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Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Within

Best Strategy Game of 2013

XCOM: Enemy Within


In a year that featured sword and sandal empires, parasitic swarms, European history, Second World War fighters and the return of nuke happy Gandhi, is it a surprise to see the expansion to last years Game of the Year winner take the top spot? XCOM: Enemy Within added a fine layer of new features atop an already marvelous game and did so without interfering with what made the previous game excel in the first place. New gene modifications and cybernetics changed how the player approached each soldier under their command, and the inclusion of new alien types alongside a human paramilitary force allowed for entirely new tactics and strategies to be created amongst even the most veteran players. And the addition of the intense base defense mission was the icing on the cake. For improving upon nearly every aspect of its predecessor, and delivering a finely crafted experience in its own right, XCOM: Enemy Within is our Strategy Game of the Year.

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Runners Up

Europa Universalis IV

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Total War: Rome 2

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Civilization V: Brave New World

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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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