PC Turn-Based Games

Sid Meier's Civilization II 1.

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:
8.9
Sid Meier's Civilization IV 2.

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:
8.3
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 3.

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
Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor 4.

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
Mission: It's Complicated 5.

Mission: It's Complicated

Platform: PC
February 14, 2020
Mission: It’s Complicated is a narrative-based, visual novel where you match super-awesome superheroes to go on missions during the night and dates during the day. The more compatible the pair of superheroes are, the more likely that they will fall in love and save the world.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
tbd
Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar 6.

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:
7.9
Sid Meier's Civilization III 7.

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
Sid Meier's Civilization V 8.

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
Into the Breach 9.

Into the Breach

Platform: PC
February 27, 2018
Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
Total War: Shogun 2 10.

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
Slay the Spire 11.

Slay the Spire

Platform: PC
January 23, 2019
We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 12.

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
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen 13.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Platform: PC
August 29, 2017
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds extensive new content in the fight against ADVENT when additional resistance factions form in order to eliminate the alien threat on Earth. In response, a new enemy, known as the “Chosen,” emerges with one goal: recapture the Commander. This expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
XCOM 2 14.

XCOM 2

Platform: PC
February 5, 2016
20 years have passed since world leaders unconditionally surrendered to alien forces and XCOM, the world's last line of defense, was left destroyed and scattered. Now the aliens hold dominion over the Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while hiding a sinister intent below and eliminating all who don't fall in like with their new order. Online those who live a the edges of the world have a modicum of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Consistently on the run, the remnant XCOM forces need to find a way to regroup, expose the nefarious truth behind the occupation, and eliminate the alien threat for good.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 15.

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:
5.9
Unity of Command II 16.

Unity of Command II

Platform: PC
November 12, 2019
Unity of Command II is the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed strategy games of all time; a game critics called 'the perfect gateway' into computer war games.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.9
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 17.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Platform: PC
October 20, 2016
Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.0
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition 18.

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:
8.7
Legends of Runeterra 19.

Legends of Runeterra

Platform: PC
April 29, 2020
Face off in dynamic, alternating combat full of opportunities to adapt and outplay. Make your move, but be ready to react, because your opponent has a plan of their own. It all comes down to this—can you outwit them and win?
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.0
Hex: Shards of Fate 20.

Hex: Shards of Fate

Platform: PC
January 26, 2016
A trading card MMO game.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.3
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 21.

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
Total War: WARHAMMER 22.

Total War: WARHAMMER

Platform: PC
May 24, 2016
In an era of ceaseless conquest, a myriad warriors clash in epic battles as entire races wage war on one another, each led by a notorious hero seeking dominion over the world. All at your command. The courageous Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, looking to unite the fractured elector counts under a banner of strength against their common foes. Hungry for the vicious brutality of combat, the Greenskins flock to the tribe of Grimgor Ironhide; Orcs and Goblins alike filled with an insatiable thirst for carnage. High King Thorgrim helms the stoic Dwarfs forth from their mountain strongholds, marching to right the serious injustices wrought upon them over the millennia. Yet the motives of the Vampire Counts under Mannfred von Carstein are shrouded in murderous secrecy, his armies raised from the decrepit ranks of the dead. And while the Old World is torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a rising threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.4
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword 23.

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
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords 24.

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:
7.7
Monster Train 25.

Monster Train

Platform: PC
May 21, 2020
Monster Train is a strategic roguelike deck building game with a twist. Set on a train to hell, you’ll use tactical decision making to defend multiple vertical battlegrounds. With real time competitive multiplayer and endless replayability, Monster Train is always on time.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 26.

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:
8.4
XCOM: Enemy Within 27.

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
Civilization III: Conquests 28.

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
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Whispers of the Old Gods 29.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Whispers of the Old Gods

Platform: PC
April 26, 2016
This sinister expansion revolves around the dark influence of the Old Gods, ancient and unspeakably evil creatures that have long lay hidden, imprisoned in the dark places of the world millennia ago. Despite their imprisonment, these shadowy beings' influence can be felt in every corner of Azeroth, twisting and corrupting any who hear their maddening whispers. With an army of followers performing forbidden empowerment rituals, the tentacles of these massive horrors are growing rapidly toward the light, eager to bring their own kind of excitement to the sunlit kingdoms and merry taverns of Azeroth.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
5.1
Chaos Reborn 30.

Chaos Reborn

Platform: PC
October 26, 2015
At the heart of Chaos Reborn is an intuitive and fluid turn-based wizard combat system. You play the role of a fighting wizard armed with a selection of spells and magical staff. Some spells summon creatures but others are more exotic, such as the Gooey Blob which spreads uncontrollably across the terrain. The balance between Law and Chaos can be altered to your advantage, or you can cast illusions to deceive your adversaries. It’s a game of bluff, tactics and calculated risks with nail-biting decisions from one turn to the next.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
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