Magicka does the impossible and brings some unique gameplay to the market, mixing RPG, puzzles and adventure. As a downloadable and inexpensive title, it’s quite the champion.
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is probably like no other wargame you’ve ever played. It’s about as hardcore as it gets in terms of deep strategy, for better or worse depending on the player.
When developer Cyberlore went under, we thought the innovative Majesty series was gone forever. But Paradox brought it back, and Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is better than ever.
Hearts of Iron III takes the grand strategy concept to new levels, to the point that it should probably be a required class at any military academy. For armchair generals everywhere, it’s a call to arms.
Elven Legacy puts you in charge of trying to regain the glory of the Elven race. But it also gives turn-based strategy games their own renewed glory.
Dark Horizon features some of the most gorgeous graphics to grace a space combat simulation, and backs that up with a strong plot told in many different ways within the game.
Mount & Blade is an RPG that is very much like a realistic simulation of medieval life. Combat is fought in first or third person, and is likewise brutal and real.
Expanding on the mistakes of the past, the new Supreme Ruler 2020 will let hardcore strategy gamers make their plans, without wrestling the interface.
Taking the strengths of all their Europa Universalis titles and adding both an amazing graphical interface and a Roman theme is pure genius.
Turn-based strategy games are not always easy to play, but Lost Empire: Immortals does a good job at providing hardcore strategy in a simplified interface.