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Turn-based strategy games bring out the more cerebral undertones of the genre – the break afforded by ‘turns’ allows us to think, ponder and plan our moves with as much expert precision as we can muster. Witnessingthat mater plan unfold can create untold levels of satisfaction, và suddenly you fancy yourself the master tactician.

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This genre is also trang chính to lớn the ‘one more turn’ trope – that feeling of near-addiction that compels you lớn cliông chồng the ‘End Turn’ button just one more time lớn see what happens. Maybe you’re waiting lớn see the outcome of a daring attack, maybe you’re just trying to click through some downtime. We also have thebest strategy games on PCif you’re looking to exp& beyond petty concepts like ‘turns’.

This is a living menu, in the sense that there are many worthy candidates and not enough room to lớn fit them all in. Every so often (especially as new games come out), we’ll give sầu this article a refresh and an update to lớn bringgive sầu other titles their turn in the spotlight. Also, don’t be alarmed that games like Civ 6 aren’t on the list: You can kiểm tra out our guide to lớn the best 4X games lớn see our thoughts on that particular niche.


the best Turn-Based Strategy Games

The best turn-based strategy games on PC are:

Gears TacticsPanzer Corps 2Unity of Commvà 2BattleTechBattle BrothersWargrooveFrozen Synapse 2Warhammer 40,000: BattlesectorThe Battle for WesnothXCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite turn-based strategy games…

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Gears Tactics

There have been quite a few challengers to XCOM’s turn-based tactical throne in recent years. Some have sầu been good, some not so good. As much as theGears of Warthird-person shooter franchise is well regarded, we’re still surprised at how good itsturn-based tactics spin-off is inGears Tactics.Set before the events ofthe original Gears of War,this game is essentially a series of tactical battles strung together by a narrative sầu and some light progression mechanics.

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There’s no strategy layer, & while there’s some persistence for main characters it mainly revolves around loot and some basic skill-trees. It’s not perfect, but it’s imperfections stvà to further highlight just how solid the rest of it is. One innovation they’ve tried khổng lồ carry over from the shooter series is the ‘trùm battle’ elements. These vị work in the tactical sphere, but can still be a bit clunky. Still, if you’re looking for some to scratch that turn-based tactics itch, this is one of the best newcomers in a while. Read ourGears Tacticsnhận xét for more.

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Panzer Corps 2

This one’s a bit more on the hardcore side, but when it comes to lớn historical turn-based strategy games, thePanzer Corpsfranchise is king.Panzer Corps 2builds on the original game’s success and couples it with a brand new 3D engine. The scale is a bit abstract – a single tank can actually represent hundreds of vehicles – but it allows you play sweeping campaigns on maps that can represent chunks of entire countries.

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It’s a combat-focused game, so you don’t need lớn worry about building units, but you WILL have sầu to worry about keeping your forces supplied as they blitz across the map. Tactical options such as encirclement, supporting fire và breaking down units inkhổng lồ smaller ‘mini’ versions for a decent flank means you’ll have plenty of options with which lớn take that key objective sầu. It’s notso far removed from a hex-based, WW2-themed Advanced Wars.

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Unity of Command 2

An excellent strategy game that doubles up as a viable gateway to lớn the world of digital war games, Unity of Command 2 does everything its predecessor did and more. By changing up the scenario design và adding in new elements like HQ’s and more meaningful meta-campaign, few repeats of the same mission will play out the same, althoughUoChas always had a trace of ‘puzzle’ DNA within it, which is still true but not lớn the same extover as the first game.

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Unity of Commvà 2takes players to the more known waters of the Western front, starting with the closing stages of the battle for North Africa, before moving on to lớn the invasion of Sicily, Italy before finally allowing you to re-live the Normandy campaigns. As you play through the grand chiến dịch, your army units và HQs will grow & improve sầu over time, và there’s also a light card mechanic that allows you to lớn play a limited number of special actions that can make or break an offensive sầu.

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BATTLETECH

BattleTechis a meaty, ruminative turn-based mech battler that does as much justice khổng lồ its FASA tabletop roots as it does lớn making a ponderous, complex miniature game come alive sầu in digital form. Its depth and sprawl is the hàng hóa of thirty-odd years of lore và gaming, andits one of the best mech games out there right now.

This is a game that demands commitment, selling the idea of MechWarrior combat being anything but brief. There’s plenty of crunch to encounters on the tactical cấp độ, with heat and weapon management coalescing with environmental factors & position.Mechs are beautifully detailed, evoking just the right mix of old Ral Patha miniatures và the thankful modernisation ofMechWarrior Online’s artistic precedent. We also have sầu a mech build guide khổng lồ help people get lớn grips with the wealth of options.

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At the time of writing, active development ofBattleTechhas ended as the studio moves to lớn other projects, but they did release a lot of không tính tiền nội dung and three major expansions:Flashpoint,Urban Warfare& Heavy Metal.

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Battle Brothers

Battle Brothersis ostensibly theGame of Thrones:Bron Simulator. A deliciously low-fantasy mercenary manager that is refreshingly không tính phí of trope-ridden kings & kingdoms, OverHyper Studios’ hex-based combat game is immediately accessible, balanced by brutality and permadeath.

