10 Best PS4 Strategy Games

Strategy games have long been a staple of PC gaming. Over the last few years we’ve seen tactical gaming becoming bigger and better on the PS4, with a range of brilliant titles now available. Here we take a look at the 10 best PS4 strategy games that you’ll love.

1. Civilization VI

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Civilization VI is the most epic strategy game available on the PS4. It starts in 4,000 BC with a few villagers before you try to build a city and then eventually an empire. It mixes in real-life places and people for an immersive experience.

How to play

It’s a turn-based strategy game where you’ll have to fight your way to the top. You’ll be able to move your military and decide what you are going to construct. You can build your civilization to become whatever you wish to achieve your version of greatness.

What makes it so great?

The game is immensely rewarding as you get to build your empire. It keeps you hooked as you’ll always have something to do or achieve. Different playing styles will get different rewards and you’ll always have plenty to do.

The visuals of the game are impressive as you’ll be able to see the expanse of your empire all across the map. You and the game are able to develop in the game together as you move forward to the modern age. It’s a unique game and one that is easy to play using your controller. It’s a huge game in every sense.

What we didn’t like

It can sometimes take a little too long for the AI to take its turn. Also, the music isn’t that great.

Verdict

Civilization VI is a game that has transitioned very well from computer to console. It makes it a must-have game for lovers of strategy games.

2. XCOM 2

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The games comes from the XCOM program failing to rid the alien invasion that has come to dominate the world. In this game, the remaining XCOM team attempt to wage war against the aliens and bring human dominance back to Earth.

How to play

XCOM 2 is another turn-based game where you act as the commander of the XCOM organization. A lot of the missions are timed by turns and it’s played from a top-down view. You’ll see different maps as you progress and there are four levels of difficulty.

What makes it so great?

The storytelling of the game is excellent and you’ll get deeply involved in the campaign. The fight against the aliens is difficult but highly rewarding. The mechanics are excellent and the game flows quite well with a constant string of important decisions needing to be made.

If you loved the first game then this is even better as it takes everything to the next level. It’s adept at introducing new challenges to you throughout the game and has an epic tactical combat system. The choices are difficult, the enemy is varied and has huge replay value.

What we didn’t like

Load times can be a little long and also some technical problems occur such as dropping frame rates and audio sync issues.

Verdict

Despite its rare technical issues, battling to save the human race is very rewarding and you’ll love this game.

3. Valkyria Chronicles 4

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a brilliant fantasy game about The Empire which will invade its weaker neighbors and attempt to build a civilization across continents. It’s a game that uses fantasy elements but in war scenarios are have been around since humans began.

How to play

If you have played the first three games of this series then the gameplay will be very familiar to you. It’s a role-playing game set in a reimagined WWII. You can play in a number of different classes with a variety of maps and missions available.

What makes it so great?

Following a loose overview of WWII gives this game a familiar narrative. That storyline is excellent and it’ll keep you hooked throughout the game. Added to that, the characters are likable and the combat is varied and will give you more than enough challenges.

You don’t need to have played any of the previous games to enjoy this one. The voice acting is great and the visuals are an art style that many people enjoy. It’s a magical game that is deeply loved by almost anyone who has played it.

What we didn’t like

There is very little to dislike about this game but sometimes the opposition AI can be unrealistically stupid.

Verdict

Like a bit of fantasy in your war strategy games? If so, you’ll fall in love with this. It’s a brilliant game in the Valkyria Chronicles series.

4. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

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Number 5 is Disgaea’s first appearance on the PS4. You start the game in a demon world where you will assemble an army to defeat the ‘Void Dark’. It scales up very well and you will go through the levels until you try and get your vengeance and enjoy the rewards along the way.

How to play

This is a turn-based strategy RPG game that seemingly has an endless amount of content. There are several characters to play with. You’ll travel throughout the various netherworlds as you try to join forces against the ultimate enemy.

What makes it so great?

Here you have a game that you’ll never get bored of or run out of things that you can do. Next to no grinding is needed which helps the game be rewarding rather than tedious. It’s a unique and quirky game that doesn’t take itself too seriously while still being a great challenge.

It’s a more than worthy addition to the franchise while being an excellent standalone game in its own right. There is plenty to do around the main story and you’ll be able to spend countless hours enjoying it. The game has that fun anime style while also having great music and voice acting.

What we didn’t like

The campaign is very long which some may not like and also some of the storylines can be a little cliché.

Verdict

The game is great value for money with all you can do. Also, you don’t need to play the previous Disgaea games to enjoy this one.

5. The Banner Saga 3

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The Banner Saga is brilliant and number 3 is an excellent final installment. It wraps up the trilogy and puts you in many strategic scenarios that are immense. It picks up where number 2 left off as you carry on your Viking-themed journey.

How to play

As with the other two games, The Banner Saga 3 is a tactical role-playing game where you’ll be going through turn-based combat. It has a top-down view and plays in the same way as the rest of the series, giving you that continuity.

What makes it so great?

The Banner Saga has been a wonderful journey with a great storyline and this game ties it all up. You’ll be able to see all the characters fates play out in a way that is absorbing, dramatic and sometimes painful. It’s the type of emotional journey that you usually have following a TV series.

The graphics are wonderfully drawn which adds to the feel and atmosphere of the game. A lot of games absorb you into the characters but this takes it to the next level. Completing the saga makes you feel like you’ve finished off something very special.

What we didn’t like

In terms of difficulty, this game seems a touch easier than the previous titles but it remains challenging and enjoyable.

