Having come a long way since Duck Hunt and Tetris, video games have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Video games depict a wide variety of worlds and many of them try to replicate real life. Video games can make you a criminal, cop, chef, guerilla, and of course, a soldier. Some of these crazy video games can be realistic. Others can be more silly and fun. Video game makers aren’t stupid, and when they design a realistic video game, they often consult with experts in the field. Given the popularity of military video games, creators rightly consult with the men who’ve been there and done that.

So, today, we’ve gathered five of the crazy video games that veterans have had direct input on.


1) Close Combat – First to Fight

I loved this game as a kid. As someone who wanted to be a Marine, this game put me in the shoes of a fireteam leader armed with an M16A4, an Acog, and an M203 and let me fight a fictional war in Lebanon. I ordered my teammates, set suppressive fire, and dropped grenades and three-round bursts on tons of bad guys. It wasn’t a crazy video game involving fighting for nuclear weapon codes. It was just a game about a lance corporal on the ground doing his job.

Close Combat - First to Fight

Marines from 3/1, fresh out of Fallujah and Operation Phantom Fury, advised Destineer studios on the game. They helped craft a realistic experience for Xbox and PC. The creators made a game in which smart decision-making was rewarded.

I played this game to death, and when I was a Marine, my squad leader happened to be one of the many who had advised on the game’s creation.


2) Medal of Honor Warfighter

Medal of Honor Warfighter was a sequel to the Medal of Honor series’ reboot. The game took place during the early days of the Afghanistan invasion and placed you in the shoes of a special operator destined to save the world! Okay, it wasn’t a Tom Clancy game, but it did deviate into the world of spies and black operations. Input from guys like former Delta operative Larry Vickers added a level of realism.