Best Strategy Games to Play In 2019

The essence of a great strategy game usually is a well-balanced mix of a great story-line and the survival element or in other cases a multiplayer mode or ability to play against your friend.

Strategy games are the ones that keep your mind most occupied and hours can fly by without you even noticing it.  They can be based on actual historical events or fantasy or sci-fi based etc., but they all can fall into two basic categories: turn-based strategy games (TBS) or real-time strategy games (RTS). These basically define the way the game approaches the concept of time. But basically, it means if you are playing a game where you take turns to play – you probably are playing turn-based strategy game. But if time flows the same as in the real world and all the players can play at once, then you probably are playing a real-time strategy game.

So here are our picks for

Best Strategy Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Mode: single-player, multi-player, (online, offline)

Genre: real-time strategy game

Platform: PC

StarCraft is a military science fiction strategy game.

Though this game has an old school real-time strategy game vibe, it has a very rich storyline that’s very exciting to follow.

The story in this game is tough to explain in just a few sentences because it is so rich. But I guess the main things you need to know are: the planet Earth is about to get overpopulated, so the decision has been made to send colonisation parties to establish a new capitol somewhere in the Milky Way – Koprulu Sector. You have lost contact with the earth, and now you must expand and guard your new capitol. To put it very just – you construct a base (gathering minerals and vespene gas), build an army and ride to battle, and this is where you can get really creative choosing a way and time to deploy your forces and finesse to overcome your opponents.

Players can also choose their race. Each rase has its fascinating personality and playstyle, you can select one and become a master at it or just play all three – Terran (resourceful humans with varied technology and plenty of attitudes); Zerg (a ferocious swarm of merciless beasts that devour worlds); Protoss (ancient, noble warriors with a golden armada and advanced psionic technology).

StarcRaft is really worth a try the story behind the game is , and you can play in real time with other players out there online both in one team and as enemies.

https://starcraft2.com/en-us/

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: turn-based strategy game

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch

Civilization series game Civilization VI is another very substantial turn-based strategy game. Civilization first game was released in 1991 that is more than 28 years ago. This game is considered to lay the groundwork for strategy game genera. And Civilization VI is considered to be the best one yet.

The game was released not so long ago in February 19th 2019.

Civilization VI is turn-based only, with some military management as well. You can choose your type of civilisation from various civilisations (form, race etc.)

There are three main victory conditions: Military – to dominate all the other civilisations in the world; Culture – with the help of art and music, become the most visited destination in the world; Science – to establish a colony on Mars. It is fascinating to get to form a civilisation through different times using the technology that was available at that time and conquer various scenarios in your campaigns.

Also, playing this game many times won’t be boring because the maps that you will be using will be different and randomly generated which will guarantee new experiences every time.

In Civilization VI players get to build a civilisation from a single tribe in the stone age to a world dominating superpower in modern day, one turn at a time.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia and Total War: Three Kingdoms

Mode: Single-player, multi-player

Genre: Balance between turn-based and real-time strategy game

Platform: PC

If you are not a newbie looking for the very first strategy game to play, then you probably have heard The Total War Series strategy games.

The Total War Series has a wide range of strategic games depicting different times throughout history all over the world.

The balance between TBS and RTS lets you play this game for days, weeks, even months to finish one grand campaign but it also allows you the joy of participating in massive real-time battles that can last up to one hour.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a strategy game that is based in 878 AD, after the Viking invasion of The British Isles by the Great Heathen Army and after the death of Ragnar Lodbrok. In this game, your goal is the power over the Isles.

Total War: Three Kingdoms was announced on January 10th 2018 and is set to be released on May 23th 2019. This game brings the player to a new land of an Ancient China where the ancient dynasty of Han is in charge. The year is 190 AD and the child Emperor Xian of Han is set on the throne to be Dong Zhou’s puppet. In this game, some heroes are fighting the tyranny, but their alliance can be quite fragile at times because of their ambitions. As a result, divide China leading up to the rise of the Three Kingdoms period.

In this game, you will succeed if in your campaigns you will manage to find the balance between economic management and war tactics. In this game, you will manage not only massive campaigns but also have strategic battles while managing campaigns.

But if you like not only history but also fantasy genre, then you are in for a treat because The Total War Series has released games such as Total War: Warhammer 1 & 2 that are fantasy games.

https://www.totalwar.com/games/thrones-of-britannia/

Company of Heroes

Mode: Single-player, multiplayer, (online, offline)

Genre: real-time strategy game

Company of Heroes is a great war themed real-time strategy video game. Game is set during World War II.

