Strategy games are some of the most difficult–yet rewarding–games there are. They allow players to really put their brains to use, using their thinking skills to come up with and initiate strategies and plans for completing objectives and coming out on top.
These kinds of games are typically best-played on PC, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a blast to play on consoles. Here in this article, I’m going to be sharing with you what my top picks are for the BEST Strategy Games For PS5, ranking each of them from the good to the great.
#6 Company of Heroes 3
Company of Hero’s 3 is a WWII-era real-time strategy game that takes place across the Mediterranean. You’ll be able to choose from several different factions and use a huge number of different unit types to dominate the battlefield and control the tide of war.
There are many different things that you can do in-game in order to win the war, such as using spies to get information from behind enemy lines, deploying air strikes to hit special targets, etc. I recommend this game if you love history, especially WW2-era stuff. It feels pretty accurate to the time, which for many people is a must when it comes to historical games.
If you are going to buy it, I must warn you that you should probably wait until the game has more content. It was released in a pretty unfinished state, and is only just now starting to look like what it should have at launch. I’d also recommend you wait for a sale… DON’T buy it at full price, as what we do have now isn’t worth $60. Even with these issues, its still a really fun game.
#5 Crusader Kings III
Next on this list of the Top 7 Best Strategy Games for PS5, I want to talk about Crusader Kings III. The Crusader Kings franchise is one that I wish more people would play. It’s a really fun game that manages to stay pretty realistic/true to the time period it takes place in. In this game, you will be able to create your very own dynasty and lead it to victory as you spread your influence over Europe.
The game manages to combine grand strategy with cutthroat politics. Your character will have offspring and will pass on their genes to their children, which will in tern affect how they rule once they are crowned king or queen. There is a big emphasis on managing your own dynasty and choosing how your heirs are influenced in addition to the army raising and battle tactics you’d expect from strategy games like this one.
#4 XCOM 2
XCOM 2 is widely regarded as being one of the best tactics/strategy games out there, and this isn’t without good reason. XCOM 2 is a science fiction game, taking place on Earth after it has been invaded and assimilated into an alien empire. You are a part of the resistance, and must fight against the alien threat to liberate Earth and save humanity. The premise may not sound that original, but it’s still a great story none-the-less.
But chances are, you’re not here for the story, you’re here for the strategy. Well, if you want something challenging you’ve found the right game. XCOM 2 is considered by many to be one of the more difficult games in the strategy genre. Many levels can get brutal and unforgiving, especially in the later parts of the game. I don’t recommend it if you are new to the strategy genre.
If you are able to get past those difficult hurdles, you’ll find a game that is very satisfying and rewarding to play. It’s a turn-based strategy in which you control a squad of resistance fighters. You’ll need to navigate them through levels, using the environment and their own equipment to successfully make it out alive and complete various objectives. XCOM 3 is rumored to be releasing sometime in the future, so if you’ve never played the games before now is a good time to try ’em.
The PS4 version of Stellaris: Console Edition works great on the PlayStation 5. While I do think the PC version is the definitive way to play, if you prefer to play on console this is a perfectly fine way to play. In case you haven’t heard of it, Stellaris is a 4X grand-strategy game set in the distant future. You can create and customize your very own alien empire, choosing from a variety of different species traits, government types, and ethics that will completely shape your society and how you play the game.
I honestly consider this to be the ultimate sci-fi game, given the amount of freedom in what kinds of civilizations you want to create and the options for how you want to interact with the rest of the galaxy. You can be a peaceful civilization that doesn’t stray away from its home system, a galaxy spanning empire that enslaves any populations it comes across, and everything in-between.
And of course, the way you build your society and how you chose to win the game is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many different ways to achieve success in your goals, with numerous ways to build your fleets and unleash them upon enemies. If you want to do your fighting indirectly, you can always engage in diplomacy with other alien races and have them do your fighting for you.
#2 Civilization VI
While this game hasn’t received a next-gen version for the PS5, the PS4 version is still perfectly playable on the console. Civilization VI is without a doubt one of my most FAVORITE strategy games. This is a turn-based 4X game in which you choose from one of many different civilizations found in the history books. Once you choose your civilization, you’ll then need to explore, research new technologies, settle new lands, and build up strong armies to defend or attack other civilizations.
There are many different ways to strategize, and what one works best really depends on what kind of civilization you want to build. You can focus on researching technologies for a scientific victory. You can put all your effort on building up a large army to go for a domination victory, etc. Speaking of which, there are many different unit types for you to create, each with their own pros and cons.
Like many good strategy games, there is a very high amount of replay-ability. Each civilization has their own unique traits that makes a play through with one civilization completely different than a play through with another. Factor in the random spawn points and option for randomly generated maps and you have a game that will never get old.
#1 Baldur’s Gate 3
Last but most certainly not least, it’s the much-loved role-playing game Baulder’s Gate 3! If you are a fan of both strategy games and RPGs, I can’t recommend this game highly enough. Baulder’s Gate 3 is set in a vast, high-fantasy world heavily inspired by games like Dungeons & Dragons. The game allows you to create and customize your own character, who can have unique traits that dramatically change how they play the game.
The game is party-based, and relies heavily on your character working with their teammates to kill enemies and complete quests. If you love games like this where each character has their own set of skills and weapons, then this is a great game for you. The role-playing elements and strategy work well together to create a fun and tactical experience that can be very rewarding when you learn how it all works.