Sunday 1 November 2020

Top 10 PS3 Strategy Games

10. Stormrise

This early PlayStation 3 title allows players to view the operation from the third-person POV of any unit during the fight, offering unprecedented immersion and presents warfare in a more visceral and epic manner than other titles in this list. With sprawling cities and towering skyscrapers as your battlefield, Stormrise offers tactical carnage on a grand scale – and the results hold up today as a stunning little strategy title from SEGA. 

9. Tom Clancy’s Endwar

This chillingly realistic vision of World War 3 set in 2020 explores a full-scale land war between superpowers. Set across 40 real-life recognisable battlefields from Paris to Moscow, Endwar renders the chaos and grandeur of tactical combat vividly while also offering an incredibly accessible control scheme that will have you executing orders and deploying units within minutes. Rewarding and replayable, Endwar is a hidden gem in the genre.

8. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

Without a doubt one of the most bizarre premises in modern gaming, Plants vs Zombies does exactly what it does on the tin and offers a charming blend of tactical combat and quirky humour. While the standard game offers pretty traditional third-person shooting action, the game’s Boss Mode puts you strategically in control of air support during the battle that can spot, heal, revive and offer airstrikes. It’s ridiculously over-the-top, but it’s one of the most entertaining games on this list.

7. History: Great Battles Medieval

Licensed by the History Channel, this underrated classic recreates iconic battles from the history books and allows you to fight under Henry V, Joan of Arc and more as you command more than 20 different units – all carefully modelled in amazing detail for true historical accuracy. With endless customisation with over 100 unique fighting, combat and weapon skills, this is a deeply layered game that puts

6. Civilization: Revolution

In this remarkable entry in the Civilization series from gaming pioneer Sid Meier, you are able to choose from sixteen playable historic nations assigned to a famous leader, such as Napoleon or Cleopatra. Tasked with exploring and expanding your civilization through development, trade, diplomatic relations and military actions, the player is able to achieve victory in many different ways creating an endlessly replayable and surprisingly educational game.

5. XCOM: Enemy Within

With a focus on research, Enemy Within gives your operatives an extra tactical edge with new weaponry thanks to your engineering team. Featuring an additional 47 maps, the game is packed with new tactical challenges to hold off alien invasion, as you must adopt new methods to counter the extraterrestrial threats. The result is an endlessly exciting sci-fi strategy titles that feels plays beautifully even now.

4. Port Royale 3: Gold Edition

Boasting not one, not two but three unique single-player campaigns, Port Royale 3 puts you into the shoes of either a trader, an adventurer or a pirate and unleashes you onto the high seas for exciting naval battles, plundering and exploration. With over 60 towns to explore and a comprehensive trading system to exploit, Port Royale 3 will let you live the pirate’s life. Yo, ho, yo ho…

3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Coupling tactical turn-based gameplay with incredible, explosive action, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an unforgettable strategic experience. As you recruit, customise and grow your unique soldiers and build your headquarters, you will face diverse alien threats and have to keep your wits about you to succeed. With a globe-spanning narrative and over 70 unique missions, Enemy Unknown is a remarkable entry that stands out in a crowded genre. 

2. Worms: The Revolution Collection

You simply cannot have a list of strategy titles without including a place for Worms. This double-pack features two great Worms titles – Revolution and Armageddon – and a staggering 7 DLC packs, making it a must-own for fans of the quirky franchise. With improved dynamic physics and 2.5D stylised visuals, these titles show how far the Worms games have come while still retaining their unique charm.

1. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Without a doubt the leader in PlayStation 3 strategy gaming, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is bursting with content thanks to three campaigns with diverse combat units across land, sea and air. Not only that, but with the option to join forces and experience the campaigns co-operatively, Red Alert 3 is a game that encourages teamwork and well thought-out strategising to win the war. A masterpiece of the genre that holds up remarkably well today.

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