There’s a hand-crafted quality khổng lồ the game, appealing in much the same way asUnity of Comm& 2. Grim little busts of ugly mercenaries plug their way across swamps và forests, paper-dolled with whatever arms & armor you assigned, engaging in violent combat with all manner of armies. What’s most impressive aboutBattle Brothersis the impact with which it conveys every hit, stab, slice và shot.

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Each successful attack is incredibly visceral, making sure you know that there are no do-overs in theBattle Brothersworld. By the kết thúc of each encounter, the field is littered with loosed arrows, blood & corpses. Those who diedare indeed gone for good. And those that survive just may live a little longer.

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Wargroove

While not theultimateAdvanced Wars PC game we could haveasked for,this highly anticipated turn-based tactics title certainly did not disappoint when it released in February 2019. An excellent visual thiết kế coupled with a rich tactical experience across all the factions meant that this was a game that was easy khổng lồ learn, challenging to master, but never anything less than a delight lớn play.

The real strength of Wargroove however is its built-in future proofing. There’s plenty to lớn vì chưng and try out straight out of the box, but a powerful and robust editor means that there will be some fantastic user-generated nội dung coming down the pipe in the months ahead. People are already recreating maps và entire campaigns from other classics lượt thích Fire Emblem & Advanced Wars, so we can’t wait lớn see what the else the community does with the game. Read our Wargroove sầu reviewfor more.

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Frozen Synapse 2

Indie sensationFrozen Synapseis very much deserving of its accolades. A simultaneous turn-based breakdown ofCounterStrikeat its heart, Mode 7 Games condensed the fundamentals of the first-person shooter — movement, stance, speed and vectors — inlớn five-second parcels of plotting direction and behaviour. While the sequel didn’t try to lớn mess with this simple and effective sầu formula too much, it did try lớn instil a sense of purpose with a ‘big picture’ strategy layer.

Frozen Synapse 2’s main offering is a grand-strategy layer. You run a private security firm in a procedurally generated thành phố, và your goal is lớn grow, keep the other organisations in check, while also khuyễn mãi giảm giá with a mysterious new foe that’s appeared on the scene. Take contracts, hire recruits to fill out your squads, & fight your enemies in battlegrounds that vary depending on where the action takes place. The initial offering is functional & imperfect, but it’s already proven to be a great way ofoffering an excellent tactical experience with meaning and persistence.

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Warhammer 40,000:Battlesector

We’re thankfully not short on Warhammer games, và the good news is they’re getting better. Battlesector is a pretty decent attempt at distilling the tabletop game inlớn something that is authentic, but still had the flair and spectacle of a digital game. It’s similar khổng lồ a previous entry on this danh mục – Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach.

It’s been developed by the same studio that brought you Battlestar Galactica Deadlochồng, one of our favourite strategy games of all time. The game is pretty, it works quite smoothly, & overall represents an excellent foundation khổng lồ build upon, as you’ll note in our Battlesector Review.

It’s got some noticeable drawbacks too – the scenario kiến thiết leaves much khổng lồ be desired, and the chiến dịch isn’t that replayable. You’ve also only got the two factions to play with at the moment as well. It offers an excellent vehicle for you to live sầu out your Space Marine fantasies, but if you’re not a 40K fan your mileage will vary. It’ll take time khổng lồ become truly great. Speaking of good Warhammer games, the recently releasedWarhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is also surprisingly good as well.

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The Battle for Wesnoth

What kind of turn-based các mục would it be without some sort of open-source or miễn phí elder statesman of the genre? Just inching out People’s General, The Battle for Wesnoth is a sprawling suite of tactical turn-based hexery. The game itself is accommodating, the community modules vast và varied, và hechồng, it’s even been ported to phones. Wesnoth feels like it’s at an aesthetic cross-roads between traditional Japanese SRPGS and western heavy-hitters like Heroes of Might and Magic.

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Light enough khổng lồ run on the most dismal of systems, và not costing a brass razoo, The Battle of Wesnoth is truly the people’s game.

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

XCOM 2 might have sầu had some initial technical niggles around launch, but thereafter has been patched up lớn shine as intended. Coupled with War of the Chosen, XCOM 2’s pot-stirring expansion that throws antagonistic human factions into lớn the set, there’s little reason not to have sầu Firaxis’ second tilt at this magisterial series in your library.

Secondary objectives also add an interesting tension lớn the game, as well as the looming threat of a grvà alien program that cooks away in the background, harbouring a fail-state if left to lớn mature. War of the Chosen elevates XCOM 2 from admirable sequel lớn essential addition to the long-running franchise. The story might put humanity on the back foot, but XCOM has never been more ahead.

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If you’re looking at reading more, we’ve got a guide khổng lồ all of the XCOM 2 DLC available, as well as some tips và tricks khổng lồ help you get started. Forveteran players, we’ve got an XCOM 2 class guide, as well as a guide khổng lồ the best XCOM 2 mods.

More Turn-Based Strategy Games

From recent releases, to recommendations và previous entries on this list, here are some other great turn-based strategy games to check out:

Empire of SinMöbius Front ‘83Space Hulk TacticsPhoenix PointCorruption 2029Six Ages: Ride lượt thích the WindCrying SunsNarcos: Rise of the CartelsInvisible Inc.Inkhổng lồ the Breach

We’ll update this menu over time as more turn-based strategy games release that deserve sầu a top spot.