What are the best PS4 Strategy games?

Feel like flexing those brain cells? Tired of just running and gunning? You've come to the right place! PS4 enthusiasts are not exempt from games that require a bit more strategy or tactics, and this list of the best PS4 strategy games has a few good examples!

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    #1XCOM 2

    XCOM 2

     XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game developed by Firaxis Games. It serves as the sequel to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012. This aliened-themed game features guerrilla combat where players get to decide on how to strike their enemies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Linux

    $59.99

    Ishan Sharma
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "XCOM 2 is a fun Strategy games for the PS4"
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    #2Tropico 5

    Tropico 5
    Tropico 5 is a construction and management simulation video game. For the first time in the Tropico series the game features cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Jack Murray
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "One of the things that always bugs me about strategy games is that the NPC models aren't to scale. Thankfully, that's not the case with Tropico 5. I usually lean towards a more serious tone in my strategy games, but the quirky satire of the game won me over. Deciding whether to allow my citizens to worship freely, (I never do) has led to some pretty funny outcomes. I sort of wish the game would allow me to advance beyond the space age, but that's not something you run into much these days. All in all, the game is on par with others of its ilk, but the characters are to scale, which earns it extra kudos in my book."
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    #3Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game in which the player uses a unique turn-based battle system called Blitz (Battle of Live Tactical Zones). The game is set in Europa, a fictional region loosely based on Europe.

    Games

    Amazon, Windows

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    Sandra Lira
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "the game lover who like dietician people or the history work best for them. Animation graphics represents Empire has set its sights on invading the principality Gallia, which shares its borders with the two superpowers,"

DID YOU KNOW?

The RTS subgenre of strategy games were the pioneers for modern esports, laying the groundwork for competitive strategy games like the ones stated above and overall popularizing esports. It is also the subgenre with one of the most influential moments in esports history: the Bisu vs Savior matchup. From the release of Starcraft: Brood War (the 3rd and final official expansion of Starcraft I) up until the 2007 MSL final, the matchup between the technologically adept Protoss and the insectoid Zerg was heavily sided towards the latter. Bisu, a Protoss player, faced off against Savior, a Zerg player, with the latter even being considered the best Starcraft player at the time (“bonjwa” in Korean). With odds stacked against him, Bisu surprised the crowd when he brought in a new Protoss build (subsequently referred to as the “Bisu Build”), resulting in an upsetting 3-0 win against Savior. While the Bisu Build is now easily countered by other strategies, it was an influential match at the time as it flipped the meta on its head, and the phenomenon earned Bisu the nickname, “the Revolutionist”.

Starcraft has had a heavy influence on the strategy genre, and it shares the same subgenre as Shadow Tactics, one of the entries on this list! Not an RTS fan? The other entries on this list may entice you as they are from the other different subgenres of strategy. Want to have a bit more thinking time? Try out turn-based tactical games like Valkyria Chronicles or XCOM 2. More into building civilizations? Tropico 5 and Cities: Skylines might be to your liking. This list is sure to have something that would be your cup of stra-TEA-gy.

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    #4Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. 

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PS4, Linux

    $16.99

    Timothy Brooks
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Battle Worlds: Kronos is a new strategy based game on the PS4. For those who love strategic games, this game is very appealing. However, if you are more into the action type games or sports games, then definitely take a pass on this one."
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    #5Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
    Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. The player will have to face battle against conspiracy and rebellion, and recruit specialists, spies and assassins.
    Games

    Amazon, Windows, Mac, iOS

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    Ethan Mendoza
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I love strategy games and this is a gem! If you enjoy feudalistic Edo Japan and Strategy games then get this now! Great graphics and great controls. "
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    #6SteamWorld Dig

    SteamWorld Dig
    SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure where you take the role of a mining steambot as he digs his way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

    $9.99

    Lawrence Lawrence
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "An excellent game! Steamworld Dig is quite similar to Spelunky in many ways, but improves on that game in every way possible. Dig has good visuals, solid platforming mechanics, excellent pacing and a real sense of progression and reward with increasing levels and power-ups as the story progresses. A lot of fun, and highly recommended."
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    #7Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines
    Cities: Skylines engage the player in one of the most realistic urban planning simulation games available by controlling zoning, taxation, public services, city's budget, population, health, employment, pollution, traffic flow and many other factors.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Tiffany Ortiz
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "this is a great game! I get lost for hours while making and tweaking my city. there are so many mods available for it as well so you can really customize it."
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    #8SteamWorld Heist

    SteamWorld Heist

    SteamWorld Heist is a strategy game set in a steampunk atmosphere. Command your pirate crew, collect new weapons and abilities and fight against enemy spaceships.

    Games

    Amazon, iOS

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    Robert Holland
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "SteamWorld Heist is a a fun, strategy game. The graphics are well done with lots of colorful detail. It is not the longest game as you will master it after a couple of weeks. Really fun and worth playing if you love strategy games like me."
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    #9Prison Architect

    Prison Architect

    Prison Architect is a simulation game by Introversion Software. The core gameplay mechanics revolve around building a "small scale" simulation of a prison with every aspect held within being manageable right down to each individual prisoner.

    Games

    Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Shirley Wang
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I do not feel that I would enjoy playing this particular game. The graphics are very childish looking in nature and not very compelling to me. I enjoy more realistic graphics in games that I play."
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    #10This War of Mine

    This War of Mine
    This War of Mine is a survival game developed by 11-bit studios. This simulation game is where you have to manage the shelter, resources, and survivors through scavenging and crafting.
    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Jiang Shao
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "When it comes to games i like to consider 3 keys point, memory that it takes, how much does it cost and what is the story about, as far as i am concerned this game checked all those 3 keys point. Amazing graphic."

Summary

Best What are the best PS4 Strategy games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1XCOM 2Games 16 Paid
2Tropico 5Games 11 Paid
3Valkyria ChroniclesGames 10 Paid
4Battle Worlds: KronosGames 9 Paid
5Shadow Tactics: Blades of the ShogunGames 8 Paid
6SteamWorld DigGames 6 Paid
7Cities: SkylinesGames 4 Paid
8SteamWorld HeistGames 3 Paid
9Prison ArchitectGames 3 Paid
10This War of MineGames 1 Paid
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