From The Archive: Turn-Based Strategy

By Marcello Perricone 08 Sep 2017 0

Welcome to another edition of From the Archive, where we talk about strategy games that existed prior to the birth of Strategy Gamer. Tied together by a core theme, we will be bringing you older content from our sister websites and beyond to allow you to rediscover old gems while we work on exciting, new content for you on the latest upcoming releases.

According to our polls, turn-based games are significantly more popular than RTS. Maybe it's because almost every RTS nowadays forgot what strategy actually is, and instead rather the player click a thousand times a minute like an idiot. Luckily, strategy fans know where the fun is, and most love a well done turn-based game.

Recently, we had the release of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion of one of the best tactical turn-based games in recent years. In the spirit of that wonderful genre, we decided to check out a few games from the past...

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The Banner Saga 2 (PC)

A polished cartoonesque take on Vikings, The Banner Saga is an interesting mix of adventure and tactical turn-based strategy. Our Matt Thrower said:

You're charged with leading a band of warriors and civilians toward the tenuous possibility of safety. The game is a peculiar and creative mixture of strategy, role-playing, resource management and chose your own adventure book. It reminds me more than a little of the classic King of Dragon Pass, although the story is both more epic in scope and more restrictive in choice.

You can read the rest of his 3-star review here. The game got a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam, 92% overall and an astonishing 100% recently. Don't ever say we steered you wrong.

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XCOM 2 (PC)

This review was actually ported for the website's launch back in April, but it was written in early 2016 when the game originally came out. Matt Thrower was rather positive about the game, despite its flaws in those early days:

Everything else exceeds expectations by building on what was so great about XCOM and making it better. It's not transformative, genre shattering like its predecessor, but then again it didn't need to be. That game was, by head and shoulders, the best tactical squad game available at the time. This, by head and shoulders, in the best one you can play now. And you should.

You can read his full 4-star review here. XCOM 2 has a 79% approval rate on Steam.

That’s all for this week’s From the Archive. We’ll be doing another run of these in two weeks’ time. Current plan is to work through older content until we run out, then we’ll probably be changing up the format slightly!

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