PC Turn-Based Games

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:
8.1
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:
8.6
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:
8.5
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:
8.2
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:
7.8
Naked War

Naked War

Platform: PC
October 10, 2006
Naked War is a light hearted, turn-based, battle game for two players, played on Windows PCs over email. Its a Community Messaging Game. Each game is played on an island where two squads of up to four soldiers battle each other for supremacy. The player takes the role of a military officer, issuing strategic commandings to his / her squad, then watching the resulting battle unfold. Games are started by players sending out Challenges to anybody they know - either exisiting Naked War players in their in-game address book, or real life friends or acquiantences via their email address list. Each player takes it in turn to plan the movement of their four units. Each unit is allowed up to seven 'moves' per turn, and can move, attack, enter buildings, drive tanks and other vehicles or use items, etc., each move. Once the player has set up all the moves for their four units, he / she clicks the send button, which sends an email to their opponent containing this turn (in the form of an attached file), then plays back the turn on their PC, showing both players the results of the planned moves. When a player receives a turn in their email Inbox, they simply double click the attachment to launch Naked War, which plays back the turn received then allows the player to set up their own turn in reply. Each soldier in the game starts with a 'doofer', but looses it to their attacker if the damage inflicted is great enough to 'demob' the soldier, losing their uniform and making them naked! The aim of the game is for one team to defeat the other by gaining control of all the doofers, and the winner is declared at the end of the turn where the last doofer changes hands. Each turn is played offline at whatever time is convenient to the player. There is no need for both players to be on-line at the same time, or playing at the same time. Turns can be replied to instantly, during lunchtime, or at the end of the day, or they can wait in your Inbox for days until the you are ready to respond. The average turns take only a few minutes to set up and play back, and a game can take anything from as little as 10 turns, up to 50 or more before there is a winner, depending on the complexity of the map and the relative skill of the players involved. [The Pickford Brothers]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
Dominions 3: The Awakening

Dominions 3: The Awakening

Platform: PC
September 29, 2006
Dominions 3: The Awakening, is the follow up to the acclaimed fantasy strategy game, Dominions 2: The Ascension Wars. While that game set the bar for rich, engrossing turn-based fantasy strategy gaming, Dominions 3: The Awakening seeks to raise it once more. Leading one of over fifty possible nations in three different Ages, it is your goal to ascend to true godhood using all the power at your disposal. In a world of magic and steel the options to attain victory are as numerous as the cries of mercy from your vanquished foes. Whether you use military might, eldritch power, or subterfuge (or more likely, a combination of all three) every turn is about options. Recruit troops (more than 1500 units found in the game), assassinate the enemy, scout territory, research magic (600+ spells and 300+ magic items), perform rituals, do a blood hunt, storm a castle, construct, pray, forge - the list goes on. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.7
Sword of the Stars

Sword of the Stars

Platform: PC
August 17, 2006
Sword of the Stars is a 4X Strategy game brought to you by the core team behind "HomeWorld: Cataclysm." Sword of the Stars returns gamers to the action-packed roots of the 4X genre with some new twists, including a 3D starmap and real-time combat resolution in a 3D environment. Playing as one of 4 unique races, gamers will explore planets, research new technologies and create empires in a hostile Universe where weakness means extinction and only the strongest will survive. [Lighthouse Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.3
Birth of America

Birth of America

Platform: PC
July 26, 2006
The year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of the French & Indian Wars. Twenty years later, the War of the American Independance began. These two events marked the real start of a new era, the end of an empire, the birth of a nation. In Birth of America, the player controls one of the major contenders of these 2 conflicts, trying to achieve military and political victory. It is a rather complete and detailed simulation of the two most important wars in Colonial America - from 1755 to 1783 - but with a simple and elegant new simultaneous turn-based engine. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
5.7
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords

Platform: PC
July 24, 2006
An all-new expansion pack, Warlords pays homage to some of history's greatest military leaders, delivering six new scenarios, giving players the chance to change the course of history with the help of their new powerful "warlord" unit. The expansion pack is loaded with new civilizations, new leaders and more units, resources and wonders that can be used in both single and multiplayer games. [2K Games]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Heroes of Might and Magic V

Heroes of Might and Magic V

Platform: PC
May 23, 2006
The first game to reintroduce the video game legend to the public is Heroes of Might and Magic V, the sequel to the universally acclaimed turn-based strategy series with a touch of RPG. The new opus will benefit from the features and characteristics that established the success of the initial saga while offering a wealth of innovations such as a a highly immersive scenario, a variety of appealing factions, modern 3D graphics, a revolutionary tactical combat system and a story-based campaign mode. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg

Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg

Platform: PC
April 28, 2006
Rewrite history with 6 full length, open ended campaigns beginning at key stages of World War II. Begin the war from the historical invasion of Poland in 1939, Denmark and Norway in 1940, Russia in 1941, Stalingrad in 1942, the invasion of Sicily by the Allies in 1943 or the epic beach landings of D-Day in 1944. Five additional mini-campaigns included, North Afrika, Kursk, D-Day, Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge each with clearly defined victory conditions and turn limits. Huge and beautifully rendered 140x38 2-D isometric tile map with a true-to-scale recreation of Europe (max custom map size of 256x128). All new unit graphics. Map includes greatly expanded areas like North America, the Atlantic (with Iceland) and a very deep USSR (over twice the size of the original map in SCET). Command the forces of 30 different countries, (6 major and 24 minor) including Germany, UK, USA, USSR, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Poland, Finland and many more. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.4
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

Platform: PC
February 21, 2006
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords is the sequel to Stardock's hit turn-based strategy game. Galactic Civilizations is a strategy game that takes place in the distant future where mankind has become a space-faring civilization and now must contend with other galactic powers who strive for domination in the galaxy. The basic concept behind Galactic Civilizations II is the same as the first one -- to build an interstellar civilization. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
Hammer & Sickle

