Best of 2010 Awards: Strategy

By Shack Staff, Dec 28, 2010 1:00pm PST Best of 2010 Awards Strategy: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Strategically, it doesn't get more intense than Blizzard's StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, especially in the game's multiplayer component. Players dance back and forth between attacking, expanding, harassing economy and supply lines, all while carefully advancing up expensive tech trees in a constantly evolving meta-game.

In the campaign, players face multiple objectives per mission and choices to make at almost every stage of the game, which determines the units, upgrades, and bonuses a player will gain throughout the course of the campaign. Each mission has its own unique mechanic, which creates a varied experience from start to finish that requires a different approach to each level.

Runner-up: Sid Meier's Civilization V

Civlization V brought a much-wanted revamp to Civ's combat, making it more complex than simply stacking up powerful units. With unit stacking removed and ranged truly able to attack from ranged, it's far more interesting when diplomacy fails. Plus, Giant Death Robots. Autonomous city states are a welcome addition to the diplomatic side, courting the attention of all players while offering useful rewards.

Nominees: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, Supreme Commander 2.

[Strategy is part of Shacknews Best of 2010 Awards. For more information, including selection methodology, see this introduction.]

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  • there were quite a few nice strategy games and expansions this year, as a cross-section these nominees paint a pretty terrible picture of all the great things going on in the genre. such an awesome and varied genre. europa universalis 3 divine wind, hearts of iron 3 semper fi, king's bounty crossworlds, majesty 2 kingmaker, majesty 2 battles of ardania, sins of a solar empire diplomacy, star ruler, star wolves 3 civil war, settlers 7 paths to a kingdom, victoria 2, ai war zenith remnant, ai war children of neinzul, achtung panzer kharkov 1943, distant worlds, distant worlds
    return of the shakturi, anno 1404 venice, hegemony philip of macedon, grand ages rome the reign of augustus, tropico 3 absolute power, reign conflict of nations, real warfare 1242, theatre of war kursk 1943, theatre of war kursk 1943 battle for caen, theatre of war africa 1943 centauro, cities xl 2011, rise of prussia, world war one gold edition, guardians of graxia, lionheart king's crusade, patrician 4, command ops battles from the bulge


  • Pretty obvious award. This game will be the RTS game of the decade, in fact. It has definitely stepped up and put the naysayers, MBS whiners, etc. in their place as it has quickly taken over the e-sports scene with a number of high profile tournaments around NA, Korea, and Europe.

    I know a lot of people loved Civ 5. I almost feel RTS and TBS games could be separate genres since they play about as differently as could be. Guess there are so few games I guess they just kinda end up in the same basket.

    I had Civ 4 and didn't care for it that much. Great game, polished, and I can definitely appreciate why people would really like it, but I can't quite get into the TBS games.