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7 Best Games That Use Python – GameRant

Python is not the most common game programming language, but thanks to its ease of use, it has helped create some memorable titles.
Python is one of the most popular coding languages out there. Its easy-to-learn syntax gives flexibility and ease of use. However, Python is not the first coding language that comes to mind when considering video games. With that being said, there are some big games that are run using Python.
The reason behind this may come down to Python’s benefits of being faster than most other languages to write and build. Unlike other computer languages, Python reads like English, making it much simpler for the user to read and work with. It's a powerful and easy-to-use language; without it, these games would not be the same.
The confusingly-named Battlefield 2 is actually the third installment of the franchise and was released in 2005. It is the first modern-setting installment of the battlefield series. Set around 2007, the game sets a fictional war across the United States, the European Union, a middle-eastern coalition, and China. The Battlefield franchise was once one of the biggest names in the first-person shooter genre, but is losing popularity in recent times.
This title was an ambitious project that wanted to lift the scale of the game further than before. For all of its add-ons, Battlefield 2 uses Python for a lot of the background work, like server controls. The game needed Python to help create a multifunctional system. The product of engineering was a great online experience that was revolutionary for its time, such as large-scale combat that required using real-time voice chat to engage with other players.
There is little need for an introduction for this franchise, but it may surprise some players to find out this game uses Python. The Sims 4 is a classic simulation game, developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The longevity of this franchise is something to behold as it has changed over the years. It recently changed to a free-to-play model on October 18, 2022. Eight years after its release, it is still going strong.
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As the name suggests, this game allows players to create an avatar to control. The gameplay revolves around simulating a life for a “Sim.” The game uses a custom-developed game engine, with this engine it allows for multiple add-ons and flexibility in gameplay, including an active modding community.
TaleWorlds Entertainment fully released the iconic medieval strategy RPG Mount & Blade in 2008. In the game, the player creates a character and can traverse the land of Calradia. Whether they choose to be a trader, a warrior, or something in between, Mount & Blade gives players the freedom to choose their own game style. It is an addicting experience with unique combat mechanics, a historical background, and a large modding community that helped push the limits of the game further.
The sequels to Mount & Blade were equally successful making it one of the best-known medieval RPG franchises available. The successful franchise has come a long way, but it owes its humble beginnings to Python as the modding capabilities for Mount & Blade were built using Python.
World of Tanks is an MMO game developed by Wargaming. Players can take control of some of the best 20th-century tanks and combat vehicles. It is free to play and has a sizable player base. Players can choose from over 600 combat vehicles to take out their enemies and explore vast maps. BigWorld engine is used for the server side, and it is largely written using Python. And it doesn't just stop there, as World Of Tanks uses a plethora of programming tools.
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The UI uses Flash, which surprises some people, but it works well. However, even that is subject to change depending on which platform the game is being played on. For example, the game uses unique clients for Xbox or Mobile. Game development is complicated, it seems.
EVE Online is a huge game in size and in history. For around 20 years now, EVE Online has been a mainstay in the MMO scene, it truly is a pioneer of the genre. It’s set in a science-fiction universe where players can become anything they want: traders, miners, pirates, or mercenaries. It is complex, there is no denying that. New players will need to slog through a steep learning curve but are rewarded with a completely unique product.
Once again, it is a complex game that requires Python to keep it running. The game’s client and server both use Python for the bulk of the work.
Sid Meier’s Civilization is widely recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all time. Players take control of a newly-formed civilization and must guide them from the basics of human origin to the heights of space exploration. There are certain paths to victory: diplomacy, warfare, and technological advancement. Players must traverse all three to become the greatest civilization the world has ever seen. It is easy to pick up and play with friends, making it an instant classic with value for money as it can be played over and over.
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There are so many randomized maps and countless hours of addicting turn-based fun to be had in Civ IV. Like a lot of the games on this list, Python enables a lot of the modding capabilities. Furthermore, one of the best parts of Civ IV is creating custom maps to play on. This is also compatible with Python.
A now technically defunct Disney game, Toontown Online was a children's MMO that gained a cult following but was eventually closed in 2013. The original game was completely written using Python throughout its development. The game was ultra-safe with a wacky Disney atmosphere, allowing players to create basic avatars from presets and explore Toontown without fear. It was so popular that fans even held Toonfest, a festival in honor of the game.
Now a fan-made replica is available for any nostalgia hunters. Python is still used to carry on the legacy of the original game, as the people behind the remake advertised job vacancies for people who know Python.
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Derrie Thickett is a freelance List Writer for GameRant. Derrie's love for video games started when he received a copy of The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind as a Christmas gift. He can usually be found in the kitchen making another cup of tea. 


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