Top 10 BEST Russian video games (2023)

  1. Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators (Rating: 84/100, user score: 8.7/10)

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Elemental Games, 2004

It’s the 33rd century and humankind has long become familiar with flights to neighboring planets and maintains relations with four intelligent civilizations: Maloks, Pelengs, Feyans and Gaalts. Suddenly, a new threat appears for the galaxy: the free-thinking dominator robots and the ability to regenerate – accidentally created by the Maloks. The dominators want to exterminate or insubordinate all other intelligent civilizations.

In this game by Elemental Games, the player assumes the role of a space ranger, who, through strategy, needs to save the galaxy. Players must travel to different planets and solar systems, participate in dialogues and prepare attacks against the dominators, along with their allies and repair spaceships, while taking part in ground and interplanetary battles, etc.

Space Rangers combines several genres: turn-based strategy, arcade, interactive fiction and space simulator, with elements of trade. Despite the fact that the game was released more than 17 years ago (in 2004), gameaholics still love it for its free play and indie open-world, where other ranger-bots also trade, play, upgrade their equipment and conduct acts of piracy.

The game is available on PC.

  1. Silent storm (Rating: 83, user score 8.7)

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Nival Interactive, 2003

“It’s 1943, World War II. The planet’s on fire and uncertainty lies ahead. I was there. I remember the guy, indifferent to everything, with the harmonica in the city’s ruins – he played a long-forgotten tune,” begins the trailer of one of the main turn-based strategy military games from Russian studio Nival, released in 2003.

The player creates a character, selects its country of origin (USSR, Great Britain, USA or select other countries) and profession: sniper, tank commander, intelligence officer or regular soldier. The main character commands his intelligence unit, carries out tasks and fights against a terrorist organization, which is creating a secret weapon with which it plans to take over the world.

One battle could last several hours and every choice made affects the team members’ lives and the outcome of the battle.

The game is available on PC via Steam.

  1. King's Bounty: Armored Princess (Rating: 82, user score: 8.5)

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Katauri Interactive, 2009

Released by Russian studio Katauri Interactive in 2009, the setting of this turn-based strategy game takes place in Tean, a fantasy world. The main character is Princess Amelie and her homeworld Endorya has been taken over by the archdemon Baal, along with his comrades-in-arms. But the only knight who can defeat him is in Tean. Amelie sets off in search for the knight.

In the new world, she’ll have to fight armies of terrible monsters and a breed of blood thirsty pangolins, along with a tame dragon who will protect the Princess in battle, look for treasure and help awaken the volcanoes. In the new world, players can easily move between continents by sea, recruit a sidekick for battles against villains and cast various magic spells on the battlefield.

The game is available on PC via Steam.

  1. War Thunder (Rating: 81, user score: 5.8)

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Gaijin Entertainment, 2012

One of the most popular games in the world of aviation, naval and tank simulators was created by Russian developers at studio Gaijin Entertainment in 2013.

Players can battle individually or with friends against various World War II ground vehicles, airplanes and military craft from different countries (for instance, the USSR, USA, Germany, Great Britain or Japan). Each battle lasts on average no longer than 30 minutes. And no more life bars on the screen! Everything is determined by the choice of projectiles, their trajectory and your crew. You can defeat your enemy with one shot, really – however, a player also has a high probability of dying from a single shot!

There are over 50 different maps available and many recreate real WWII battlefields. In War Thunder, you can also explore real historical battles, thanks to the ‘Events & Tournaments’ mode. It’s a complete reenactment of historical battles in their corresponding locations with a limited choice of equipment.

The game is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4.

  1. Wings of Prey (Rating: 78, user score: 7.6)

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Gaijin Entertainment, 2009

This is another successful aviation simulator made by Gaijin Entertainment in 2009. Similarly, the plot takes place during World War II. In the beginning, players assume the role of a British pilot, who is protecting his country. Then the action turns to Stalingrad and, later, to Sicily, Berlin and other cities involved in the war. All the missions merge into one storyline: pilots sink enemy ships, then protect the city from a tank attack.

