Strategy games have held their own for decades, and it doesn’t seem that the genre is going to go into a decline. Here we’ve collected some of the best modern strategy games that are worth playing if you are looking for some game of this sort.


Battlefleet Gothic: Armadas (1 and 2)

PC
Release year: 2016 (original) , 2019 (sequel)
Developer Tindalos Interactive
Theme Gothic spaceships battles

Based roughly on the tabletop game under the same name, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is all about deep space battles between massive starships of the Warhammer 40k. There are, of course, smaller ships, but the Gothic cathedrals, with the twisted, chaotic versions of them, or the gigantic bioships are where it’s truly at.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armadas 2

During the campaign, you’ll manage officer promotions, ship upgrades, and otherwise, prepare the ships for battles. The skirmishes themselves take place on a flat plane, on which you can chart the flight paths, order salvos, and watch the massive ships shoot trails of smoke,

Key features
  • Key factions of the WH40k universe are represented across both games
  • You get to upgrade ships and improve their crew between battles
  • Fully featured unmistakable aesthetic of Warhammer 40.000
  • The sequel includes Tyranid monstrous bioships


Civilization VI

PC
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2016
Developer Firaxis Games
Theme Leading a culture through history

By now probably everyone has heard about Civilization VI. The legendary series of turn-based games about taking a culture from a single city to a continent-spanning empire is nearly thirty years old and each entry makes improvements and brings new features.

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As you compete against other cultures, you’ll send scouts out, decide which technologies are being developed, or which wonders to build. There are many possible win conditions, from a conquest to being the first to launch a rocket into space, and it’s up to you to decide which one you’re pursuing.

Key features
  • Formula perfect over nearly thirty years
  • A large number of cultures to choose from
  • Neatly presented using hexagonal tiles
  • As relaxing or challenging as you want it to be


Crusader Kings II

PC
Release year: 2012
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Theme Leading a noble house through centuries

If you want to learn a little about the nitty-gritty of medieval politics on the scale of individual noble houses, then Crusader Kings II is the game you should check out. It allows you to govern all facets of a chosen (or created) family policies and action against the canvas of Medieval Europe.

Crusader Kings II Spain

As with most games from paradox, it’s full of systems, which do a good job simulating the many moving part of the depicted reality. The flipside is that many would find it quite hard to get into because of them. But once you do, you get a deep and complex strategy with more than just a few shades of a roleplaying game.

Key features
  • Complex and complicated
  • Deep historical simulation
  • The best game to simulate Game of Thrones
  • Build the most powerful family in Europe


Endless Legend

PC
Release year: 2014
Developer Amplitude Studios
Theme Comprehensive 4X in a fantasy setting

Endless Legend takes the classic 4X mechanics and solutions and plants them on the fertile ground of an original fantasy setting. You pick one of the fantastic peoples to help it flourish in a somewhat hostile environment.

Endless Legend gathers excellent reviews from critics and audiences both, and with good reason. It looks great, work even better, and like the best 4X games, gives the player the tools to build an empire. If you fancy the fantasy genre, it’s a great option.

Key features
  • Several unique civilizations to lead
  • Many win conditions with specific prerequisites
  • Completing quests allows you to learn more about the storyline
  • Different biomes impose different effects on your units


Hearts of Iron IV

PC
Release year: 2016
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Theme Leading a nation during World War II

The Hearts of Iron series takes the look on World War II on a scale no other video game series does. Far above the level of individual soldiers, or a single battle, HoI games are concerned with the grand design: the movements of armies, the war economy, and the great theories of warfare.

It’s also a Paradox game, so unsurprisingly it’s very complex and requires a lot of dedication to be any good at managing all the details. Hearts of Iron IV is the latest mainline release, carrying with it the expertise sharpened on previous installments

Key features
  • As complex as a Paradox game can get
  • Faithful to history
  • Enables many “what if…” scenarios to be played out
  • A strategic view of the grand scheme of World War II


StarCraft II

PC
Release year: 2010
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Theme Three space-faring people fight for their goals

StarCraft II is the end of the storyline began in the late 1990s, split into three chapters dedicated to each of the three sides of the conflict. It also happens to be an almost archetypal real-time strategy, ripe for e-sports.

sc2 protoss game

StarCraft 2, like the predecessor, is asymmetrical. The three sides: Terrans, Protoss, and Zergs each are played in very different ways, enabling certain tactics impossible or inefficient for other factions.

