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SegmentNext Awards: Best Strategy Game of 2013

Some of the strategy games in 2013 had to face a lot of controversies from long-time RTS fans. But games like DOTA 2, XCOM: Enemy Within, and Pikmin 3 managed to win the hearts of millions.

I hope you aren’t sick of reading the same format over and over again. A quick look at the nominees and then straight to our pick of the best strategy game of 2013:

  • Dota 2
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Total War Rome 2
  • Pikmin 3
  • Company of Heroes 2

The winner is Total War: Rome 2.

Now, I know there are a lot of people who had the experience of playing Rome: Total War and anxiously waited for a sequel; which didn’t meet their expectations. And I also agree that it was quite buggy rather broken at launch, which got fixed in later updates. Nonetheless, the game is quite fun to play if not great.

Rome 2 features around 117 Factions which are further divided into four cultural groups. These cultural groups are Roman, Barbarian, Eastern, and Hellenistic. Each of them has its own attributes and singleplayer campaign.

As far as visuals are concerned, the game looks absolutely stunning. Individual soldiers tend to have their distinctive expressions, animations, and morphology.

You’ll often hear some backchat from them; especially during waiting for their opponents. The game has depicted Rome and other areas of the Europe to almost perfection. The colors are far more vibrant than the other RTS games which give it a more real feel. You can also zoom-in to an individual character and see him fidget when his companions around him get killed.

The game does suffer from a lot of AI and complex interface issues; just like the previous Total War games. Although the recent patches have improved the AI behavior a bit, they still act like stubborn idiots or too reactive, sometimes.

Altogether, the game is pretty decent to play; keeping the issues aside. It does lack in the replay value, but the overall experience is fun.

Runner-Up: XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within has achieved what most games don’t and i.e. satisfying newbies and veterans alike.

For those who don’t know, Enemy Within is almost identical to Enemy Unknown but with the addition of new maps, enemy kinds, customization options, and new missions. So make no mistake, it’s not the very same game you played last year but offers a whole new experience.

XCOM: Enemy Within defines the franchise and takes it to a whole new level. You might come across some flaws here and there, but it’s nothing that will ruin the gameplay. A must play!