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Your TOP 10 strategy games ever

Discussion in 'Strategy and Simulation' started by Silva, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. Galdred Studio Draconis Patron Developer

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    I clearly need to make room for Shadow Empire, but I cannot kick FoG out of the list.
    I guess it could replace AT: WW2 given that they are relatively close.

    1. Master of Magic
    2. Master of Orion 1/2
    3. Dominions 1-5
    4. Civilization
    5. Sid Meier : Alpha Centauri
    6. Kohan
    7. Dawn of War
    8. Gary Grigsby 'sWorld at War
    9. Shadow Empire
    10. Field of Glory: Empires
     
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  2. Van-d-all Liturgist

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    1. Ufo: Enemy Unknown
    2. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
    3. Master Of Orion 2
    4. Civilization V
    5. Crusader Kings II
    6. Battle Isle 3
    7. Warhammer: Dark Omen
    8. Age Of Wonders: Shadow Magic
    9. Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
    10. Vanguard Bandits
    Honorable mention:
    • Front Mission 5
    • Master Of Magic
    • Company Of Heroes
    • Battle Brothers
    • Wargame: Red Dragon
    • Heroes Of Might And Magic V
    • Hearts Of Iron 3
    • Black Moon Chronicles
    • Shadow Empire
     
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  3. spectre Arcane

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    In no particular order.

    Jagged Alliance 2 (laptop guy has no stats!)
    Rome: Total War
    Supreme Commander
    Civilization (let's say, number 4, I think I spend the most hours on this part. There are no Civ games past Civ 4).
    Ufo: Enemy Unknown
    Heroes of Might and Magic 3
    Invisible Inc.
    Panzer General
    Master of Orion 2
    Dawn of War

    Honorable mentions:
    Sid Meier's Colonization
    Sid Meier's Gettysburg
    Great Battles of ...
    Silent Storm
    Company of Heroes 2
    Templar Battleforce
    Warhammer Mechanicus
    Endless Space

    Are we willing to stretch the definition a wee bit to include Shadow Tactics?
    I always considered the whole genre to be puzzle games, though one could argue
    that while strategy gaming is largely about sending little dudes to kill other little dudes and take their resources,
    it's also about puzzles. Though sometimes the puzzle has no good solutions.
     
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  4. Sinilevä Learned

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    1. Cossacks: Back to War
    2. Darkest Hour
    3. Blitzkrieg
    4. Heroes 3
    5. Crusader Kings 2
    6. Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
    7. Panzer General
    8. Dawn of War
    9. Europa Universalis 3
    10. Caesar 3
     
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  5. deadmeme Learned

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    CIV IV
    HOMM3
    Dawn of War
    Myth: The Fallen Lords
    Offworld Trading Company
    Sacrifice
    AOE 1 & 2
    Rise of Nations
    The Protectors
    Battle for Wesnoth
    Master of Orion 2
    Soldiers: Heroes of WW2, Commandos: 2 Men of Courage
     
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  6. mikaelis Prophet Patron

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    Centurion
    North and South
    Defender of the Crown
    Settlers 2
    Age of Empires 1 and 2
    Total War series (Shogun, Shogun 2 and Warhammer)
    Myth 1 and 2
    Homeworld
    King Arthur 1 and 2
    Spellforce 3 with addons (my latest RTS/RPG guilty pleasure)

    Honorable mentions:
    Celtic Legends
    HoMM 3
    Tzar
     
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  7. Niggerino Learned

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    So no one mentioned Netstorm Islands at war? Also AOE 2 cannot compare to cossacks.
     
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  8. Parsimonious cook Learned Patron

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    Strap Yourselves In
    Spellcross
    Myth 1-3
    Dawn of War 1-2
    Ground Control 1
    Homeworld 1-2
    Syrian Warfare
    Settlers 2
    Order of Battle: World War 2
    Sid meier's Colonization
    Original War

    Honorable mentions go to Warcraft 2, Star Wars: Force Commander (which got shat on by reviewers, but is actually really good), the C & C series up to Red Alert 2 and Pike & Shot/Sengoku Jidai.
     
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  9. Jason Liang Arcane

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    No one's brought up Sengoku Rance. Shame on all of you.

    1. Sengoku Rance
    2. Star Control 2


    These two games epitomize the point of strategic gaming - time as the limiting resource. Most strategy games have you struggle at the start, but by mid to endgame there's no challenge left and managing the endgame is a chore. Strategy is brought to the forefront when you are on a clock and every turn and action critical.

    3. Invisible Inc -> you are always on the clock

    Some thoughts-
    In general, a multiplayer strategy game can't be judged by the single player experience. I think there are several games that cross the threshold into strategy nirvana in high level multiplayer.

