Top 10 Xbox 360 Strategy Games

Strategy games aren't a genre normally associated with consoles, but the Xbox 360 has had a number of great strategy games represented a few different styles. Real-time, turn-based, card based, and more are all present on the Xbox 360. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Xbox 360 Strategy Games.

Halo Wars is a highly polished, well put together real-time-strategy game that represents the brand well and is another great exclusive for the Xbox 360. It isn't the deepest RTS on the system, but it's simplified gameplay and controls mean that it is easily the most accessible. Halo fans will love it. RTS newbies will love it. And the great presentation and overall polish mean that RTS vets will enjoy it as well. We highly recommend it. 

The Red Alert series is the twisted and crazy spin off of Command & Conquer, and we wouldn't want it any other way.  With an alternate-reality timeline that replaced conventional weapons with, er, unconventional ones (like schoolgirls and bears ...), the story is crazy and awesome but the core gameplay is pure C&C. 

 

Civilization Revolution scales the gameplay down quite a bit from the mainline Civilization games on PC, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a ton of fun.  Evolving your civilization, building wonders, researching new weapons, making friends with your neighbors - all of it is here, but in a new easy to use and console-friendly form.  There's tons of content here as well.  We love it!

Both Viva Pinata games are absolute treasures, but Trouble in Paradise gets the nod here for being a little more in-depth and strategic.  Attracting new animals.  Building your garden.  Raising babies.  Viva Pinata is surprisingly deep, and always a ton of fun.  It doesn't hurt that the games look gorgeous as well.  No Xbox fan should pass these gems by.

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise Review

Kane's Wrath is actually a stand alone expansion for Command & Conquer 3, also in Xbox 360. It gets the nod over the original game thanks to a more streamlined control scheme and much deeper single-player options. It represents classic real-time-strategy better than just about anything on this list, so if you are itching for some old school base building and rushing your army at your opponent, Kane's Wrath is a great choice.

Culdcept Saga is a game that will surprise you. Combining collectible-card-game deck building with the board game Monopoly, Culdcept Saga really stands as a unique experience on Xbox 360.  It takes quite a bit of effort to really "get", but once it gets its hooks into you and you build an unstoppable deck and learn all of the advanced strategies, it is hard to put down.  

Culdcept Saga Review

Star Trek Legacy is the best Star Trek game on Xbox 360.  Granted, there were only two and the game based on the new movies is awful, but Star Trek Legacy was a solid strategy game on its own right.  It gave you tactical control of not just the Enterprise but other Federation, Klingon, Borg, and more ships from other races as well.  The battles were slow, strategic, and pretty difficult, but hardcore Star Trek fans will have a blast.

Overlord is a hilariously funny game where you play as the titular overlord who has control over an endless army of little minions.  You don't actually do anything yourself, and instead direct the minions around to attack enemies, solve puzzles, and more.  It is a very clever, and very funny game with lots of great puzzles.  The sequel isn't quite as good, though.

Overlord Review

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a faithful update to the classic PC strategy game where you have to defend Earth from an alien invasion. Not only do you have to plan strategic defense on a large scale by researching new technology, but you are also directly in control of small scale, squad-based direct encounters with the enemy. It is very well done and features a ton of content. It is a different take on the strategy genre, which makes it very interesting, particularly on Xbox 360.

Imagine an alternate reality World War II where Hitler had armies of werewolves, zombies, and other undead nasties at his disposal - that is Operation Darkness.  There are some rough edges here, mainly a wonky camera and absurd difficulty spikes, but it is definitely a unique game that makes it worth a look for strategy fans looking for something new on Xbox 360.

Operation Darkness Review