This is a debate that I feel shouldn’t turn into such a heated topic and yet, someone always loses their freaking mind. No, I’m not talking about politics or religion. I’m talking about the definition of a Strategy game. Weird, I know. WRONG! Some of you are illogically fuming about this at this very moment! Calm down...
It seems people define what should be categorized as a strategy game and what should be excluded. This debate normally starts when someone says “There aren’t a lot of good strategy games lately. Last one I enjoyed was Dawn of War 2.” This expression of opinion opens retort in the vein of “You fat and stupid idiot. Have you not played XCOM 2?”
First, I’d like to say - can we stop the body shaming?
Second, Dawn of War IS by practical definition a strategy game - just a sub-category defined as Real Time Strategy (RTS for short). Does XCOM 2 fit the strategy profile? It's more of a tactical RPG like Disgaea or Fell Seal: Arbiters Mark.
Well no, I guess I’m wrong according to Steam. Then that means Battletech is a strategy game too.
Letting RPGs fall under strategy also means board games like Gloomhaven are labeled as a strategy game which I don’t know if I agree with.
What else falls into the category of strategy? Traditionally when defining strategy games it's usually RTS or 4X game like Endless Legends or Stellaris yet the genre seems to drive into many other subgenres.
Games like Rimworld, which I would consider a colony/city builder sim is categorized as a Strategy game. Worms which… I don’t even know what subcategory that would fall under is labeled as a strategy game too.
Strategy seems to be a muddled category and anything using an ounce of tactical thought and outside of control over a singular character gets tossed into this leftover parfait of a genre.
How do you define the Strategy genre? What is your favorite “Strategy” game?
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