Wings of Prey exhilarates players with its realistic virtual flight models, including its duration: reaching a certain destination might take dozens of minutes, just like in the real world. Any damage to the plane influences its performance in the air and a crash resembles a real catastrophe, as often seen in modern blockbusters.

The game is available on PC via Steam, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

  1. Heroes of Might and Magic V (Rating: 77, user score: 8.8)

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Nival Interactive,2006

Russian company Nival Interactive developed this world-famous strategy-game’s fifth edition in 2006. In the Askhan universe, demons still spread chaos and the characters playing for their faction will have to defeat the enemy and restore world order.

There are over 30 missions in the game, during which you can explore and seize new territories, acquire an army, improve your characters, govern cities and fight in battles with the help of more than 200 magic spells.

The game is available on PC via Steam.

  1. Beholder 2 (Rating: 76, user score: 7.8)

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Warm Lamp Games, 2018

This game is a continuation of the first edition’s so-called “snitch stimulator”, which was released in 2018 by Russian company Alawar Entertainment. In the first part, the manager of an ordinary house in a somber, anti-utopian city needs to save his family from Big Brother by collecting dirt on his neighbors.

In the second edition, the son of a bureaucrat working in the Executive Office, becomes the main character, who is trying to build a career in the department. At first, he looks at the complaints, accusations by everyday people, but later he rises higher and hopes to take the role of Minister. Players have to decide how to reach his goals: step on others’ toes and write-up his colleague, or do honest work, non-stop, helping rebels start a revolution in a totalitarian government.

The developers warn that the game contains content that’s “not suitable for all ages or for viewing at work”.

The game is available on PC via Steam, Android, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

  1. 7th Sector (Rating: 76, Player review not available)

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Sergey Noskov, 2019

Drones, travels through rainy streets with neon lights, deserted apartments; long tunnels with terrifying mannequins behind glass windows. This is how this indie-platformer game, released in 2019 by Russian developer Sergey Noskov, looks with its puzzles and riddles.

The game boasts a rich cyberpunk megapolis atmosphere in the spirit of ‘Blade Runner’, with many anti-utopian elements. Within the same storyline, the player goes through several characters’ plot lines. Each one has unique abilities and can connect to different devices, learning more about the world and influencing the game finale.

The game is available on PC via Steamand PlayStation 4.

  1. Blitzkrieg 2 (Rating: 75, user score: 7.4)

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Nival Interactive, 2005

“Americans gradually capture bases in the Pacific Ocean and while parrying Japanese attacks, they begin to take hold of their enemy’s initiative,” is how the black and white framed trailer with military helicopters begins for the strategy game by Nival Interactive. Released in 2005, the plot also takes place during WWII.

The game’s second edition closes in on the war’s main fronts from Europe to the Pacific Islands. The player chooses which country to play, e.g. the USSR, Germany, and USA. Real historical events appear with each unit, taking into consideration the weather and time of year. The player can pass around 70 different missions, command a real army of helicopters, tanks, naval vessels and ordinary soldiers and improve their experience and military rank, while simultaneously learning new combat skills.

The game is available on PC via Steam.

  1. ATOM RPG (Rating: 70, user score: 8.5)

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Atom Team, 2018

It’s an alternative 1986: the world has not yet managed to recover from a nuclear war. The only buildings left standing are abandoned, demolished by missiles from the USSR and the Western Bloc. The main character, an agent of the secret organization ATOM, is sent to the Soviet Wasteland to locate a special squad that went to explore a mysterious bunker.

Everywhere, residents of the small villages are suffering at the hands of bandits, they need to wrestle against Soviet propaganda, bottles of Stolichnaya vodka and new mutants, in order to fight ahead. In some parts, the game gets downright freaky – you can easily meet mutants who are cameramen for porn films, perverts who are crazy about kebabs and weirdos telling fables about Lenin, just to name a few.

You see, there’s loads of trash content, but ATOM fans just appreciate this crazy, vulgar, apocalyptic world with a unique Soviet atmosphere.

