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.
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Nobunaga's Amibition rewinds time to the Warring States period of Japanese history, and challenges you to take over the world. If you've played the franchise before, this one introduces a clan system, a whole new battle system, and a new Historical Episode mode. Big and undeniably complex, it's not a tactical title for everyone, but once you're in, it's incredibly hard to tear yourself away.
SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy title in which you direct a team of steam-powered pirates throughout a variety of epic shootouts. The big feature here is that you can manually aim the gun, ricocheting bullets off walls to pull off some crazy shots. You can fully customise your recruits too, with a variety of abilities, weapons, and hats.
The spiritual successor to Theme Hospital is as addictive as its PSone predecessor, bringing a whole host of wacky viruses to the vibrant setting of Two Point County. While it lacks the headache-inducing depth of some titles on this list, Two Point Hospital retains its accessibility without losing any challenge, bringing a host of problems for budding medical tycoons to overcome.
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 Banner Saga 2 cranks the epic up a notch with new characters, including a new race, improved combat, and strategic options. Other than that, this is the strategy RPG franchise as you know and love it. More player choice, more varied battles, and more characters. Just about everything that you could want from a sequel.
Think you can build a prison that's nigh on impossible to escape from? Prison Architect is the game for you. As the name suggests, you can create a prison of your choosing. You can take good care of your prisoners and encourage rehabilitation, or be a cruel prison warden, treating your prisoners very poorly. The choice is yours.
Grand Kingdom is a tactical RPG in which you recruit a bunch of different units, assign them a formation, and coordinate them in battle. You can try and save the world from war in a single player campaign, or take the conflict online. It's got a nice art style, and a decent amount of action is woven into the combat system as you hit buttons to pull off various attacks.
Slay the Spire quietly released on PS4 in 2019, and it combines deck building and rogue-like elements to great effect. You must climb a randomly generated spire, engaging in tactical turn-based fights using cards and potions, and strategically building the ultimate deck along the way. Endlessly replayable with countless possible card combinations, this is an accessible but deep strategy title that may surprise you.
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.