Verdict

There is little point in playing this game without playing the previous two. If you have, get it. If you haven’t, get the trilogy which is now available in one package.

6. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence

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Nobunaga’s Ambition is based on Japanese culture where you’ll try and unify Japan. It’s a game of immense detail and the idea is to unify Japan under your rule. You do this with a mix of war and diplomacy in equal measure.

How to play

If you like to get deeply involved in your strategy games then you’ll get to grips with this. For those new to the game, the level of detail can be mind-boggling. It’s a turn-based game where you’ll need to build up your military, control the economy and support your people.

What makes it so great?

It’s a complex game with layered gameplay that requires plenty of attention and strategy. There are plenty of historical events for you to sink your teeth into. Added to that, the graphics and music increase your enjoyment of the experience and will keep you hooked.

The battles require plenty of intelligence and strategy where you’ll find real-time flies by.

What we didn’t like

It’s a hard game to learn and perhaps not the best game for beginners to the genre. The camera controls and the menu design can feel a little clunky.

Verdict

This game is epic and requires a lot of time to master. If you want a multifaceted and deep strategy game it’d be perfect but it’s perhaps not the best game for beginners.

7. Tropico 6

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In Tropico 6 you’ll have to master politics, construction and management where you try and build up the tropical island of Tropico and expand to other islands. You have to keep your citizens happy as you develop your country into something spectacular.

How to play

You have four different eras to choose from with either the Colonial, World Wars, Cold War or the modern era. It’s loosely based on a story and the four eras will all give you something to do. It has a large tutorial and at times you’ll have to learn as you go.

What makes it so great?

Being put in the shoes of a dictator will test your moral compass. You either choose to be an honest leader straight away but you’ll soon find yourself compromising your integrity to stay in power. It’s a game where you make brutal decisions but it remains light-hearted in tone.

There are plenty of different objectives to master which will keep you entertained. Watching your island grow with all the various challenges is a lot of fun with brilliant graphics that add to your experience.

What we didn’t like

There’s a lot in this game to master and you will end up forgetting some of the things you’ve learned in the tutorial. This can lead to not fully understanding how to complete objectives.

Verdict

Tropico 6 is a brilliant simulation game that works perfectly on the PS4. It’s incredibly enjoyable and you’ll become immersed in your life as a dictator.

8. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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Set in the Japanese Edo period, Shadow Tactics is a stealth game where you can use a variety of different characters to complete missions. It’s a challenging game where you’ll have to use creative strategies to complete difficult tasks.

How to play

The game is a real-time tactics game where you will command a team. That team will complete various tasks such as espionage and assassination. The ultimate goal of the game is to take down a warlord called Kage-sama who wants to disrupt peace in the region.

What makes it so great?

Stealth strategy games are quite rare but this game is a perfect example of how it should be done. The missions are excellent with the characters involved well thought out. It gives you a great challenge while not being too difficult.

The visuals and atmosphere of the game are also engaging which is helped by the period Japanese setting. The storyline is also compelling and heartbreaking in parts that will keep you hooked.

What we didn’t like

Some missions are very difficult which can be a little frustrating. Aside from that, it’s an excellent game with minimal floors.

Verdict

It’s a wondrous return for those who love stealth games. It’s a brilliant game that will challenge you while taking you on an emotional journey.

9. Prison Architect

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Building your own prison with this game is an exciting challenge. You can choose to be the type of warden you want to be while also trying to ensure your prison is impossible to escape from. There is plenty to think about as you try and control the system.

How to play

Prison Architect is a top-down simulation game. In the main game you’ll have to build a prison from scratch. You can choose the type of prison you want and build up the infrastructure. Alternatively, there are also campaign chapters to go through, which are a lot of fun.

What makes it so great?

The graphics are quite simple but that’s part of what helps with being able to scan your prison quickly and make adjustments. It’s a great simulation game where you have a vast array of challenges that will keep you interested.

A great addition is an online aspect where you can share your prison and try the challenge of running other user’s creations. You’ll enjoy all the challenges that the game will throw at you.

What we didn’t like

Sometimes the controls can be a little frustrating. It’d work better with a mouse and keyboard but once you get used to it, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself.

Verdict

Prison Architect is another fun simulation game that will keep you entertained. It’s not the best simulation game out there but if you like the prison idea, you’ll love it.

10. Two Point Hospital

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Two Point Hospital is set in the fictional setting of Two Point County where you take over a small health firm. You’ll be able to build up your hospitals which will all have their challenges. As the game grows you’ll have more decisions to make as the balancing act becomes harder.

How to play

It’s a business simulation game that is very similar to the cult classic Theme Hospital. You’re the hospital manager where you will have to construct, delegate, hire, feed and train the staff and patients. Over the game, you’ll have to deal with various logistical challenges as well as epidemics.

What makes it so great?

Two Point Hospital is an addictive game that looks great while also being a lot of fun. The controls have excellently transferred from computer gaming, making it very easy to play. The game can be quite funny and it varied in its gameplay.

It doesn’t take itself seriously with quirky illnesses, plenty of humor and it can be quite cute in its way. That can disguise its difficulty as there are times when the game can become quite intense.

What we didn’t like

The only negative that we could find is that some tasks can be a little repetitive. This is only a minor quibble as the game is a lot of fun.

Verdict

Loved Theme Hospital or playing games like The Sims? If so, you’ll enjoy playing this highly addictive game.

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