Hammer & Sickle

Platform: PC
December 5, 2005
Hammer & Sickle is a tactical RPG set in the spring of 1949. The player assumes the role of a top Soviet spy on clandestine duty in the British-American controlled sector of Germany during the early years of the budding Cold War. In a world where no one is quite who they appear to be, the player is trapped in a hellish ploy that could trigger a third world war, this time between the United States and Soviet Union and their respective nuclear arsenals. Gamers have to navigate a web of intrigue and make decisions that could determine the fate of the world. [CDV Software]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.2
UFO: Aftershock

UFO: Aftershock

Platform: PC
November 23, 2005
The sequel to UFO: Aftermath - Global strategy and small scale tactical missions intertwined...The year is 2054. Fifty years ago, something terrible happened and the surface of Earth became uninhabitable. The remnants of humankind escaped to an immense flying island, the Laputa. However a revolt against increasingly rigid and corrupt human leadership of the island escalated into a conflict that eventually destroyed it. The survivors of the survivors flee once again. Can they reclaim the Earth from the unknown forces now holding her in their grasp? The game features new amazing technologies and items to be researched and developed, new enemies and allies, resource and base management in the strategic game, and improved SAS and RPG systems in the tactical game. [Cenega Publishing]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.7
Legion Arena

Legion Arena

Platform: PC
November 22, 2005
Legion Arena puts you the player in charge of a Roman army and takes you up against the enemies of Rome. You must recruit & train up your troops, choosing the skills they will develop in an effort to create the most powerful army. Games will be played entirely online & all results are passed back to the server and logged and the player?s army ranked. And the best part is? it?s free! The player?s army starts small?really small! In fact to start with it only includes the player?s general character. The player also starts with a small treasury and can choose which units to recruit into their fledgling army. Initially you wont be able to afford too many troops & the higher quality units like Legionaries & Praetorians will be well out of reach. As the player fights and wins battles, their men gain experience & honours. These can be used to buy skills for the squad, ranging from improved weapons handling to the ability to hold a new formation. [Slitherine]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.8
Sid Meier's Civilization IV

Sid Meier's Civilization IV

Platform: PC
October 25, 2005
Faster-Paced Fun - Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience.Greater Accessibility and Ease of Play - An easy-to-use interface will be immediately familiar to RTS and action game players, and newcomers to the series will be able to jump in and play. Tech Tree - Flexible Tech tree allows players more strategic choices for developing their civilizations along unique paths. More Civs, Units, and Improvements to enhance and grow your empire. Multiplayer -LAN, Internet, PBEM, and Persistent Turn-Based Server (PTBS) offer players all-new strategies and ways to play when competing or cooperating with live opponents. Team Play - Whether playing multiplayer or single player, team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading, and shared territory that delivers a plethora of new strategic and tactical options. Civ IV comes to life! - Beautiful 3D world with dozens of fully animated units (including culturally unique units), and totally customizable armies. Cities and wonders will appear on the map. Wonder movies are back! [2K Games]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.2
Shattered Union

Shattered Union

Platform: PC
October 17, 2005
Set atop the smoldering ruins of a fictional United States torn apart by civil war, Shattered Union is an action-packed turn-based strategy game for the Xbox and PC. Gamers play through a single player campaign to reunite the country by force or online in one-on-one matches. [2K Games]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.3
Worms 4: Mayhem

Worms 4: Mayhem

Platform: PC
October 4, 2005
The multiplayer mayhem and single-player shenanigans are spread over five themed zones - Jurassic, Camelot, Arabian, Construction and Wild West – and, throughout the enlarged landscapes, the entirely destructible scenery works with even greater effect, along with the much-loved worms' armoury - now with an even bigger choices of weapons and fun along the way. In single-player modes there’s even more beyond the day-to-day business of destroying worms. Through the 25 missions, you’re also charged with objectives such as recovering items or smashing scenery. All the single-player maps are available to play in multiplayer mode, along with a further set of 20 multiplayer-specific maps. With bold levels, an improved 3D camera and animation system, a stunning arsenal delivering comedy kabooms, the loveable, customisable, yet entirely destructible, worms are back in force with Worms 4: Mayhem. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.7
Diplomacy

Diplomacy

Platform: PC
October 4, 2005
Put your strategy and negotiation skills to the test in the interactive version of the classic board game Diplomacy. Set in early 20th century Europe, this PC adaptation brings the power struggles of seven mighty nations to life like never before. Its abstracted and simple gameplay puts the focus on the need for shrewd negotiations and overall strategy. No longer will a friend be needed to enjoy the world of Diplomacy. With life-like opponents, gamers can take on the 20th century's mightiest nations at any time on their PCs. An enhanced graphical language will be the negotiating tool between the player and his human and AI opponents making the options almost endless for the player. Avatars representing your opponents will express feelings depending on your actions and play style. More than just a name, Diplomacy allows the player to negotiate anything that is logically negotiable. Form alliances or break them on a whim - the player decides whom to trust how to convince others to trust him. [Paradox]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
4.6
Down in Flames

Down in Flames

Platform: PC
September 28, 2005
DiF is a game that has the feel and flavor of dogfighting in a simple to learn but hard to master card game format. Gameplay is a fast, action-packed, and centers around the unique blow-by-blow Action/Reaction game system . Because of this, you get to maneuver on enemy aircraft, shoot them down, watch as they react to your actions, and get to respond with your own maneuvers and reactions, all in an intriguing easy to play and yet realistic game system. However, DiF is not a flight simulator. While aircraft capabilities and movement are modeled, the focus of the game is on the immediate action and excitement of dogfighting, not the excessive number crunching and flight physics. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Land of Legends

