PC Turn-Based Games

Endless Legend

Endless Legend

Platform: PC
April 24, 2014
Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Create your own Legend.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
The Last Federation

The Last Federation

Platform: PC
April 18, 2014
From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.9
Warlock 2: The Exiled

Warlock 2: The Exiled

Platform: PC
April 10, 2014
Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic, use cunning diplomacy and faith as your weapons. Experience the challenge in single or multiplayer.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown

Platform: PC
March 31, 2014
Shadowrun Online is the second Kickstarter video game project set in the unique world of Shadowrun. The first project, Shadowrun Returns, focused primarily on providing a great single player adventure experience, while Shadowrun Online - like the pen & paper version - is all about experiencing the awesome world and gritty atmosphere of Shadowrun together with friends. Fluid co-op gameplay and intense player vs player faction wars set in a persistent and evolving world - this is what Shadowrun Online is about.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.1
Age of Wonders III

Age of Wonders III

Platform: PC
March 31, 2014
Age of Wonders 3 marks a modern reimagining of the series, where players join a clash of kings, queens and dark lords for the spoils of an ancient paradise. By introducing unique RPG-inspired classes and specializations, players are able to craft empires of their own design, developing unique strategies and play styles. The world-changing conflict plays out on sweeping landscapes, loaded with mythical locations waiting to be uncovered, conquered and exploited.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III

Platform: PC
March 27, 2014
Galactic Civilizations III challenges players to assemble an empire that dominates the galaxy through conquest, diplomacy, cultural hegemony, or scientific research.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.6
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Platform: PC
March 11, 2014
Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
5.8
Might & Magic X: Legacy

Might & Magic X: Legacy

Platform: PC
January 23, 2014
In the wake of the spectacular events in Might & Magic Heroes VI, you will play in a party of four adventurers entangled in intrigue and political machinations unfolding in and around Karthal. The city, on the verge of secession, is prey to competing factions vying for its control. Your actions will determine the fate of the city. Might & Magic X Legacy is an authentic solo experience in the classic first-person RPG genre. Create and lead your group into an exciting world and battle powerful mythical creatures while collecting ancient magical treasures. Through a turn-based gameplay system, defeat creatures and bosses to accomplish unique quests and make your way through dangerous dungeons, cities and labyrinths full of traps. Dive into vintage Might & Magic and play old school, new rules.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.3
The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Platform: PC
January 14, 2014
Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Pandora: First Contact

Pandora: First Contact

Platform: PC
November 14, 2013
Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale, inspired by Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. In the future, factions have risen up from opportunities and ideologies independent of governments. Private corporations and religious movements have started wars over greed, ideology and power. Many have died and many lands lay in ruin. Planet Earth has been exhausted and colonial attempts on other planetary bodies have been in vain. Finally, after decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world many light-years away. The most powerful factions have gathered their best men and women to send on a long journey to Pandora. Far from desolate, the earth-like planet has been found to host a plethora of indigenous life forms. While the gigantic monstrosities inland and at the oceans seem relatively calm, human-sized bugs and fungus are threatening to stop mankind's expansion. As the various factions strive to take control, each will research and develop numerous new technologies, discovering new weapons and industry, whilst opening trade agreements and forging alliances with other factions to gain a foothold. As they spread, they will discover ancient ruins from alien civilizations that will grant them advantages over their rivals.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.5
XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within

Platform: PC
November 11, 2013
XCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within adds an array of new abilities, upgrades and weapons to combat new enemy and alien threats. This expansion pack also introduces new maps, new tactical and strategic gameplay, and new multiplayer content providing a renewed gameplay experience.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Blackguards

Blackguards

Platform: PC
November 6, 2013
What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards - the new turn-based RPG by Daedalic Entertainment - explores this very question. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, who with the help of a team of more-than-questionable characters, must save the world from a dark menace. During the wild chase throughout the South of Aventuria, the world of The Dark Eye, there is more to fight than vicious creatures - chapter by chapter, a story full of intrigue and surprising twists unfolds. But when life and death are in the player's hands, how far will they go to reach their goals?
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.1
Battle Worlds: Kronos

Battle Worlds: Kronos

Platform: PC
November 4, 2013
Battle Worlds: Kronos is a turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. Have you ever wondered what games like that would look like today? Well, the makers of this game did. Thus, the game.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.0
Agarest: Generations of War

Agarest: Generations of War

Platform: PC
October 3, 2013
At the dawn of time, a terrible war raged between the forces of good and evil, ending in the destruction of the world of Agarest. After their victory, the Gods of Light unified the decaying bodies of the Gods of Darkness and created a new world. Now, the forces of darkness are awakening once again. Choose the path of Darkness or Light through a truly epic story, spanning multiple generations. Battle hundreds of different creatures using an array of character abilities, in a compelling and innovative turn-based combat system. Build your ultimate army of warriors and master Extra Skills, Special Arts and Over Kills to defeat colossal enemies. Unite with your chosen heroine and use the “Soul Breed” system to shape the fate of the next generation of heroes.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
6.9
Arma Tactics

Arma Tactics

Platform: PC
October 1, 2013
Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where the player takes control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to the player to decide how he will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives. Whether using stealth or a more direct approach, players will need to use their strategic thinking and use both basic and advanced weaponry while facing many different opponents - ranging from unorganized local militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
5.7
Space Hulk

Space Hulk

Platform: PC
August 15, 2013
Based on the best-selling board game and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk is a 3D digital turn based strategy game that recreates the classic claustrophobic board game experience for single player and multiplayer cross-platform play between PC, Mac and on iOS. Space Hulk is set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of an ancient vessel lost in the graveyard of space. Players lead a small army of fearless Space Marine Terminators to battle in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory alien Genestealers.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.6
Worms Clan Wars

Worms Clan Wars

Platform: PC
August 15, 2013
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.0
Skulls of the Shogun

