The Best Grand-strategy Games

Update : Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic added at rank #19.
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Crusader Kings III (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Linux Mac OS

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
  • rpg
  • historical
  • war
  • empire
  • politics
  • grand
  • military
  • political

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Victoria 3 (2022)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Take over as leader of one of the 200 nations with a centralized industry, back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, it's your job to improve the lives of your citizenry, manage their economy, and keep them happy. Politics plays a huge part in this game and you must form relationships with other countries to succeed.

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What we like:
  • Nested tooltips provide detailed information on concepts
  • Excellent GUI
  • Lots of events
  • Detailed population groups with their own needs
  • Deep economic system
What could be improved:
  • War mechanic not so great

  • grand-strategy
  • political
  • economy
  • politics
  • simulation
  • historical
  • military
  • war
  • strategy
  • diplomacy

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Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

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

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Airships: Conquer the Skies (2018)

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Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!


  • grand-strategy
  • real-time
  • naval
  • steampunk
  • strategy
  • i
  • wargame
  • 4x
  • authentic
  • pvp
  • data-driven
  • cooperative
  • mech
  • combat
  • tanks

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UFC 5 (2023)

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Android Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

EA SPORTS™ UFC® 5 is as real as it gets. Powered by Frostbite engine’s advanced rendering capabilities. All-new authentic damage system brings intensity and strategy of a fight to life. New Transition-Based Submissions make grappling feel more fluid and realistic.


  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • rpg
  • grand-strategy
  • wargame
  • japanese
  • immersive
  • 4x
  • sport
  • military
  • tactical
  • cooperative

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Stellaris (2016)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Android Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS

Explore a galaxy full of wonders in this sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studios. Interact with diverse alien races, discover strange new worlds with unexpected events and expand the reach of your empire. Each new adventure holds almost limitless possibilities.


  • grand-strategy
  • empire
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • sci-fi
  • resource
  • exploration
  • space
  • war
  • political
  • economy
  • real-time
  • politics
  • construction
  • military

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Knights of Honor II: Sovereign (2022)

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PC Windows

Knights of Honor II: Sovereign is a real-time grand strategy game set in medieval Europe, developed by Black Sea Games and published by THQ Nordic. Players can choose to start their playthrough in either 1110, 1224, or 1360 AD from a range of different European and African kingdoms. It features a suite of competing interests to manage across your empire - mercantile, religious, peasantry, diplomacy and military - with each having their own priorities and influencing your reputation.


What we like:
  • Real-Time Control map for warfare
  • Realistic visuals
  • Soothing soundtrack
  • Accessible interface
  • Plenty of strategic depth
What could be improved:
  • Game is complicated for beginners
  • RTS mini-game shallow compared to other games in genre
  • Limited items included with purchase

  • grand-strategy
  • real-time
  • strategy
  • medieval
  • battle
  • empire
  • simulation
  • war
  • military

8

Kick the Buddy (2017)

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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Explode, destroy, fire, shoot, smash, kill, freeze, send the power of the Gods and don't even think about stopping! Man, you now have a virtually limitless arsenal to beat: rockets, grenades, automatic rifles, torture instruments and even a NUCLEAR BOMB!.


  • diplomacy
  • grand-strategy
  • turn-based
  • wargame
  • immersive
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • military
  • character
  • cooperative
  • historical
  • real-time
  • simulation
  • card
  • customization

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Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD Game (2023)

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New stages, battles, amazing unknown enemies and more to conquer!


  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • wargame
  • immersive
  • 4x
  • tactical
  • tower-defense
  • military
  • cooperative

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Nitro Nation Drag & Drift (2024)

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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Explore in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization. Copy enemies’ abilities like the new Drill and Ranger and use them to attack and explore your surroundings. Save the kidnapped Waddle Dees from the ferocious Beast Pack alongside the mysterious Elfilin.


  • turn-based
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • strategy
  • racing
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • wargame
  • japanese
  • immersive
  • cooperative
  • real-time
  • 4x
  • military

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