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Best Strategy/Simulation Game of 2015

Best Strategy/Simulation Game of 2015 - Article

by Tyler Treese , posted on 06 January 2016 / 7,367 Views

2015 was a delightful year for fans of simulation and strategy games. We were treated to the first good city-building game in years thanks to the release of Cities: SkylinesStarcraft II wrapped up its five year journey in strong fashion, Kerbal Space Program finally came out of beta, both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 were stunningly remastered, and the darkly humorous Prison Architect came out of Early Access.

Below is the official VGChartz staff shortlist and the winner of our Best Strategy/Simulation Game of 2015 award. We've also added a note at the end reporting on the results of the community poll for this category.


The Nominees:


Kerbal Space Program


Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void 

Homeworld Remastered Collection


Cities: Skylines



Prison Architect





And the Winner is...


Cities: Skylines

Community's Choice - Cities: Skylines (with 20% of the votes)

Cities in Motion developer Colossal Order made the successful transition from business simulation to city-building with Cities: Skylines. Remarkably, it was the first well-received city-building game in several years; 2013's SimCity and 2015's Cities XXL were largely panned by critics and consumers alike and so paved the way for a new, better rival franchise.

And what a way to kick that franchise off. Accessible but deep, attractive, and full of options, Cities: Skylines is a highly addictive city-building sandbox that perfectly marries the two genres that this award is dedicated to and it deserves every bit of success it's already managed to achieve. Cities: Skylines is our Best Strategy/Simulation Game of 2015.

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Chazore (on 06 January 2016)

Definitely deserved it and such a great City sim game at that. Also a million times better than Sim City and with full on welcomed mod support too.

Shikamo (on 06 January 2016)

I love Kerbal and Cities Two Amazing Games <3

SuperNintend0rk (on 06 January 2016)

I figured LotV would win this given the massive popularity of SC2 but I'm glad to see Cities get some much deserved recognition!

Chazore (on 06 January 2016)

I thought so too but I feel Cities deserved it for simply giving us the SIm City game we've pined years for.

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slab_of_bacon (on 07 January 2016)

I totally voted for this game. There were a lot of good choices but I have been waiting for Sim City 4's successor for a long time. Also, glad to see a chip come off of the EA empire.

Azzanation (on 06 January 2016)

Really Homeworld didn't win this category either? Cities is a great game though

Chazore (on 06 January 2016)

Homeworld could have also won, I do hope Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak due this month wins something this year.

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Machina (on 07 January 2016)

I was disappointed in the lack of Homeworld love too :(

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S.Peelman (on 06 January 2016)

Cool. Cities is great. Finally, fi-na-lly a city builder that's actually good after well over a decade. If Planet Coaster then also turns out to be good I'll be one happy Peelman. Besides this, I'm interested in Prison Architect. Looks fun, reminds me of Theme Hospital, and old fashioned games like that, which is great. Waiting for a retail release, or maybe a cheaper mobile version. 30 bucks for a digital only Steam game is way, way too much.

Miguel_Zorro (on 06 January 2016)

Looks like I'm going to have to try Cities: Skylines. It must be solid if it beat Kerbal Space Program and Starcraft 2.

topolino227 (on 06 January 2016)

I would have been pissed if not Cities Skylines, Awesome Game ! #FuckEA They gave us an insane Game exactly like we wanted it to be, not this crap EA released with Sim City 5 !

RenCutypoison (on 06 January 2016)

5 nominees and the winner has 20% of the votes. I'm no good with maths but something sounds weird here.

WoodenPints (on 06 January 2016)

Yup if the winner has 20% then all the other 4 have 20% so the community choice must be a 5 way tie.

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Zkuq (on 06 January 2016)

Maybe I'm thinking of some other voting, but I think there were more nominees. It could be that it's just the most popular ones that are listed here, or the ones nominated by the staff.

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Symbolic (on 06 January 2016)

There were 17 options in the community choice. I'm not sure why they're not including the full breakdown on the community choice in these articles, but you can find the graphs here: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=211686

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Symbolic (on 06 January 2016)

There were 17 options in the community choice poll. I'm not sure why they're not including the full breakdown of the community choice, but you can find all the graphs in the "Official GOTY 2015 Voting Thread" by Machina (I'd post a direct link, but it seems like VGC blocks posts with URLs in them).

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Miguel_Zorro (on 06 January 2016)

Posts with URLs aren't blocked, they just go for moderator approval because they're frequently from spambots.

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Symbolic (on 06 January 2016)

Ah. That's nice to know, Miguel. I'm new here and no message about pending approval (at least, I didn't see one if there was one) or whatnot led me to believe that standard users or newer users were unable to post links.

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busbfran (on 07 January 2016)

kairosoft should be in this list.

theprof00 (on 07 January 2016)

How does a game win out of 5 with 20% of the votes? Did all the games get 20%?? lol Great game though

VXIII (on 07 January 2016)

There are more than 5 nominees for the community to chose from:

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kooltrex (on 06 January 2016)

Never really got into this genre.