Skulls of the Shogun

Platform: PC
July 29, 2013
Washing up on the shores of the afterlife, players meet and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal-monks, and mustachioed samurai generals on the way to capture Skulls of the Shogun. With its roots in classic turn-based strategy gaming, Skulls of the Shogun retains depth and adds a smooth, simple interface that makes it accessible and enjoyable even to players new to the genre. Players immerse themselves in battle with fun and unique game play features amidst lush, eerie environments. Also featuring 4-player local and networked multi-player and an original score inspired by old samurai films and dub, Skulls of the Shogun offers simple-yet-deep, refined and offbeat game-play.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.8
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World

Platform: PC
July 8, 2013
The second expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization V, Brave New World, introduces nine new civilizations, international trade, and victory through cultural dominance.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Horizon

Horizon

Platform: PC
July 2, 2013
Horizon is a turn-based space strategy game of galactic exploration and conquest in which you are in control of humanity’s destiny. You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artifacts hidden on long-abandoned planets.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.7
Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014

Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014

Platform: PC
June 26, 2013
Available on the Android platform for the first time ever in addition to iPad, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Steam and PlayStation Network, Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers will offer players exciting new features as they partner with Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar to track down a manipulative and dangerous Planeswalker foe. An immersive storyline and strong integration with the Magic 2014 - Core Set ties the experience together for players, culminating in an end-of-summer Magic Celebration that brings all Magic fans together in stores across the world.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.1
Endless Space: Disharmony

Endless Space: Disharmony

Platform: PC
June 26, 2013
Disharmony is the first official expansion to the 4x space strategy game Endless Space.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.8
Skyward Collapse

Skyward Collapse

Platform: PC
May 23, 2013
How do you balance -- and indeed encourage -- a war between factions without letting either side obliterate the other? How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you? How do you build a landscape of villages when bandits and mythology are conspiring to tear it down? Skyward Collapse places you into the role of The Creator, and frees you to tackle these problems your own way. Brought to you by the developer of the modern strategy classic AI War: Fleet Command, Arcen's second full strategy title is equally unique (but far easier to learn): a turn-based 4x strategic god-game. Your task is to build and populate the floating continent of Luminith. You create -- but cannot control -- gods, creatures, and artifacts from both Greek and Norse mythology. The power you wield with these is immense: Heimdall's horn causes everyone outdoors to drop dead, for crying out loud. Your task is to keep both factions alive and fighting until The Master calls you home -- but this is harder than it sounds. Bandit Keeps pop up periodically, as do Woes such as floods, serial killers, guild strikes, and vegetarian uprisings. Every game plays out differently, and you'll need even the craziest of your powers in order to survive what lies in store for you.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.0
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes

Platform: PC
May 22, 2013
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is an expansion to Stardock's popular Fallen Enchantress fantasy strategy game. The world of Elemental needs your help. The Fallen Enchantress seeks to destroy the fragile civilizations that have arisen from the ashes of the cataclysm. Fortunately, your fame has spread far and wide attracting the great heroes to aid you.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness

Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness

Platform: PC
May 2, 2013
This fully fledged expansion will feature a new fan-favorite faction to Heroes VI, Dungeon, led by the Dark Elves. The Dark Elves have left the forests of Irollan, made a pact with the mysterious Faceless and escaped extermination by becoming underground renegades - stealthy and revered assassins. This faction is introduced into an epic campaign that not only unveils unexplored territories of Ashan, but also recounts the mysterious origins of their people.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
5.3
Eador: Masters of the Broken World

Eador: Masters of the Broken World

Platform: PC
April 19, 2013
Eador. Masters of the Broken World - is a turn-based strategy in the original fantasy setting, where the decisions you make affect the world even deeper than the battles you win. The game combines the unmatched strategic depth with boundless role-playing opportunities, granting the player the power of the immortal ruler of the magic world of Eador. The game is set for release in 2012.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.2
The Banner Saga: Factions

The Banner Saga: Factions

Platform: PC
February 25, 2013
What is The Banner Saga? Short answer: role-playing meets turn-based strategy, wrapped into an adventure mini-series about vikings. Travel through stunning landscapes straight out of an animated film as your party escapes what could be the end of everything. Battle painstakingly hand-animated foes in strategic, turn-based combat. Make decisions with real consequences in conversations with people you'll actually care about. The Banner Saga is a mature game aimed at gamers who appreciate art, story and strategy. Hope you'll join the caravan.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.9
Omerta: City of Gangsters

Omerta: City of Gangsters

Platform: PC
January 31, 2013
OMERTA - CITY OF GANGSTERS is a simulation game with tactical turn-based combat. Taking the role of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant, with dreams of the big life, the player will work his way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920's Atlantic City. Starting with small jobs, his character recruits a gang and expands his empire by taking territory from other gangsters. Eventually he establishes his own crime syndicate and becomes the de facto ruler of Atlantic City.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
4.9
Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter (Enhanced Edition)

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter (Enhanced Edition)

Platform: PC
November 30, 2012
In Sword of the Stars 2, gamers will be reaquianted with the original six races from Swords of the Stars I and its expansions as well as reveal the dark secret of the original series, the Suulka - an ancient race that is responsible for tampering with the Liir, Zuul, and other races in the SotS universe! Not limited to another entire new race and their unique drive technology, SotS2 will be a major step forward in the SotS approach to 4X gameplay, taking the easy-to-learn-hard-to-master philosophy set out in SotS1 and following that path to a new standard in space strategy games.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.1
King's Bounty: Warriors of the North

King's Bounty: Warriors of the North

Platform: PC
October 25, 2012
Warriors of the North is the latest chapter in the cult role-playing game - adventure saga. The current tale takes place in the familiar world of Endoria featured in the earlier games, but begins in the Viking lands, which the celebrated hero Bill Gilbert never visited during his famous quest in King’s Bounty: The Legend.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress

Elemental: Fallen Enchantress

Platform: PC
October 23, 2012
In Fallen Enchantress players will be able to explore the world of Elemental and discover a wide range of unique locations, including dangerous wild lands that can't be settled until they are conquered.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.3
Worms Revolution