Land of Legends

Platform: PC
September 21, 2005
Land of Legends is a turn-based fantasy strategy game where eight unique races vie for supremacy using a combination of cold steel and hot magic. Players will have to use their wits and each race's special abilities to bring defeat to the forces of darkness plaguing the lands in the thirty-two mission campaign. The game doesn't end with Evil's defeat though, as a built-in matchmaking service allows infinite replayability by giving players the chance to play against live opponents around the globe. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
tbd
Crown of Glory: Europe in the Age of Napoleon

Crown of Glory: Europe in the Age of Napoleon

Platform: PC
June 30, 2005
More Screens »Crown of Glory: Europe in the Age of Napoleon, the player controls one of the crowned potentates of Europe in the Napoleonic Era, wielding authority over his nation's military strategy, economic development, diplomatic relations, and social organization. It is a very thorough simulation of the entire Napoleonic Era - spanning from 1799 to 1820, from the dockyards in Lisbon to the frozen wastes of Holy Mother Russia. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.2
Supreme Ruler 2010

Supreme Ruler 2010

Platform: PC
May 12, 2005
The year is 2010 and the Major Powers of the world as we currently know them have disintegrated into bickering economic and military regions. The United Nations has disappeared, and in its place an organization with far sharper teeth referred to simply as "The World Market" has taken its place. Individual Regions are left to fight for power to dominate their neighbors, their countries, their continents, and then the world. Supreme Ruler 2010 represents the next generation of strategy game. Not another build and attack 'click fest', but a challenging simulation of political and military leadership. You control the agenda of your region as you maintain its economy, grow the support of your population, and strive to influence your neighbors. Through skilled management your influence and popularity will grow... Will you be a successful diplomat, who can increase your power through an incredibly flexible diplomacy model, or will you be a ruthless and ambitious ruler that lets your tanks and missiles speak for you? [Strategy First]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.7
Laser Squad Nemesis

Laser Squad Nemesis

Platform: PC
April 26, 2005
A new two player, squad level, email strategy game designed by the creators of the award winning X-Com series of games. You can play anyone, anywhere in the world, as long as they have an email address. The game engine is a unique combination of turn-based control and real-time action with video style playback of all your battles. The email system allows you to play the game at your own pace, and play as many games concurrently as you can manage. The game is a battle between three opposing forces. You can choose to play the Laser Marines, Machina or Spawn, and you can choose the composition of your force before each battle. There are a large variety of battlefields (over 30) and two different scenario types. [Codo Games]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
Yu-Gi-Oh! Online

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online

Platform: PC
April 11, 2005
Join duelists from all across the country and around the world with this accurate recreation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game on your PC and experience the power and magic of Yu-Gi-Oh! like never before. Duel against opponents from all over the world online. Trade cards online with other duelists. Chat with duelists world wide with the built-in auto-translate feature. New cards become available via game updates. [Konami]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
6.4
Gary Grigsby's World at War

Gary Grigsby's World at War

Platform: PC
March 25, 2005
Gary Grigsby's World At War gives you the chance to really run a world war. History is yours to write and things may turn out differently. The Western Allies may be conquered by Germany, or Japan may defeat China. With you at the controls, leading the fates of nations and alliances. Take command in this dynamic turn-based game and test strategies that long-past generals and world leaders could only dream of. Now anything is possible in this new strategic offering from Matrix Games and 2 by 3 Games. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
5.9
Supremacy: Four Paths to Power

Supremacy: Four Paths to Power

Platform: PC
March 9, 2005
Supremacy is a futuristic turn-based game of strategic combat developed by Black Hammer Game, one of New York's most promising new game companies. The player takes command of one of four alien races in an effort to lead their troops to complete universal domination, either battling against a finely-tuned adaptive AI or against other players over the Internet. Combat happens both in space, where over a dozen unique ships attack and defend with a number of special attacks and upgrades, and on the ground, where armies clash using gigantic mechs, flamethrowers, suicide bombers and more. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
tbd
Domination (2005)

Domination (2005)

Platform: PC
March 3, 2005
Domination features a renewed global conflict between the Free Nations Union and the Phantom League on distant planets, including sci-fi land, sea and air warfare at a grand-strategy level. From the award winning developers of "Massive Assault," Domination deepens the "Massive Assault" player experience through increased gameplay options and all new strategic challenges. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
5.0
Flashpoint Germany

Flashpoint Germany

Platform: PC
January 25, 2005
Flashpoint Germany brings you back to the height of the Cold War, before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Massive armies of incredible power face off across the West German border. A single decision, a mere moment separated a tense peace from the most intense and possibly the last war that the world would ever behold. The stakes could not possibly be higher. You may think you know how this ends, but in Flashpoint Germany, it turned out differently. Step into the maelstrom, choose your side and see what you would have done, if you were there. Flashpoint Germany portrays the highest intensity and density potential combat in human history – the Central Front of a NATO vs. Warsaw Pact World War III. As the General in charge of a regiment or brigade, you give the orders and let the staff sweat the details. Electronic warfare, tactical doctrine, nuclear and chemical weapons, air strikes, artillery, smoke and minefields are all represented, along with a complete database of accurate equipment and unit types. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Gates of Troy

Gates of Troy

Platform: PC
December 8, 2004
Gates of Troy is a Trojan themed expansion pack for "Spartan," the award winning turn-based strategy game from Slitherine Software. It includes 17 new heroes ranging from Achilles and Hektor in the Trojan Wars to Leonidas & Demophilus in the pass of Thermopylae. Play as Achilles with his Myrmidon warriors, or maybe you prefer Odysseus or Hektor? Control vast armies of Trojans and Greeks and lay siege to the most powerful city of its time ? Troy! Take command of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans against the mighty Persian horde. The pass of Thermopylae has been re-created on a one for one scale with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespian allies under Demophilus & 400 unreliable Thebans who really didn't want to be there ? and can you blame them! This small force stands against the might of the Persian army with wave upon wave of increasingly powerful troops hitting your lines until the mighty Immortals arrive. Xerxes launches attack after attack from his inexhaustible horde and your objective is just to hold the pass long enough for Greece to muster her forces. [Slitherine]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Worms Forts: Under Siege

