial apocalypse, but it’s certainly worth playing simply for the fact that you get to see much more of the country than in other games. While some of the action is set in London, major levels within the game take place in areas such as York, Bristol, and even the small fishing town of Grimsby.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Last but not least is this bizarre and touching indie puzzle game set after the “rapture“, wherein the good are sent to heaven and the evil remain here on Earth. Although not explicitly set in the UK, the fictional setting of “Slaughton” is a quintessential English village, featuring countless accurate details, from nosy neighbours to complaints about the lack of bus services. If your UK journey is sending you to the ‘shires, then this is the game to play.
Video games may be a lot of fun, but they are also a helpful way to get a feel for somewhere you haven’t been to before. Consider giving these games a whirl before moving to the UK and you’ll land knowing more than you ever would have expected.