Worms Revolution

Platform: PC
October 10, 2012
The game has been developed from the ground up and features a completely new game-engine. Exciting new features and challenges have been introduced whilst old favourites such as the Super Sheep and Holy Hand Grenade remain to thrill fans worldwide.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.6
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: PC
October 8, 2012
Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with action sequences and on-ground combat. Recruit, specialize and train unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and interrupt the alien threat as you construct and expand your XCOM headquarters. Direct soldier squads in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger. The fight spreads around the world as the XCOM team engages in over 70 missions, communicating and negotiating with governments around the world.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions

Platform: PC
September 13, 2012
Might & Magic Duel of Champions is an online free-to-play card game in the M&M universe.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.9
Jagged Alliance: Crossfire

Jagged Alliance: Crossfire

Platform: PC
August 24, 2012
Jagged Alliance: Crossfire is a stand-alone expansion to the hit tactical RPG Jagged Alliance: Back in Action that adds new mercenaries, new environments, and new weapons.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
4.4
Legends of Pegasus

Legends of Pegasus

Platform: PC
August 10, 2012
The 4X space simulation will put players in control of the last surviving humans, as they explore space in a quest to expand their galactic empire. Players will conquer and explore an incredibly detailed 3D universe as they use economic, diplomatic and scientific means to expand their empires. Through a deep technology tree, players will unlock new technologies to customize their ships and prepare their fleets for the next alien encounter; be it hostile or friendly.
Metascore:
36
User Score:
1.5
Hero Academy

Hero Academy

Platform: PC
August 10, 2012
Blending classic tactics gaming with the fast-paced action of modern casual titles, Hero Academy delivers tense one-on-one battles with quick bursts of gameplay. The balance of power can shift in a single turn, and victory requires a carefully crafted strategy. Deploy different character classes, defend your turf with countermeasures, and with the placement of a few special items, you’ll conquer your opponent.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.1
The Political Machine 2012

The Political Machine 2012

Platform: PC
July 31, 2012
The Political Machine 2012 lets players play as Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or create their own candidate to take to the campaign trail.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.7
Endless Space

Endless Space

Platform: PC
July 4, 2012
This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.4
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Platform: PC
June 20, 2012
Face a stiffer challenge in this version of the franchise. Play with friends or the AI, take on new encounters and opponents, and face up to 3 other players in the Planechase multiplayer format. Featuring 10 customizable decks, Magic 2013 offers new game items to unlock and introduces the option to choose what lands to tap when you cast your spells.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.8
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

Platform: PC
June 18, 2012
Sid Meier's Civilization V: God & Kings takes players through time as they engage in new quests and global competitions, interact with new types of city-states, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat. Nine new civilizations; nine new wonders; three original scenarios; and dozens of new units, buildings, technologies and resources have also been added, offering even more ways for players to expand their empire on their quest to rule the world.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Warlock: Master of the Arcane

Warlock: Master of the Arcane

Platform: PC
May 8, 2012
Warlock – Master of the Arcane invites players to take on the role of the Great Mage and build a powerful magical empire, giving mighty mages the ability to control armies and wield magic to wage war against one another, as they compete with other wizards for the title of Warlock.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.9
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

Platform: PC
March 22, 2012
This massive-scale, stand-alone expansion to Total War: SHOGUN 2 offers a completely new experience to players. Six new playable clans, including those supporting a modern imperial Japan such as the Satsuma and those allied with the old Shogun like the Nagaoka, are now available. Three great foreign powers must also be dealt with: America, Britain and France all have a vested interest in Japan’s future. How will you treat them? All this plays out across an expanded and improved campaign map, covering new island provinces in the far north and featuring all-new building and technology trees as well as brand new features such as railways and naval bombardments, seen for the first time in a Total War title.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

Platform: PC
February 8, 2012
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action revives the top-selling Jagged Alliance series of mercenary-themed strategy games with significant updates to visuals and gameplay. Back in Action will showcase a fully updated experience, with modernized gameplay, state-of-the-art graphics and premium production values.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
5.5
Disciples III: Resurrection

Disciples III: Resurrection

Platform: PC
February 7, 2012
This is a new landmark in the history of Nevendaar, when a new race ascends to power - the ruthless and merciless Undead Hordes. It is the story of selfless love and unfading glory. Heroes of the past, who had lost their lives, but not their sentience, are exacting their revenge in the name of Mortis, the Goddess of Death.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
4.8
Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts

Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts

Platform: PC
November 21, 2011
The story of Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts begins as the citizens of the Kingdom of Glory celebrate their victory in the catacombs of their former enemies. The revelry is disturbed by a sudden all-encompassing fog. Those that the fog engulfed vanished screaming into the void. Full of despair, the remaining survivors barricade themselves in the depths. Not much time passes before food becomes short – and moods grim. The Knights of Glory, shady mercenaries and the arrogant high elves band into guilds and begin a struggle for food, survival and escape. Too bad the guilds can’t stand each other, and noone notices the awakening of dark forces in the dungeons below…
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.5
Unity of Command

Unity of Command

Platform: PC
November 15, 2011
Unity of Command lets you replay the epic conflict that was the Stalingrad Campaign of World War II. In this turn-based game of strategy and cunning, observe how opportunity leads the German army to advance recklessly into the steppes of southern Russia. And as the story unfolds, join the Soviet campaign to repel the invaders... As these legendary battles play out on the hex board, the tension of decision making and difficulties of conducting operations on a massive scale emerge. Command armies and fronts in maneuver warfare, thrust and encircle, capture cities and cross continents; but never, ever forget to watch your supply lines.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.2
Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter

Platform: PC
October 28, 2011
In Sword of the Stars 2, gamers will be reaquianted with the original six races from Swords of the Stars I and its expansions as well as reveal the dark secret of the original series, the Suul’ka - an ancient race that is responsible for tampering with the Liir, Zuul, and other races in the SotS universe! Not limited to another entire new race and their unique drive technology, SotS2 will be a major step forward in the SotS approach to 4X gameplay, taking the easy-to-learn-hard-to-master philosophy set out in SotS1 and following that path to a new standard in space strategy games.
Metascore:
44
User Score:
4.7
Might & Magic: Heroes VI

Might & Magic: Heroes VI

Platform: PC
October 13, 2011
The Might & Magic Heroes VI adventure starts 400 years before the events in Heroes of Might & Magic® V, showcasing a family of heroes in a thrilling, epic story where Angels plot to revive an unfinished war.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.0
Worms Ultimate Mayhem

