While it’s true that Galactic Civilizations III wasn’t the best in the series right off the bat, a number of subsequent updates and improvements have since transformed the third installment into a very solid 4x turn-based strategy game.
The long-running series came back into the spotlight back in 2014 with a third installment after more than a decade of absence. Despite the long hiatus, Age of Wonders III is a great sequel to the original two games, and a must-play for veterans of the series and newcomers to the genre alike.
While it may have its flaws, Blood Bowl 2 is a game with a passionate following that is certainly a change of pace of many of the historical themed turn-based games on the list if you’re looking for something different.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that is definitely true in the case of Xenonauts. The game is considered by many to be the best re-imagining of the original XCOM and manages to give even the highly praised XCOM: Enemy Unknown a run for its money. Despite the similarities between the two franchises, however, Xenonauts is fully able to stand on its own as a very good and extremely challenging turn-based strategy game.
Frozen Synapse is another unique change of pace turn-based strategy game that allows players to carefully plan all of their moves at once, and then see how everything plays out versus the opponents over a striking blue “frozen” backdrop. It features a distinct cyberpunk storyline which again, is different than most of the historical games you’ll find on this list.