Video games have come a long way in the last 50 years. Before games like "pong" were available for home gaming. People had to pump quarters into arcade machines. Soon after pong, came games like Pac-man and Dig Dug. Fast forward to today, and the video game industry is raking in over $135 billion dollars a year. Featuring games that have amazing graphics and deep storylines. Games that take place in places all over the country. Mostly metropolitan areas like New York City or Los Angeles. But, how many huge video games have been inspired by Montana?

Now, obviously, there are plenty of "hunting games" that feature Montana as a place to bag big game. But, we chose not to include those in the list. We are talking about HUGE blockbuster video games that were inspired by the state of Montana.

1) FAR CRY 5

This game makes the top of the list. It was not only inspired by Montana but actually takes place IN Montana. The names of landmarks and towns are changed, but the fictional "Hope County, Montana" features a lot of familiar geography. Everything from the Clearwater Junction Steer to the Old Montana State Prison. This first-person shooter is by far one of my all-time favorites.


Far Cry - New Dawn is an addition to FAR CRY 5. The game map is slightly smaller but still has plenty of recognizable Montana features. If you ever wondered what Montana would look like after a nuclear holocaust, this game will give you a solid guess of what it may be like.

3) Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

When you think of Montana, you think wild west. What is more wild west than a gun-slinging bounty hunter?

According to Wikipedia

The game tells the story of Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter in the American West during the second half of the 19th century.

One of his bounty targets just so happens to be the one and only Henry Plummer, former sheriff of Bannack, Montana, who was accused of leading a gang of murderers and thieves called the Innocents.

4) State of Decay 2

Now this game is one of my favorite survival games. It is not your typical zombie game. Granted you do find yourself running from massive hoards. Most of this game centers around gathering supplies to survive and thrive after a zombie apocalypse.

While playing the game, you cannot help but notice some familiar names. With radio broadcasts mentioning Missoula multiple times. Not to mention one of the locations in the game named after Montana's Irish General, Thomas Meagher.

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