Worms Ultimate Mayhem

Platform: PC
September 28, 2011
Worms Ultimate Mayhem is a souped-up, re-vamped, high definition reimagining of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, bringing both games together in one incredibly over-stuffed, over-the-top package for Xbox 360 from Xbox LIVE, for PlayStation 3 from Playstation Network and also for PC from Steam. Including all of the content from the original games, Worms Ultimate Mayhem also brings a whole host of anarchic additions � more single player missions, more puzzles, more customisation, more worms!
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.7
Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

Platform: PC
September 27, 2011
Rise of the Samurai is the first downloadable campaign for Shogun 2.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Supreme Ruler: Cold War

Supreme Ruler: Cold War

Platform: PC
July 19, 2011
In Supreme Ruler 2020: Cold War, players will enter a portrayal of the world in the year 2020 based on recent real-world headlines. Battle economic challenges, unstable governments and worldwide tensions in this grand strategy experience.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.7
Panzer Corps

Panzer Corps

Platform: PC
July 11, 2011
Panzer Corps will feature 26 scenarios on 21 unique maps, covering most major battles of the European Theatre of World War II and including a few hypothetical 'what if' scenarios based on your actions.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012

Platform: PC
June 15, 2011
Building on the success of the original Duels of the Planeswalkers, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 will introduce all new game modes, Planeswalker opponents, decks, puzzle challenges and other exciting new features including a new-to-digital multiplayer game mode called Archenemy where players gather up to two allies and team up against the AI.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
5.8
Storm: Frontline Nation

Storm: Frontline Nation

Platform: PC
June 10, 2011
Storm: Frontline Nation is a turn-based military strategy game that pits military juggernauts from the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, and France against each other as they fight over dwindling natural resources amidst an international economic collapse.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.8
Pride of Nations

Pride of Nations

Platform: PC
June 7, 2011
Pride of Nations is a turn-based historical strategy game set in the colonial era of the 19th century.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
5.6
Frozen Synapse

Frozen Synapse

Platform: PC
May 26, 2011
Frozen Synapse is a thrilling PC strategy game that brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Execute" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy

Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy

Platform: PC
May 17, 2011
Combat Mission - Battle for Normandy (CM:BN) faithfully recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two. Using the unique Turn-Based (WeGo)/Real-Time hybrid game system of our proprietary CMx2 battle engine, the first installment in this new series covers the three months after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944, from Operation Overlord in June through the Cobra Breakout in August.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
5.3
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

Platform: PC
March 15, 2011
Shogun 2 is the ultimate refinement of the original formula with a new, cutting-edge AI, more polish and online functionality than ever before. The result is the perfect mix of real-time and turn-based strategy gaming that invites both veterans of Total War and new players to experience the enjoyment and depth of the series.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
RISK: Factions

RISK: Factions

Platform: PC
March 8, 2011
Wage war with five factions, each with unique abilities, in the original game of strategy and world domination! Play with classic rules or reign supreme with objective-based and world conquest scenarios as you command your army and take tactical gambles to win the day. Then challenge your friends in online multiplayer and see how you stack up on the leaderboards.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
5.5
Magic: The Gathering - Tactics

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics

Platform: PC
January 24, 2011
Magic: The Gathering - Tactics will allow players to command forces of dramatic 3D figures and powerful spell cards pulled from the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse. Players can participate in single player scenarios or jump right into PVP action against other players worldwide, 24 hours per day. Magic: The Gathering - Tactics is expected to feature regular content expansions, a robust tournament environment, an achievement and rankings program, and original stories of the Planeswalkers of Magic: The Gathering.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
3.2
Greed Corp

Greed Corp

Platform: PC
December 10, 2010
Find the delicate balance between harvesting the land for resources and preserving it to stay alive. Will you defend your territory or sacrifice it to keep it out of enemy hands? Manage the finite available resources to build your army and use the collapsing terrain to your advantage. Destroy your enemies, or destroy the very land they stand on, before they do it to you. The game features a comprehensive single player campaign, introducing you to the four factions that inhabit the world. A large collection of unique maps is available outside of the campaign, specifically designed for 2, 3, or 4-player battles. Matches can be played with any combination of local, online and AI players, allowing for quick access to multiplayer action and offering multiple unlockables for a variety of challenges.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.1
Guardians of Graxia

Guardians of Graxia

Platform: PC
October 20, 2010
The Guardians of Graxia board game features dynamic strategic gameplay using cards, miniatures, and map tiles in a fantasy-based environment. The PC version of the game combines the best of both online and board game aspects in a highly replayable fantasy setting, and will contain more than 240 unique unit and spell cards at release. The game will support both single and multiplayer gameplay.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.2
Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes

Platform: PC
October 15, 2010
The young recruit Drake failed at the military academy exam. He was refused to fight for his proud kingdom Glory. Humiliated and frustrated he wants to end his life by jumping into the throat of brutal mushrooms. But then he learns that he's not the only one disappointed and that there are others who can't go on with their lives. He comes across the last depressed remains of the kingdom's army which return badly injured from an all or nothing battle. The very battle Drake couldn't fight in. One of the survivors is the most popular hero of all mankind: Holy Avatar. The arrogant knight in shiny armor tells you how a suddenly appearing sect crushed the whole kingdoms' army. The land Glory is overrun by creatures of the Dark Church and what's even worse, HE, the mighty Holy Avatar, was beaten the first time in his life.Now it is on YOU, Drake, to recruit a force and fight off the Dark Church before the population learns about the defeat and runs scared. However, all the land's heroic men are deadly injured or already dead. Only the most dubious and criminal creatures are left, deeply hidden in the high security dungeons.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
5.8
Sid Meier's Civilization V

Sid Meier's Civilization V

Platform: PC
September 21, 2010
With over nine million units sold worldwide, and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all-time. Now, Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive strategy game to unprecedented heights by adding new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and expand your civilization; extensive modding capabilities; and intensely competitive multiplayer options. Civilization V will come to life in a beautifully detailed, living world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level making it a must-have for gamers around the globe!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
King's Bounty: Crossworlds

