The Best Xbox One Strategy Games Available in 2019

By Dave Horobin, 7 days ago
Though it's a much more popular genre on PC, strategy games have still come to the Xbox in a big way this generation. If you prefer a methodical approach over acting first and thinking later, the strategy genre is right up your street, and with an increasingly expanding list of strategy games now available on the Xbox One, there's a title to suit almost every taste.

Choosing which Xbox One strategy game to pick up next might seem like a daunting task, so we're here to help you narrow down the choice by using a combination of site review scores and your community ratings to put together our list of the best Xbox One strategy games available in 2019.

World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap

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Deathtrap is a masterpiece in the tower defense genre to which many developers should look for years to come. It requires strategy and skill in equal measure in ways that few tower defense games can demand. With over 52 different map setups to complete and master, there's plenty to play in both singleplayer and co-operative. There are many common pitfalls into which tower defense games fall, but Deathtrap deftly avoids them all, offering stable performance and a balance between the player and towers that is nearly impeccable. Better still, the fantastic depth to the RPG elements ensures that even hesitant players can find something to love in the game. Whether you enjoy action RPG combat or tower defense games, Deathtrap is a game that is more than worth your time.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game about choice in every aspect. It's an RPG where it truly is your story, with no two playthroughs being alike thanks to the vast number of ways to tackle any given situation. If you want to be the hero, you can, if you want to be the villain, you can do that too. But more often than not, you're going to be playing in the gray, making choices and living the outcomes — or reloading to get a better one, which is just as valid a way to play. The combat is likewise complimented by choice, from how you build your party to what actions you take against enemies that are incredibly challenging but also rewarding to square off against. Every enemy is a threat, but so are you. The world of Divinity is exceedingly vast, but it's full to the brim with meaningful content that you'll enjoy exploring through for dozens or even hundreds of hours. There are few RPGs we'd dare to call essential, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 stands out among all others as deserving of that accolade. It's undoubtedly one of the best tactical and role-playing experiences you'll ever have on any platform.

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The Banner Saga 3

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It's true that from an innovation standpoint, The Banner Saga 3 doesn't do a lot different than its predecessors, but that also means the same great tactical RPG system that has been in place since the beginning makes one final push for the endgame. That endgame is what really makes the experience worthwhile. With heavy decisions to be made and fantastic character closure, The Banner Saga 3 is the most riveting and remarkable the series has ever been, and it establishes the trilogy as one of the greats in gaming.

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Masters of Anima

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Masters of Anima is an excellent game that serves as conclusive proof that Pikmin’s legacy is alive and relevant today as much as it ever was. The game’s foundation is its characters who are humorous and lovable throughout the adventure, with exceptional dialogue and voice acting to back them up. The world itself is lacking a bit in visual variety but it makes up for it in level design, which features linearity combined with a reward for exploration off the beaten path. The gameplay’s dual challenges in the form of puzzles and combat are both well-designed to take advantage of all six units’ different abilities so that you’re always confronted with scenarios that are interesting, fun and just the right amount of difficult. Ultimately, this is a game that came out of nowhere to take me on a surprise journey I never imagined I’d want to be on and I loved every second of it.

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Bloons TD 5

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Bloons TD 5 is a game that simply makes you happy to play it. Its quirky monkeys and cartoony setting deliver a tone that’s fun and it makes everything you do in the game similarly enjoyable. The tone is backed up with a huge variety of towers, plenty of which are viable additions to any arsenal. Tracks are visually interesting and have creative paths which force you to adapt your strategy. While a poor difficulty curve and some lingering quality of life issues keep it from a perfect score, the end result is a game that’s a joy to play and worth time from any fan of the genre — or anyone looking for a little happiness in their life.

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Wargroove

Wargroove

Wargroove pays homage to Advance Wars in both style and substance, with an obvious nostalgic appeal to Game Boy Advance veterans. It's a well-rounded game that makes turn-based strategy accessible to anyone new to the genre. However, it can still challenge seasoned players via custom difficulty settings and custom content. The inclusion of straightforward content creation tools increases its scope and longevity and gives it the potential to develop a community centred on amateur game development. It may resemble a relic from the Game Boy era, but Wargroove is far more than just another retro game.

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Halo Wars 2

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Creative Assembly has taken the groundwork set out by Ensemble’s Halo Wars and improved on some of the areas that were lacking in the original, all while still keeping the game accessible and easily playable using a controller. It feels as if the campaign has been released in an unfinished state, but it still offers a decent amount of action and a compelling story. The new Blitz mode adds a different approach to the RTS combat to which we have become accustomed, and the shorter, more action-oriented matches give newcomers and veterans alike something to sink their teeth into.

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Dungeon of the Endless

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While a bit slow to start due to the sub-par tutorial, the game becomes more absorbing as you research new tools, and try to save the crystal. The recruitment of new characters along the way adds variety, as well as researching new builds with which to beat back the enemy in new and interesting ways. The game would benefit from better explanations and perhaps a glossary of terms, as well as local multiplayer for when the going gets tough. Overall, despite the bugs, it's an enjoyable experience that requires the player to stay on his or her toes while keeping the crystal's light alive.

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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

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When looking at Wasteland 2 from the outside, it doesn't look like anything special. However, once you get stuck in and persevere through the initial confusion of combat and little direction you are given, there is a gem to be found here. One may begin their travels in the wasteland with bitterness yet eventually start to crave playing the game more and more. The skill system makes every squad member useful and combat can be a rewarding experience, despite some intermittent issues. The game has an alluringly addictive quality that makes you want to keep playing and strengthen your ranger squad, even if it does look a bit rough around the edges. It may not be flashy and appeal to everyone, but those who do give it a shot will be in for a pleasant surprise.

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Aven Colony

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All in all, Aven Colony is a blast. Planning out the best places to put your facilities in order to keep most people happy is both fun and absorbing. Surprisingly simple to learn, the game makes it easy to quickly get in the groove of building and splashes of humor keep you smiling. There are times of frustration when overproduction keeps your storage facilities at capacity, but this is a very small dark cloud in the otherwise blue expanse of Aven Prime's skies. If you're into building games, you'll definitely want to give this one a try.

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Stellaris: Console Edition

Stellaris: Console Edition

For those of you that love to really sink your teeth into a strategy game, Stellaris might be right up your street. Set 200 years in the future, you'll take control of a species and build your own narrative as you explore space and meet new civilizations. Do you want to live in harmony with other species, seek galactic conquest, hoard resources or even destroy all sentient life? The choice is yours, which gives Stellaris an extra level of replayability that will keep players coming back time and time again. It certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of grand strategy games, its well worth checking out.

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XCOM 2

XCOM 2

Set in 2035, 20 years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the war has been lost, aliens are occupying Earth, and the XCOM military organisation has been driven underground to avoid persecution from our new rulers. They've not given up hope, however, and in XCOM 2 you take control of the Commander you take control of the revolution. With a compelling story and deep, challenging and intriguing gameplay on offer, it's impossible not to recommend XCOM 2 if you're a fan of tactical turn-based combat.

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Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.