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Best Strategy Game of 2022

Best Strategy Game of 2022 - Article

by Paul Broussard , posted on 15 January 2023 / 2,224 Views

It was the year of the spin-offs in the strategy genre, with a number of major players in other genres, and indeed other mediums altogether, trying their hand at creating strategy games. Mario & Rabbids likely took no one by surprise this time around, but Marvel's Midnight Suns and Dune: Spice Wars saw major book/film franchises providing solid entries into the genre. Contrasting these new entrants is the genre vet - no strategy game list would be complete without an entry from Creative Assembly, and the Total War: Warhammer sub-series delivered once again. Who would be the champion of the strategy genre this year?

    

The Shortlist:

   

Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

   

Dune: Spice Wars

   

Marvel's Midnight Suns

    

Total War: Warhammer III

    

    

    

   

The Runner-Up:

Dune: Spice Wars

Like the book series it's based on, Dune: Spice Wars has a lot going on behind the scenes, including a variety of systems ranging from voting, purchasing, espionage, technology, land management, and more. Despite this, Spice Wars manages to keep things relatively accessible and easy to get into. Shiro Games' experience in crafting deep and compelling strategy titles shines through once again, and with Dune: Spice Wars it's created one of the most enjoyable strategy experiences of the year.

   

     

   

The Winner:

Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Mario has done just about everything. He's taught us typing, competed at the Olympics, got stuck inside a painting (four times), played soccer, and took on a quack career in medicine, and those are just the spin-offs. Oh yeah, he also has a surprisingly good strategy series as well. Sparks of Hope continues this trend, with its solid, X-Com style gameplay delivering once again, and combined with a charming atmosphere and story, it's hard not to appreciate Mario's latest foray into another genre.


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7 Comments
Mnementh (on 15 January 2023)

Hmm, as much fun Mario+Rabbids is, I kinda feel like it misses the complexities of other strategy game and feels casual. And yes, sometimes the casual experience is a good one. So maybe I should shut up.

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2zosteven Mnementh (on 15 January 2023)

agreed!!!

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SecondWar 2zosteven (on 15 January 2023)

With which bit?

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Qwark Mnementh (on 16 January 2023)

The first one was good fun, I haven't played the second one yet. But I understand that it lacks complexity to an extend. On the other hand Xcom is needlessly complex at times with its 99% missed shots. Nothing goes above divinity imo.

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Kakadu18 (on 15 January 2023)

Solid year for strategy games.

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Chazore (on 16 January 2023)

When Warhammer can't win at Strat, but a Mario game can, you know the genre is in the gutter of quality choices...

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Slownenberg (on 15 January 2023)

Not surprising on the winner. Haven't played it yet but the first game was top notch.

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