King's Bounty: Crossworlds

Platform: PC
September 17, 2010
King's Bounty: Crossworlds is a stand-alone expansion to the award-winning King’s Bounty: Armored Princess. The game will feature two new campaigns, quests, spells, units and a full-scale game editor.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Worms Reloaded

Worms Reloaded

Platform: PC
August 26, 2010
Indeed, while the most celebrated features of the series are present and correct, Worms Reloaded also sports a large amount of new additions to almost every facet of the gameplay experience. Over 60 single-player missions (including new Warzone Campaign and Bodycount Mode), a fully featured landscape creator, 45+ plus weapons spanning the entire Worms series and a huge currency based customization system - all wrapped up in HD quality visuals - means that Worms Reloaded will be a highly enjoyable experience, whether playing alone or with friends.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.9
Elemental: War of Magic

Elemental: War of Magic

Platform: PC
August 24, 2010
Elemental is a fantasy strategy game set on a world filled with magic and ancient lore.
Metascore:
53
User Score:
5.9
Disciples III: Renaissance

Disciples III: Renaissance

Platform: PC
July 13, 2010
Disciples III: Renaissance is the sequel to Disciples II: Dark Prophecy, the fantasy strategy/role playing game. The player takes on the role of a Lord of one of the fantastic races of Nevendaar in their enduring struggle to establish the reign of their respective god over the world. Ripe with surprises and turn-arounds, the story of the world of Nevendaar is played against a somber backdrop and shows a unique and style that has players asking for more. The visual design follows the ominous style of the Disciples world, and now all of the game environments and individual units are in real-time 3D. Disciples III: Renaissance uses .dat's in-house Virtual Dream engine, which supports all modern 3D technologies, and initially features 3 playable races: The Empire, The Legions of the Damned, and the Noble Elves, each with unique Unit styles and city representations that allow city sieges, and end with a battle for the main fortress. [Strategy First Inc.]
Metascore:
56
User Score:
5.3
Making History II: The War of the World

Making History II: The War of the World

Platform: PC
June 15, 2010
Take on the role of a WWII era national leader embroiled in the toxic mix of waning empires, economic crisis, and ethnic "fault lines" in Making History II: The War of the World.
Metascore:
38
User Score:
8.4
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers

Platform: PC
June 15, 2010
An extension of the world's premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers' brings a pulse-pounding mix of strategic thinking, fantastic artwork, and arcade-style thrills to your PC. Experience an epic game of fantasy and strategy, as never before, when you take on the mantle of a planeswalker - a powerful mage capable of traversing the infinite planes of existence - and forge your destiny! [Wizards of the Coast]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
4.8
Rise of Prussia

Rise of Prussia

Platform: PC
March 9, 2010
Rise of Prussia is the latest release from AGEOD, and is a follow-up to their successful historical strategy games Birth of America, American Civil War, Napoleon's Campaigns, and Wars in America. Rise of Prussia covers the European campaigns of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.7
Flotilla

Flotilla

Platform: PC
February 26, 2010
Flotilla is a turn-by-turn space action exploration game.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.3
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

Platform: PC
February 25, 2010
Want to find yourself in the very center of Kharkov Defence Operation as an army commander? You'll have everything the officers had back then - tanks, gunnery and fearless soldiers. The success of each opposing force is hanging in the balance every day. Your decisions determine who wins the Battle for Kharkov. Great replayability and flexible AI behaviour: “smart” AI analyses tactical movements of player and chooses the best strategy based on opponents’ behaviour rather than follows scripts. It allows to play the same scenarios using different tactics as though playing with human player. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.4
King's Bounty: Armored Princess

King's Bounty: Armored Princess

Platform: PC
November 19, 2009
King's Bounty: Armored Princess is a sequel to the critically acclaimed King's Bounty: The Legend. Players take on the role of Princess Amelie who travels around the world of Teana and searches for the renowned knight, and her mentor, Bill Gilbert. This new world of King's Bounty: Armored Princess is full of mysteries and dangers. The new character, the Princess, will encounter horrible creatures, huge monstrous bosses and a new race, the bloodthirsty Lizards. As in the multi-award winning game on which this sequel is based, the player has many options to resist these new enemies. Various new skills and characteristics of Amelie as well as her chance to fly will help her overcome the hordes attacking the kingdom. The Princess is also accompanied by a Domestic Dragon, at the very beginning small and amusing, but its abilities develop steadily until it becomes an incredible ally. He will do his best to protect the Princess during the battles, starting with easy blows and treasure hunting and finishing with battle rage and volcano summoning. [1C Company]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Elven Legacy: Ranger

Elven Legacy: Ranger

Platform: PC
October 20, 2009
Ranger is an expansion pack to Elven Legacy and features 16 new missions, three new heroes, and 12 new spells.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.8
Elven Legacy

Elven Legacy

Platform: PC
April 7, 2009
Elven Legacy, the sequel to Fantasy Wars, delivers a world filled with magic and thrilling nonlinear storyline, gauged to provide many hours of gameplay for strategy fans. Through an epic quest aimed to restore the former glory of the Elven race the game offers both depth and scope, all in colorful and inspirational settings. Play for elves or humans in two primary campaigns or for orcs in a wide variety of bonus missions. Using the accompanying tools players may create their own missions and campaigns and share them in multiplayer mode. [1C Company]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.1
Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe

Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe

Platform: PC
September 26, 2008
The battle for galactic supremacy continues in Endless Universe, a stand-alone add-on for the acclaimed strategy game Galactic Civilizations II. A stand-alone version, it requires no additional purchase and also includes the two previously released add-ons: Dark Avatar and Twilight Of the Arnor. Thanks to Dark Avatar the different races now have multiple characteristics which adds variety and fun during the game. Now, the races range from super-diplomatist to super-destroyer. Also, Dark Avatar provides the planets with environmental conditions. Thus, the player needs to decide whether he wants to invest into research and development or leave the planet to a hostile player. Furthermore, Dark Avatar presents new scenes, new challenges, asteroids which can be used as mines, new races, and a new version of the spy system. Further differences in characteristics between the races are provided by Twilight of the Arnor. Here, the player can experience new features, starting with individual developments to race-specific weapons, skills and buildings. In addition, there are sensational improvements to the planets, many new star ships, a much bigger galaxy, and a new soundtrack! On top of that, Twilight of the Arnor includes editors for the planets, scenario, and technological development. [Kalypso]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
King's Bounty: The Legend

