We already published the list of best PS4 games of all time, now it’s time to discover the best PS4 strategy games of all time.
With amazing titles like Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, XCOM 2, and Disgaea 5, the PS4 surely have a great collection of strategy games.
If you’re a fan of both PS4 and strategy games, I know that you want to know the best PS4 strategy games of all time.
Most of you will recognize some of the games mentioned on this list.
#25. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension
A storied series of tactical strategy games from Koei Tecmo, Nobunaga’s Ambition takes place during Japan’s sengoku or “warring states” period and features rival fiefs, clans, and historical figures and conditions that impact the course of the game.
Steeped in real world Japanese history, Sphere of Influence – Ascension brings the game to the level of the officer for the first time ever in a series that typically focuses on warlords and major players.
Turn-based strategy games tend to be opaque and difficult to master and these qualities often scare away newcomers.
Sphere of Influence – Ascension boils down these often complex game mechanics into a layered mix that eases the player into the game and also bolsters their skills as they master the various command “spheres”—hence the name Sphere of Influence – Ascension.
While some might argue that the officer gimmick is just a smaller scale version of the often epic-scale battles for which Nobunaga’s Ambition is known, these novel approach both adds depth and replayability on multiple levels.
#24. Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
The devil’s daughter Laegrinna is tasked with freeing him from his imprisonment by the 12 saints long ago.
Using intricately engineered traps and set pieces, Laegrinna never actually attacks her enemies but instead relies upon these summoned traps to dispatch with foes with shadow magic.
It’s always interesting when a game incorporates plotlines into gameplay mechanics like Deception IV does and the traps and weapons of the Kagero series is a great example of this.
Koei Tecmo’s use of this interesting gameplay mechanics as well as heavy doses of anime and manga influence make this a decidedly Japanese game but, given its heritage on the original PSX, this is perfectly fitting.
If you want a unique game that is somewhat “out there” for a strategy game, it is hard to beat Deception IV both in that sense and literally.
#23. They Are Billions
Numantian Games’ Steam early access zombie apocalypse strategy game brings you steampunk aesthetics and the only goal that matters at the end of the world: Survival.
As the leader of a settlement of survivors that have nothing but the latest and greatest in steampunk inventions to protect them, They Are Billions is a unique take on a familiar path.
There’s not a lot of groundbreaking stuff here in terms of gameplay but that doesn’t mean that They Are Billions is in any way derivative.
Part strategy game in the vein of Command and Conquer and StarCraft and part tower defense game, They Are Billions provides nearly limitless replayability.
#22. Aven Colony
Humanity’s long journey through the stars to Aven Prime culminates in the Aven Colony, a settlement on a foreign planet under the administration of the player.
Decide the progress of the colony, advance and expand while managing resources and discovering more about the human race’s new home.
Mothership Entertainment and Team 17’s 2017 space colonization game incorporates a lot of familiar conceits in a package that is at times beautiful and somewhat complex.
As is standard in the city building genre, there are a variety of building types and special buildings that give your colony specific capabilities.
In many ways, these mechanics might remind gamers of an RPG as watching the various “stats” that govern your settlement determines whether you thrive or fail in Aven Colony.
#21. God Wars: Future Past
Kadokawa’s exploration of Japanese lore through the lens of a turn-based tactics game marries highlights from manga and anime aesthetics as well as mythology, role-playing game mechanics, and deep strategy tactics.
A beautiful game that is designed from the ground up for fans of classic titles such as Tactics Battle Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, God Wars: Future Past has 30 different class specializations, 600 skills to master, and 200 different weapons as you make your way across a gridded playscape to eliminate the other side as efficiently as possible.
All of that plus richly detailed and compelling Japanese lore makes God Wars both a unique and must-play game.
#20. Anomaly 2
The world is in ruins yet the war rages on as Anomaly 2 continues the saga introduced in the first game and expands upon its scope and scale.
It’s hard to do a lot of novel things with the post-apocalyptic genre but Anomaly 2 combines so many critical elements that comprise the real-time strategy genre that it is both a testament to fusion and an example of everything that makes the genre great.
