The best strategy games always has a good balance between a survival element and either a great story to go with it or multiplayer to play against your friends.
Whether it is high fantasy, sci-fi or based on historical events, the best strategy games are the ones that gives you hours of gameplay. There are two basic categories when it comes to strategy games, Turn-based and Real-time strategy games.
Turn-based strategy games are usually a lot longer and aim to gives the player a feeling of real power when you accomplish your goals. They also tend to focus more on grand strategy than having a deep story connected to them.
Real-time strategy games on the other hand has rich stories and gameplay is a lot faster with everything happening right now!
You will have to do a lot of smaller missions that leads you through the story while you try to accomplish specific goals and survive, survive, survive! Luckily there are many awesome strategy games out there you can choose from to give you a great gaming experience.
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The Best Strategy Games in 2018
1. Total War: Warhammer 2 and Total War: Thrones of Britannia
The Total War Series is most likely the best and most well known strategy games of all time, with a balance between turn-based and real-time gameplay.
Playing a Total War game can take you, depending on how much you play, days, weeks or even months to finish a grand campaign, but still gives the player the pleasure to have massive real-time battles that can take anything up to an hour.
The key is to find a balance between economic management and war tactics to get the best results in your campaigns and this is what keeps the games really interesting. You will manage massive campaigns and have a lot of strategic battles through any campaign.
The Total War Series has made a wide range of strategy games depicting various times throughout history in Europe, America and Japan.
They also released Total War: Warhammer 1 & 2 that is all about fantasy, perfect for those of you who loves fantasy. The latest title in the series is Total War: Thrones of Britannia that takes you through some of the darkest times in English history on the British continent.
My opinion is that if you love historical games, you must play some of the games in the series like Rome II, Shogun II and Thrones of Britannia. If you like high fantasy games, either one of the Warhammer titles will give you hours and hours of awesome gameplay.
Or you can just play all of them if like!
Total War: Warhammer II
Total War: Thrones of Britannia
2. Civilization 6
Civilization is another grand strategy turn-based game where your main goal is to lead a chosen civilization through the times like the stone age to the modern day.
Unlike the Total War Series, it only has a turn-based gameplay with some form of military management to enjoy. There are many different civilizations to choose from and the race is on to achieve victory in a few various categories.
In Civilization you need to keep up with research to improve your technology, culture and military endeavours.
The 3 main victory conditions is through Science (establishing a colony on Mars), Culture (become the top tourist destination through arts and music) or Military (dominate every other civilization on the map). It is awesome to work your way through the different times and using the available technology to overcome scenarios that you’ll face in your campaigns.
The great part is that the maps you choose will be different and randomly generated which gives you a different experience every time.
The latest title in the series is Civilization VI that came out in 2016 and the first official expansion released in 2018 which introduced new civilizations and leaders to play with.
If you like grand strategy management games Civilization is the perfect game for you.
3. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
StarCraft is a military science-fiction real-time strategy game that are focussed on the hardcore elements of strategy games as we know it.
The world is about to get over populated and the world decides to send colonization parties to establish a new capitol somewhere in the Milky Way.
But, the computers are malfunctioning and they lose all contact with the Earth. Now it’s time to survive! Your job is to grow and protect the new capitol from invasions by weird species genetically created a 1000 years ago, all while conflict starts to brew between the human factions.
The story is absolutely great, brutal and breathtaking with many missions to do and plots to uncover. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a direct sequel to StarCraft I, so to fully enjoy and understand the whole story I suggest you play or at least watch a video of StarCraft I as it came out in 1998.
The game is perfect for fan that love’s a old school real-time strategy game with a rich story to immerse yourself for for hours of gameplay. StarCraft is also a very popular Esports title with awesome multiplayer capabilities, so you don’t have to play alone after you finished all the campaigns.
4. Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy video game that let you experience the Second World War from another viewpoint.
It is a fast paced video game with a lot missions you can play and enjoy with your friends in multiplayer mode. The main goal in every mission or round is to capture strategic points that generate resources you’ll need to build a base, recruit soldiers, vehicles and crush your opponents.
