Do you like your games to require more thinking than your everyday life? If yes, you’re probably into strategy games. Strategy titles can cover anything, but for the most part, you’ll find that they’re usually all about war. It makes sense. A lot of thought goes into the strategy of battles and surrounding issues. I’ve played countless games where I’ve been put in charge of an army and a lot of what surrounds it. A lot of thought went into this list of my top five strategy games, from worst to best.
5: Sid Meier’s Civilization V
I spent many an hour taking a nation from nobodies into influential world power-houses. Civilization V may be considered simple compared to its predecessors, but I liked this. You can have fun without getting caught up in pages of micro-management.
4: Advance Wars
Intelligent Systems make some spectacular strategy games and I’ve been involved in many arguments over what’s better out of Advance Wars and Fire Emblem. The original Advance Wars is a brilliant game. It’s difficult, but bright and breezy gameplay make for amazing multiplayer sessions.
3: Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 sees you take control of a theme park, making choices on everything such as park size, attractions and the prices of chips. Seeing everything unfold into a mess of gargantuan proportions is just as fun as creating a successful park. I spent countless hours on this gem.
2: The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II
The best ever Lord of the Rings game just so happens to be one of the best ever strategy games. It’s ridiculously fun in singleplayer and used to be a blast in online multiplayer. It’s a real shame that EA never made a third Battle for Middle-Earth title as this was one of the defining series of my childhood.
Not only is Awakening the best Fire Emblem game, it is also the best ever strategy game and one of the finest games Nintendo has ever created. It tales a grand story of time travel, war and family. It’s tactically deep and ever so fun. If you take anything away from this list it’s this: play Fire Emblem: Awakening if you haven’t already.