The strategy game is in a strange place at the moment. Highly demanding of the computers that power these games, developers understand that high development costs sometimes cannot justify the limited base of fans that can actually play these complex titles. This has reduced the number of strategy games in development to a handful, but that does not mean we no longer get the AAA-experiences that made the genre such an industry behemoth. Once the tech catches up, strategy titles will be right back at the top of the gaming hierarchy.
Even with a smaller user base, a few brave souls continue to push the limits of a genre that truly has unlimited potential. The top dog is certainly StarCraft, a futuristic space opera involving three equally dangerous factions duking it out for intergalactic supremacy. The first entry in the series continues to be a popular game, and is in fact one of the most popular spectator sports in South Korea. StarCraft 2, the long-awaited sequel, expands on the iconic title and adds updated visuals, beautiful cut-scenes and a better user experience, while developing the epic storylines of the Zerg, Protoss, and Terrans.
The fellas at Creative Assembly are strategy junkies, and the gaming community is truly thankful that they use this obsession to make the best games possible. The Total War series is the apex of quality strategy titles with a historical perspective. Take the role of a Caesar (Rome: Total War), a Japanese Daimyo (Shogun: Total War) or even Napoleon Bonaparte himself (naturally, Napoleon: Total War), and engage in skirmishes while creating a great society built on the blood, sweat, and tears of your loyal subjects. With the extremely ambitious Total War: Rome II releasing in late 2013, the Total War series is showing no signs of slowing down