In multi-player mode, the players’ goal is to capture strategic resource sectors that are located around the game map. Then players use it to build base structures, make new units and defeat their enemies.

In a single-player mode, the player commands two U.S. military units during the epic Battle of Normandy and the Allied liberation of France.

Depending on a mission the players get to control either Able Company (29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry) or Fox Company (101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR).

There is even a movie made based on this strategy video game also called Company of Heroes.

Company of Heroes has a sequel Company of Heroes 2 where the year is 1941, and you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army and you fight in frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from Nazi invaders; you are a part of a conflict that is the bloodiest in World War II and resulted in 14 million deaths. Company of Heroes 2 also has amazing chapters such as Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies; Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault, Company of Heroes 2: The British forces.

http://www.companyofheroes.com/games/company-of-heroes

Stellaris

Platform: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Stellaris is an amazing 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate ) real-time strategy video game that will provide you with the opportunity to build and manage a civilisation in space. That includes managing science development, construction, space ships and military tasks.

The year is 2200, and you already are in space, and you start to build your civilisation that you can create yourself by creating your custom species with unique traits or you can just choose one of the many pre-made empires.

Stellaris has really engaging gameplay. You will colonise remote planets (there are many galaxies with thousands of planets) and integrate alien , and you will do that by choosing to walk the path of diplomacy or maybe expand through war. All by enjoying some stunning space visuals.

https://www.paradoxplaza.com/stellaris/STST01G-MASTER.html

Steel Division: Normandy 44

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC

 Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a tactical real-time strategy game. In single-player mode, it pits players against AI enemies or in multi-player mode against several opponents in 10-on-10 massive battles.

This is another game for history lovers since it puts players in charge of sophisticated and historically accurate tanks, troops, vehicles all set in the peak of World War II. You can choose one of the legendary military divisions from six different countries: United States, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, France.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 will soon have a sequel called Steel Division 2, set to be released in May 2nd 2019. It will have an option of eighteen divisions with the capability to choose from six hundred units when building a deck.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/572410/Steel_Division_Normandy_44/

Spellforce III

Mode: Single-player, multiplayer

Platform: PC

Gameplay: real-time strategy video game

Spellforce III is a fantasy video game that perfectly balances between real-time strategy and role-playing game (RPG). The year is 518; the war has devastated the country; you need to attempt to restore stability in the country.

Like in RPG games players can create their own hero by choosing characters skills and attributes from a very complex system that most definitely will make every character unique. Also, you can create not only one but up to three companions, and each of them can be different as well.  Also, your characters can equip items such as armour, weapons, jewellery that can affect characters capabilities etc. 

If you like fantasy games, you are in for a treat since in Spellforce III fantasy plays a significant role. You will be using magic and spell casting during combat. In various maps you will construct buildings, gather resources to create additional units with fixed abilities.

https://spellforce.com/#home-page

BattleTech

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Gameplay: turn-based strategy video game

Platform: PC

BattleTech is a turn-based strategy video game. The year is 3025, Succession Wars Era. Here you become a mercenary commander, and you lead a team of powerful combat vehicles that are called battlemechs. And hers where you get creative because you choose each battlemechs model, armour, plot, skills, armaments. You control a team of four battlemechs (a lance) in combat.

The world is at war, there are noble and powerful houses at war with each other, and you can choose one or more houses to serve.

http://battletechgame.com

Endless Space 2

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: turn-based strategy video game

Platform: PC

Endless Space 2 is a 4X turn-based strategy video game.

At the start of the game you will be provided with a choice to choose from one of nine significant factions each with their own storyline, spaceships, heroes, technologies, homeworlds and asymmetrical gameplay. You are given control of an empire. You must expand by conquering systems throughout the galaxy and compete with other empires who also are trying to win the game. You can interact with other empires by declaring war or forming alliances or sending tributes.

The nine factions are: The Sophons (they put the emphasis on science and technological progress); The Cravers (living weapons, their goal is to consume systems and everything that stands in their way); The Lumeris (revolves around trade, economic growth and deals and doing business); The Vodyani (victims of over-industrialization, saved by the technology culled from ruins of the Virtual Endless); The United Empire (for them resources are finite and if someone else has them it means that they don’t and that can’t stay like that); The Horatio (rich and eccentric billionaire who after a few decades of experimenting with cloning has achieved something between perfection ad pure madness); The Riftborn (thinkers, engineers and fighters with strange time-shifting abilities); The Unfallen (they only know their homeworld of Koyasil and prefer the peaceful study of near worlds rather than discover what is far); The Vaulters (stubborn and resilient people that have spent centuries seeking a home). And this is just a short, brief description of the races; there is such a rich story behind every one of them.

https://www.endless-space.com

Northgard

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC

Northgard is a real-time strategy game that is based on Norse mythology.

