Strategy games are many and varied.
Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historic, they all have their charms and issues.
Personally, I'm a WW2 game nut. I can't go by and decent (or even bad) WW2 game.
As far as Strategy is concerned, they dominate the genre for me. Sure, the Starcrafts and C&Cs still played a part in my gaming history, but the
following games are my picks for best strategy games.
If you have not played these games, please do yourselves a favor and do so. They can be picked up in the bargain bin these days at your local gaming
Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
(and soon to be released Tales of Valor)
The revolutionary RTS released by Relic/THQ several years ago is still going strong, and will most likely continue to cross new ground when it's next
addon is released early this year.
Ridiculously good graphics, including visible facial animations on each individual soldier when zoomed in. Quality lacks at the micro level however
unless you have a 1gb+ video card (or several of them).
Gold star also for the excellent use of physics and destructible environment. Seeing a M10 roll down a street, crush a wall and leave a gauge in the
nearby building with it's barrel never gets old.
This game tends to go under the radar of most strategy gamers. From a small developer and relatively unknown distributor, it is surprising the depth
and quality this game brings to the table.
From the beaches of Normandy to Stalingrad, and across the ocean to Peleilu Island and Okinawa, the game delivers quality WWII real time strategy,
without the sometimes irritating base building and resource collecting element.
Each battlefront is given a specific number of reinforcement points, and you can use them in the lead-up missions or save them until the big battle on
They can be used to bring in 4 different varieties of Tanks, Infantry, Artillery, AA and Aircraft.
Tactics can be as varied as you like, and it sometimes works to make the first runthrough of the big mission simply for reconnaissance purposes, so
you know what units to purchase and how to employ them.
Graphics, which were good for their time (2004ish), are now slightly dated, but still good enough not to be a distraction.
A must-have for any serious gamer.
Steel Panters - World At War
A now ancient game (over 10 years old), Steel Panthers was one of the pioneering hex-based strategy games.
Units were selected out of a resource pool at the start of each mission and deployed into a small, skirmish-sized battlefield. Players would then take
turns moving their units alloted distances, eventually coming into combat.
A great mathematical engine hid behind the graphics and calculated the chances for each shot, step and action to ensure that every match was different
The other stand-out feature was the selectable nations. You could play as literally any country that participated in the war. I was proud to be able
to command units of Australian commandos and Matilda tanks, which is a nice change from the overused Rangers/Airborne that seem to dominate every WW2
Simply put, play these games.
What are your favorites?
[edit on 4-2-2009 by fooffstarr]