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10 Best Xbox One Strategy Games That Will Tickle Your Brain!

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Are you dying to exercise your little grey cells with some fascinating new strategy games for Xbox One? Then you are in luck. The games we have collated here can challenge your brain power to its limits very effectively. You have to think and plan with care to accomplish your objectives or achieve victory.

Get to learn how to manage your resources, outsmart your rivals and figure out the best ways to control the elements of a game.

Besides putting your logical abilities to good use, there are stories which let you explore exciting virtual worlds too.

from 10th to first, browse all strategy games:

Product List Price
Angry Birds: Star Wars - Xbox One $27.42
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition - Xbox One Standard Edition $12.00
Worms Battlegrounds Xbox One $31.96
Smite Beta Keys: Xbox One N/A
This War Of Mine: The Little Ones (Xbox One) $24.99

#10. Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds StarWars

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When you introduce the Angry Birds into the enchanting universe of Star Wars, get ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

Make the most of the Force and the Lightsaber to vanquish the Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the Tatooine deserts to the Pig Star. And there you will come face to face with the evil lord of the Pigs, Darth Vader. As the game moves forward, find out if you have it in you to become a Jedi Master, and if you can lead the galaxy to its freedom.

More food for thought

  • The game features a competitive mode for 2 to 4 players and, a 2-player cooperative mode.
  • 20 new levels have been exclusively created for the console game.
  • The engrossing gameplay goes on for 25 hours and across 200 levels and more.
  • You also get to unlock the R2-D2 and C-3PO bonus levels and associated content.
  • Enjoy crisp visuals, stunning challenges and commendable application of Physics.

 

#9. Toy Soldiers: War Chest

Toy Soldiers: War Chest

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In this game, you will get to choose from 4 different armies to command and battle with your enemies. Each army comes with distinct skills, play styles, abilities and personalities.

Kaiser leads disciplined German forces from WWI era. Starbright presents an adorable but powerful army of Ponies, Pixies and Buddy Bears.

The Dark Lord on the other hand, is unbeatable when it comes to tactics and has supernatural men, monsters and dragons at his beck and call. Phantom is known for her Ghost Company and hails from the future. Her army has mastered the art of guerilla warfare and knows how to employ deadly technology successfully.

More food for thought

  • You get to lead from the strategic level, and place, upgrade or take direct command of turrets or heroes to destroy your foes.
  • Success will be yours if you couple strategic expertise with clever utilization of resources and a steady aim to kill.
  • Every week, new challenge maps are added. If you complete all 5 missions within 7 days, then you will be rewarded with new units, upgrades and currency to build your army.
  • The multiplayer mode lets you enjoy an exhilarating 1v1 competition with your friend to find out whose army is better. You have to defend your toy box and plan your best attacks simultaneously. You can also team up with your buddy to fight against other teams of toys in the 2v2 mode.
  • It is possible to play split screen on the same console or you can also play online with your buddies. Experience the thrills of main campaign, survival, weekly wars or multiplayer maps with them.

 

#8. CastleStorm: Definitive Edition

CastleStorm - Definitive Edition

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Inspired by the concept of building and destroying Lego castles, Castlestorm brings you the excitement of intense strategy and destruction.

There are rumors of war between the Knights and the Vikings in the air. And medieval warfare is about to be combined with 2D physics based annihilation.

You will have to control the battle in real time, efficiently employ medieval artillery, face a terrible ground attack and use powerful spells to attain victory. The range of weaponry includes Homing Eagles, Apple Grenades, Morningstars, and flying sheep among many others.

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More food for thought

  • The game comprises of the original campaign and 2 extra expansions such as From Outcast to Savior and, The Warrior Queen.
  • There are 20 new single player battles and 4 extreme survival battles for you to enjoy.
  • Make the most out of the 10 new magic spells in the game.
  • Features like enhanced graphics, advanced particles and real time shadows add to the fun of playing Castlestorm.
  • A full screen split-screen mode, online multiplayer and a custom castle editor are the other advantages to watch out for.

 

#7. Worms Battlegrounds

Worms Battlegrounds

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Get together with your near and dear ones to pursue self improvement, achieve world domination and explode sheep. The game comes with tons of worms, numerous landscapes, dynamic water, a vast collection of weapons and ample scope for customization.

Enjoy the classic 2D gameplay while admiring brilliant high definition 3D visuals.

Interesting lighting effects, enhanced single player experience and multiple features for social interaction make this game a must have.