Brave Vikings after years and years of tireless explorations have finally discovered a new land that is full of mystery, danger and riches, that land is Northgard.

Players get a chance to control a clan of Vikings where they fight for the control of Northgard.

In Northgard you will have to build your settlement on Northgard, assign your Vikings to various jobs (warrior, farmer, sailor etc.), manage your resources and survive the harsh winters, acheve different victory conditions (Fame, Lore, Conquest, Trading etc.).

There are four different ways that you can play Northgard: Solo Story Mode where you play Rig, the son of High King and attempt to revenge in the unforgiving wilderness of Northgard; Single Player Skirmish where you play one of the seven clans and discover each of their specifications; Northgard: Ragnarok where you fight for survival in an environment full of death and unknown mystical creatures; Competitive Multiplayer where you get to compete against other players on games dedicated servers, climb the ladder from Wood League all the way up to Rimesteel League.

http://northgard.net

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC

Age of Empires is another pioneer of strategic games, first released in 1997. Age of Empires is a history-based real-time strategy video game. At its very core the game allows the player to be the leader of an ancient civilisation and advance it through four ages – the Stone, Tool, Bronze and Iron Age, all while gaining access to new and improved units with each advance.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition was released on February 20th, 2018 with incredible 4K resolution, a remastered soundtrack and many gameplay improvements.

The player can choose one of 16 civilisations. The victory is yours if you defeat all the players on the map by building a base, recruiting soldiers, gathering resources and researching technology.

https://www.ageofempires.com/games/aoe/

Empires Apart

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC

Empires Apart is an exciting free-to-play real-time strategy game that is set in medieval times.

In this strategy similar to other medieval time strategy games you get to lead your civilisation to a victory by gathering food, wood, gold, stone, building military and economic structures, trade, raise an army etc. There are six civilisations, but you unlock your way to them by starting with Byzantines civilisation. There also are civilisations such as French, Chinese, Arabs, Aztecs and Mongols.

This game is totally free of charge to play, though it wasn’t like that at the beginning. It became free-to-play only in October 11th 2018, everyone who played the game before this date paid the full price for this game, but now they are recognised in-game as Founders, and they gain immediate access to all six bases, and in future, they will be the ones to get access to exclusive content.

Supreme Commander 2

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC, Xbox 360

Supreme Commander 2 is another massive-scale real-time strategy game.

This game is a sequel to Supreme Commander, and the story begins with the new Presidents assassination, and that causes the breakup of the coalition and chaos. There are three fractions that you can choose from, each with a unique story of course.

Whether you are playing in skirmish or multi-player mode, you start with an Armored Command Unit (a large and powerful, construction-capable unit), that is your avatar in the battlefield. You have to build massive extractors and power generators that will produce energy and research facilities that provide research points faster.  But you also can choose to create air, land, factories, sea units etc. Your goal here is to collect enough points and unlock experimental units that are large and produce significantly more power than other units and buildings. And at the end victory is yours if you destroy your opponents Armored Command Unit.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/40100/Supreme_Commander_2/

Crusader Kings II

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: grand strategy video game (a wargame that focuses on grand strategy – military strategy)

Platform: PC

Crusader Kings II is a wargame, grand strategy video game that is set in the Middle Ages.

In the game, the player controls a Medieval dynasty from 1066 to 1453. The player works to achieve success for their dynasty by the strategic use of war, marriages, assassinations etc. The additional layer of the strategy of weddings is that the children will inherit many traits, culture, religion and skills from their parents and guardian. So, you have to make marriages that are not only beneficial alliances but also a marriage that will make children with strongly heritable traits that will strengthen the dynasty.

This game is unique because it contains many historical figures such as Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Ivar the Boneless, William the Conqueror etc.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/203770/Crusader_Kings_II/

Ashes of The Singularity

Mode: single-player, multi-player

Genre: real-time strategy video game

Platform: PC

Ashes of The Singularity is a massive-scale real-time strategy video game. Here the story is that the human race has expanded into the galaxy thanks to significant new technologies. Now humanity has a new enemy that threatens their existence. They call themselves Substrate, and their goal is to wipe out all human race.

You are the member of the Post-Human Coalition, and you have to deal with humans trying to lay claim to their own worlds and deal with this new menace.

Your main goal is to handle thousands of different units engaging in combat simultaneously all across massive maps.

And whichever game mode you decide to play the strategy will always come first. You have to decide what technologies to research, where is the best to send your armies, manage your economy, what units need to be constructed etc.

https://www.ashesofthesingularity.com