10 Best Xbox 360 Strategy Games

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Our Top Picks

Halo Wars at gamestop.com

"A highly polished and well put together pick, though it lacks enough depth to sustain extensive play."

Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 at gamestop.com

"A twisted spin-off of Command & Conquer, complete with cartoonish graphics and kooky humor."

Civilization Revolution at Amazon

"A scaled down version of PC Civilization games, though still a ton of fun."

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise at gamestop.com

"Available exclusively on Xbox 360, Viva Piñata's Trouble in Paradise edition is always a ton of fun—and surprisingly deep."

Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath at Walmart

"A stand-alone expansion for Command & Conquer 3, also in Xbox 360."

Culdcept Saga at gamestop.com

"A refreshing alternative to the usual console games, combining elements of card-game deck building and the board game Monopoly."

Star Trek Legacy at Amazon

"By far the best Star Trek game on Xbox 360, though the missions can get repetitive."

Overlord at gamestop.com

"This game is driven not by you but by your army of minions, who attack enemies, solve puzzles, and more."

XCOM: Enemy Unknown at gamestop.com

"A turn-based strategy game that works well on console, though the graphics are a bit dated."

Operation Darkness at Amazon

"History and fantasy collide in this alternate WWII reality."

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Halo Wars

Halo Wars logo
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What We Like
  • Excellent graphics.

  • Easy to learn and play.

  • Violent but not gory.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks enough depth to sustain repeated or extensive play.

  • Real-time strategy (RTS) game fans may find play more limiting than on a Windows computer.

Halo Wars is a highly polished, well put together real-time-strategy game that represents the brand well and is another great exclusive for the Xbox 360. It isn't the deepest RTS on the system, but it's simplified gameplay and controls mean that it is easily the most accessible. Halo fans will love it. RTS newbies will love it. And the great presentation and overall polish mean that RTS vets will enjoy it as well. We highly recommend it.

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Command and Conquer Red Alert 3

Red Alert 3 game logo


What We Like
  • Complex, engaging gameplay.

  • Kooky humor.

What We Don't Like
  • Graphics are somewhat cartoonish.

  • Hardcore rock soundtrack can be distracting.

The Red Alert series is the twisted and crazy spin-off of Command & Conquer, and we wouldn't want it any other way. With an alternate-reality timeline that replaced conventional weapons with, er, unconventional ones (like schoolgirls and bears ...), the story is crazy and awesome but the core gameplay is pure C&C.

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Civilization Revolution

Civilization Revolution X360 gameplay


What We Like
  • Decent depth.

  • Simple, easy-to-play strategy game.

What We Don't Like
  • Lackluster graphics.

  • Speed of play can pose a challenge.

Civilization Revolution scales the gameplay down quite a bit from the mainline Civilization games on PC, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a ton of fun. Evolving your civilization, building wonders, researching new weapons, making friends with your neighbors—all of it is here, but in a new easy to use and console-friendly form. There's tons of content here as well. We love it!

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Viva Piñata - Trouble in Paradise

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise game cover


What We Like
  • Engaging strategic challenges.

  • Beautiful graphics.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks depth for some players.

  • Not significantly different from earlier versions.

Both Viva Piñata games are absolute treasures, but Trouble in Paradise gets the nod here for being a little more in-depth and strategic. Attracting new animals. Building your garden. Raising babies. Viva Piñata is surprisingly deep, and always a ton of fun. It doesn't hurt that the games look gorgeous as well. No Xbox fan should pass these gems by.

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Command and Conquer 3 - Kane's Wrath

Gameplay of Command and Conquer 3


What We Like
  • Good choice for RTS game fans.

  • Solid production quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Can get repetitive.

  • Some gamers may prefer the mouse and keyboard controls of the Windows version.

Kane's Wrath is actually a stand-alone expansion for Command & Conquer 3, also in Xbox 360. It gets the nod over the original game thanks to a more streamlined control scheme and much deeper single-player options. It represents classic real-time-strategy better than just about anything on this list, so if you are itching for some old school base building and rushing your army at your opponent, Kane's Wrath is a great choice.

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Culdcept Saga

Game jacket of Culdcept Saga

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What We Like
  • Focus on strategy.

  • A refreshing alternative to the usual console games.

What We Don't Like
  • Learning curve can be on the steep side.

  • Matches run long.

Culdcept Saga is a game that will surprise you. Combining collectible-card-game deck building with the board game Monopoly, Culdcept Saga really stands as a unique experience on Xbox 360. It takes quite a bit of effort to really "get", but once it gets its hooks into you and you build an unstoppable deck and learn all of the advanced strategies, it is hard to put down.

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Star Trek Legacy

Star Trek Legacy game cover xbox 360

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What We Like
  • Classic must-have for Star Trek fans.

  • Starships reproduced in great detail.

What We Don't Like
  • Missions can get repetitive.

  • Lots of flying and weapons, but not much else.

Star Trek Legacy is the best Star Trek game on Xbox 360. Granted, there were only two and the game based on the new movies is awful, but Star Trek Legacy was a solid strategy game in its own right. It gave you tactical control of not just the Enterprise but other Federation, Klingon, Borg, and more ships from other races as well. The battles were slow, strategic, and pretty difficult, but hardcore Star Trek fans will have a blast.

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Game cover of Overlord for xbox 360


What We Like
  • Entertaining humor.

  • Clever, challenging puzzles.

What We Don't Like
  • Lack of map can lead to confusion.

  • Minions can be frustratingly dumb.

Overlord is a hilariously funny game where you play as the titular overlord who has control over an endless army of little minions. You don't actually do anything yourself, and instead direct the minions around to attack enemies, solve puzzles, and more. It is a very clever, and very funny game with lots of great puzzles. The sequel isn't quite as good, though.

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XCOM - Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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What We Like
  • Depth keeps game interesting.

  • A turn-based strategy game that works well on console.

What We Don't Like
  • Dated, cartoonish graphics.

  • Challenge level changes randomly.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a faithful update to the classic PC strategy game where you have to defend Earth from an alien invasion. Not only do you have to plan strategic defense on a large scale by researching new technology, but you are also directly in control of small-scale, squad-based direct encounters with the enemy. It is very well done and features a ton of content. It is a different take on the strategy genre, which makes it very interesting, particularly on Xbox 360.

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Operation Darkness

Operation Darkness game cover


What We Like
  • Intriguing, unusual premise.

  • Good voice acting and graphics.

What We Don't Like
  • Levels of difficulty change unexpectedly.

  • Camera doesn’t work well.

Imagine an alternate reality World War II where Hitler had armies of werewolves, zombies, and other undead nasties at his disposal — that is Operation Darkness. There are some rough edges here, mainly a wonky camera and absurd difficulty spikes, but it is definitely a unique game that makes it worth a look for strategy fans looking for something new on Xbox 360.