10 Best Grand Strategy Games

Civilization VI

Best grand strategy games are huge when it comes to size and scale. Not many games allow you to control colossal armies or expand your empire. It’s great when you can take over the world, go to war or negotiate with other nations. Politics and trading also tend to be a gameplay mechanic that makes the experience even more immersive and interesting.

Let’s look at some of the best games when it comes to grand-strategy.


1. Total War: Warhammer (2016)

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Total War: Warhammer

If you love the Warhammer fantasy setting then you’ll love this game. Experience colossal, real-time battles, all set in a world of legendary heroes, giant monsters, flying creatures and storms of magical power.

Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Control 5 different races
  • Build & expand your empire
  • Huge real-time battles
  • Aerial battles
  • Fantasy setting & creatures

2. Sid Meier’s Civilization V (2010)

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Civilization V

The common theme with Civilization games is “one more turn”. They’re extremely addictive and entertaining. Civilization series have some of the best grand strategy games. Raise and destroy empires, advance to next centuries, build and expand new cities, etc… Many features are packed in Civilization, don’t forget, Gandhi will bring peace! With nukes! There are no RTS battles in Civilization though.

Features:

  • Download player created maps
  • Diplomacy
  • Build & expand your empire
  • Advance your empire technologically
  • Multi-player/single-player

3. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2016)

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Civilization VI

The latest installment in Civilization franchise. This game offers even more new ways to interact with the world and expand your empire. Civilization VI has made improvements over diplomacy, city expansion, research and many other things.

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Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Build & expand empires
  • Improved dynamic diplomacy
  • Combine units

4. Galactic Civilizations III + DLCs (2015)

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Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade

Conquer the space and expand your empire in Galactic Civilizations III. As the name implies, the action happens in space. Probably the best game when it comes to cosmos. If you ever wanted to conquer the universe, this is the game to play.

Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Multiple paths to victory
  • Story-based campaign
  • Technology tree
  • Faction & ship customization
  • Deep economy
  • Planetary governors

5. Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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Hearts of Iron IV

Probably the best grand strategy game when it come to World War II. Assume control of any nation and try to win the war. Guide your nation to glory and wage war. It’s your choice whether you want to negotiate or invade. You can relive the historical events or change the course of history, it’s all your choice.

Features:

  • World War II setting
  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Diplomacy
  • Total strategic war
  • Assume control of any nation
  • Negotiate or force your agenda

6. Crusader Kings II + DLCs (2012)

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Crusader Kings II

Explores one of the defining periods in human history. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones. This game can get pretty complicated for new players. Definitely worth to try this game with the DLCs if you’re a fan of grand strategy and the medieval setting.

Features:

  • Medieval setting
  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
  • Expand your feudal domain

7. Medieval 2: Total War (2006)

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Medieval II: Total War

Total War franchise has some of the best grand strategy games. One of them is Medieval II. If you’ve never played a total war game before and don’t know where to start, then Medieval II is a good starting point. However, the game is a little bit dated, if the graphics turn you off, there are other great games in Total War series.

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Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Big real-time battles
  • Medieval setting
  • Empire building
  • Diplomacy

8. Total War: Shogun 2 (2011)

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Total War: Shogun 2

A great game for Total War newcomers and veterans alike. This game is set in the middle of the 16th century feudal Japan. The goal is to unify the split Japan and become the Shogun of the country.

Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Huge RTS battles
  • Diplomacy
  • Multi-stage sieges
  • Kingdom building
  • Apply Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” to win battles

9. Total War: Rome II (2013)

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Total War: Rome II

You’d probably find many who would say that Rome I was better. When this game a disastrous launch, it was probably true, but Rome wasn’t patched in a day. The game is a lot better now, and if you’re looking for a great grand strategy experience, then you can’t go wrong with Total War: Rome II.

Features:

  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Build & expand your empire
  • Diplomacy
  • Form alliances
  • Modern graphics & visuals
  • Huge RTS battles
  • BC era setting

10. Age of Wonders III (2014)

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Age of Wonders III

A turn-based fantasy strategy game that has a lot to offer. The game is similar to Civilization in terms of city development, but with a fantasy twist and RPG elements. A must-try for turn-based strategy fans.

Features:

  • Empire building
  • Single-player/multi-player
  • Co-op
  • Level editor
  • Fantasy setting
  • In-depth tactical battles

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