The game is available on PC via Steam.

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What is Russia's most played game? ›

The most popular sport in Russia is soccer. According to Yandex search analysis results rating of the most popular sports among Russians: "Football topped the list of the most popular sports in Russia" with 5 to 10 million requests.

Is gaming popular in Russia? ›

Demographics and popularity

Video games enjoy mass appeal in Russia. Males make up 58% and females 42% of gamers.

What is Russia famous for? ›

The world's largest country has the longest railway, second-largest art museum in the world and is home to many billionaires.

Why are video games cheap in Russia? ›

Because the average working Russian simply doesn't have as much money to spend on luxury items such as games. In the US people routinely spend $60 on a single game or even $80 to $100 for the Super Mega Ultra Deluxe version.

Did the Soviet Union make video games? ›

Video games in the Soviet Union were largely restricted to computer games which themselves were built on pirate clone hardware. The economic and social status of technology in the Eastern Bloc largely excluded opportunities and incentives for companies to establish entertainment entities in Soviet territory.

What sports are in Russia? ›

The Most Popular Russian Sports
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What flag is Russian? ›

The flag of Russia (Russian: Флаг России) is a tricolor flag consisting of three equal horizontal fields: white on the top, blue in the middle and red on the bottom. The flag was first used as an ensign for Russian merchant ships and became official as the flag of the Tsardom of Russia in 1696.

How Russian language was created? ›

The Russian language was shaped by several major influences. These included the 9th-century Christian missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius, who used Old Church Slavonic in their work among the Slavs, and Peter the Great (reigned 1682–1725), whose Westernizing policies opened Russian to western European languages.

How would you describe Russian culture? ›

Russian culture is shaped by an authoritarian way of thinking, so the relationship between generations is also shaped by respect and appreciation. Russian parents are mostly very protective of their kids. They usually make important decisions regarding their children themselves without discussion.

Did steam leave Russia? ›

Steam Stops All Payments to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Can people in Russia play Roblox? ›

Unlike many games companies, Roblox has not stopped or suspended trading in Russia since the invasion. At a recent Roblox developer conference, Chief Executive Dave Baszucki said Russia sees more than two million active Roblox users a day, according to Bloomberg reporting.

How many PC gamers are there in Russia? ›

Russia is the number one PC Gaming country in the world.

In terms of traditional market segments, online social and casual games are the most popular segment with 41.7 million gamers followed by downloaded PC/Mac games with almost 40 million. Of all Russian gamers, 56% spends money on games.

What is the real name of Russia? ›

The nation, officially the Russian Federation, which is commonly referred to as Russia, is located partly in Eastern Europe and partly in North Asia; it borders the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the east.

How big is Russian? ›

What is made in Russia? ›

Primary exports include oil, metals, machinery, chemicals, and forestry products. Principal imports include machinery and foods.

What is soccer called in Russia? ›

Association football is the most popular sport in Russia, since beating ice hockey by a huge margin. Men's football is overseen by the Russian Football Union, having the Russian Premier League as the first tier of the Russian football league system, with the Russian Football National League being the second tier.

What is China national game? ›

The correct answer is Table Tennis. China has not formally declared it a national sport. On the basis of popularity, table tennis is considered the national sport of China.

What is Russia's favorite food? ›

Pelmeni is considered the national dish of Russia. They are pastry dumplings are typically filled with minced meat and wrapped in a thin, pasta-like dough. They can be served alone, slathered in butter and topped with sour cream, or in a soup broth. A favorite in Russia and Eastern Europe!

Is Steam cheaper in Russia? ›

The Steam Prices website, which logs price differences across the regional Steam game networks, reveals many games are currently up to 10 times more expensive in the US and UK than they are in Russia.

Why is Steam cheap in Argentina? ›

“In Argentina the currency is devalued, the prices on Steam are regionalized, which produces the games on Steam for Argentina are much cheaper than for other countries. Normally people used VPN until months ago to change the region of their Steam account but with the latest Steam regulations, it is not so easy anymore.

