17 Best Turn-Based Strategy Games Worth Playing in 2017

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The Best Turn Based Strategy Games To Play Right Now

Turn-based strategy (TBS) games are sometimes considered as being slow compared to its RTS counterpart. While that may be true, they are far from boring.

In reality, turn-based strategy are closer to chess than to other games with strategic elements, requiring patience and foresight. They are never about rash and mindless action and force players to plan how best to defeat their foes. 

Turn-based strategy games have been around for some time and they have cemented themselves in the modern gaming industry as a pillar genre. Many developers are turning to making Turn Based Strategy games due to its knack to draw in players and challenge them.

Built around epic stories, players are forced to survive in a world , through their decisions and choices. In fact, the choices players make in these games are far greater and profound than those found in AAA RPG games.

17. Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Gameplay Preview

When Bishop Alexander The Innocent declares that all sorcerers are evil, its is up to you and your fellow sorcerers to team up and defeat him.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 has a high bar that it must meet, and fortunately, it has lived up to expectations. The introduction of turn-based combat was an instant hit with fans, giving a greater meaning to otherwise mundane player actions.

Players can choose between 5 races: Human, Elf, Dwarves, Undead and Lizard. They can also choose between various origin stories for their character.

The combat has been balanced with small tweaks that allow players to further use their environments to their advantage. Similar to the previous installment, each character has a fixed number of action points that can be spent on moves, attacks and spells. This allows for a more decisive and controlled gameplay that allows players manipulate their characters into realizing the true extent of their abilities.

A world where even battles require thinking ahead.

16. Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI

Civilization VI: GAMEPLAY

Every Civilization game has brought something new to the table and Civ 6 is widely accepted as the best one yet. This empire building game is more addictive and engrossing than previous entries and promises hundreds of hours of exciting gameplay. Just like previous entries, the art style is colorful and vibrant, giving the player a sense of exploration with its cartography-inspired look.

It has everything, from espionage, religion, law, trade and famous personalities. The depth of Civilization VI can be a little intimidating but extremely fun when you get the hang of it.  

Unlike previous installments, Civ 6 doubles down on the certain city-building features while increasing the variety in customization options. This gives players everything they need to build their own empires in any way they see fit.

If you are looking for a great turn-based strategy game, then Civ VI is one of the greatest to come out in recent memory.

Experience the game that first brought life to the genre.

15. Darkest Dungeon

Let's Play Darkest Dungeon - Episode 1

In Darkest Dungeon, players will find themselves leading a band of mercenaries to defeat evil forces that threaten their very existence. This refreshingly new take on the dungeon-crawling formula presented in Darkest Dungeon came as a great surprise. This 2D turn-based game is made of two parts: exploration and combat.

The further you are pulled into the game, the more demanding and dark it gets. Your team of explorers and warriors will be put in a myriad of impossible situations, that could cost you your squad of worse, their sanity.

The dungeons are entirely randomized, forcing players to be on their toes the entire time. That, along with the difficulty spikes may seem to be too much for a player to handle, but it only gets better as you get used to it. The turn order is also completely randomized, further increasing the difficulty while at the same time, can produce amazing moments. When you are not exploring dungeons you can let your characters let off steam by praying, sleeping or other mundane activities, while at the same time removing potentially harmful perks gained while adventuring.

Darkest Dungeon is definitely a must-play for hardcore gamers, with its foreboding hand-drawn art style and depressing but entertaining gameplay.

Hopefully, you won’t get attached to your friends, you won’t be with them for long in Darkest Dungeon.

14. Thea: The Awakening

Thea: The Awakening - First Impression Review

Though many may call it a Civilization clone, Thea: The Awakening is much more than that. Instead of focusing on exploration and expansion, Thea is mainly about survival. Based on Slavic mythology, you are a fallen god embodying the villagers of a struggling town. By using the town and its inhabitants, your mission is to regain your power and dispel the darkness that’s spreading around Thea.

In some aspects, Thea does feel like a CIV game. You are surrounded by fog that hides resources and opportunities, while at the same time may have threats. The combat and other interactions are tackled using a card battling system designed specifically for the game. This is what makes it stand out as the card system is a little complicated and requires all of your attention and patience. Each card is a character from your village with unique skills and attributes.

The permadeath feature also forces you carefully evaluate and strategize every encounter. In a game that is centered around survival, your actions and mistakes will be judged with a heavy hand. Further stressing on the fact that Thea: The Awakening is a game that deserves your attention.

Play a god in his rise back to divinity and omnipotence.

13. Endless Space 2

Endless Space 2 [Early Access] - Let's Play

A game still in early access, Endless Space 2 definitely promises to live up to its predecessor. Endless Space 2 is a 4X turn-based strategy, referring to 4 principles that this genre is built around: explore, exploit, expand and exterminate. This game doesn’t get too serious on the details and instead, is all about the macro-management of your growing empire. This provides for some smooth and streamline gameplay, that is easy to learn and master.

You can take control one out of the six available factions, which might not be a lot but has an impressive level of diversity. For instance, the United Empire is a powerhouse intent on universal domination, The Vodyani require the life essence of other beings to survive, The Lumeris are a people dependent on trade while The Sophons are intellectually motivated, The Cravers and The Horatio are the most intriguing, the former being an insectoid hive-race that devour everything and the latter being a population of the clones of one man.

The sheer variety of the faction types alone is enough to entrap anyone in this mysterious universe. Endless Space 2 is full of novel ideas and features that are simple but elegant and addictive.

A novel look at the possibilities of interstellar travel.

12.  XCOM 2

Official XCOM 2 E3 2015 Gameplay

It’s been almost 20 years since the end of the war. Mankind has fallen and has remained in the shadows for far too long while the aliens reign supreme. XCOM 2 brings a unique sense of dread and desperation as you are no longer fighting to protect, this time you are fighting to take back your planet from the extraterrestrial invaders.

You are given control of a customizable six man squad and put in increasingly difficult scenarios, and the only weapon that’ll decide the outcome of these scenarios is your ability to anticipate and out-think your foe.

Mankind is out-manned and out-gunned in every way. The scenarios that the players will face are intense and will require thinking and gambling. This is the highlight of the game. Are you prepared to gamble the safety of a character who you have grown so close to for an advantage or are you prepared to risk the entire mission in favor of your squad?. The stakes feel very real and are as high as they can get. XCOM 2 is a game that delivers pulse-racing and action-packed turn-based experience, and is a must play for fans of this genre.

In XCOM 2, a single bullet can literally decide the fate of your squad.

11. The Banner Saga 2

Let's Play The Banner Saga 2 Gameplay

Banner Saga 2 is a beautiful game that puts you in a Viking Scandinavia, filled with roving bandits and other beautiful designed characters and locations. Watching your band walk through the beautiful hand-drawn 2D world gives a certain sense of epicness and adventure. You are put in charge of this band, meaning that it’s up to you to make sure you all get through this alive. You will be presented hard decisions that will impact your overall journey.

Banner Saga does a great job easing you into the game as the decisions you face at the beginning are limited to, maybe deciding whether to let a lonely adventurer join your band and grow in magnitude to ones like deciding whether to burn a bridge down, risking the breaking of the treaty with another faction.

The combat will be familiar to turn-based strategy veterans. You are given the opportunity to choose the heroes you wish to take into battle, as you must consider everything from armor points to special features. You must also consider the careful usage of the resource called the willpower, that allows the use of attack powers and movement choices.

You won’t realized how much your ox means to you until you have to loose him in Banner Saga.

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