King's Bounty: The Legend

Platform: PC
September 23, 2008
King’s Bounty: The Legend is an adventure RPG with tactical turn-based battles unfolding in a fairytale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses. The player leads their character through the game world; exploring it; commanding armies in battle; and completing required and bonus quests. The game falls into two separate modes: Adventure Mode and Combat Mode. In adventure mode, the player controls the character in real-time, taking him through the adventure map seeking treasure, and completing quests. In combat mode, the player takes on the role of war chief, leading their troops through battle in a chess-like format. [Atari]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

Platform: PC
September 22, 2008
In Colonization, players lead one of four European nations on a quest to conquer and rule the New World. Players are challenged to guide their people from the oppressive motherland, discover the New World, and negotiate, trade and fight with both the natives and other nations as they acquire power and fight for freedom and independence. As a complete reimagining of the 1994 classic, Colonization is a total conversion of Civilization IV that combines Civilization's addictive "just one more turn" gameplay with all-new graphics and features that add more depth to the franchise. New features include brand-new interface, improved diplomacy options and the included modding tools. Colonization does not require the original Civilization IV product in order to be played. [2K Games]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.8
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI

Platform: PC
September 9, 2008
Set during the end of China's Han Dynasty and the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D., RTK XI presents the most visually captivating evolution in the history of the series. Blurring the line between video games and art, RTK XI features visuals evocative of classical Chinese ink-paintings along with debates and duels rendered in real-time 3D animation. As the ruler of a kingdom, each player has complete control over their territories. More than 40 base commands give players the power to govern cities, manage their personnel, practice diplomacy and much more. Complete freedom to develop markets, shipyards, outposts, forts and military units expand on the already substantial benchmarks established by previous editions of the series. Furthermore, players watch the era come to life through the uniquely individual personalities of the more than 780 officers and supporting characters they encounter. Players need to dig deep within to prove themselves adept at both the military and political arts in order to bring China under one rule. Domestic affairs, diplomacy and warfare are all conducted on a single vast 3D relief map, dramatically bringing to life the eight massive scenarios that lie before them. For improved control over each military campaign, RTK XI's turn-based game play allows the player to plan their movements without undue time constraints, and then execute their battle tactics when ready. RTK XI also introduces an entirely new system for researching military techniques, as well as an Advanced Tactics System that allows players to drive or lure enemies into devastating ambushes. Skilled players link together tactics for maximum damage. [Koei]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.9
Supreme Ruler 2020

Supreme Ruler 2020

Platform: PC
July 1, 2008
Control any department within your government or delegate decisions to your Cabinet Ministers. Sophisticated Military Strategic and Tactical Command System. Select from hundreds of actual military vehicles to research, build, and deploy. Choose conventional warfare or develop your nuclear weapons program. Detailed Economic and Political Models. Flexible Diplomatic Interface allowing sophisticated negotiations. Play any one of over 250 Regions world-wide. High Resolution Satellite imagery provided courtesy of NASA. Single Player or Multi Player support. Includes Map Editor and extensive modability. Varied Game-play options include Regional Battles, Missions and Campaigns. Introducing BattleGoat's new Super Sandbox Mode for unlimited customization and replayability. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.2
Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor

Platform: PC
April 30, 2008
The galaxy is being consumed by the fires of war as we enter the final act of the Dread Lord saga. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor is the second expansion pack to the award-winning PC strategy game, Galactic Civilizations II. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor expands the gameplay of Galactic Civilizations in all new ways. New campaign detailing the final chapter in the Dread Lords wars. The Terror Star arrives, capable of destroying any star. Unique technology trees for all 12 civilizations. Unique planetary improvements for each civilization. New 3D engine powered map editor. New Scenario Editor for creating highly detailed custom games. New Campaign Editor for players who want to create their own custom epic campaigns for themselves or to share with others. New Metaverse Tournaments: Specific maps & scenarios recorded to the Metaverse with prizes for top players. [Stardock]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.3
Lost Empire: Immortals

Lost Empire: Immortals

Platform: PC
March 11, 2008
Long ago the immortal Aeons presented the fledging races with the technology to travel the stars. Without pause for reasoning, vast fleets colonised the cosmos expanding the interstellar community until a great cataclysm occurred. Now the Aeon’s, a technologically superior race that once guided the lesser races, is all but lost to myth. Their colonies and technology lie beyond reach - scattered throughout the galaxy, like so many stars. Only fading memories recall the cause of the Aeons downfall and the loss of the star-gates that ended the first Galactic War. Devoid of the means to navigate the stars, the empires of the six major races began to look inwards as communication between worlds was lost. From the depths of the abyss, the long forgotten desire for exploration and conquest calls out once again. For it would only be a matter of time before each race would: recover the knowledge to rebuild their fleets, reawaken their desire to explore, rekindle their need to expand and return to warring ways. As the six galactic empires make ready for the arduous struggle ahead, all manner of citizens are rallied to the cause. Scouting expeditions leave the safety of their stellar berths seeking out potential systems ripe for colonisation. Close behind terra-forming ships prepare planets for swelling populations. Throughout countless shipyards powerful battle-fleets are forged from newly acquired resources, ready to face the threats that emerge with every cycle of the sun. A new age has arrived. The Age of Immortals has descended upon the fledging empires of the known galaxy. Will you dominate or be destroyed? [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.9
Spaceforce: Captains