You have StarCraft-type mechanics combined with tower defense, tower offense, and even light role-playing elements.
11 bit Studios knocked it out of the park with this sequel which offers more unit combinations and possible strategies than ever before.
#19. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
A devastating Red Plague has rendered humanity on the brink of extinction with a nuclear war helping carry the rest of the weight.
Leaving mutants in its wake, the world is dying and resources are limited.
A special mutant retains all of the knowledge of the past and is located in a special fortified space from which “stalkers” are dispatched into the ruins of civilization to recover food and resources.
High Voltage Software’s unique concept for a turn-based tactics game is oddly reminiscent of the classic Fallout games on PC.
In this regard, Mutant Year Zero encourages exploration and interaction with the surrounding environment as well as combat.
What results is a unique blend of gameplay mechanics that invests you in the story on offer here and explains the world’s situation in an organic way.
#18. Phantom Doctrine
Journey back to the paranoia of the Cold War era in this spy-versus-spy thriller that uses global conspiracies, freedom fighters, and the geopolitics of the era for a game that would be right at home in Tom Clancy’s archive.
Divided into three main segments, including global management, intelligence operations, and local tactical missions, Phantom Doctrine combines the resource management of a city game or real time strategy title with elements found in tactical squad shooters.
CreativeForge Games’ combination of the current zeitgeist’s obsession with conspiracies with the fertile field that is the Cold War era results in a game that is both compelling and hours of fun.
#17. This War of Mine: The Little Ones
The toils of war are often seen from the perspective of the battlefield in video games but This War of Mine turns that convention on its head in a title that shows how everyday life can be impacted by massive conflicts.
As ordinary citizens try to survive an increasingly hostile civil society in the grips of conflict, the way the player chooses to guide them in their decision making determines their fate.
A small-scale, high-concept game, 11 bit Studios unique take on the real-time strategy genre is part The Sims and part resource management RPG.
As you guide your characters through their daily lives and choices, the player has to start making decisions about what to do with increasingly little as the game is ostensibly about survival but also about how humans interact with one another as the ties of society come under strain.
#16. Tropico 5
Ruling a Carribbean island that is caught between the two superpowers, Tropico 5 expands the concept introduced into the originals to include the colonial period on up to the modern age in a full timeline dictatorship simulator that will have you bringing in the tourists to your island paradise—or imprisoning your political enemies for daring to suggest bringing outsiders to YOUR island.
The Tropico series is always about choices, like any strategy game, but it is the gamut of choices presented by Tropico that sets it apart from the rest.
Commit yourself to one side or the other in the Cold War, exploit your island’s resources during the colonial period, or establish a tourist haven in the modern era—the choice is yours and the variety, while aesthetically changed, is largely the same from era to era.
That is to say that you can expect traditional Tropico mechanics even though the game is boldly trying new things.
#15. Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
Hakuoro is found in a nearby forest, seemingly suffering from amnesia, when he is taken in by a village that suffers under the oppression of a wicked emperor.
Eventually, Hakuoro rebels and leads the villagers against the tyranny.
But be careful that you don’t become the monster you fight for, as soon as Hakuoro becomes emperor, he learns that maintaining the peace is easier said than done.
One of the most popular bishoujo games in the turn-based strategy genre, the subject matter might be a little on the adult side with sex scenes between the protagonist and the female characters featuring heavily in the game.
#14. Grand Kingdom
The continent of Resonail is dominated by four nations all vying for dominance with the cosmopolitan and mercantile Landerth competing with the teutonic Valkyr, the magic-driven Magion, and Fiel, a nation of refugees fleeing from the machinations of the larger powers.
The Saturn game Dragon Force is most reminiscent of this title as it allows players to chose from a set number of nations, each with their own specialities, cultures, and advantages (as well as disadvantages), and then places them on the battlefield to conquer one another and, possibly, overcome an even greater evil on the horizon.
