Sure, there are some games that are best suited to consoles. But when it comes to strategy games, P.Cs rule the roost. The ability to quickly traverse across the screen and the familiarity of the point and click mechanic makes the experience unparalleled. Not to mention you have an entire keyboard full of shortcuts you can customize to your liking. As such there are hundreds of strategy games for the P.C, each vying to give the best experience in both singleplayer and multiplayer. 2018 has seen its fair share of releases in this category and five games stood out to us. You should pick them up at the first opportunity and play them. Here they are;
1. Frozen Synapse 2
Frozen Synapse was a sleek, streamlined tactical squad combat game released in 2011. A tight variety of weapon types and smart asynchronous multiplayer helped it to stand out. Now, the 2018 sequel plans to couch these combat encounters in a procedurally generated city populated by embattled corporations. As in the original game, you give orders to your neon operatives in five second bursts by drawing out pathing and aiming instructions, then you press 'go' and watch your orders play out. The core combat is proven and tested, but we'll have to see how the addition of an overworld relic-hunting metagame builds on those fine foundations. The digitised cut-glass cities already look gorgeous.
2. A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War fans waiting for a return to history could be in for a treat as The Creative Assembly debut the "Saga" series. It's a sizeable Total War game with a much tighter focus on a particular flashpoint in history, namely the aftermath of Alfred the Great's victory against the Vikings at the battle of Edington. Three factions are poised to fight for control of the British Isles, but the country is rendered at a much greater scale than we've seen before in a Total War. More for us, right?
I’m currently playing this game and I can personally attest to its addictive nature. It’s a turn based strategy game about giant robots after all. You spend half of your time engaging enemies with a squad of highly customisable mechs, and half managing your mercenary organisation in a tough universe where betrayal is a constant risk. The game really shines because of the way they have balanced complexity and approachability. There are a ton of things you have to get a grip on. Not only do you need to be an excellent tactician in the battlefield scenarios, you need to be an excellent resource and team manager as well. Despite all this, if you pay attention and go slowly, you’re never overwhelmed and are constantly rewarded for wise play.
4. Into the Breach
It is a good year to be a mech fan. Into the Breach is a turn based tactical combat game set over a tightly limited turn count. In each encounter you have to survive an onslaught of giant creatures burrowing up from beneath the planet's surface. However, where many strategy games rely on dice rolls and happenstance to generate drama and tactical dilemmas, Into the Breath shows you everything. You know exactly how and where each enemy is going to strike next, and how much damage they will do. Then it's up to you to craft a perfect series of attacks to push enemies around the battlefield and blow them up for sweet XP.
5. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
This is a dream remaster of one of the best loved PC strategy game series ever. Almost all of us have played this game. This was the original. This is the one that started it all. And now it is back, better than ever. The art has been updated to look good at higher, modern resolutions, the population cap has been increased (which means bigger armies), you can zoom out, pathfinding is easier and you can even attack move. All this is set to an “enhanced orchestral soundtrack.” The package includes the original campaign and scenario editor. Get set to “Hoyo Hoyo!”
Strategize and conquer!