Games that rewrote history

Which games turned back the clock to change the future?

June 18, 2013
games that rewrote history

They say everyone learns from mistakes, but what if you could correct them before they even happened? That’s exactly what these following 5 games all have in common, as each title has revealed a parallel universes, where an accident, mistake or history itself can be re-written.

Jumping back (or sometimes forward) in time is something we envy, and to emphasise this, here are the top 5 games that changed history.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time introduced a new wise-cracking Prince to the world-renowned PoP series and re-established itself as the king of platformers once again. Another innovation the game brought was time manipulation, as Dastan’s Dagger of Time could turn back the clock to give players another chance at leaping for a ledge or dodging an attack. The dagger was so powerful it erased the entire events that took place throughout the game. Players may have felt slightly defeated as all their hard work seemed to have never existed, but it was all for the greater good as gamers were exposed to a mechanic that would be exploited for many years to come. Now that’s rewriting history.

Prince of Persia the Sands of Time


Creating a time-jumping suit could cause quite a stir. Think about it, you could go back in time and change the course of history. This is exactly what happened in 2007’s TimeShift, as the sadistic Dr. Krone used his invention to go back in time and make himself ruler of the world. The only way to fix this is to go back in time yourself and rectify history by stopping Krone. A lot of time-manipulation puzzles and slow-mo shootouts ensue, and although TimeShift didn’t impress the critics, it was one hell of a ride.


Darkest of Days

If you’re looking for a little history lesson while you rack up headshots, look no further than Darkest of Days. The game throws you into some of the most historic battles in history, including The Battle of Little Big Horn alongside General Custer and 79AD Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, in order to save key people that are vital for the future. Seeing all the different locales and characters is a treat, but the real highlight is being able to put your futuristic assault rifle to the test against muskets in 1876.

Darkest of Days


Singularity is definitely one of 2010’s surprise hits with its solid shooting, intriguing setting and unique weapons. But it’s the game’s interesting story that roped us in, and it’s all thanks to some awesome time jumping. Set initially in 2010, players are thrown back to the 1950’s where they inadvertently save a Russian scientist who should’ve died. Jump back to 2010 and this man is now a fascist ruler of the World Government – not cool. So you head back in time to correct your actions and set things right with help from the TMD (Time Manipulation Device), which has some really cool tricks up it’s sleeve.

Singularity Screenshot


Free Radical’s shooter in 2000 was a smash-hit due to its super-fast gameplay and tongue-in-cheek approach. But more importantly, it offered players the chance to travel to the past and future in order to kill the notorious race known as the ‘TimeSplitters’, who were determined to destroy humanity. If that’s not a good enough reason to head back to 1935 and all the way through to 2035, then we don’t know what is!


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