I play lots of video games. I’m not lying to you or anything, but I once found strategy games to play almost 8 hours a day for two months straight. I also play many genres of video games as well. They vary from the action, adventure, fps, tps, visual story… but there’s one genre I can really love or spend a lot of time on, and that is strategy games, not the games that have the strategic element, but hardcore games that are almost 99% strategy. So what exactly are strategy games?
So to start this, what exactly are strategy games? Unlike action games, which are my favorites, that require a lot of reflexes, and in some cases, aiming accuracy, strategy games are entirely different. Strategy games focus much more on skillful thinking, the ability to outsmart your opponent, has very little or virtually zero action involved and making a thorough plan for the perfect execution. Strategy games also feature tactical, and sometimes logistical challenges. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking puzzle games and strategy games are the same.
Strategy games are more complicated than most people think. There are more sub-genres than any games on the internet. The first is 4X strategy games, which was first coined by Alan Emrich in 1993. Sounds weird, right? But it’s very familiar. 4X stands for “explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate,” which I believe many of you have experienced in games like Ages of Empire. The next subgenre is an artillery strategy game. Artillery strategy is the descriptions usually given for games that have at least more than one player and involve tanks fighting each other in a combat situation. Similar to that is the Tower Defense subgenre. Tower defense games, in general, have a very simplistic layout. In the games, the computer/AI will control a series of bots called creeps.