The Best Strategy turn-based Games for Xbox One

Update : Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader added at rank #2.
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Worms W.M.D (2016)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

'Worms W.M.D' is a classic physics-based game featuring teams of pink invertebrates battling it out with an arsenal of ridiculous and comical weapons. This game brings back the original 2D engine and gameplay of the franchise, and introduces new elements such as random vehicle placements, turrets, buildings, and a crafting system.

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What we like:
  • Fun gameplay with new features like mechs, tanks, mortars, and stationary machine guns
  • Entertaining and addictive
  • Lots of replay value
What could be improved:
  • Some in-game text and menus are hard to read on larger screens
  • Crafting tutorial is "hidden" in one stage of the campaign mode

  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • team
  • artillery
  • mech
  • crafting
  • online
  • tanks
  • local
  • multiplayer
  • classic
  • battle
  • ninja
  • tactical
  • physics

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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Mac OS Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Dive into the grim darkness of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, where your decisions forge an empire or doom worlds. Command voidships, battle Chaos, and ally with unique crew in a universe brimming with peril and glory. Tactical combat and deep customization await in this epic RPG saga!


What we like:
  • Engaging story and well-developed characters
  • Rich, atmospheric Warhammer 40K setting
  • Extensive character customization
What could be improved:
  • Occasional bugs and technical issues
  • Some combat encounters may feel prolonged

  • turn-based
  • warhammer-40k
  • rpg
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • tabletop
  • cooperative
  • workshop
  • battle
  • combat
  • fantasy
  • shooter
  • action
  • war
  • cover

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The Banner Saga 2 (2016)

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95
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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch

The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping Norse-inspired fantasy adventure that engages you with its exceptional narrative and captivating art direction. The game features a turn-based combat system that challenges your strategic thinking, new creatures and obstacles, and battles resolved through primary objectives rather than max-murdering the other side. Make difficult decisions that can lead to starvation, mutiny or death, while defying traditional conventions and rejecting typical rules of morality. The sequel is a must-play, with vastly improved combat, deep and rewarding narrative, and an immersive visual and sound design.


What we like:
  • Engaging narrative
  • Captivating art direction
  • Improved combat system
  • New creatures and obstacles
  • Battles resolved through primary objectives
What could be improved:
  • Difficult for new players who did not play the first game
  • Console controls are awkward and obtuse
  • Environmental art can make combat harder to navigate
  • Not very action-packed
  • Characters can die without notice

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • battle
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • combat
  • narrative
  • story
  • grid
  • fantasy
  • hand-drawn

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King Arthur: Knight's Tale (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Play as Sir Mordred, the former black knight of the grim tales. You killed King Arthur, but with his dying breath, he struck you down. You both died – and yet, you both live. The Lady of the Lake wants you to finish what you have begun… in the twisted, dark realm of Avalon.


  • rpg
  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • battle
  • combat
  • fantasy
  • grid
  • real-time
  • fight

5

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.


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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Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 (2023)

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85
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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

The sequel to the captivating tale of Fuga: Melodies of Steel has arrived! This turn-based RPG is back with a ramped up battle system for more strategy, as well as a brand new event system that gives you more thrilling choices to affect your experience!


  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • jrpg
  • tanks
  • war

7

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.

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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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Wartales (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch

In Wartales, you will lead a group of mercenaries through an open-world medieval landscape, filled with treasure and mysteries to uncover. Customize your team with specialized skills and equipment, as you traverse a vast terrain via horseback or on foot. With a turn-based combat system, anticipate encountering various enemies requiring strategic planning and coordination for success. Bond with your fellow comrades and celebrate an accomplished day of pillaging with a well-earned feast. In this harsh world, will you endure and prosper? Play Wartales and find out!


What we like:
  • Exciting turn-based combat
  • Extensive customization options
  • Immersive map interactions
  • Amusing lock picking and puzzle-solving
  • Enticing exploration opportunities
What could be improved:
  • Harsh early-game difficulty
  • Repetitive late-game combat
  • No horse-riding option for faster travel
  • Lack of hints for in-game quests
  • Troop deployment is somewhat illogical

  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • tactical
  • open-world
  • medieval
  • combat
  • low-fantasy
  • strategy
  • battle
  • survival
  • cooperative
  • skill
  • crafting

9

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.

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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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Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2016)

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

Lead your civilization to greatness in Sid Meier's Civilization® VI by expanding your cities and engaging in espionage. With endless customization options and challenging diplomatic relationships, you will enjoy an engaging and rewarding experience. The game is packed with content, has brilliant visuals and a fantastic musical score, making it an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying experience for players of all ages.

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What we like:
  • Attention-grabbing gameplay
  • Endless possibilities and variables to account for, including many DLCs
  • Fun to play with friends
  • Good for all ages
What could be improved:
  • Aesthetic choices may not appeal to all
  • Agenda system can be annoying
  • Workers expire after improvements
  • Might be a letdown for fans of Civ V

  • strategy
  • empire
  • turn-based
  • military
  • 4x
  • tile
  • war
  • tactical
  • city-building
  • historical
  • economy
  • resource
  • card

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