We won’t spoil Spike Chunsoft’s 2016 turn-based tactical game for you but we will say that Grand Kingdom provides an excellent RPG story premise as well as addictive, fun gameplay mechanics.
#13. Hitman GO: Definitive Edition
The life of a high-paid assassin is anything but boring and Hitman GO brings all of the contracts, machinations, and conspiracies of the series to the smartphone in a game light on story but heavy on the mechanics that make turn-based strategy games and the Hitman series such a hit.
Though it wears the Hitman name, Hitman GO is more like a puzzle game than anything else.
That said, the game incorporates elements of turn-based strategy in a way that makes sense given the premise.
It doesn’t break out of the mold of a puzzle game on a smartphone very often but that doesn’t matter since the general presentation doesn’t make you think about those things.
Compellingly fun in the beginning and maddeningly challenging in the end, Hitman GO is a surprising game given its platform and one that will have players revisiting it time and time again.
#12. Worms W.M.D
The worms are back at war and the last megadrile standing wins the competition.
With a bevy of new weapons added to their arsenal, the worms are no less belligerent even if the graphics are updated and a little more reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon than ever before.
The Worms games are always about a death match though it has a thick coat of turn-based strategy basted on top of it for good measure.
Weapons are zany, the graphics are disarming, and the tactical mechanics at play are varied and interestingly complex in the endgame.
Players that are looking for a game that is great with friends and family can really do no better than Team 17’s latest title in the Worm’s storied history.
#11. Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
The city of Ombre is one without religion but filled with music as the songs of heroism and feats accomplished are all that can remember one’s life and actions.
Unfortunately, crafting these songs gives the person power over magical elements and, in the wrong hands, puts the world into grave peril.
Inspired by Venetian masquerades from the renaissance, Masquerada is at turns a traditional RPG and at others a turn-based, tactical game in the same vein as Tactics Ogre.
Witching Hour Studios unique song and magic mechanic makes it stand out in terms of execution though, with regards to implementation, the game is much more traditional than the story might otherwise suggest.
#10. DG2: Defense Grid 2
The aliens have arrived and they want the power cores from your bases.
To stop them, you’ll marshall all of the resources at your disposal to both maintain a strong defence as well as launch a strident offensive to wipe out the enemy once and for all.
Combining the appeal of tower defense with a grid strategy game, DG2 is simultaneously about the big picture as well as the small scene.
As commander, you will have to manage multiple defense points as well as allocate resources appropriately in order to keep the enemy from stealing your bases’ power cores.
In every respect a traditional strategy game, DG2 prides itself on offering challenges catering to all player levels and is perfect for the casual as well as the hardcore.
#9. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
Will your Daimyo rise to the top and unify Japan under the emperor?
Or will he fall to another’s sword and die in disgrace and ignominy.
That is the central plot in this historically influenced turn-based strategy game from Koei Tecmo that lets players choose their destiny and that of a nation.
As the Sphere of Influence in the title implies, Nobunaga’s Ambition is all about conducting warfare, domestic policy, and diplomacy.
And it is deep and detailed—definitely not a historical game for the faint of heart.
Plunging players headfirst into a bloody internecine conflict, Nobunaga’s Ambition prides itself on accuracy, historicity, and, above all, the player’s ability to move the needle one way or the other.
Change history or fulfill it in your own way, either method is totally acceptable in 2015’s Sphere of Influence.
#8. The Banner Saga
The world is plunged into eternal night which has resulted in the freezing of the world and the return of an ancient race bent on killing both man and giant in 2016’s turn-based Nordic epic from Stoic and Versus Evil.
Fans of the Final Fantasy Tactics series of games should pick up The Banner Saga immediately.
With many twisting and looping yarns of narrative twining together, The Banner Saga is all about player choice and the impact it has on the game’s world.
Paths will be closed, lives changed, and narrative possibilities erased as you make your way through an epic every bit worthy of the descriptor “saga.”
The best part of all is that, once you finish it once, you can play again and again, making different choices each time for a new story experience.
