This War of Mine is a survival simulator set during a horrific war. Your role is simple to survive while the war plays in the background. You'll scavenge for valuable resources, take care of others, and make some very difficult decisions.
Please note that some links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may receive a small percentage of the sale which helps support the site. Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information.
Invisible, Inc. combines stealth with strategy to create an awesome agent infiltration game that would put James Bond to shame. You have to break into the world's most dangerous corporations to loot them. There are ten agents to unlock, each of which has its own items, augments, and programs, which makes replaying levels super fun and unique each time.
Disgaea 5 is yet another turn-based strategy RPG, but this one features an absolute ton of content. Seriously, it's pretty much never-ending. You'll recruit heroes, level them up to an insane 9,999 then do it all over again thanks to the rebirth system. Ridiculous, charming, and stupidly addictive.
When Valkyria Chronicles first launched on the PS3, it was a breath of fresh air as far as strategy is concerned. Mixing real-time movement and shooting with tactical turn-taking, this often gorgeous title was an early highlight of the generation. And now, it's been remastered on the PS4, and you know what? It's still really damn good.
Chucklefish's spin on Advance Wars has finally made it to PS4, and it's a great turn-based strategy game. Its charming retro art style hides a deceptively deep tactical experience that's all about positioning and resource management. With a lengthy campaign, arcade and puzzle modes, plus couch and online multiplayer, it's a jam-packed little package, too. A good choice for beginner tacticians.
The third and final instalment in the Banner Saga trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 is an emotional roller coaster as you watch the characters that you've come to know and love have their fates sealed. It can be a brutal experience, but the game does a superb job of wrapping everything up, and the strategic scenarios that it places before you are better than ever.
Shadow Tactics is a hardcore stealth game set in Edo period Japan in which you take control of a team of sneaky specialists in order to infiltrate a variety of unique environments. Your team members all have different personalities, which makes getting them to work together tricky at first, but over the course of time their relationships will develop and they'll improve. Devilishly difficult at points, but excellently executed.
3. XCOM 2 (PS4)
Of course, we couldn't possibly leave XCOM 2 off this list -- the dangerously addictive tactical strategy game in which you have to fight back against aliens that have taken over the planet. There are a bunch of different soldier classes to bring into battle with you, new enemies to fight, and loads of equipment to research and develop. Just be ready for that inevitable moment when your favourite agent is unceremoniously shot in the back by the alien that you failed to scout.
A glorious return to the series' roots, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is quite easily one of the best strategy titles available on Sony's system. It improves on the Valkyria formula in a number of ways, with more in-depth character interactions, some excellent map design, and a meaty selection memorable scenarios. As far as tactics go on PS4, you'll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable war.
Epic is an overused word, but Civilization VI is one of the few games genuinely worthy of it. You take a handful of settlers in 4000 BC, build a small city, and then attempt to grow it into a continent-spanning empire over the course of half a dozen millennia. From discovering the wheel to building the Sistine Chapel to witnessing the birth of Beethoven, Civilization VI is about growing the greatest nation on Earth from the humblest of beginnings, and no list of PS4's best strategy games could be complete without it.