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Setting: City - Rome

Group Description

Games in which at least part of the setting is the city of Rome, Italy. The setting can be historical, present, or futuristic (including imaginary versions of the city).

While 753 BC is traditionally considered to be the year when the city was founded, Rome has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city has been successively the capital of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, the Papal States and modern Italy. It numbers over 2.8 million inhabitants as of 2017 (4.3 million in the metropolitan area) and includes Vatican City inside its boundaries.

Some of the most popular attractions featured in games are:
  • Vatican City -- the enclaved city-state which is where the Catholic pope resides and rules. It is comprised of several religious buildings, museums, gardens and most notably St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square. (e.g. Broken Sword: The Angel of Death)
  • The Colosseum -- built in 72-80 AD under emperors Vespasian and Titus, it is currently the largest amphiteater in the world. It originally housed fights between gladiators, executions, dramas and other events. During the Middle Ages it was used for various purposes such as a cemetery and as a castle, although gradually it was stripped of its stone to build other edifices in Rome. (e.g. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood)
  • The Pantheon -- built in its current form in 113-125 AD under emperors Trajan and Hadrian, the Pantheon was originally a Roman temple, although it is uncertain to whom or what it is dedicated. The main part of the temple, a circular room called Rotunda can fit a sphere with a 43 m diameter, while the dome ends with a circular opening at the top, through which a beam of light can get through from outside. Starting from the year 609 until the present day, the Pantheon has been used as a Christian church. (e.g. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood)
  • Altare della Patria -- an eclectic monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. It is a symbol of the modern Italian state where national celebrations take place every year. (e.g. along with the Colosseum it dominates the Rome circuit in Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6)
Generally, Rome is fairly popular among game developers thanks to its rich history and architecture comprising several styles, including Classical, Renaissance and Baroque. When its outdoors are depicted, Rome is shown as a culture-rich city with narrow streets and low-rise buildings. Churches, ancient ruins and classical statues are used often as well.

Limitations:
  • The game must be set in the city itself, not a surrounding area.
  • Games that simply claim to take place in Rome are permitted, even without a recognizable landmark.
  • Games that take place solely on a global or regional map featuring the city (e.g. strategy games), should not be added here.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Serious Sam 42020Stadia, Windows, Windows AppsDevolver Digital, Inc....
Rush on Rome2017Windowsfamilyplay...
Big City Adventure: Rome2017WindowsJolly Bear Games, Inc....
European Mystery: The Face of Envy (Collector's Edition)2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Ryse: Son of Rome2013Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.56
Real World Racing2013WindowsInky Mind UK Ltd...
Gran Turismo 62013PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.08
Shadows on the Vatican - Act 1: Greed2012WindowsAdventure Productions...
World's Greatest Places Mahjong2012Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood2010PlayStation 3Ubisoft, Inc....
Rhianna Ford & The Da Vinci Letter2010iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windowsastragon Software GmbH...
Alpha Protocol2010OnLive, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.59
Gran Turismo 52010PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.4.01
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft, Inc.4.04
Insider Tales: Vanished in Rome2009WindowsINTENIUM GmbH...
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans 2009Wii, WindowsSlitherine Software UK Ltd....
Assassin's Creed II2009PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox OneUbisoft Entertainment SA3.89
Romance of Rome2009Android, bada, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsAwem Studio...
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans2009Nintendo DSSlitherine Software UK Ltd....
Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 7 - The Cardinal Sins2008WindowsGrundislav Games3.78
Belief & Betrayal2007WindowsLighthouse Interactive Game Publishing BV2.95
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos2007Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Creat Studios, Inc.3.03
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights2007PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360THQ Inc.3.77
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights2007Nintendo DSTHQ Inc....
Rome: Curse of the Necklace2007Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
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Selected Covers

Gran Turismo 5 PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Gran Turismo 5
Ryse: Son of Rome Xbox One Front Cover 1st version
Front cover for Ryse: Son of Rome

Selected Screenshots

Main title
Screenshot from Ryse: Son of Rome
Title screen
Screenshot from Assassin's Creed II
Main menu
Screenshot from Romance of Rome
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