#7. Stellaris: Console Edition
Explore the stars and build trade networks and alliances—or develop enemies—that will help or hinder your civilization’s progress in the heavens.
Paradox’s 2019 game about space exploration and colonization involves layered gameplay and a procedurally-generated universe that is never the same.
Replay value aside, the quirky nature of the various civilizations you encounter coupled with the unpredictable game world make Stellaris a title not to be taken lightly but also one that can be picked up and played at any time.
#6. Prison Architect
Design, build, and manage your very own private prison. Sounds fun, right?
Well, depending on your definition of fun, it might be either a great, unique idea or a bit weird but the game’s heritage as “tycoon genre” game should set your fears to rest.
Making money off of incarcerating people might be a disturbing thought for some, but it results in a game that is oddly relevant and a lot of fun to play.
Similar to the indie PC title Banished, Prison Architect is deceptive in its beginnings but extremely tough the bigger your prison gets.
A complete recommend for players that enjoy social simulation games.
#5. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
The demon emperor Void Dark has ravaged countless societies and worlds and now it is time for revenge as the Netherworld erupts into rebellions led by their former overlords.
Launching a rebellion isn’t easy but it sure is fun in Disgaea 5.
Dripping with anime goodness and hearkening to older PC strategy games, this game is great for fans of Japanese games as well as intense, involved, and deep turn-based strategy titles.
The story might be hit or miss depending on your penchant for the aforementioned cultural relics left in the game.
A thoroughly challenging game that offers tons of content and replay value, Disgaea 5 is emblematic of just how different games in the tactical genre can be.
#4. Invisible, Inc. Console Edition
Secrets don’t reveal themselves and, in Klei Entertainment’s espionage simulator, they won’t have to as you can help them along the road to the light.
Lead your squad to the information your client desires or you’ll all wind up dead or in prison.
Squad-based tactical games are always interesting in that they force the player to make everyone work together even if that doesn’t really appeal.
Learning each squad mates abilities and specialities is one thing but combining them with others in an effective way makes Invisible surprisingly challenging.
#3. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 involves a continent-spanning conflict where the Empire invades its weak neighbors and imposes its laws upon them but not without a fight.
Loosely based on the events of the two World Wars, Valkyria Chronicles is no less a fantasy epic about the rise and fall of kingdoms.
Turn-based, tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4 sheds the sword and sorcery so common to the genre and, instead, gives us martial tactics centered on armored cavalry (tanks) and guns.
The result is an odd combination that works on two levels: The game’s mechanics and its storyline.
Unique without being opaque, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the definition of quirky but it is also a batch of fun.
#2. XCOM 2
The failure of the XCOM program to repel the alien invasion has resulted in a world dominated by them but not one without the XCOM team hanging on as hard as they can.
Wage a guerrilla war against the invaders from the stars and reestablish humanity’s reign on Earth once again.
Different than the first game (but in a good way), XCOM 2 is less about the mystery of the aliens than it is about their invasion and occupation.
That is to say that the threat that was once unknown is now quite well known and everywhere.
As a ragtag gang trying to free the world, the tactics you use are different than the search and destroy missions of the first game.
Even so, that makes an appearance here as well as the base building and research tree that helps arm your squad with better, more effective weapons.
#1. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
The growing scarcity of Ragnite has two continental powers staring down the barrel at one another as an entire continent waits with bated breath for the conflagration that will consume them all approaches.
On the ground action as well as a tactical overworld view comprise the two main command modes in this strategy RPG from Sega.
Though it uses armaments and weapons that straddle a world between fantasy and reality, Valkyria Chronicles is, at its most basic level, a traditional squad RPG and, at its most complex, is a gripping tale of struggle and heroism.
Indeed, the stories are often why Valkyria Chronicles shines apart from the rest and that is the case here.
There’s little doubt that the game is a high-quality romp through a fantasy world but what isn’t a given but, rather, an awesome surprise is just how deep this game is.
You’ll be playing it again and again for years—just like the best in the genre.
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