Spaceforce: Captains

Platform: PC
February 12, 2008
Now it's your turn: discover, explore and conquer an entire Universe. But it won't be easy: the unique mix of turn-based strategy and role-playing is extremely challenging! Choose from more than 100 Captains and upgrade your ships in almost unlimited ways. Lead your customized squadrons into the fight with 6 distinct species and conquer solar system after solar system. An Atmospheric 3D animated world with crisp graphics and a pulsating storyline with many side quests await you. Addictive RPG elements will keep you on the edge with each Captain that you command. Decide battles against neutral squadrons, bands of pirates or opposing fleets in your favour by strategic movements and foreseeing resource management. Enhance and upgrade your space stations as well as your captains and fleets step-by-step by discovering over 200 cutting-edge technologies. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
45
User Score:
tbd
Fantasy Wars

Fantasy Wars

Platform: PC
November 8, 2007
Fantasy Wars is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantasy world. Combining both classic strategy gameplay and sophisticated 3D graphics players can experience epic battles like never before. Taking place in a fantasy world of Human kingdoms, Orc clans, Dwarfs' citadels and Elven forests the player is thrust into a world of war and legend. Play the role of an Orc or Goblin boss, a captain of the Human army or lead the elite forces of the Elven army. Participate in castle sieges and village defense, assault and reconnaissance operations and swift raids. To be victorious remember that the amount and experience of troops is not always the key factor, organize cooperation between different types of units and use the landscape to achieve strategic superiority. The game consists out of three story-connected campaigns. In each of them players will have to gather an army, upgrade units, find magic artifacts and study magic spells. An epic story has been crafted to draw players in. The great Orc chieftain and conqueror Ugraum, incited by the cruel shamans, gathers a huge horde to invade the land of Humans. Only a small, but experienced army of general Pfeil is able to fight against the powerful enemy. However the sides in this confrontation don't know that this is all just a part of evil plot of the dark powers. [1C Company]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.9
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge

Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge

Platform: PC
October 19, 2007
The Dark Continent, a playground for the cruel and corrupt, each with their own agenda. Choose your friends wisely, buy an army of ruthless mercenaries and unleash mayhem on the African countryside. Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge is a turn-based strategy that puts you in command of a squad of specialists for hire in the genre’s biggest game-world yet. Choose “jobs” from different factions and complete them for cash to upgrade weapons and hire elite mercenaries. Tons of guns will let your team destroy anything standing, but smooth talk and a wad of bills can also go a long way towards ensuring success. With multiple story lines and endings, you’re in total control of your own fate. Hey! It’s a jungle out there…on the Jagged Edge. [GFI Games]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.4
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East

Platform: PC
October 16, 2007
For the first time, play as the Orc faction and recruit heroes, build armies and manage cities as you explore and conquer legendary lands. Use tactics, skills and magic to outsmart fantasy armies while developing your heroes and unveiling the dark plot that threatens to tear the world of Ashan apart. Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East chronicles the final chapter in the epic struggle that began with the interrupted wedding of Queen Isabel. Players follow the steps of the Necrolord Arantir as he uncovers the prophecy of the Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and exposes the Demon Sovereign's conspiracy. New Orc Faction: First made famous in Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, the brutal Orc faction now comes to the Heroes series. Savage, fiercely proud, and resolutely independent, the Orcs put the "might" in Might & Magic. This faction's troops include Orcs, Goblins, Cyclops, and the famed Pao Kais. Experience the dramatic conclusion of the usurper Biara's reign. Discovering the demonic influence that corrupts the Haven knights, the savage clans of the Orcs take up arms to eradicate the Inferno threat. Characters from Dark Messiah of Might & Magic also appear to bring an unexpected twist to this multi-layered plot. In addition, tribes of the East also features 10 multiplayer and five single-player maps. Every creature in the Heroes V universe gets an alternative upgrade level, increasing the total number of creatures in the Heroes of Might & Magic V line to over 170. These powerful new abilities are sure to become an integral part of your combat tactics. Expand your arsenal and gameplay with new spells, artifacts, buildings and innovative features such as the combo-based Artifact Power Link and Battle Rage, the unique racial ability of the Orcs. In order to allow both fans and newcomers to enjoy this conclusion to the Heroes V experience, Tribes of the East is a standalone product – no previous Heroes game installations will be required to play. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.7
Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power

Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power

Platform: PC
September 11, 2007
Maxim Kammerer (Max) is a daring young man who enlists in his country's space exploration program. During a mission, his ship is shot down over Saraksh, a remote planet that is slowly recovering from a savage nuclear conflict. Upon recovering from the crash landing, Max finds himself in the Land of Unknown Fathers, a country ruled by a network of mind control transmissions. Max manages to destroy the center of the mind control network, which leads to several implications for the nation's inhabitants. Intent on destroying the entire race of the Land of the Fathers through warfare are three fierce and unrelenting enemies: The Khonties, Barbarians and the Insular Empire. Each race possesses and can easily develop distinguishable technologies. Heavy armor, transport and aviation units unique to each race are all represented on the battlefield. Combat takes place among 3D vivid extraterrestrial landscapes, with day and night changes affecting gameplay alongside dynamic weather conditions. A thick haze of exhaust hangs heavy over steel battle machines; the ground becomes scorched and scarred by the trademarks of tanks and other heavy vehicles; artillery fire scratches, burns and breaches heavily armored units. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.5
Combat Mission: Shock Force

Combat Mission: Shock Force

Platform: PC
August 22, 2007
At it's core, Combat Mission: Shock Force is a military simulation depicting a hypothetical near-future conflict in Syria following a fundamentalist coup d’état. As in Afghanistan 2001, the radical new government's refusal to shut down major terrorist organizations and its' regional destabilizing effect, compel NATO Coalition forces into action. The initial release of Combat Mission: Shock Force focuses on the actions of the US Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCT) and Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (HBCT) as they fight against Syrian Army Infantry, Mechanized and Armored units. Combat Mission: Shock Force also features Unconventional Threat forces such as terrorists, spies, suicide bombers, IED's and other deadly tools employed in the asymmetric warfare of the modern day. Along with the standard Red vs. Blue engagements typified in most wargames, Combat Mission: Shock Force will also allow players to fight Red vs. Red (Syria vs. Syria) and Blue vs. Blue (NATO vs. NATO) battles as well. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
3.2
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Platform: PC
July 23, 2007
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV and focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well as members of the Civilization Fan Community. Firaxis Games delivers a massive increase in new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods. The expansion pack includes ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings. Sixteen new civilization leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations. A new gameplay feature allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources. Now available much earlier in the game, an espionage feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government's secrets. New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper. Five new wonders await discovery including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, Shwedagon Paya, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Moai Statues. Winning the race to Alpha Centauri now requires more strategic planning and tactical decision making. Apostolic Palace: The United Nations becomes available earlier in the game, providing a way for players to win a diplomatic victory earlier. New resolutions will also be added which will expand the available diplomatic options. Advanced Starts: A major fan request, this new feature enables players to "buy" components of a custom-tailored empire and begin play in the later part of the game, allowing them to experience many of the new features of the expansion pack in a shorter amount of time. Enhanced AI: The AI has received many enhancements, making it tougher to beat on the higher difficulty levels. [2K Games]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
AGEOD's American Civil War: 1861-1865 - The Blue and the Gray