Worms Forts: Under Siege

Platform: PC
November 24, 2004
Worms Forts: Under Siege! puts players in command of a crack team of up to four fort-dwelling worms. Set in the cartoon environments that will be very familiar to Worms fans, players direct their worm garrison to construct defenses to maximize strategic advantages, expand castles, seize valuable victory locations and of course, build massively destructive weapons to eliminate their opponents' fortifications. Players can test their mettle in a single-player game by battling through the 20 missions, or they can take on up to four friends in the frenzy of destruction that is Fort vs. Fort mode. Massive weapons and massive destruction, including catapults, cannons, giant crossbows, bows and arrows, rocket launchers, air strikes, napalm... even nuclear strikes; For the first time in the history of the series, players can build their own castle, including towers, walls, citadels and keeps. Each building will offer unique special powers and weapons, and poor choices may leave players lagging in the arms race. [Acclaim]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.6
Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy

Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy

Platform: PC
November 12, 2004
Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy is an expansion pack to Stardock's award winning space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations. The expansion pack adds a host of new features, content, and other enhancements to the game to add depth and much greater replayability. In the late 22nd century, humanity came into contact with 5 major alien civilizations. These civilizations were called, the Drengin Empire, the Torian Confederation, the Arcean Empire, the Yor Collective and the Altarian Republic. Of these 5, the Altarians were the most curious to us. Not for their cultural traits or their technology but because they happened to look human. How was this possible? The "Altarian Prophecy" is a campaign that takes the player on a multi-game journey to solve the mystery alluded to in Galactic Civilizations. In doing so, it introduces two new civilizations: The Dominion of the Korx and the Drath. These two civilizations hold the secret to Altaria's past, but worse, they know the Altarian Prophecy that for tells the destruction of the galaxy that is connected to Altaria's past. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great

Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great

Platform: PC
October 8, 2004
Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great is wargaming with a classic style. Easy to learn but difficult to master, it places you in the role of Alexander the Great during his conquest of the known world. Guide Alexander through his grand campaign from inheriting his father?s legacy at the battle of Thebes to his conquest of Darius III and the Persian Empire through his last great battle at the Hydaspes, in the heart of Asia against the Indian army of King Porus. Designed to evoke the beauty of museum-quality miniatures on a professional tabletop battlefield, Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great uses an innovative multi-phase turn-based system. As you play, the campaign unfolds before you with cinematic cut-scenes and three dimensional panoramas of the battlefields. Each battle is based on the historical terrain and troop placements, but the campaign allows you to make decisions in between battles on which units to reinforce, whether to recruit new units or replace commanders and how many of your resources to focus on training. [Koios Works]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Spartan (2004)

Spartan (2004)

Platform: PC
May 28, 2004
Spartan is the third in a series of turn-based empire-building strategy games that includes the best-selling Legion and Chariots of War. Spartan focuses on one of the most influential civilisations in the history of mankind ? the ancient Greeks, and allows players to choose from 100 nations to lead to victory, including Sparta, renowned for its total dedication to the art of war and that produced the ultimate fighting machine of the ancient world ? the Spartan Hoplite; probably most famous for the courageous last stand of 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC. [Just Play]
Metascore:
56
User Score:
7.8
Massive Assault Network

Massive Assault Network

Platform: PC
April 13, 2004
Massive Assault Network is a hardcore online strategy game, based on the original Secret Allies political concept. You will be fighting for global domination on one of 8 distant planets against live opponents via Internet. The game is set in fascinating 3D sci-fi environment. Revolutionary Dynamic Turn-Based Gameplay. Time-proven "Secret Allies" concept provides instant intrigue & endless replayability. Ladder, Tournaments & Clan Wars. Take part in individual and team-based competitions. Live Mentors & Friendly Online Community Train with dedicated live Mentors. Use Built-in Chat to find opponents & get help from other players. Fascinating 3D Engine. State-of-the-art unit and terrain graphics revolutionary for TBS genre. Free Training with A.I. 8 Training Missions, 3 Scenarios and one planet for World Wars. Unlimited Trial Period. Play any number of World War games vs live players on beautiful "Emerald" planet. [Wargaming.net]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
4.3
Worms 3D

Worms 3D

Platform: PC
March 11, 2004
Worms comes to PC and console in full 3-D, continuing to capture the true essence of the game as teams of worms battle across bizarre, randomly generated landscapes, or across finely crafted, custom-designed levels utilising an arsenal of devastating weapons. The gameplay remains unchanged, featuring turn-based fighting and relying on the player to judge the trajectory and strength of their shots in order to inflict maximum damage on opponents. All the favourite weapons such as bazooka, grenade, dynamite, air strike and sheep are present including some new additions. Defensive tactics can also be employed as you choose to dig in with buildings, trenches, sandbags or fortifications, while buildings on the landscapes can also provide shelter against attacks. Adapt your strategy according to the weapons available, landscape and each new opponent you play. With a multitude of tactics available, coupled with the ever-changing, randomly generated landscapes, no battle will ever be the same. Worms 3D is set in a more exciting and immersive game world than ever before, with the emphasis on great multi-player action and challenging single-player fun.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.1
Silent Storm

Silent Storm

Platform: PC
January 20, 2004
Silent Storm is a true 3D tactical turn-based Role-Playing-Game set against the backdrop of WWII. As the conflict rages on the frontlines, you?ll be leading a small multinational squad behind enemy lines to gather information and wreak havoc on your enemies while trying to thwart a mysterious new rising power whose plans are even more horrific than anything the world has yet witnessed. Silent Storm is fully rendered in breathtaking 3D ? and includes fully destructible environments, realistic weaponry and unlimited tactical possibilities. Turn-based gaming has never looked this good! Choose your squad from over 40 operatives of 30 different nationalities, each with a unique background and mix of specialties and skills. [Encore/JoWood]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny

Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny

Platform: PC
January 12, 2004
Learn to play the hit Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME with Yugi! Featuring stunningly detailed graphics, card artwork and dueling fields, prepare for the most intense Yu-Gi-Oh! duels ever! Power of Chaos is an essential learning tool for beginners who want to learn and understand how to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME like a master! [Konami]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
6.0
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves

Disciples II: Rise of the Elves

Platform: PC
November 25, 2003
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves is a milestone in the Disciples universe. For the first time, Disciples fans will be able to play as the elder Elven race as they struggle to reclaim their forests from the four primary forces in Nevendaar. Driven by an unpredictable god who urges them to battle, the Elves begin a massive march towards their fate. The noble Elves rule their people from elaborate fortresses within the trees. They adorn themselves with ornate armor and prefer councils or negotiations to conflict. Their queen is a just leader, preferring the path of peace for her kind. The noble Elves owe much to the Empire... The wild Elves have become forest predators. Their intolerance of the civilized world has reached new extremes and they have reduced themselves to highwaymen and bandits. They tolerate the noble bloodline, but do not respect it. The thought of their race allying with another is appalling. As one tiny oracle heralds the unquestionable will of Gallean to lash out against his timeless enemies, the Elves must unite their scattered tribes. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Dominions II: The Ascension Wars

Dominions II: The Ascension Wars

Platform: PC
November 14, 2003
Too long have you been confined to this mortal realm. Too long have you been denied what should rightfully be yours. Are you not a god? Should you not be the One True God of this miserable dirtball? Yet there are others that dare challenge your authority. Pretenders to the throne, with their false priests and prophets. These miserable creatures that have the audacity to impugn your rightful place in the cosmos! But you will show them, won't you? Gather your armies, raise your fortifications, and let loose the dogs of war! The time has come to assume your proper position, to crush your enemies beneath your boots and take what is meant for you. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.2
Star Chamber

Star Chamber

Platform: PC
November 13, 2003
Star Chamber is an online multiplayer strategy game. Players play one of the many races that are part of the Galactic Republic. There are multiple ways to achieve victory... will you try to conquer your opponent's home world? Are you more interested in establishing your race's destiny across the galaxy for a cultural victory? Or perhaps you will delve into the secretive political machinations at the Star Chamber and try to ascend to the Galactic Presidency? [Nayantara Studios]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Pax Romana

Pax Romana

Platform: PC
November 6, 2003
Pax Romana is an historical strategy game set in ancient Rome. There are two sides to this epic game ? political and strategic. The strategic side is very much a battle of cunning and well-planned military tactics, whereas the political side involves the manipulation of senators and generals alike, as politicians seek to gain military and financial power. Both sides to the game require sharp wits and the ability to manipulate one?s peers, especially in the multi-player version. The game features an intelligent and intuitive interface with five real time game speeds and multiplayer functionality for up to 6 players. Ultimately the victor is the player who uses his political influence, wealth or military force to become the leader of Rome ? and then only if Rome herself is victorious! [DreamCatcher]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
5.0
Civilization III: Conquests

Civilization III: Conquests

Platform: PC
November 4, 2003
Civilization III: Conquests provides Civ fans with intriguing new civilizations, units, wonders, technologies, terrain features, special abilities, and more to help them triumph in eight professionally designed conquests throughout history. These new scenarios will challenge novice and experienced players alike, in new and unique ways! Conquests also provides enhanced multiplayer and editor support. [Atari]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Massive Assault

Massive Assault

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Take the command of "Free Nations Union" forces and defeat the secret alliance of "Phantom League" on one of 6 distant planets. The rebels decided to seize the power on Earth by first conquering the space colonies, which provide vital energy resources to F.N.U. The war for global domination will unroll on continents, at sea and in the air. Lead your divisions, fleets and air squadrons against those, who dared threaten our freedom and democracy! [Wargaming.net]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria

Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria

Platform: PC
October 21, 2003
Warlords IV is a unique blend of roleplaying and turn-based strategy gaming. The game centers around your Hero, who plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of your military and economic efforts. Warlords IV is set in the troubled land of Etheria. Old foes such as Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs have resumed their ancient hostilities, and the Undead legions of Lord Bane have returned. The Knights continue their quest for dominance, and the unquiet whispers speak of the Empire, a race even more evil than the Undead. The Heroes of Warlords IV show their mastery of sword and sorcery in the tactical combat system. Casting spells, smiting foes, or boosting morale of shaken troops, Heroes can turn the tide of battle. Players may grow and develop heroes from battle to battle, gaining in abilities and skills, and accumulating magic items and treasures. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
UFO: Aftermath

UFO: Aftermath

Platform: PC
October 15, 2003
UFO: Aftermath is a 3D isometric, tactical strategy game a rich and compelling sci fi story. Combining global strategy with small squad tactical combat, the challenge offered is to fight against an alien invasion. Featuring run time generated tactical missions with innovative simultaneous combat action; the genre is also enhanced with strong RPG elements, offering a quite unique mix of strategic ideas. [Cenega]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.1
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown

Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown

Platform: PC
October 6, 2003
Users take on the role of Robin Hood on a quest to restore peace in England. The throne has been stolen by the evil Prince John. Robin Hood must battle his way through the country in a wide range of action sequences and fighting styles to restore the throne to the rightful king. The game blends action with strategy and RPG elements to immerse the player in the epic tale of Robin Hood. Battle your way through five types of medieval combat, including archery,jousting, sword fighting, siege warfare and army battles. Multiple endings ? eight different paths dependent on player performance and decisions. 38 territories to conquer. Includes all main characters from the Robin Hood story: Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Maid Marian and more. [Capcom]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.1
Etherlords II

