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What are the best PS4 strategy games? The PS4 has a surprising number of options for fans of tactical games. Whether you like real-time strategy or turn-based battles, there are more PS4 strategy games than you might think. Here's our list of what we think are PS4's best strategical experiences. If you want to read up on the best PS4 games in general, hit the link.

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Best PS4 Strategy Games

Below is a list of the best PS4 strategy games, presented in no particular order. These are our favourite tactical PS4 games, as decided by our editorial team.

XCOM 2 (PS4)

XCOM 2 (PS4)XCOM 2 (PS4)
Publisher: 2K Games / Developer: Firaxis Games
Release Date: 27th Sep 2016 (USA) / 30th Sep 2016 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

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.

Bad North (PS4)

Bad North (PS4)Bad North (PS4)
Publisher: Raw Fury / Developer: Plausible Concept
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

If you're new to real-time strategy games, Bad North could be worth a try. Mixing rogue-lite elements with very basic strategy, the game has you moving from island to island, defending each one from an onslaught of baddies. You'll never be quite sure which direction enemies are coming from, and unit types all have their pros and cons. As you slowly build up your forces and knowledge, you'll discover a game with surprising nuance beneath the simple visuals.

PixelJunk Monsters 2 (PS4)

PixelJunk Monsters 2 (PS4)PixelJunk Monsters 2 (PS4)
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft / Developer: Q-Games
Release Date: 25th May 2018 (USA) / 25th May 2018 (UK/EU)

Probably the cutest strategy game on PS4 is PixelJunk Monsters 2. This is a sequel to the beloved tower defence title, and carries over much of what made the original so great. The new art style looks wonderful, and there's a simple joy in plotting out your defences and having them lay waste to all the encroaching bad guys. Easy to learn but surprisingly tricky, this is an addictive, cheerful strategy game you can play alone or in co-op.

Tropico 6 (PS4)

Tropico 6 (PS4)Tropico 6 (PS4)
Publisher: Kalypso Media / Developer: Limbic Entertainment
Release Date: 27th Sep 2019 (USA) / 27th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Tropico 6 puts you in the shoes of a dictator in charge of a tropical island, and it's your job to transform it from a poor, dishevelled place into a thriving metropolis. The tongue-in-cheek strategy game will have you using all kinds of nefarious tactics in order to get ahead, including stealing the world's most famous landmarks. The Tropico series often flies under the radar, but it's a quietly brilliant set of strategy games, and the latest is another cracker.

The Banner Saga (PS4)

The Banner Saga (PS4)The Banner Saga (PS4)
Publisher: Versus Evil / Developer: Stoic
Release Date: 12th Jan 2016 (USA) / 12th Jan 2016 (UK/EU)

The Banner Saga is a haunting tactical RPG that's part visual novel — complete with weighty player choice — and part strategic, grid-based battles. You'll assist a great cast of personalities on an epic journey throughout a frozen, Norse-inspired wilderness, making difficult decisions, losing characters in battle, and managing your supplies.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (PS4)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (PS4)Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (PS4)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 31st Jul 2015 (USA) / 31st Jul 2015 (UK/EU)

It's time to d-d-d-d-d-d-d-duel! Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is, of course, a card battler based on the popular anime and manga property. Build a deck, challenge other players online, and feel really good about yourself when you win. Ridiculous hair products sold separately, sadly.

Hitman Go: Definitive Edition (PS4)

Hitman Go: Definitive Edition (PS4)Hitman Go: Definitive Edition (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix Montreal
Release Date: 23rd Feb 2016 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2016 (UK/EU)

Hitman GO is exactly what you'd imagine a board game based on Hitman would be like. You painstakingly make your way around a board avoiding enemies and traps to reach your assassination target at the end. Enemies move when you move, so you'll have to use cunning to get past them in this unique spin on strategy.

Worms W.M.D (PS4)

Worms W.M.D (PS4)Worms W.M.D (PS4)
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Team 17
Release Date: 23rd Aug 2016 (USA) / 23rd Aug 2016 (UK/EU)

If you grew up playing Worms with your friends late into the night, Worms W.M.D is the strategy choice for you. It brings back the hand drawn 2D visuals and introduces new weapons, crafting, vehicles, and buildings to the turn-based action. There's even a campaign, with 30 levels to blast your way through.

Cities: Skylines - PlayStation 4 Edition (PS4)

Cities: Skylines - PlayStation 4 Edition (PS4)Cities: Skylines - PlayStation 4 Edition (PS4)
Publisher: Paradox Interactive / Developer: Colossal Order
Release Date: 15th Aug 2017 (USA) / 15th Aug 2017 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Hankering for Sim City? Cities: Skylines might just do it for you. You have to build the city of your dreams, from a quiet beach town to an industrial metropolis. Whatever your heart desires, you can build here. You do have to pay close attention to your cities amenities though, if you want people to live there – and happily.

Desperados III (PS4)

Desperados III (PS4)Desperados III (PS4)
Publisher: THQ Nordic / Developer: Mimimi Productions
Release Date: 16th Jun 2020 (USA) / 16th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

The Desperados series makes its grand return on PS4 with the third instalment, and it's a great real-time strategy game. Putting you in the boots of various characters in a deadly wild west environment, you'll work your way through varied maps, whittling down enemies with unique character abilities and stealthy manoeuvres. From the developer behind Shadow Tactics (which also features in this list), this is a rootin' tootin' good time.