    4. Chaos Overlords <-- the AI plays fast and dirty and is horny to gangrape your ass all night long, so this one is one of the few exceptions of single player satisfaction
    5. Spaceward Ho! <-- the game that taught me to play strategy games
    6. Rance X --> A little too linear strategically but has the right mix of challenge and consequence to be genuinely fun
    7. Lords of Waterdeep --> It might be unfair to include a boardgame, but what I enjoy most about this one is learning how to play as each different Lord. Unfortunately not endlessly replayable, but satisfying while it lasts.
    8. Balance of Power for being suis generis and for *inspiring* Twilight Struggle
    9. Decker for being sort of a perfect little mix of strategy and rpg
    10. Star Wars Rebellion <--- double shame for none of you mentioning this

    Other mentions-
    Europa Universalis 3 -> The AI keeps it from being all-time great
    Pirates! and Uncharted Waters are great sandbox games but the satisfaction doesn't come from strategic challenge
    SMAC/X -> Does everything outside of strategy so well, but unfortunately one overall strategy completely rapes all others
    Sid Meier's Imperialism -> an engaging hybrid strategy experience
    Master of Orion -> The irony is that, without the right twist (see Spaceward Ho!), 4x is pretty shallow strategically
    Civ 4 -> The tech tree is too linear for this to be considered a great strategy game
    Master of Monsters/ Fantasy General/ HoMM3 -> these principles make for a fun gaming experience, but the strategic elements are linear and shallow
    Castles 2 for being a fun little wargame where the ultimate satisfaction is making the pope your personal bottom bitch
     
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  10. minakami Literate

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    Vantage Master Japan
    SMAC
    Netstrom
    AI War
    Shadow Empire
    Dominions 5
    Prismata
    Frozen Synapse
    Solium Infernum
    Jagged Alliance 2
     
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  11. snoek Augur

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    Jagged Alliance 2
    Cossacks
    American Conquest
    Wargame: Red Dragon
    Wargame: Ariland Battle
    Men of war: assault squad 2
    Soldiers: Heroes of World war 2
    Sudden Strike
    Red Alert 2
    Total Annihilation

    Worth mentioning but not great or balanced:
    The entente
     
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  12. Kalin Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Zionist Agent

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    lol shit taste
     
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  13. Rieser Educated

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    Limiting myself to one entry per franchise.

    Dominions 5
    Medieval 2: Total War
    Sacrifice
    Jagged Alliance 2
    Company of Heroes
    Civilization 4
    Victoria 2
    Master of Orion 2
    Alpha Centauri
    OpenXcom

    Not in order, though I'd feel disingenuous putting anything else than Dominions on the top considering the amount of hours I've poured into it.
     
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  14. BING XI LAO Age of Wonders fanboy Patron

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    Dominions 5 - for multiplayer tryharding, but the taste of the game's art and lore is prestigious too
    Age of Wonders 1/2 - I play multiplayer on these but the real appeal is mapmaking, absolutely beautiful stuff, and both have recent modding efforts. However they do have a lot of good mechanics too on the strategic map and a good vision/scouting game vs opponents
    Civ 4 - loads of good mods, ranging from Dune Wars Revival to FFH2 (magister and other modmods), to Sword of Islam
    MTW2 - stainless steel mod, just a shame about the crashes. I know some crashes can be fixed but I think I gave up on others, not sure.
    Sacrifice - I just don't like the controls of what is effectively a 3d game with a camera, but otherwise this game is exceptional and has a small multiplayer scene.
    Alpha Centauri - shit like terraforming that can raise land right out of the sea. I don't even know this game well but it must be great.
    HoMM3 - ultimately not as good as Age of Wonders for gameplay reasons, but very aesthetic and some fun campaigns.
     
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  15. Jigby Educated

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    Could you elaborate on this one? I was always interested in it, but I could never get into it. Partially because I don't speak nippon. What makes it good?
     
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  16. minakami Literate

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    It's basically an upgraded version of Vantage Master Online which is free and has been tranlated into English.
    No RNG, good AI, and nice artstyle. It makes me feel like playing chess.
     
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  17. J_C One Bit Studio Patron Developer Sad Loser

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    In no particular order:

    Age of Empires 2
    Rise of Nations
    Heroes 3
    Warhammer 40K Dawn of War
    Starcraft
    Red alert 2
    Warcraft 3
    Master of Orion 2 (although I barely played it, I'm still fascinated how interesting the gameplay is)
    Jagged Allience 2
    Settlers 4
     
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  18. Diablo1_reborn Busin 0 Wizardry Alternative Neo fanatic Patron

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    1. Age of Empires 2
    2. Command & Conquer: Generals
    3. Starcraft
    4. Warcraft 3
    5. Warcraft 2
    6. Worms World Party
    7. Worms 4 Mayhem
    8. Warhammer 40K Dawn of War
    9. Kingdom Under Fire: Crusaders
    10. Command & Conquer Red Alert
     
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  19. KK1001 Arbiter

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    In no particular order:

    Alpha Centauri. Hard to fuck with the atmosphere of this.
    Starcraft. The balance is a marvel of providence, fast gameplay, entertaining to watch, gorgeous to look at.
    Total Warhammer 2. I still prefer the map in original Shogun and MTW, but the variety and love that has gone into the game is great. Can't wait for the third.
    Company of Heroes. Nice evolution of the RTS genre.
    Warcraft 3. Great no frills campaign, robust online, custom maps.
    Myth 2: Soulblighter
    War in the East/War in the Pacific. Hex and counter stuff is still better IRL but these are great adaptations that make good use of computing power.
    XCOM: UFO defense.
    C&C until Generals, mostly on presentation and music.
    Dominions 4 or 5
     
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    I think there's some indie Viking-themed one on the works, but I don't remember its name right no.
     
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