Strategy games encompass a large variety of games and are one of the most popular genres out there. Any game where the choices that a player makes determine the outcome, can be considered a strategy game. Instead of that brute force or technical prowess, strategy games are won through tactics and decisions.
Let's now take a look over some of the best PS4 strategy games.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Embodied in complexity and stunning visuals, this game is distinctive because it will challenge your mind. It will take you to a collapsed galactic civilization where rival factions will endanger your life. However, Planetfall might not be the best decision for beginners. Due to detailed and comprehensive tutorials, and ambitious tactics and battles, new players could feel more comfortable with one of the earlier Age of Wonders releases. On the other side, the experienced ones will find this sci-fi game to be rewarding and imaginative experience with novel ideas.
This new entry from a cult franchise feels welcoming for both newbies and veterans. It’s a prequel that doesn’t require being familiar with the details and references, which makes it easier to get drawn into the story. The game loyally portrays the Wild West vibe and sceneries, never missing out to look realistic. The lush and diverse nature is captivating, but it’s the masterful gameplay that makes it worth playing. It includes a myriad of situations that one can approach with roughly five tactics, so it’s not surprising that it might take 25 hours to finish the game.
For Sid Meyer’s fans, this epic installment brings a fresh approach and changes that make it bold, deep, and challenging. This game requires forward-thinking, planning, and patience. It also introduces different city building, research, and government that improves an already extraordinary game. The diplomacy is probably the biggest enhancement because now you don’t have to fear that AI will suddenly declare war on you. This time you have more insights into the goals and agenda of other leaders. Civilization VI simply takes strategy and the franchise to a new level, assuring that you are an addict that keeps wanting more.
Have you ever dreamed about creating your very own city? It's something no human alone really ever gets to do. However, Cities Skylines allows you to get creative whilst deploying your own strategy to engineer a successful outcome. With multiple objectives, you'll need to think outside of the box, helping to eliminate problems with solutions. From raising and lowering taxes to resolving pollution issues, it's your decisions that will ultimately make or break the citizens of your city. Some scenarios are difficult and you'll need to deploy a strong strategy to succeed. What's more, this game is realistic, better than previous attempts at this genre, such as Sim City. The visuals are great and the snowy effects look stunning - yes, the weather helps to add a new level of detail into game play - after all, snowed-in citizens struggle to get to work. You catch my drift? There are so many variables that this game is a must play. Perhaps better suited with a mouse and keyboard (see down below for more info) this game plays well on the PS4. Test-drive your business skills, creativity and strategy with Cities Skylines, you'll find that you spend endless hours developing the perfect city.
XCOM 2 is a turn-based game where the player gives orders to squad mates in an attempt to repel the alien invasion. The game takes place twenty years after foreign forces have forced the leaders of Earth to surrender. Alien invaders have built large cities that they pretend to share with humanity while enslaving all within city limits. Any human that disagree with their agenda is hunted and executed. The remaining XCOM forces start a global resistance, trying to eliminate the invaders before they succeed with their plan.
Tooth and Tail
Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game much like Starcraft or Warcraft but without the complicated mechanics and tech trees. Instead of commanding mass amounts of units that you pit against your enemies base, the control is much like the game Pikmin where one central unit controls your smaller groups. In a society where anthropomorphic animals face a food shortage, the which animals selected for slaughter has fallen apart. Four factions fight against each other in a neverending battle to decide who will be eaten.
Plague Inc: Evolved
Plague Inc: Evolved is a real-time strategy and simulation game. Players create and evolve a pathogen where the goal is to destroy the world with your deadly plague. This game has such a realistic model that the developers have been asked to speak at the CDC about their model. With multiple types of diseases and many scenarios, there are endless ways that you can spread your virus and destroy the planet.
Disgaea 5 is a tactical roleplaying game that is the sixth edition of the Disgaea series. In Disgaea 5, the story revolves around the concept of revenge. An evil demon emperor named Void Dark is on the warpath destroying countless worlds shortly after he comes to power with the help of his loyal army called The Lost. Groups of survivors in some of the damaged worlds rise and attempt to take revenge on the demon emperor.
Skulls of the Shogun
Skulls of the Shogun is a tactical turn-based game where you play as an undead samurai cut down in his prime. Japenese General Akamoto is murdered by an unknown enemy and finds himself waiting in line at the pearly gates. After finding out he must wait for centuries to be judged, he decides to fight his way into the afterlife. Each level, the player will take turns moving units towards the boss of the level. The player can take advantage of many different types of undead forces as the player fights their way through each level.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a stealthy turn-based tactics game. When a new shogun finally unifies Japan after many years of constant war, a new warlord is threatening to jeopardize the country’s new stability. The player is in command of a squad where they must infiltrate a heavily guarded compound where each enemy has a cone of vision that has to be avoided.
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is a tactical turn-based game loosely based on the World War II error of Europe. The player views the map in an overhead view and zooms into a particular zone to help capture that area. Two superpowers, Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance in the east and the Atlantic Federation in the west, fight over a precious material called Ragnite.
Invisible, INC. Console Edition
Invisible, INC. Console Edition is a stealthy turn-based tactics game. The player works through missions acquiring resources in an attempt to relocate their master computer to a new location while acting as the mastermind behind an espionage agency that is under attack. In three days, the player goes on various tasks to prepare for the final mission. Each mission is a turn-based system where the player has a certain amount of actions to complete the mission objective.
Who doesn't like dinosaurs? These pastimes are the fascination of today, and the more we discover about these once-earthly creatures, the more interesting it gets. For any movie fan, you're sure to know about the Jurassic Park series. Well, this game is based around the movie, sort of, and allows you to play as god, making you the decision maker when it comes to running your very own Jurassic World. However, many variables are in place, strategy and decision making are the key ingredients when it comes to achieving the goals set. For those who have played Planet Coaster on PC, this game does have similarities, since it's the same creators. Jurassic World Evolution is visually stunning with gorgeous weather effects. The gameplay is decent but has come under some criticism since fans wanted it to be closer to Planet Coaster, and whilst similar, it went down a different more unpopular route. The complexities put some off, and it's somewhat understandable. With that said, Jurassic World Evolution is far from an average game, but we all know it could have reached toward a 10/10 opposed to an 8/10. Still, any strategy fan must add this game to their collection.
Strategy games are often enjoyed best by using a mouse and keyboard, and whilst the DualShock 4 Controller does incredibly well for this genre, you can read our guide on the subject of using a mouse and keyboard with the PS4.
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