Key features
  • Three-sided asymmetrical multiplayer
  • Epic-scale story of galactic conflict
  • Two extensive expansions
  • E-sports tested


Stellaris

PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Release year: 2016
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Theme Expanding your species influence over the galaxy

A 4X from the minds of Paradox, Stellaris is a fantastic strategy game for fans of science fiction. It’s a story of a space-faring people, playing out to the backdrop of the entire galaxy, with tons of other nations and species.

In addition to directing the course of expansion and progress if the species you choose, you also need to investigate some mysteries embedded into the procedurally generated galaxies. There are even quests providing dramatic storytelling to an otherwise story-light conquest.

Key features
  • Create your own alien nation and species from scratch
  • Procedurally generated galactic playground
  • Quests and anomalies provide new challenges
  • Probably the most aesthetically pleasing strategy from Paradox


Total War: Shogun 2

PC
Release year: 2011
Developer Creative Assembly
Theme Helping a clan dominate feudal Japan

Japan has a long and storied hist5ory, and Creative Assembly’s Shogun 2 allows you to play through some of it. Although it’s not as complex as a Paradox game would be, it’s still great at modeling an inter-factional war. While the economy and politics and more abstracted, the military side gives you direct control over your troops.

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Total War games play out on two levels. One is the strategic layer, where you move armies, govern your provinces, or engage in diplomatic negotiations. The other half are real-time battles between hundreds or thousands of units. In Shogun it gives an interesting glimpse into old Japanese armaments and military units.

Key features
  • Fairly period-accurate depiction of 16th century Japan
  • Engaging, demanding real-time battles
  • Complex fortress sieges
  • Great multiplayer


Total War: Warhammer (1&2)

PC
Release year: 2016 (Warhammer 1), 2017 (Warhammer 2)
Developer Creative Assembly
Theme Total War set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe

The Warhammer Fantasy setting was created for the purposes of a tabletop wargame. It saw several strategy games in its time, and in 2016 the time came for Creative Assembly to take the setting and make a Total War game on its basis.

total war 2: warhammer triceratops riding army

The adoption of Games Workshop’s universe allowed Creative assembly to make the faction wildly different from each other, as opposed to making them roughly symmetrical like in previous games. In TW: Warhammer Skaven play differently from Dwarfs, who play differently from Elves etc. In addition to classically Total War gameplay, it also captures the aesthetic of Warhammer Fantasy, complete with many recreated units from the tabletop.

Key features
  • Many factions from the wargame are faithfully recreated
  • You can merge both games for a larger campaign
  • Each faction has a different playstyle
  • Total War like you’ve never seen it before


XCOM 2

PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2016
Developer Firaxis Games
Theme Liberating humanity from alien overlords

XCOM 2 is a story about a resistance group fighting to liberate humanity from its alien overlords. It’s also a very competent tactics game, with more than a little strategic thinking required. it’s hard, and often seems unfair, but it’s oh, so satisfying.

The core of XCOM 2 are turn-based more or less covert missions against overwhelming forces of alien-led ADVENT. There are several classes with unique abilities limited by charges and cooldowns, and on the strategic layer, you can assign research and construction tasks in your mobile headquarters. There is a lot of moving parts, but never more than necessary to stop the game from moving forward.

Key features
  • Complex tactical turn-based battles
  • Extensive customization options
  • You need to make choices of which emergency to address
  • Excellent, large-scale expansion War of the Chosen


Decisive victory

This concludes our list of ten strategy games which are definitely worth recommending. Certainly, there are many more great ones to talk about, and we will certainly update this article with more games in the future.