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#1 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (125 posts) -

I have not got much to write about but I am wondering what your favorite Turn based strategy game in this Decade.

#2 Posted by RedRavN (414 posts) -

I have always liked the HOMM series on PC. HOMMVI was pretty good and I think an improvement over 5.

#3 Posted by Nightriff (5365 posts) -

Civ4, I really want to play 5, just waiting for it to go on sale again.

#4 Posted by Spoonman671 (4777 posts) -

I like Civilization because it's easy to play and you don't have to deal with a lot of the bullshit that the Japanese strategy games shove in there, such as having to keep two characters away from each other because they don't like each other.  That said, I also have a hard time developing a broad, general strategy in Civ games.  I tend to take the game one decision at a time, maybe with a particular victory type in mind, but not a clear, definitive path to that victory.  I feel like that tends to minimize the actual strategy involved.  That's probably not a fault with the game, just the way I play it.  Civ 5 is probably my favorite, but I really like Civilization Revolution's simplicity as well.
 
I was a pretty big Fire Emblem fan up until Radiant Dawn came out.  That game had some solid gameplay mechanics, and the control you had over each character's growth and role was great, but the game was at odds with itself.  You never knew which group you were going to be commanding next, and whether or not some characters would still be in that group, or elsewhere for story reasons.  By the time the final battle rolls around, the game just hands you a bunch of high-level characters with special abilities that are probably better than most of the characters you've been cultivating throughout the entire game.  The game really turned me off the series, but Path of Radiance is still pretty awesome, though it lacks most of Radiant Dawn's character customization options.
 
I guess I'll go with Valkyria Chronicles with my answer, though I'm not a fan of the PSP sequel.  I like the idea of permanent character deaths, and VC made it so you didn't have to reload a save when one of your better units got killed, like I usually do in the Fire Emblem games.  Instead, you're able to swap in a new character of the same class, since you level up entire classes in the game, instead of just individual characters.  Also, it's pretty.
 
But none of this matters because my answer will change in two week when XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes out.  So excited!

#5 Posted by StarvingGamer (8559 posts) -

This decade? You mean the 2010's? Uhhh, I guess Valkyria Chronicles II? But you're really not giving me much to choose from here.

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#7 Posted by Irvandus (2899 posts) -

Tough, I can't think of anything super great recently, which is what I think your asking? My old favorites were the Fire Emblem series but my refusal to buy a 3DS has kept me away from the series since Radiant Dawn, which is a fantastic game. More recently I would say CIV 5. Not really the same thing but turn based strategy is kind of a dead genre. Well maybe a lying on the floor bleeding genre, similar to how the fighting genre was for a while there.

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#8 Posted by AngelN7 (2973 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles easely ( VC2 had great additions but the original is I think the best of the series).

#9 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

The Civilization games have always been some of my favorite games, period.

#10 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Super Smash Bros.

#11 Posted by Slay3r1583 (642 posts) -

I was late to the game, only discovering it last year. I got into Europa Universalis 3. This was my first game playing as Austria to Holy Roman Empire.

#12 Posted by beeftothetaco (426 posts) -

Rome: Total War. The Advanced Wars franchise is pretty good too.

#13 Posted by Nightriff (5365 posts) -

@Slay3r1583 said:

I was late to the game, only discovering it last year. I got into Europa Universalis 3. This was my first game playing as Austria to Holy Roman Empire.

Never heard of this, if it is anything like Axis and Allies I must pick this up. Looks fantastic

#14 Posted by Zekhariah (695 posts) -

Alpha Centauri

Although I do appreciate that civilization gained more robust mechanics and trade-offs as time went on.

#15 Posted by Slay3r1583 (642 posts) -

@Nightriff: If you like Axis & Allies there is a good chance you can get into EU3. A few things though. If you decide to buy it make sure you buy the version that says Chronicles as that has all the expansions included. Also the game goes on sale pretty often through Steam and GamersGate so you might want to hold off for a little while. The game has a pretty steep learning curve but there are quite a few tutorials and stuff out there.

#16 Posted by Nightriff (5365 posts) -

@Slay3r1583 said:

@Nightriff: If you like Axis & Allies there is a good chance you can get into EU3. A few things though. If you decide to buy it make sure you buy the version that says Chronicles as that has all the expansions included. Also the game goes on sale pretty often through Steam and GamersGate so you might want to hold off for a little while. The game has a pretty steep learning curve but there are quite a few tutorials and stuff out there.

I might have to check it out for the right price, thanks for the info duder

#17 Posted by Molenator85 (237 posts) -

I would have a hard time deciding if you asked before CIv V came out, but it has, so that's my answer.

#18 Posted by lazarenth (28 posts) -

Civ 4 for everything outside of combat

Civ 5 for combat

#19 Posted by shootfast (16 posts) -

EU3

#20 Posted by Nonapod (126 posts) -

I loved the first Panzer General.

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#22 Posted by RollingZeppelin (2118 posts) -

Civ 3 followed closely by Heroes 3

#23 Posted by 9cupsoftea (651 posts) -

Alpha Centauri. Great idea to have some kind of plot in a strategy game like that, the characters/factions were all well done, and it was incredibly addictive.

The music and sound was way too bleak though.

#24 Posted by HH (633 posts) -

i liked valkyria chronicles, but jrpg stories/characters make me puke and this was no exception.

#25 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -

HOMM 3 followed by King's Bounty.