Was Russia a Soviet Union? ›

In the English-speaking world, the Soviet Union was also informally called Russia and its citizens Russians, although that was technically incorrect since Russia was only one of the republics of the USSR.

How did the Cold War affect video games? ›

The Crash and End of the Cold War

From 1982 to 1985, video game sales dropped from 3.2 billion to 100 million. Atari, the video game giant, was the worst casualty of crash. After losing hundreds of millions of dollars, Atari was sold and would never regain the success it had before.

Was Tetris made in the Soviet Union? ›

Tetris (Russian: Тетрис) is a puzzle video game created by Soviet software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. It has been published by several companies for multiple platforms, most prominently during a dispute over the appropriation of the rights in the late 1980s.

What religion is in Russia? ›

Historical. Religion plays a prominent role in the public and spiritual life of today's Russia. The majority of believers belong to the Orthodox Christian denomination. Russia adopted Christianity under Prince Vladimir of Kiev in 988, in a ceremony patterned on Byzantine rites.

What is Japan national game? ›

Technically speaking, Sumo is the national sport of Japan, but with sold-out stadiums around the country, baseball is very popular. Japan's twelve professional baseball teams garner a devoted following from people of all ages.

What sport are Russian good at? ›

Soviet national teams were especially successful in ice hockey—winning numerous world championships and Olympic gold medals—volleyball, and, later, basketball. Soviet gymnasts and track-and-field athletes (male and female), weight lifters, wrestlers, and boxers were consistently among the best in the world.

What does Russian Z mean? ›

The Latin-script letter Z (Russian: зет, tr. zet, IPA: [zɛt]) is one of several symbols (including "V" and "O") painted on military vehicles of the Russian Armed Forces involved in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is speculated that the Z helps task forces distinguish themselves from other forces.

Does USA have a war flag? ›

The flag of the United States Army displays a blue replica of the War Office Seal set on a white field. Beneath the seal is a broad scarlet scroll bearing the inscription in white letters, "United States Army".
Flag of the United States Army.
NameUnited States Army Field Flag
UseWar flag
AdoptedApril 12, 1962
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What does blue mean in Russia? ›

In Russian, if someone is “blue” it means that he/she is very drunk.

What is Russia's old name? ›

Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.; commonly known as the Soviet Union), Russia became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

Is Russian hard to learn? ›

Russian is widely believed to be one of the most difficult languages to learn. This is mostly true, if you have no knowledge of other Slavic languages (e.g. Bulgarian or Czech). The grammar rules in Russian are very complex and have numerous exceptions.

How old is Russia country? ›

People have lived in the region known as Russia for many millennia; however, the traditional history of the country dates back to the year 862 when a beginning was made towards the unification of the region in a single country with the election of Rurik, a Scandinavian Norseman, as the leader of Novgorod.

Do and don'ts in Russia? ›

11 Things Tourists Should Never Do While Visiting Russia
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  • Don't whistle indoors. ...
  • Don't leave empty bottles on the table. ...
  • Don't smile all the time. ...
  • Don't sit by the corner of the table. ...
  • Don't shake hands with gloves on. ...
  • Don't shake hands over a threshold. ...
  • Always take part in toasts.

Do Russians pray? ›

Most people who identify with Russian Orthodox Christianity do not practise it formally. However, church attendance is not the most accurate reflection of observance. While only 5.4% of Orthodox Russians claim to attend church services weekly, 27.9% say they pray outside of religious services every day.

Is Steam popular in Russia? ›

Russia has 13.6 million users on Steam (11 percent of the Steam audience), but you would not know it if your games are not localized.

How do I pay for Steam in Russia? ›

First, you need to top up your wallet using any bank card, then select "Payment" and find it in the Steam search. The transfer fee is 1%, and up to 3.5% is required to be paid as a fee for transferring funds to the WMZ wallet.

What was the first Valve game? ›

Valve Corporation

Is Robux a currency? ›

Robux are Roblox's in-game currency and can be used to purchase in-game upgrades or avatar accessories.