Etherlords II

Platform: PC
September 30, 2003
Delve into a fantasy world beyond your wildest dreams in Etherlords II: Second Age, a turn-based strategy adventure where four races vie for control of the world in dynamic one-on-one fights. Combat is based on the premise of a fantasy card game, in which you must select cards from your deck and each time a card is used, a new round is introduced and new spells become available to you. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.8
Heaven & Hell (2003)

Heaven & Hell (2003)

Platform: PC
August 31, 2003
...And lead us not into temptation - But that's the whole point! Indulge yourself. Take on the amusing role of a soul snatcher who wields omniscient power. Play Heaven & Hell: convince the cute and cuddly Earth dwellers that you're the long-awaited Redeemer who'll bring salvation to their chaotic world. Let no one doubt the truthfulness of your message. Your faithful fanatics launch rotten fruits and vegetables at opposing prophets, while your prophets pummel doubters into holy submission. Alternatively, use miracles and plagues to lead the disbelieving unto the path of the righteous. In this way, your flock shall grow and grow and grow... [CDV Software]
Metascore:
45
User Score:
7.0
Korsun Pocket

Korsun Pocket

Platform: PC
July 31, 2003
Korsun Pocket is the long awaited sequel to "The Ardennes Offensive" in the Decisive Battles system. The game uses a greatly improved version of the Ardennes Offensive engine to recreate the desperate German attempt to escape encirclement on the Russian Front early in 1944. The battle is a tense and exciting struggle, with neither side having a decisive advantage, as the Russians struggle to form the pocket, then try to resist successive German rescue efforts and last ditch attempts at breakout. [SSG]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
6.8
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

Platform: PC
July 25, 2003
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic takes the acclaimed fantasy strategy series to new heights. This new stand-alone game enhances the series' praised fusion of empire building, role-playing and tactical combat with the eerie Shadow World and battle with races never before seen, across new and diverse landscapes. Combined with the option of creating a totally unique environment with the map editor and rewriting the history of this world through the enhanced campaign editor, you are ensured a constant stream of completely new game experiences. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Disciples II: Servants of the Dark

Disciples II: Servants of the Dark

Platform: PC
June 30, 2003
A stand-alone expansion that brings you into the never-ending quest for supremacy as either the Undead Hordes or the Legions of the Damned. On the dark side, the Legions of the Damned enact a plan to spread Bethrezen?s plague across Nevendaar. They sense the threat brought about by the rebirth of the Elven god and will stop at nothing to steal this power for their own purposes. Perhaps most pivotal to the conflict, however, is Mortis and her army of Undead Hordes. After all, the rebirth of her husband Gallean was her doing. He had rejected her for what she had become, a twisted, heartless beast. Now she would teach her mate a lesson... one that would scar his people for eternity... [Strategy First]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.4
Disciples II: Guardians of the Light

Disciples II: Guardians of the Light

Platform: PC
June 14, 2003
A stand-alone expansion that lets you dive into the fantastical world of Disciples II as either the Empire or the Mountain Clans. In Guardians of the Light, the Empire is decaying from within as self-proclaimed rulers struggle for control of the now vacant throne while a cruel Inquisition sweeps across the human lands, causing rebellion and misery. Meanwhile the Clans, recovering from their near-destruction, begin to reunite their tribes. They have received divine instructions and now seek to uncover an ancient ritual that will let them communicate with their god, Wotan. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Empire of Magic

Empire of Magic

Platform: PC
April 30, 2003
Empire of Magic is an unusual turn-based strategy developed by Mayhem Studios. It captures the adventures of the young mage Artemian, and the mystery he must unravel. The player becomes a witness to the fall of a mighty empire developing from the mysterious raids by undead hordes to a bloody civil war raging within the very heart of the empire. Thanks to the extraordinary concept of Empire of Magic, it stands out against the masses of fantasy turn-based games and its genre approaches that of RPG?s. The atmosphere of a real adventure gives a new and rich dimension to the game. [Summitsoft]
Metascore:
44
User Score:
tbd
Galactic Civilizations

Galactic Civilizations

Platform: PC
March 26, 2003
Galactic Civilizations is a space-based strategy game in which the player becomes the leader of the human civilization at the dawn of the 23rd century. The galaxy has 6 major civilizations including humans and a race is on to colonize, conquer, and dominate the galaxy using whatever means necessary. Those means include using military, technological, economic or political might to become a major power in the galaxy. Players must research new technologies, colonize and defend planets, build social improvements, build a fleet, fight wars, win elections, and gain influence in the United Planets Security council. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Master of Orion 3

Master of Orion 3

Platform: PC
February 25, 2003
On Master of Orion 3, you become the controlling force behind an entire galactic civilization. It is not enough to be an able economist or a great captain to succeed; political, administrative, and espionage skills must be applied to craft your civilization's glorious chapter in the annals of time and space and claim the rightful title of "Master of Orion".
Metascore:
64
User Score:
4.2
Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War

Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War

Platform: PC
February 23, 2003
In Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War, players are transported to the land of Channon, a large and populous kingdom occupying most of Axeoth's northern continent. The shining capital city has become the target of no less than five invading armies who covet its lands and riches. Players assume the roles of five conquerors, each staging his own uniquely driven invasion, before facing a showdown for ultimate control. [3DO]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.4
Uncommon Valor: Campaign for the South Pacific

Uncommon Valor: Campaign for the South Pacific

Platform: PC
December 2, 2002
You will find that you are not just playing a game but running a war! Uncommon Valor is a completely new operational game covering the campaigns for New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland and the Solomon chain from May 1942 to the end of December 1943. The scale is 30 miles per hex and the attrition factor is individual vehicles, guns and squads. Phases are one day, composed of two 12-hour impulses. A turn is composed of 1 to 7 phases, at the player's discretion. He may also choose continuous play and may interrupt that by pressing a key. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Civilization III: Play the World