AGEOD's American Civil War: 1861-1865 - The Blue and the Gray

Platform: PC
June 26, 2007
AGEOD’S American Civil War - The Blue and the Gray is a historical operational strategy game with a simultaneous turn-based engine (WEGO system) that places players at the head of the USA or CSA during the American Civil War (1861-1865). [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.3
Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood

Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood

Platform: PC
June 5, 2007
Forged in the fires of advanced biotechnology, a new race has emerged from the shadows to threaten the SotS universe. Born of blood, driven by hunger and launched on a relentless search for the Gods that made them, these brutal warriors will stop at nothing to find "The Great Masters." As they tear the galaxy apart, a dark new chapter in the annals of interstellar conquest will begin. Bringing with it new strategies, new weapons, and a new view of "resources." They call themselves The Zuul. And they have uses for you. [GamersGate]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
UFO: Extraterrestrials

UFO: Extraterrestrials

Platform: PC
May 4, 2007
The year is now 2025 and on the newly colonized planet Esperanza our space devices have not just been approached by alien machines but attacked. The player controls a squad of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units located in a base on the planet Esperanza that had been colonized by the spaceship Magalhaes in the year 2023. This squad was brought together by the Esperanza government to face a threat that comes from deep space. In case the player succeeds in averting an alien impact on Esperanza, the story will continue on the planet Earth which has been subdued by alien forces. The title combines global strategy with small, squad-based tactical combat against an alien invasion. To repel the alien invasion the player must take full advantage of the terrain and his surrounding environments. [Tri Synergy]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.0
Great Invasions: The Darkages

Great Invasions: The Darkages "350-1066 AD"

Platform: PC
March 16, 2007
Great Invasions covers three periods from AD 375 to 1066 with over ten scenarios and a Grand Campaign. Dozens of races, realms and empires to choose from, play with more than 160 nations, tribes and states of all sizes and forms. A mix of strategy and action, Great Invasions thrusts you back into Europe of the Dark Ages, a time in history where hundreds of nations and barbarian tribes rush to assault the civilized world, from AD 375 (arrival of the Huns) to AD 1066.
Metascore:
53
User Score:
tbd
Making History: The Calm and the Storm

Making History: The Calm and the Storm

Platform: PC
March 13, 2007
This true grand strategy game places you as the leader of a country where you use your strategic skills to make policy decisions which affect the outcome of world history. Each scenario establishes a historically accurate situation; from there on in history is in your hands. Do you build to a position of strength through industry or military, or can you find an optimum balance of both? Can you trade for needed resources or must you find and take over resource-rich territories? Will a diplomatic treaty strengthen your position, or draw you in to an unwanted conflict? These and many other decisions are yours to make. You may be a statesman, a fighter, a hero, or a scoundrel. Time to get into the Game. [Muzzy Lane Software]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.5
Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Platform: PC
February 14, 2007
The year is 2226 and the Drengin Empire reigns supreme across the galaxy. But something utterly evil is devouring the Drengin Empire from within. Expand your Galactic Civilizations II experience with espionage agents, player designed opponents, new alien races, new ships, unique planetary environments, asteroid fields, improved graphics and much more. [Stardock]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate

Platform: PC
November 14, 2006
Key features of the expansion pack include: New faction: Introducing the brand-new Dwarves faction, made up of heroic warriors and rune magic adepts who stalk Ashan's deepest mountains and most hostile regions. A brand-new adventure: Featuring 15 new missions, new heroes, and improved cut-scenes, the new campaign will lead players even deeper into the dramatic events that began with Heroes of Might and Magic V. Extended game experience: Includes a wealth of new spells and abilities, 5 new single-player maps, 10 new multiplayer maps, new buildings, new artifacts, and new neutral creatures, Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate gives players the tools to develop new tactics and further their game experience both online and offline. Improved mechanics and gameplay: New features, such as Caravans and a random map generator, allow players to have unlimited replay options and an even smoother gameplay experience. In addition, the simultaneous turn feature will speed up online games. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.3
Brigade E5: New Jagged Union

Brigade E5: New Jagged Union

Platform: PC
October 17, 2006
Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is set in the fictional, small tropical country of Palinero. Players are required to assemble a band of mercenaries and take control of a rapidly deteriorating situation in order to survive the imminent civil war and avoid having their country left in complete ruins. Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is a tactical strategy title. The story offers players the opportunity to experience three different viewpoints of the conflict, or work outside the political structure to achieve their own goals towards global domination. Game play for the title is based on an innovative combat system called SPM (Smart Pause Mode) that successfully blends together the elements of both real-time and turn-based games. [Strategy First, Inc.]
Metascore:
41
User Score:
6.8
Space Empires V

Space Empires V

Platform: PC
October 16, 2006
Space Empires V is the latest edition in the Space Empires series. This latest chapter completely updates the user interface, and takes the player into a real-time rendered 3D universe. Watch space battles play out in glorious detail with realistic effects. Expand, Explore, Exploit, and Exterminate in a huge, living, breathing galaxy. New features include: political alliances between multiple empires, a top-down ship design system, a hexagonal movement grid, and many more to keep players enthralled. Space Empires V is completely mod-able and even adds a scriptable AI system to the mix. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
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