Is Robux more valuable than Russian money? ›

Due to international sanctions against Russia, the ruble has tumbled in value—so far, in fact, it's now worth less than a Robux. That's really bad news for the ruble, because the Robux is a video game currency that's mostly meaningful only to children.

How do you get a Russian username on Roblox? ›

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How much is Factorio in Russia? ›

As shown by SteamDB (opens in new tab), the price of Factorio in Russia had held steady at ₽520 ($9) since Factorio's launch in 2020.

What sport is Russia best at? ›

What is this? Russia most popular sport after football is ice hockey. While bandy is Russia's national sport, its more recent version, ice hockey, is undoubtedly more popular. The national league, the Kontinental Hockey League, is vastly considered the second-best league in the world, right after North America's NHL.

What do Russian people do for fun? ›

Teenagers in Russia enjoy going to the movies, watching TV, going to theaters and museums, and hanging out in cafes. Soccer, hockey, and track and field are very popular in Russia, as well as volleyball, skiing, and skating. Chess is also very popular both competitively and just for fun.

Is chess the National Game of Russia? ›

But chess is most popular in Russia. No official national sport.

How popular is chess in Russia? ›

Chess is popular in Russia because ever since the Soviet-era, the game was seen as an intellectual pursuit. It hasn't always been popular in Russia, but dominating at chess meant dominating in matters of the mind.

What is Russia's favorite food? ›

Pelmeni is considered the national dish of Russia. They are pastry dumplings are typically filled with minced meat and wrapped in a thin, pasta-like dough. They can be served alone, slathered in butter and topped with sour cream, or in a soup broth. A favorite in Russia and Eastern Europe!

What is Russia's national animal? ›

Eurasian brown bear

What is soccer called in Russia? ›

Association football is the most popular sport in Russia, since beating ice hockey by a huge margin. Men's football is overseen by the Russian Football Union, having the Russian Premier League as the first tier of the Russian football league system, with the Russian Football National League being the second tier.

Is it hard to live in Russia? ›

Russia as an expat destination

Life in Russia can be quite challenging. The climate is harsh and many cities have high levels of pollution. There is also a relatively high crime rate and a number of security issues to take into consideration.

What should I wear in Russia? ›

Clothes for going out

You do not have to bring a tuxedo or an evening gown, as low-key elegance is better than extravagance. For men, a nice shirt, smart trousers and shoes won't go amiss. And for women, smart trousers and top or an elegant dress, and heels or nice boots.

Do they speak English in Russia? ›

Russia has a moderate to low amount of English speakers compared to the top 100 countries for English speaking in the world. Of the Russians that speak English, the proficiency level is usually relatively low and motivation to improve is lacking.

What is Japan national game? ›

Technically speaking, Sumo is the national sport of Japan, but with sold-out stadiums around the country, baseball is very popular. Japan's twelve professional baseball teams garner a devoted following from people of all ages.

Who invented chess? ›

While a single individual can't be named as chess' inventor, an ancient legend (opens in new tab) — an old fable that is not to be taken literally — names Grand Vizier Sissa Ben Dahir as the game's originator.

Which country invented chess? ›

Chess was invented in India around the 8th century. Then it was known as chatrang, and changed over the centuries by the Arabs, Persians and then ultimately the medieval Europeans, who changed the pieces' names and appearances to resemble the English court.

What country is best in chess? ›

Women, active only: Country rank by average rating of top 10 players
1Soviet Union18
3United States5
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Did Russian invent chess? ›

Chess first came to Russia along trade routes from Persia and India around the seventh century. As the game evolved, Russia developed some of its own rules: In the 18th century, for example, the queen could jump in an L-shape (like a knight) in addition to its usual sideways and diagonal movements.

Why are Russians so good at mathematics? ›

To bolster its science, the Soviet Union created elite math-and-physics schools and funneled the smartest math-minded kids into them. "Russia has a brilliant mathematical tradition," says professor emeritus Loren Graham of Harvard and MIT, a leading American historian of Russian science.

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