Form your own mighty clan with buddies and other Worms Battlegrounds players and give it a name of your choice.

You can design your emblem and promote other gamers to enact the role of leaders and officers. Enter your clan into the league and unite everyone’s efforts to win trophies.

In the story mode of the game, introduction of physics based contraptions has added a lot of variety.

The availability of countless unique machinery makes it an immensely enjoyable experience. Defeating your enemies is not enough. You also have to manipulate swinging rope bridges and rescue friends from deadly traps.

More food for thought

  • Use the game DVR to store your epic moments from the game, to show them to others or in case you simply want to relive your handiwork.
  • Features include multiplayer clan leagues, clan support, clan emblem editor, companion website, day to night lighting changes, landscape editor etc.
  • There are more than 200 individual customization items offered for the worms.
  • Make the most out of 65 weapons and utilities for the battles. The 10 impressive items out of them are, Mega Mortar, Gravedigger, Winged Monkey, Worm Charm, Oxygen, Whoopsie Cushion, Bovine Blitz, Aqua Pack, Teleport Raygun, and The Equiliser.
  • 4 improved worm classes are included which feature novel abilities.
  • The game is set over 5 enchanting environments such as Viking, Feudal Japan, Inca, Prehistoric and Industrial Revolution.
  • Advantages also encompass multiplayer Deathmatch and Fort modes, 25 single player story missions and 10 “Worm-Ops” time attack missions.
  • Last but not the least, the fastest times from the Worm-Ops missions are recorded and you can view them on the leaderboards.

 

#6. Starpoint Gemini 2

Starpoint Gemini 2

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This tactical space simulator offers the depth of role playing games. Get to roam the limitless expanse of the galaxy in your spaceship in 3D.

But don’t be fooled by the inviting appeal of the space. 2 years have passed since the end of the second Gemini war and the situation is still very much unresolved.

The Gemini League comprising of the freedom fighters is now a puny group without leaders and power. And the Empire has utilized the reopened Starpoint to take over the Gemini sector and beyond. Imperial warship fleets and massive motherships have destroyed all signs of opposition.

But now all of a sudden, the focus is shifted on fortifying the Starpoint, since rumors hint that something terrible is about to come through the T-gate. Something that has caused even the powerful Empire to sit up! So, gear up for an awe-inspiring journey with dark secrets and unbelievable twists which will finally reveal the baffling truth.

More food for thought

  • Relish a complex but convenient RPG system combined with dynamic real-time 3D battles.
  • Get to explore the entire dynamic game world instead of individual maps.
  • In order to travel faster around the Gemini system, you can utilize T-gates, riftways and wormholes.
  • The game presents 50 different factions like states, companies and outlaws embroiled in the struggle for power. And there are over 100 commodities to plunder or trade.
  • Exclusive revocable licenses can be obtained from factions, and they offer bonuses and new options.
  • You can recruit mercenary captains to accompany you on your adventure and share your destiny. Also hire officers for chief positions on your ship in areas like engineering, navigation and tactical actions.
  • Based on your actions and allegiances, random missions will get generated.
  • Pick from more than 70 distinct ships which you can upgrade with multiple ship systems, visible turrets, and myriad potent weapons to destroy enemies in seconds.
  • You will be wowed by the advanced physics used in this game. Also note that direct ship controls lead to complete immersion.
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#5. Massive Chalice

MASSIVE CHALICE

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Among the best strategy games for Xbox One, Massive Chalice deserves a special mention. Here you play as an immortal ruler who has to protect his kingdom from a devilish force called the Cadence. The very touch of this powerful enemy can be fatal for humans.

The huge chalice, on the other hand is a magical item which will advise you in your fight against the Cadence.

The chalice can itself drive out the enemy from your kingdom but needs 3 centuries to accrue the magical energy for it.

In the strategy mode of the game, you can take long-run decisions as time passes by. And in the tactical mode, you get to command groups of heroes to participate in turn-based combats against the Cadence. Remember that the heroes can be sent to only one location at a time. So you have to decide which battle is more crucial.

More food for thought

  • The heroes are mortal unlike you, and may not survive their confrontation with the enemy. So in the strategy mode, bloodlines have to be established for breeding future generations of heroes.
  • You can retire a hero to make him the ruler of a noble house, and arrange his or her marriage with the hero from another house. New heroes henceforth born, have both generic and personality traits of their parents.
  • Couples of the same gender cannot have children of their own. But the chalice can find babies from different parts of the kingdom, to be adopted by such couples. Though such children have different genes, they inherit the personality of their parents.
  • Heroes originally belong to 3 classes. The Caberjacks use battering-ram like cabers, Hunters employ huge crossbows for attacks, and Alchemists use bladed Throwers to pitch explosives.
  • Young heroes maybe faster than others but not as intelligent. And very aged heroes maybe weaker but much wiser in comparison.

