Best Strategy
Click. Click. BOOM. Strategy games are the bedrock of PC gaming, capitalising on the addictive nature of amassing huge armies and wealth, or constructing a sprawling metropolis from the comfort of your own chair. Strategy games run the full gamut from fast combat-focused competitive titles through to the ponderous thinking-man’s city-builders, with everything in-between. Refining what works and expanding on something we have played before only gets a game so far, but nominees for the Best Strategy Award offer you something more.
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A bit of an experimental effort from Creative Assembly, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia hones in on a smaller-scale flashpoint - the battle for Britain between the Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans and Viking settlers. It’s a far more manageable game for this, and what it lacks in surprises it makes up for in its fascinating setting and refined gameplay.
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It’s sadly a well-kept secret, but Valkyria Chronicles is easily one of the best turn-based tactical strategy series in existence. Having gone portable for the previous two outings, Valkyria Chronicles 4 gets the series back on track with an alternate-reality WW2 that features an incredible third-person shooter battle system, massive battlefield maps, and a lengthy story campaign.
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A magnificent finale to a tremendous trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 is grim, beautiful, tactically demanding, and a fitting end to a masterful indie strategy series. This is heart-wrenching drama set against the backdrop of a Viking battlefield, a world of twists and turns, betrayal and savagery.
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