#26 Posted by fuzzypumpkin (389 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles

#27 Posted by Little_Socrates (5718 posts) -
#28 Posted by biggiedubs (497 posts) -

Jeanne D'arc for the PSP was dope, but I think hardly anyone played it. It also didn't come out in Europe, I believe.

Luminous Arc for the DS was pretty good, albeit pretty simple.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn for the Wii is fantastic.

I've been jealous of people who played Valkyrie Chronicles since it came out. I tried the second game for the PSP, and it never really stuck with me. Everything was a bit too cutesy for my liking.

Advance Wars too, obviously.

There was a Vandal Hearts game on the PSN / XBLA but it was incredibly average.

#29 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Gotta catch em all!

#30 Posted by Zaccheus (1806 posts) -
#31 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12130 posts) -

@Spoonman671 said:

I was a pretty big Fire Emblem fan up until Radiant Dawn came out. That game had some solid gameplay mechanics, and the control you had over each character's growth and role was great, but the game was at odds with itself. You never knew which group you were going to be commanding next, and whether or not some characters would still be in that group, or elsewhere for story reasons. By the time the final battle rolls around, the game just hands you a bunch of high-level characters with special abilities that are probably better than most of the characters you've been cultivating throughout the entire game. The game really turned me off the series, but Path of Radiance is still pretty awesome, though it lacks most of Radiant Dawn's character customization options.

I wrote something to this effect, but yeah. Radiant Dawn isn't one of the better games in the series. Just the part where it throws half a dozen Laguz royals in your army for that final set of chapters is kinda a giant middle finger to the rest of your army. Of course, my answer to this topic is still Fire Emblem, even though I am going to be forced to purchase a 3DS so I can play the newest one.

Oh. And Heroes of Might and Magic. The most recent installment, Might and Magic: Heroes VI has a lot of really interesting ideas that aren't necessarily executed on very well (it basically seems primed for competitive multiplayer as the AI isn't all that bright, but of course no one is playing Multiplayer at all), but the other installments are some of my favorite games.

#32 Posted by obcdexter (657 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles and Endless Space.

#33 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (540 posts) -

This decade? Valkyria Chronicles. All time? Final Fantasy Tactics. I really enjoy Fire Emblem, Civilization, and Tactics Ogre though.

#34 Edited by Gaff (1890 posts) -

It's 2012 and I'm having real trouble thinking of the best turn-based strategy game of this decade. Does MTG: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 count?

Also, I wouldn't be a dick without saying this but: Valkyria Chronicles is 2008. Just sayin.

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#35 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1015 posts) -

Hmmm, either Civ 5, Valkyria Chronicles, or Disgaea. Those were all pretty awesome. 

#36 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

I'm gonna modify the question and say post 2000 so I can answer Advance Wars. That game is so amazing.

#37 Posted by MocBucket62 (1260 posts) -
@beeftothetaco said:

Rome: Total War. The Advanced Wars franchise is pretty good too.

Agree with both. Though RTW is part turn based for the campaign map and part real time for the battles. I'll also say I really enjoyed Final Fantasy Tactics Advance when that came out.
#38 Posted by AlfredCapone (164 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

Civ4, I really want to play 5, just waiting for it to go on sale again.

This!

#39 Posted by razkazz (167 posts) -

I really like Valkyria Chronicles and Front Mission 3 & 4 but I always hit a wall in turn-based strategy games no matter how much I enjoy them. For that reason, Field Commander on PSP is my favorite. Either it's the most accessible one I've played or just the easiest, but it's the only one I've been able to sink tons of hours into without getting hopelessly stuck.

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#41 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

The Fire Emblem series is pretty much my perfect ideal of turn-based strategy.

#42 Posted by Turambar (6898 posts) -

Are we including tactics games?  If so, tie between Super Robot Wars Z and Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn.  If not, tie between Medieval 2 Total War and Civ V.

#43 Posted by dungbootle (2428 posts) -

Civ IV is preeety sweet

#44 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Civ V and HoMM.

#45 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

I only play a select few turn-based strategy games. Of those, my heart goes to Shining Force CD because nostalgia.

#46 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (125 posts) -

@9cupsoftea: Do you know how to get this game to run on Windows 7.

#47 Edited by Tennmuerti (8174 posts) -
  1. Heroes of Might and Magic 5 represent. (yes 5 not 3)
  2. Fallout Tactics honestly not sure it qualifies, it's turn based and it has strategy, but it can be played in pseudo realtime and is what I would call a TBT turn based tactics rather then TBS, but i must have played it a dozen times over the years now
  3. Followed by Warlords 2 deluxe, but mostly because of nostalgia it came out around 93,94?. Jeez there isn't even a proper page on the site.
  4. HoMM 3, gotta respect the classics
  5. Civ 4
#48 Posted by Phatmac (5730 posts) -

The Mario & Luigi games are real good you guys.

#49 Posted by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

Advance Wars: Dual Strike, it defined the DS for me. I liked Days of Ruin too but it didn't keep me coming back the same way.

Fire Emblem's dope but the Wars franchise has been neglected for long enough.

#50 Posted by 9cupsoftea (651 posts) -

@Shotgunblast97 said:

@9cupsoftea: Do you know how to get this game to run on Windows 7.

Have you tried patches for it? I definitely had the game running in windows 7. I think you have to use the xp patch and it will work, but installing it depends on what version you have. Here are the instructions http://alphacentauri.us/patch.html