The Best Squad strategy Games

Update : SNK: All-Star Brawl added at rank #29.
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Aliens: Dark Descent (2023)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X

In Aliens: Dark Descent, you'll command a squad of Colonial Marines to halt a horrifying Xenomorph outbreak. With open levels, strategic gameplay, and intense squad shooting, you'll be kept on the edge of your seat. Customize your soldiers, manage your resources, and outsmart the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced. Can you stop the outbreak before it's too late?

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What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a unique twist
  • Variety of enemies and maps
  • Rewarding squad building mechanics
  • Solid sound design
  • Well-executed level and environmental design
What could be improved:
  • Unmemorable characters
  • Limited customization options

  • squad
  • real-time
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • aliens
  • stealth
  • horror
  • survival-horror

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Pikmin 4 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Pikmin 4 is a highly engaging and enjoyable game that focuses on exploration and the feeling of being small in a human world. The addition of Oatchi, a playable character who can jump, swim, and carry the Pikmin army, fundamentally changes the gameplay and adds a new dynamic to the series. Pikmin 4 is a near flawless game that offers a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay with new dynamic
  • Unique abilities and challenges with new Pikmin species
  • Strategic night missions
  • Helpful rewind feature
  • Dandori Battles and Challenges add competition and efficiency
What could be improved:
  • Limited co-op mode
  • Constant mention of Dandori can become tiresome
  • Minor issues with Pikmin getting stuck in the environment

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • cooperative
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • battle
  • plant
  • tower-defense
  • squad
  • dungeon
  • split-screen
  • earth
  • adventure
  • resource
  • competitive

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XCOM: Chimera Squad (2020)

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PC Windows

XCOM: Chimera Squad offers an engaging turn-based tactical combat experience in a post-invasion world where humans and aliens cooperate to build a new civilization. You will lead an elite force to combat underground threats in City 31, where you'll deploy unique agents with complementing abilities for devastating combos. This game features a strategic layer to manage your headquarters, offering a great challenge to test your skills.


What we like:
  • Lightweight game with basic XCOM elements
  • Cool new villains
  • Replayable with different characters
  • Comfortable difficulty
  • Good additions to X-COM formula
What could be improved:
  • Weak troops hinder the game's fun
  • Poor tactical and movement mechanics
  • Cringe story with preset agents
  • Breach mechanic doesn't work well

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • squad
  • aliens
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • war
  • battle

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)

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PC Windows Playstation 3 Xbox 360 Mac OS Linux Android Xbox One vita

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based strategy game that puts you in charge of saving the Earth from a global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technology, and planning combat strategies. With over 70 missions worldwide and customizable soldiers, this game provides an immersive experience that appeals to players who enjoy turn-based strategy games.


What we like:
  • Engaging and strategic turn-based combat system
  • Variety of classes and abilities to customize soldiers and build squad
  • Impressive graphics and sound design
  • Strategic depth and replayability
  • Long War mod adds even more gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Long War mod can be frustrating with high difficulty

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • aliens
  • squad
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • battle
  • war

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Jagged Alliance 3 (2023)

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Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X l Playstation 5 Playstation 4

In Jagged Alliance 3, you're a skilled mercenary on a thrilling adventure in the chaotic nation of Grand Chien. Recruit unique characters, engage in strategic turn-based combat, and make decisions that shape the future. Explore the open world, defend against enemies, and join forces with friends in online co-op mode in this immersive RPG.

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What we like:
  • Deep and engaging turn-based strategy
  • Hilarious dialogue and engaging gameplay
  • Precise obstacle and terrain consideration in combat
  • Diverse cast of characters with unique abilities
  • Rich and immersive open-world exploration
What could be improved:
  • Clunky movement and pathfinding
  • Humor may not appeal to all
  • Map design could be improved

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • squad
  • rpg
  • combat
  • cover

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Pikmin 3 (2013)

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wii u

Pikmin 3 is a simple and visually appealing game that combines real-time strategy and exploration mechanics. Command an army of helpful creatures called Pikmin to gather resources and solve puzzles. Enjoy cleverness, well-crafted design, and serene atmosphere. A reason to buy a Wii U console. Limited time constraint of each in-game day.

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What we like:
  • Cleverness
  • Well-crafted design
  • Serene atmosphere
  • Reason to buy a Wii U console
What could be improved:
  • Limited time constraint of each in-game day

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • card
  • exploration
  • boss-fight
  • competitive
  • squad
  • boss
  • plant
  • puzzle
  • multiplayer
  • battle
  • time-management
  • cooperative
  • controller-support

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XCOM 2 (2016)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4

XCOM 2 puts you in a fight for the survival of humanity against an alien force. Your job is to lead a squad of soldiers to liberate Earth. The game has an exciting blend of tactical, strategy, and RPG elements that will keep you glued to your screen.


What we like:
  • Fantastic turn-based tactics and strategy game
  • Highly engaging gameplay for all players
  • Great customization options for soldiers
  • Strict time pressure in most missions
  • Revamped soldier classes offer more game-changing abilities
What could be improved:
  • Long load times in and out of missions
  • Storyline is straightforward

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • aliens
  • squad
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • war
  • sci-fi
  • battle
  • management

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The Valiant (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Join Theoderich von Akenburg and his team of warriors on an epic journey filled with adventure and danger in The Valiant. Experience immersive squad-based RTS gameplay with a variety of units, each with unique skills to unlock. With multiple game modes, including PvP and co-op, and 15 hand-crafted single-player missions, The Valiant offers endless possibilities for strategy and combat.


What we like:
  • Good story
  • Well-designed characters
  • Solid graphics and music
  • Focus on tactics and decision-making
  • Infantry charges and cavalry trample abilities are great
What could be improved:
  • Slow and dull gameplay
  • Short length of gameplay
  • Lackluster multiplayer
  • Linear story with almost no choices
  • Awful replayability

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • medieval
  • squad
  • tactical
  • competitive
  • battle
  • historical
  • multiplayer

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Last Train Home (2023)

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PC Windows

The Great War is over - the fight continues. Command a legion of soldiers, desperately trying to make their way home amidst the chaos of civil war. Lead them through the unforgiving wilderness onboard an armored train. Manage your crew and resources and try to survive.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • war
  • historical
  • management
  • unforgiving
  • squad
  • survival
  • trains

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Starship Troopers - Terran Command (2022)

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PC Windows

In Starship Troopers: Terran Command, you take command of the Mobile Infantry and fight in an exciting military campaign against the Arachnid threat. With immersive storyline campaign, deep tactical gameplay, and explosive action, you'll experience the heroic war against the Bug and ensure human civilization dominates the galaxy. Get ready for lots of Bugs, gore, and thrilling gameplay in this real-time strategy game set in the Starship Troopers universe.


What we like:
  • Fun and immersive gameplay
  • Faithful to the movies and lore
  • Simple and tactical squad shooter gameplay
  • Shows love to the community
  • Based on the Starship Troopers universe
What could be improved:
  • Difficult to control units without micromanaging
  • Scorpion bug is too strong
  • No base building or resource gathering

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • squad
  • sci-fi
  • war
  • military

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