Civilization III: Play the World

Platform: PC
October 25, 2002
Rise to meet new challenges as you battle eight new Civilizations and Leaders in the exciting follow-up to the game that many consider the greatest of all time! With exciting new single player and multiplayer features and scenarios, Civilization III: Play the World pits you against the best Civilization players from all corners of the earth. With new online modes of play, the battle for the ultimate in bragging rights will be intense! Also included is a powerful Scenario Editor, giving you access to scenarios created by the thousands of members of the Civilization III: Play the World community. Play scenarios created by others, or build your own - replayability is now truly limitless with this new benchmark in strategy gaming! [Infogrames]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.0
Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm

Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm

Platform: PC
September 26, 2002
The Gathering Storm includes six entirely new campaigns which tell the tale of five heroes and their quest to defeat a mad wizard named Hexis, whose control of the realms of Nature and Death have begun a chain of events that threaten not just the heroes' own kingdom of Devonshire, but all of the lands of Lodwar. As Hexis's strength grows, so does his negative effect on nature itself. Earthquakes, floods, storms, and more have begun to spread across the kingdom, and it is up to the five heroes to stop Hexis and somehow reverse the damage he has done. [3DO]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.7
MoonBase Commander

MoonBase Commander

Platform: PC
August 13, 2002
MoonBase Commander puts players in charge of their own lunar territory in a quest to build the most powerful empire on the moon. The key to winning is to find, exploit and use valuable energy pools to eliminate rival factions who are also on the same quest. Along the way players must choose the best way to accomplish their goals by using weapons, surveillance or shields to fortify their defenses. MoonBase Commander features multiple and unique opposing factions, bright graphics, a light storyline and various types of terrain that can be easily customized with the terrain editor. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.6
Space HoRSE

Space HoRSE

Platform: PC
August 1, 2002
A great depression rages across the galaxy. All around, piracy is rampant - an honest buck is rarely made. Equipped with your life savings, you depart for an uncolonized planet in deep space, with the hopes of a fresh start and an honest living...
Metascore:
54
User Score:
tbd
Strategic Command: European Theater

Strategic Command: European Theater

Platform: PC
July 16, 2002
As the supreme commander of the Axis or Allied forces, the player shapes the fates of the nations at war during the Second World War in Europe. Political options, research and upgrade of equipment, management of supply and resources and the strategic employment of one's armed forces are some of the keys to success. With limited phase restrictions and wide open turns you are in complete control to try many different approaches and entertain just as many possible outcomes. The future of Europe and perhaps ultimate glory is in your hands. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.7
Magic: The Gathering Online

Magic: The Gathering Online

Platform: PC
June 14, 2002
In the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment for them, from casual pick-up games to highly competitive tournaments. Players new to the Magic game will be able to observe games in the Casual Play room. Built-in tutorials and practice rooms will help get game-play under way quickly.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.1
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne

Platform: PC
June 12, 2002
Delivering an invigorating mix of Empire Building, Role-playing, and Warfare, Age Of Wonders II offers the ultimate in fantasy turn-based strategy. Explore a world full of mythical creatures and mysterious lands. Build an impressive force as an all-powerful Wizard through dangerous perils and exhilarating challenges. Now is your time to embrace your destiny and take your rightful place at the head of the Circle, forever. [GodGames]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Legion

Legion

Platform: PC
June 3, 2002
Augustus, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Hannibal, leaders that became legend during this chaotic time of Roman history. Now's your chance to join the ranks of these great strategists and conquer Europe during the time of the Roman Empire. Legion is a revolutionary, high-level strategy game, which unfolds during the rich history that was the Roman Empire. The game features both strategic and tactical elements. At the strategic level, you control vast armies and attempt to carve an Empire from the assortment of tribes and city-states that occupied ancient Italy, France and Britain. At the tactical level, you must position your armies to take advantage of terrain and make use of the best formations, in order to achieve victory. The battles are a spectacle as well as a game play feature and players will enjoy them purely for the fun of watching hundreds of men fighting a bloody engagement. [Strategy First Inc.]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
7.0
SuperPower

SuperPower

Platform: PC
March 28, 2002
A truly unique military and geo political simulator which allows the player the ability to decide on how they want to play the game. Built using recent UN and CIA data the player can play as any 1 of 140 nations and strive to solve the real world economic, social and political problems facing that country. From a military standpoint there are up to 4000 unique deployable units which can be used to fight strategic battles anywhere around the globe. [DreamCatcher]
Metascore:
39
User Score:
3.9
Heroes of Might and Magic IV

Heroes of Might and Magic IV

Platform: PC
March 28, 2002
Lead multiple hero-characters into battle to fight alongside troops for an intense combat experience. Encounter all-new heroes and over 60 creatures in 6 massive campaigns and 24 scenarios. With an all-new game engine, lifelike isometric view, breathtaking graphics and richly detailed landscapes, the adventure map comes alive! With 48 Hero Classes and all-new skill and magic systems, summon all your strategic insight, tactical cunning and leadership abilities to ascend to the throne of this perilous new world! [3DO]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy

Disciples II: Dark Prophecy

Platform: PC
January 22, 2002
Dark Prophecy returns gamers to the magical realm of the Sacred Lands where four races - the Empire, the Mountain Clans, the Legions of the Damned and the Undead Hordes - continue the battle for the destiny of their Gods. A decade after the First Great War, the final prophecy continues to unfold. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
La Grande Armee at Austerlitz