It has a great balance between managing your infantry and using your transportation units like jeeps, tanks and other personnel vehicles to have a real-time war experience.
Sometimes you really need to fight a lot of smaller battles for resource points to ultimately defeating your enemy, but that is what makes the Company of Heroes titles so fun to play.
Company of Heroes I was released in 2006 and the second in 2013, but both is still awesome and fun to play.
If you are crazy about the World War II setting and like a challenge, you will find that Company of Heroes I & II can be a lot of fun.
5. Age of Empires Definitive Edition
As one of the pioneers when it comes to strategy games, Age of Empires have revolutionized this gaming genre and set the standard back in 1998 when the first title was released.
Soon after that in 1999 Age of Empires II was released which was the star performer in the series. So why would you play a game that was released in 1999? Well, they released another addition in 2018, Age of Empires Definitive Edition which brings back all the original gameplay, but with better graphics to make it relevant once again.
You can choose between 16 civilizations, start in a particular age with the earliest the stone age and achieve victory. The victory conditions for a normal round is straightforward, defeat all the players on the map by gathering resources, building a base, recruiting soldiers and research technology.
The game takes you through several age periods where each have unique features and challenges.
If you played the older versions, you will know how much fun Age of Empires is to play, so now you can finally enjoy this awesome strategy video game in beautiful graphics with the Definitive Edition.
6. Stronghold Crusader II
If you go crazy for medieval castles and is a fan of real-time strategy games, then Stronghold is a must.
It is a simple game, but is very fun to play the campaigns and multiplayer with your friends. Stronghold Crusader II is the latest title, where you play in the deserts of the middle east with you choosing between a Crusader or Arabic campaign.
The campaigns in Stronghold Crusader II primarily focus on a range of skirmish missions you have to complete to win the game, unlike it’s earlier titles which had rich and interesting storylines.
You can also choose to play the economic campaigns to experience a more relaxed gameplay.
So, if you like to build medieval style castles and play an interesting old school real-time strategy game, you should make sure to check out the previous Stronghold games in the series.
8. Crusader Kings II
Political intrigue, invasions on all fronts and a grand strategy experience, this is Crusader Kings II.
The country is in chaos with enemy invasions on almost all fronts, betrayal in your own midst, you need to figure out how to lead your dynasty to success.
The player can do this by many different ways like strategic war tactics, marriages and even assassinations. Crusader Kings II is set in the Medieval times taking place from 1066 to 1453 (or 867 and 769 with DLC’s) with many historical figures that you’ll discover throughout the game.
The win conditions are simple, don’t die and if you do, make sure to have an heir take over to rule.
The only in-game goal is to get as many prestige points as you can. There are also a few DLC’s to enhance your gaming experience even further where with new historical figures, starting points and challenges to overcome.
Crusader Kings II is perfect for someone who likes a balance between grand strategy, government, religion and political management.
9. Supreme Commander 2
Supreme Commander 2 is a fast paced, interesting and addictive game that are extremely fun if you like a good strategy game.
The developers, from the start, wanted to put more emphasis on the characters and by telling a really awesome story.
There are three factions you can choose from, each with unique stories interwoven together to make the campaigns so much more interesting. You basically play from the commander’s point of view for each faction where the characters are all caught up in an enormous intergalactic battle.
The game starts where the newly elected president of the Coalition has been assassinated which leads to chaos, uncertainty, lost of trust and ultimately a great war between the factions. Can you solve the problems and keep the peace or will there be another infinite war on the horizon.
If you’re curious about how the story plays out, you should definitely play Supreme Commander 2.
12. Steel Division: Normandy 44
14. XCOM 2
16. Hearts of Iron IV
17. Europa Universalis IV
18. Sudden Strike 4
19. Endless Space 2
20. Ashes of the singularity
21. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
22. Empires Apart
23. Cosacks 3
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Now that you have a long list of great strategy games to choose from, you can be sure to have hours of strategy fun! I listed the best strategy games, real-time and turn-based, you can play in 2018.
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