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To celebrate the independence of the USA, Checkpoint XP wants to take you on a patriotic journey for this year’s 4th of July holiday!

Honorable Mention: Red Dead Redemption (series)

  • Cowboys are arguably the most recognizable American identity in the world. Red Dead Redemption is a love letter to the Wild West era, but it doesn’t shy away from the fact it was a savage, racist, sexist time where men killed for sport and authority was actively rejected.

5. Bad Dudes

Bad Dudes – NES Gameplay

Pure gameplay.

  • Never before has a game prefaced you with one of the most important questions known to gaming. “Are you a bad enough dude to save the President?” The answer is “Yes, yes I am a Bad Dude”. In this 1989 beat ’em up you play as Blade or Striker and fight your way through hordes of ninjas and other 80’s tropes.

4. Freedom Fighters

Freedom Fighters … (PS2)

Freedom Fighters gameplay for the Playstation 2. Played on the original console and recorded with Elgato Game Capture HD. ► PS2 playlists: PS2 – Top 10 videos etc. All my Playstation 2 (PS2) videos ► Facebook: #ps2 #gameplay #gaming #retrogaming #playstation2

  • Post 9/11 games leaned really hard into pro-American imagery (as most pop culture did as well). In 2003, this IO Interactive third person stealth shooter had a New York plumber lead a resistance group against Soviet invaders. It was a charming shooter that embraced not only the setting but the times.

3. Medal of Honor (series)

Medal of Honor Frontline Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 – Normandy Landings

Medal of Honor Frontline gameplay walkthrough part 1, campaign mission 1 “D-Day”. Played on PS2 for PS2, GameCube and Xbox. Medal of Honor Frontline Playlist – AFGuidesHD Facebook Page –

  • I know most people would expect Call of Duty in this slot. But I always felt that Medal of Honor was a much more American-centric experience. The run of MoH games from 1999 to 2003 focused on the European theater of World War II (outside of Rising Sun) and follows various Americans and their journey through the most devastating conflict in human history.

2. Assassin’s Creed 3

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered: Revisiting a Revolution for the Series | Gameplay | Ubisoft [NA]

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered lets players once again sprint through the treetops and cut through Redcoats with a tomahawk, this time in full 4K resolution, and with Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered along for the ride. But what made these games special in the first place?

  • It doesn’t get much more Red, White & Blue than the war that spawned forth the American Experiment. The Assassin’s Creed series is rooted in historical fiction, but the third mainline installment is the first to take place in the USA. Set during the American Revolution, you play as a half-Native, half-British Assassin who plays a part in some of the most pivotal moments of America’s founding.

1. Grand Theft Auto (series)

Grand Theft Auto V: The Official Trailer

Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013. Pre-order now and visit for more details. Los Santos: a sprawling metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap cable TV.

  • There is no game that is more honest about the pathologies of American culture than the GTA series. Every game from GTA III and beyond is a snapshot in time examining the norms of the time and turning them on their heads. Vice City had its Scarface laden references, GTA V its Yoga Latte passivity. San Andreas IS early 90’s America in a miniature. Every GTA reaches into an era and extracts the touchstones that define it. And no series can do it better.

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