La Grande Armee at Austerlitz

Platform: PC
December 18, 2001
La Grande Armee Campaign Series aim is to reconstruct the main confrontations of the Napoleonic period from 1805 to 1815, as faithfully as possible. The first game in this series is La Grande Armee At Austerlitz. The La Grande Armee Campaign series game map will be without Hexagons, with an accuracy of one meter. Each confrontation, the losses are evaluated from the numbers, from their organization, their level, and the layout of the battle's place. Graphics are either 2D -to ensure a quick command- or 3D to represent at best the reality of the battle. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
5.3
Etherlords

Etherlords

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
Select your sorcerer hero from among four powerful races, and summon an army of monsters who clash for control of the world. Upgrade and enhance your magic arsenal, choosing from over 300 available spells. Features over 20 levels. [Fishtank Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.9
Sid Meier's Civilization III

Sid Meier's Civilization III

Platform: PC
October 30, 2001
In Civilization III, you'll find new pathways to explore and strategies to employ, greatly expanded diplomacy, more powerful combat, a new trade system, new technologies, more powerful tools to build and manage your empire, and the most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition

Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition

Platform: PC
August 13, 2001
This stand-alone package includes the original complete "Shogun: Total War" game and the "Mongol Invasion" expansion which includes Kublai Khan?s invasion of Mongol hordes that try to conquer Japan and three new Japanese campaigns.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Divided Ground: Middle East Conflict 1948-1973

Divided Ground: Middle East Conflict 1948-1973

Platform: PC
August 1, 2001
Fight in the Independence War, through the War of the Waters, and on into the Six Day War! The ardent beliefs on both sides, combined with modern warfare technology and tactics, produce a succession of wars sending shockwaves throughout the Middle East. [TalonSoft]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
tbd
Worms World Party

Worms World Party

Platform: PC
June 16, 2001
"Worms Armageddon" freaks will find much of the same with this turn-based 2D strategy game sequel (or upgrade--you decide) in which you lead your team of cute little worms and annihilate the other teams with bazookas, uzis, cluster-bombs and other subtle weoponry.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
Combat Command 2: Danger Forward!

Combat Command 2: Danger Forward!

Platform: PC
December 17, 2000
A unique game system that authentically recreates the most exciting engagements of WWII. Emphasizing command control and combined arms, the first volume of the series, Danger Forward, focuses on the Mediterranean and Western Front, from 1940-1945. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
tbd
Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business

Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business

Platform: PC
November 30, 2000
The bullets have stopped flying. Arulco is free at last, but your job's not over. An all-powerful corporation is assaulting the tiny country and, once again, you're needed! Enter a whole new chapter of Jagged Alliance 2 with all new weapons, new mercenaries, new terrains, and the new Mission Builder! [Interplay]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.7
Battle Isle: The Andosia War

Battle Isle: The Andosia War

Platform: PC
November 29, 2000
On the border between exciting real-time maneuvers and the demands of strategic planning, a new exciting kind of game experience emerges where there is a time for cool planning, quick reactions, discovery of stunning landscapes, and time for pursuing mission goals! [Blue Byte]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.7
Call to Power II

Call to Power II

Platform: PC
November 17, 2000
The game blends classic themes and play styles of the empire-building genre with improvements in pacing, balance, and combat. Innovations in city growth and management, more powerful diplomacy and trade, and unique AI personalities provide even greater strategic depth and immersion. [Activision]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Space Empires IV

Space Empires IV

Platform: PC
November 7, 2000
If you're serious about space strategy, you can't afford to miss it.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy

Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy

Platform: PC
October 10, 2000
Now you'll fight for the Cotentin peninsula, from the landings at Utah Beach to the siege at Cherbourg. In the dense hedgerows of the French countryside, AT teams may be lying in ambush almost anywhere. By placing a premium on infantry tactics, Invasion puts the capital "C" back into Close Combat. [Mattel Interactive]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth

Panzer General III: Scorched Earth

Platform: PC
September 28, 2000
Your commanders are key to the optimal use of every class of unit, from infantry to bomber. Special abilities for leaders and units mean no two armies are ever the same, and no two battles have the same result. Bold maneuvering and careful use of equipment can often mean the difference between victory and defeat. [Mattel Interactive]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.7
Shogun: Total War

Shogun: Total War

Platform: PC
June 13, 2000
Japan, 1542. The land is in turmoil. The last Shogunate has collapsed, leaving the nation divided into seven warring factions. Out of this chaos will emerge one warlord who will master the Art Of War. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Platform: PC
February 12, 1999
Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the most addictive, compelling gameplay yet. Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large-scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design from over 32,000 possible unit types. [Firaxis]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Platform: PC
October 1, 1996
Master the unknown before it masters you. The need for galactic expansion is critical. You must conquer alien star systems to secure the resources that will guarantee your supremacy. The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Antarans.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.0
Age of Rifles

Age of Rifles

Platform: PC
August 31, 1996
"The Easiest to Play and Most Comprehensive Game of Its Kind! Includes 8 campaigns and 62 scenarios." [SSI, Back Cover]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.3
Chaos Overlords

Chaos Overlords

Platform: PC
April 30, 1996
A repressive government regime has enacted city-wide bans on all vices - alcohol, cigarettes, sexual expression, music, dancing... just about everything worth living for. Enter Chaos Overlords, criminal masterminds who have exploited citizen resentment to overthrow governmental authority and establish a reign of terror. As one of the elite Overlords, your goal is to outsmart your rivals, spread your influence, and make a power grab for ultimate control of the city. Mercenary gangs such as the "Suicide Squad" and "Pain, Inc." are your chief tools of conquest. [HotGames]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Sid Meier's Civilization II

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Platform: PC
February 29, 1996
An empire-building turn-based strategy game. The game starts at the Old Stone Age in 4000 BC. Your tribe begins with a Settlers unit and has no knowledge about the surrounding area. As you found new cities and explore the surroundings, you may find hostile barbarians, villages, and other competing cultures. [Civ Fantatics' Center]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.8
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