 

#4. The Banner Saga

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This Viking saga is driven by a single player and his choices in travel, combat and conversation. So your decisions will not only affect the outcome of your story but also impact the survival of the civilization involved.

The Banner Saga’s core is inspired by games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force, where the player gets to build and control a group of characters with the right abilities. So you will have to establish relationships with the characters in a way which helps you, achieve the final result.

The theme of the game revolves around the Dredge, a race that abhors humans and is led by Bellower. You along with your caravan have been sent to battle against this race and find Bellower’s weakness.

More food for thought

  • The artwork of the game constitutes mainly of hand drawn characters, backgrounds and animation sequences. According to the developer, the city will evolve as the story progresses.
  • Enjoy the beautifully orchestrated music of the game composed by Austin Wintory. It features the works of soloists like Peter Hollens, Malukah, Taylor Davis and Johann Sigurdarson.

 

#3. DG2: Defense Grid 2

DG2 Defense Grid 2

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As the sequel to Defense Grid: The Awakening, this game has been developed by Hidden Path Entertainment to thrill your brain cells with style. It is considered as one of the best tower defense games till date. You will come across many new worlds and conflicts which challenge your strategy making powers effectively.

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More food for thought

  • The story campaign brings you 21 remarkable maps, dynamic level movement and a detailed story with intriguing characters.
  • Experience numerous challenge mode experiences, all new multiplayer modes and the scope to build your own levels. The audio score is procedurally driven.
  • You will get to relish the DG Architect, a tool set for level creation which is connected to Steam Workshop. So not only can you create exclusive levels, but you can also share and sell them if chosen.

 

#2. Smite

SMITE

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While looking for the top Xbox One strategy games, don’t miss out on Smite. Developed by Hi-Rez Studios, it is a third person multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA game. The close-up third person camera makes you feel intensely involved in the fights.

Being the battleground of powerful gods like Hercules, Zeus, and Medusa, you have to get ready for some explosive action.

You can assume the role of your preferred god from an extensive cast, and then employ their awesome powers to defeat the opposition in 5v5 team matches. There are more than 60 gods, demigods, and mythical monsters to choose from.

More food for thought

  • The game’s customizable controls can be easily accessed. The intuitive controller supports of many of its systems have been enhanced without losing functionality.
  • In the in-match store, you will come across a wide variety of clickable items to personalize your chosen god.
  • Actions are extremely realistic and the fast pace of the game doesn’t let you get bored. You will need to communicate and cooperate effectively to survive and win this game.
  • A special feature of Smite is the free-to-play pricing model which helps you to unlock every character organically without any investment.

 

#1. This War of Mine: The Little Ones

This War Of Mine - The Little Ones

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A wonderful mix of action, adventure, strategy and simulation, this game makes you see the impact of war through the eyes of civilians and especially children. You are in charge of a group of adults and children who are struggling to survive in a besieged city.

There is a dire shortage of food, medicines and danger lurks around every corner.

Every day you live will be a test of your abilities, wits and decision making powers.

During the day you won’t be able to leave your refuge, because of the snipers outside. So you have to utilize the time to maintain your hideout, and focus on crafting, trading and looking after the civilians. And at night, you have to take one of your people with you to hunt the city for items that will help you to live another day.

Most importantly, try to protect the little ones from the ravages of war as much as possible.

Don’t forget, that even during the worst of times, they laugh, cry, play and view the world from a different angle. And their future is completely in your hands.

More food for thought

  • Experience very grim, realistic and engrossing lifelike events as the game moves forward.
  • You have to take unforgiving life-or-death decisions which may have emotional consequences.
  • The range of craft items includes beds, stoves, toys, alcohol, weapons and more.
  • Either deal with random or pre-defined scenarios, or feel free to fabricate your own scenarios and characters.

 

In conclusion

The best strategy Xbox One games make you ponder constantly about the next move, next decision and the next outcome.

So try out the games mentioned above to find out which ones meet your preferences perfectly.

Or tell us which of these do you think, will interest you the most.

And if we have forgotten to mention a really cool strategy game here, then please do remind us.

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