What are the best PS4 strategy games? Well, that's a question we aim to answer right here. We've got a whopping 29 titles worth playing on PS4, proving that PC isn't the only home for tactical titles. Whether you're into sci-fi, fantasy, gritty war, or horror themes, we've got a strategy game for you here.
29. Inversus (PS4)
Inversus is a mind-bending strategy shooter played on a grid. One player is a black square, while the other is a white. Shoot and all of the tiles your bullet comes into contact with will flip to your colour, and the enemy can do the same. You can only travel on tiles of the same colour, and the same is true for your enemy, so it's a battle of wits to see who can trap and kill their opponent first.
X-Morph: Defense is also a hybrid, but this time of top-down shooter and tower defense. You play as an alien species known as the X-Morph, who are invading Earth to harvest its resources. To achieve this, you'll build a variety of towers and plan a bunch of traps for your human foes, then head out into battle to beat them up using alien weaponry. This is one for those that like to plan ahead, or just want something PS4 Pro Enhanced.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is the final chapter in the series whose name we can't possibly pronounce. The gameplay is split between adventure and battle mode, with the former revealing plot points in a lovely visual novel format, while the latter provides full on strategic battles. Combat is like a more action-focused Final Fantasy Tactics. You'll move your characters around on a tiled board, initiating an attack chain complete with QTEs and special effects to duff up the enemy.
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Tooth and Tail is a cutesy RTS that trades traditional weapons for animal-flavoured alternatives. Think flamethrowing boars, gas-lobbing skunks, and paratrooper owls that hurl on the enemy. It tells a darkly humorous tale of a civil war in which animals are duking it out to decide who tops the food chain. The maps are procedurally generated and designed for smaller sessions, leading to an awful lot of replayability.
Skulls of the Shogun takes inspiration from Advance Wars and gives it an undead samurai twist. It's a turn-based strategy that features a single player campaign and multiplayer, and sees you taking control of a group of characters on a tiled board.
Defender's Quest is a blend of tower defence and RPG. Instead of actual towers though, you'll order heroes to take up positions. They'll each level up, learn skills, and equip gear individually, which lets you tweak them to adapt to their own individual challenges.
Masquerada is another turn-based strategy RPG, but one with lovely comic book visuals. It's set in a Venetian-inspired city in which characters wear masks – called Mascherines – that grant them magic powers. Some solid storytelling combines with tricky tactical combat to create a rather unique experience.
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.
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.
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.