What are the best strategy games on PS4? If you like your games to challenge your grey matter, strategy games are likely some of your favourites. On PS4, there's a wide selection of tactical titles to tackle.
Generally speaking, strategy games can be boiled down into two main types. Turn-based strategy games have you and the enemy taking turns to trade blows and make moves, while real-time strategy games have all sides moving around at once. The results can be surprisingly different, but both forms of strategy games can be super rewarding to play.
Some examples of turn-based strategy on PS4 include the addictive deck-builder Slay the Spire, the retro-styled Wargroove, and of course, the brilliant XCOM 2. On the real-time side of things, you have the likes of Tropico 6, Desperados III, and Jurassic World Evolution 2.
There's a lot of variety as you can see, and they all come recommended. However, when picking the best of the bunch, we're gonna need your help. As with all our lists, this feature is based entirely on ratings from our readers. User ratings fuel these pages, dictating which games appear and in what order, meaning these are representative of the Push Square community's favourite strategy titles. Use the below search bar to find strategy games on PS4, then leave your ratings to make an impact on the list.
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Anyway, enough waffle: here are the best strategy games on PS4, chosen by you.
What do you get if you cross Ubisoft, superheroes, and a bunch of foul-mouthed friends made of felt? The answer is South Park: The Fractured But Whole, of course. This sequel to the also brilliant South Park: The Stick of Truth swaps out fantasy for modern vigilante justice, as your custom character joins forces with Cartman's crew to fight evil. Featuring strategic turn-based combat, the titular town to explore, and all the absurd humour you'd expect, this is a highly entertaining game for fans and newcomers.
Vanillaware's immaculate track record could have easily gone off the rails with 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim — a visual novel and strategy hybrid that's a far cry from the action RPGs that the studio has become known for. But the finished product is arguably the developer's most impactful game yet. Fantastic characters and a an utterly gripping narrative make 13 Sentinels a borderline masterpiece in terms of storytelling. A genuine treat for your eyes and your brain.
3. XCOM 2 (PS4)
The inspiration for many console strategy games these days, XCOM 2 is a superb tactics title that taxes your grey matter and forces you to think thoughtfully about any and every decision you make. With real consequences on the line, this is not for the faint of heart – but that’s what makes it so utterly involving from start-to-finish.
SEGA's painterly strategy series all started with the original Valkyria Chronicles — a touching wartime tale which follows the brilliantly named Welkin Gunther. Under his command, Squad 7 looks to protect its homeland against the seemingly unstoppable empire. In its lovely visual style and engaging tactical gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles quickly established itself as a modern classic in the strategy RPG genre, and this remaster is the best way to play it on PlayStation.
When it comes to gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the most fleshed-out title in SEGA's strategy series. It builds on the property's trademark mix of real-time movement and command-based action really well, adding new unit types, character integrations, and battlefield hazards. The story's still pretty good, too, following yet another ragtag band of soldiers as they fight for their homeland. A little slow to get properly started, perhaps, but a tactical treat once you're in the trenches.
That does it for our list of the best strategy games on PS4. Do you agree with what's on this list? Whether you do or don't, remember that these lists will grow and change depending on user ratings left by you and your fellow readers. You can use the search bar at the top of the article or the site-wide search function to find games and leave your ratings, and they will help shape this list. If you think a game is missing from our PlayStation Games Database, let us know and we'll get it added.