The Best Grand strategy Games

Update : Crusader Kings III added at rank #5.
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Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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Control your own nation during World War II and dominate the planet in Hearts of Iron IV. With intricate military simulations, choose any nation and build your industrial and technological power to achieve glory, either playing solo or competing online. The game is both immersive and challenging, with engaging visuals that bring the experience to life.


What we like:
  • Historical accuracy
  • Mod community
  • Rewarding strategic gameplay
What could be improved:
  • DLC locks parts of the game
  • Overly complicated mechanics
  • Limited AI orders

  • grand-strategy
  • strategy
  • historical
  • war
  • military
  • world-war-2
  • naval
  • real-time
  • economy
  • tactical
  • political
  • grand
  • tanks
  • simulation
  • alternate

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Total War: WARHAMMER II (2017)

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Total War: WARHAMMER II is an epic strategy game where you choose from 4 unique factions to save or destroy a fantasy world. With turn-based open-world campaign and tactical real-time battles, you can immerse yourself in a deep campaign or challenge players worldwide in multiplayer. With hundreds of hours of gameplay and each playthrough being different, you can level up Legendary Lords and Heroes, build alliances or declare total war, and control thousands-strong legions of soldiers with great military strategies, magic, and ferocious creatures.


What we like:
  • Expansive map and factions
  • Addition of new heroes and abilities
  • Introduces magic and abilities to the battles
  • Exciting to play and win
What could be improved:
  • No economy, diplomacy, religion, spies, trading or dynastic marriages
  • Battles are simpler than in Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms

  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time
  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • fantasy
  • naval
  • war
  • resource
  • dinosaurs
  • empire
  • economy
  • historical
  • grand
  • military

3

twofold inc. (2016)

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Android

twofold inc. is a humble puzzle game with stunning looks and mesmerizing mechanics. Scroll the playfield to unravel the tiles, then make a path to clear them away. * Endless challenges * Two game modes, Standard and Master * A wonderful acoustic soundtrack

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  • puzzle
  • grid
  • strategy
  • chicago
  • horizontal
  • vertical
  • colour-matching
  • minimalist
  • construction
  • endless
  • grand
  • well-made
  • challenging

4

Hearts of Iron III (2009)

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Hearts of Iron III lets you play the most engaging conflict in world history, World War 2, on all fronts as any country and through multiple different scenarios. Guide your nation to glory between 1936 and 1948 and wage war, conduct diplomacy and build your industry in the most detailed World War 2 game ever made.


  • grand-strategy
  • strategy
  • historical
  • war
  • military
  • world-war-2
  • grand
  • naval
  • real-time
  • economy
  • political
  • simulation
  • politics
  • espionage
  • tactical

5

Crusader Kings III (2020)

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Crusader Kings III immerses you in the world of medieval politics and dynasties, letting you choose a noble house and lead them to greatness. With a vast and beautifully detailed medieval map to explore, you will encounter a host of historical characters, make life-altering decisions, and forge your dynasty's legacy. The game's unique and colorful characters, wide range of playstyles, and limitless paths to follow make it an exciting and rewarding experience for those who love grand strategy games.

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What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay and world-building
  • Wide range of options for playstyle and objectives
  • Beautiful graphics and top-notch soundtrack
  • Unique and colorful characters with varied abilities and traits
  • Legacy system adds depth and longevity to gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Overpriced DLCs that do not add much to gameplay
  • Slow pace of gameplay and battles
  • Uncanny 3D models
  • Lack of region differentiation

  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • medieval
  • simulation
  • historical
  • rpg
  • war
  • empire
  • politics
  • grand
  • military
  • political

6

Europa Universalis IV (2013)

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Europa Universalis IV is a grand strategy game that allows you to lead any significant nation on Earth from 1444 to 1821. Experience war, politics, scientific advances, and the discovery of the New World in a visually stunning world map. The game is accessible to newcomers without sacrificing depth and breadth that existing fans of the series love, and there is a lot going on, but the interface is excellent and easy to use. With different paths to glory, the game also offers a new Trade system, and an improved AI, making grand strategy accessible to all.


What we like:
  • Deep and accessible gameplay
  • Visually stunning
  • Different paths to glory
  • New Trade system
  • Improved AI.
What could be improved:
  • Complexe
  • Rough edges
  • Lack of multiplayer options.

  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • historical
  • military
  • empire
  • economy
  • simulation
  • political
  • war
  • grand
  • naval
  • politics
  • real-time
  • trading

7

AI War: Fleet Command (2009)

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"You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win." These are your orders. Humanity has already fought its war against the machines -- and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their...


  • strategy
  • real-time
  • space
  • 4x
  • empire
  • grand
  • cooperative

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Beyond Sol (2015)

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PC Windows

Beyond Sol is a unique blend of action combat and grand strategy empire building in a dynamic open world. Collect resources, build your city, upgrade your ships, and cultivate relationships or wage wars with rival cities in your quest to dominate the solar system. Play singleplayer or multiplayer.

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  • real-time
  • empire
  • space
  • strategy
  • economy
  • 4x
  • pirates
  • grand
  • grand-strategy
  • building
  • military
  • building-strategy
  • resource
  • city-building

9

Call of War (2017)

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We’ve also updated the map filter options for units, and reworked the settings menu. Check our Call of War Update News on the main menu to find all the details!


  • strategy
  • world-war-2
  • mmo
  • multiplayer
  • historical
  • real-time
  • diplomacy
  • war
  • military
  • tactical
  • wargame
  • grand-strategy
  • grand
  • fun-addicting

10

NOBUNAGAS AMBITION: Kakushin with Power Up Kit with (2015)

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An extension of the 12th release in the Nobunaga’s Ambition series, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Iron Triangle, has appeared at the Steam Store as Nobunaga’s Ambition: Iron Triangle w/Power-up Kit!

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  • strategy
  • historical
  • naval
  • western
  • ninja
  • pirates
  • grand
  • rich
  • local

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