Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Top 10 Xbox 360 Strategy Games



10. Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants


While most pirate RPGs are entirely focused on the plundering and pillaging, Port Royale 3 is primarily a trading simulator. While there is naval combat to be had, the game’s focus is on trade, business and economy. With lots of freedom for the player, this hidden gem’s fast pace makes for an intense and rewarding experience for fans of the strategy genre. An underrated title totally deserving of love on this list.


9. Worms Collection


A must-own for any Worms lover, this generous combo pack contains 3 of the classic Worms titles plus DLC. With tons of features, variety and options to customise each match, Worms Collection is a solid reminder as to why these ill-tempered little fighters are so beloved in the strategy genre. Packed with an apocalyptic arsenal of weapons and limitless customisation, this is a no-brainer for anyone interested in strategy gaming.


8. Tropico 4


With 20 missions across 10 maps and 6 new interactive disasters to deal with including erupting volcanoes, El Presidente has his work cut out for him in Tropico 4. As the tyrannical dictator, you will be tasked with gaining the support of your people, appointing government and set up trade agreements. One of the most complex, layered and beloved series’ in strategy gaming, Tropico 4 is a perfect example of why this franchise is so iconic.


7. Great Battles Medieval


Licensed under the History Channel, this accurately researched and carefully modelled strategy game also acts as an educational experience. With 70 medieval battles to experience including 26 historical encounters from the Hundred Years War, Great Battles Medieval is packed with over 20 different units that you can customise with over 100 unique fighting, combat and weapon skills. An underrated strategy classic.


6. Star Trek: Legacy


Spanning the entire Star Trek universe, Legacy is a fan’s dream. Placing the player in the role of Admiral of a warship task force, you must test your strategic and tactical skills in real-time battles across the galaxy. Faithfully capturing the essence of Star Trek and spanning 40 years of history from the saga’s lore, this game demands tactical prowess to be victorious. Patience and thoughtful play are rewarded.


5. Halo Wars


This authentic Halo experience takes the action away from the FPS perspective and allows you to command entire armies in large-scale battles. Elegant and lustrous, the game is simple to learn and acts as a solid introduction to the strategy genre with a rich combat system, stunning graphics, an engrossing campaign and solid gameplay throughout. More than just a cash-grab milking of the Halo name, Halo Wars stands on its own as one of the finest strategy titles on the 360.


4. Battlestations: Pacific


Blending action realism with arcade fun, this beautifully balanced and accessible game offers a vast variety of scenarios and gameplay modes resulting in one of the finest games of its genre. With epic historical battles and the ability to personally control each of your units, Battlestations: Pacific is a unique and exciting entry that never offers a dull moment. Whether you’re behind the controls in the air or on sea, this is a deeply satisfying strategic action title.


3. XCOM: Enemy Within


Building on everything that the previous game in the series did, Enemy Within adds new maps, enemies and upgrades to improve an already stellar title with exceptional results. Tons of content, challenging and expansive battles and old-school gameplay all result in one of the best strategy games on the Xbox 360, and arguably one of the finest action titles on the console in general. A thrilling, tactical masterpiece.


2. Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II


A real-time strategy game based on the Lord of the Rings franchise seems like a perfect fit, and The Battle for Middle Earth II proves that it absolutely is. With one of the strongest and most effective control systems in the genre, the game is incredibly addictive and playable, while a wide variety of interesting battle scenarios keep you on your toes throughout. This is one of the finest Middle Earth-based games available.


1. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3


The over-the-top and often-campy Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 blends high-end strategy with light-hearted fun, resulting in the most enjoyable and entertaining strategy title on the Xbox 360. With brilliant gameplay, varied missions, crazy units and bizarre live-action cutscenes starring Tim Curry, JK Simmons and George Takei, Red Alert 3 is totally bonkers in the best possible way.


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