Strategy games are still loved by millions of players around the world and why not? It is simple to run an entire nation or an army is making us a little bit like political gods. Of course, the Strategy games branched up over the last 20 years or so. The days of RTS games are not over by they are a smaller portion in the pool now. When we are taking a look at the last decade we can see Grand Strategy Games became a universal norm, these games are giving depth to the players that they want out of a historical strategy game. Strategy games such as Total War are still going strong even though they had some hiccups along the way.
Strategy games changed and this is done with the player’s input. Today the games are much deeper, the veterans of this genre have no problem with this. However, the real problem is gaining new players. Recent evidence shows that most of the players are finding strategy games hard to start because of the depth of the game. Even companies are proving this is to be true, the upcoming Paradox game Crusader Kings 3 will have a friendly tutorial for newcomers just because of this. During the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are locked in our homes and we do not have a clue when this will end, so here is our list of Best Strategy games to play during the quarantine.
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Total War: Warhammer 2
Elves check, dwarves check, fire breathing dragons check, what else can you ask from a fantasy universe. Warhammer is a universally acclaimed series and Total War collaboration was an amazing success. This game improved upon the success of the first game and with new races it offers you hundreds of hours of playtime. Warhammer universe is so large and so vast players can play with any faction with this entry and each and every unit has a special bonus. Maybe you prefer dwarves with their amazing armor and weapons, or you might prefer the Vampires who can raise dead in order to fight for them, Total War: Warhammer 2 has everything that you are looking for in a strategy game.
Europa Universalis 4
Paradox Entertainment‘s grand strategy game is an amazing entry to series. It is very different from Crusader Kings 2 without the family feuds and feudal fights. Europa Universalis Series takes place from 1444 until 1821. The game is very deep and you can play with any nation you prefer, from China to Cherokee Tribes all are available with different playstyles. Europa Universalis 4 has good depth but it is also simpler than CK2. We suggest this game for players who prefer the Renaissance and Age of Discovery, players will be able to find new continents, and if you want you can change the whole map and create completely different and unique countries and continents.
One of the most interesting games on this list is definitely Civilization 6. The game did not start very we’ll since Civ 5 was enjoyed by the players and it had big shoes to fill in. In the beginning, it did look like a fail but then the DLC’s unlocked the game. Especially Civilization 6: Gathering Strom changed our whole look unto series. This DLC brought environmental effects into the game and changed our look on tiles in the game, even settling on a low land might bring problems in the future. We suggest this game during the quarantine with hundreds of hours of replayability with over 20 factions.
Another Paradox game on our list. Maybe the fantasy world is not for you nor the Renaissance, do not worry Stellaris brings the space to you. Stellaris is a very interesting grand strategy game. The game is a Paradox game which means it has depth, however it is also the easiest to understand Paradox game. Players will try to conquer the outer space with this game. You will encounter aliens and robotic uprisings, also enslave enemies. The game does make you a god when you can even play with the genetics of species. Stellaris is a very unique approach to the strategy genre.
Crusader Kings 2
There we have it Crusader Kings 2, maybe you do not want to spend money on these games or you want to try out a grand strategy game to see. Well, Crusader Kings 2 is free-to-play on Steam and it is forever yours to keep. The game is a solid entry to the grand strategy games. You will be playing in the middle ages as a lord of a town, castle or even country, you will be able to choose this. The DLC’s are in abundance with the game and they create another game entirely, but the base game is still free and fun to try as DLC’s over-complicated this game.