The Top Strategy Video Games of 2022
2022 is shaping up to be a really hot year for strategy games, whether your poison is RTS, grand strategy, tactics, economic management, RPG-lite, city building, or turn-based. Some years go by without so much as a hint of something really groundbreaking, but 2022 brings us a host of strategy games that frequently feel like they shatter expectations for the genre, as well as sequels to some old favorites that, in their own day, changed the face of gaming.
Indie studios are leading the charge into a brave new future of gaming in all genres and that’s no less true for strategy. Small developers and studios have come out with some absolutely shattering pieces of work, creating games that challenge seasoned players to reexamine the way they think about and play strategy games, while offering new players a door into a genre they might have never dared to try before.
A number of these are early access games on Steam, but don’t let that bother you overmuch—most already have something huge to recommend them, with even vaster developments likely on the near horizon. Picking them up at an early access discount is a nice way to invest in their development (especially important for the small non-AAA developers) while getting a sweet discount on a game that’s destined to become something great with time. In other cases, like with Nebulous, the basic structure of the game is already so unique and powerful that even an early access version is going to feel like sheer gold.