10 Best Military Strategy Games to Play in 2015: Page 10 of 10

Command and conquer!
Command and conquer!

1. Total War: Shogun 2

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Samurais. Ninjas. One of the bloodiest eras in human history. Wondering why Total War: Shogun 2 is #1 on our list? Well, those are your answers.

Shogun 2 deposits players in the bloody Ashikaga Shogunate of 16th century Japan. As the leader of a clan, you must claim dominion over your enemies at the edge of the sword.

Shogun 2 shares the same genetic code with other Total War games, with gameplay consisting of two modes: the turn-based campaign, which allows players to manage their armies and their empire; and the real-time tactical combat of large scale battles. It’s a robust formula that has ensured the franchise’s continued success, and in Shogun 2, it’s at its peak performance.

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You select from nine clans, each with its own specialty. For instance, the Takeda clan has superior cavalry. The Hojo clan shatters the opposition with mighty siege weapons. And their devotion to Buddhism bequeaths control of the best warrior monks in the game to the Uesugi clain.

Outside of combat, you can use special agents, including ninjas and geishas to serve as assassins and spies. Monks and priests can even convert the enemy to your side.

It’s dark, it’s brutal, and it’s among the best military strategy games out there.

Honorable Mentions

It’s a pity we couldn’t include Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV on this list. While they’re both excellent titles, they’re grand strategy games – though they involve large-scale wars, individual units and armies are largely unrepresented. And then there’s Napoleon: Total War, but we wanted to keep the Total War entries in the list to a minimum of one. This way, we could give other equally deserving franchises a place in the spotlight.

How about your, fellow PC gamers? What military strategy games have you played, and which of them are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below!

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