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War is a very popular genre in video games. This gives developers a lot of opportunities to add their own twist on the story. 2023 seems to be a huge year for potential war title, so we’ll give you some examples.
#14: American Revolution
- Game-Labs LLC is the developer
- Publisher: Game-Labs LLC
- Platform Microsoft Window
The American Revolution was one war that changed the course of history. But now…you can be the one to take command of a side and see where it takes you.
In Ultimate General: American Revolution, you’ll be able to take command of either British or Colonial forces, and then slowly build them up to the armies that they need to be to command victory. But it’s not just about getting soldiers. You’ll need to build up a navy, build up the infrastructure of your army, and then go to battle in big and small conflicts.
You can view the 3D map from above or zoom in to see how your strategies are performing at the battalion level. You will win.
- Release Date: January 20, 2022, Early Access. Full Launch to be Announced in 2023
- Developer: Eugen Systems
- Publisher: Eugen Systems
- Platform Microsoft Window
There are many war games that show alternate history. Warno offers a more authentic and realistic view of what the world might have looked like.
This game will see you take control of NATO forces, as they prepare to launch World War III against a radicalized Communist government. You’ll have the actual armaments of the time period and will get to command customized units in order to take them to the battlefield!
Over 600 military units are available. You can choose to command NATO or the Warsaw Pact, so you can make history!
#12 Manor Lords
- Developer: Slavic Magic
- Publisher: Hooded Horse
When it comes to medieval war gaming, the goal is often to build an empire and fight in battles you have limited control. Manor Lords is going to change all that. This game is incredibly accurate in terms of how things were constructed and how they were fought.
For example, while it’s true you will start to build your empire, you’ll do it in a more organic way, and with no grids to “constrain you”.
Then, in the battles, you’ll have large-scale encounters that take things like fatigue, flanking, weather, and positioning into account to ensure a true military battle experience.
Build wisely, fight hard and watch where the opportunities take you.
#11 Killer Bean
- Killer Bean Studios is the developer
- Publisher: Killer Bean Studios
- Release: 2023
Yes, this game really is called Killer Bean, and yes, you will play as a character known as Killer Bean…what a world we live in.
Don’t let the name fool you, because this title does indeed have depth. Because he was betrayed by people he once trusted, he sets out to take down the shadow organization. However, it is dangerous and risky to try to take down all of them.
What’s more, every time you play the game…things will be entirely different. The stories, the missions, who you can trust or not, it’ll all be changed so that every single campaign for Killer Bean is different. It sounds like a fun way to keep things interesting and fresh.
#10 Broken Arrow
- Developer: Steel Balalaika
- Publisher: Slitherine
What happens when you combine real-time strategy wargames with deck-building cards games? You get Broken Arrow.
This game will test you in multiple areas. Plus, there are two different factions that you’ll be able to take control of via the US and Russia.
With over 200 units in the game combined between the factions, you’ll have a good time trying to make the best deck possible. You should test them all and make the best battle plan possible before you take on the enemy.
#9 Roman Empire Wars
- Developer of Emperor Games
- Publisher of Emperor Games
Rome is a great Republic/Empire in history. Now the question is, “What would you be like if you were the Emperor of Rome?” You’ll find out in Roman Empire Wars
Because in this game, you’ll well and truly become the emperor of Rome, and with threats on all sides, you’ll need to gather up your legions and bring war to the enemies and then crush them so that they understand that you are the dominant power here.
You’ll get to go to various countries to route the enemy, and must use the various tactics and weapons of the Roman Empire in order to bring victory and glory to your nation and your name.
- Developer: Antimatter Gaming
- Publisher: Toadman Interactive
The game 83 is an alternative history. Mainly because the game tries to imagine a time when the Cold War…got very hot. In the sense that large battles would be necessary to safeguard the future.
This game is aiming to bring a lot of players to the table, because in each massive map, you’ll be able to hold over 80 players in total, meaning there will be a lot of people running and shooting on the map.
More than that though, you’ll have to work together in order to complete objectives that will change the battlefield and what needs to happen next.
#7 Headquarters: World War II
- Starni Games
- Publisher: Slitherine
World War II has always been a place of focus in the video game world, and now, with Headquarters: World War II, you’ll get yet another take on this war that literally brought the world to war.
In this case, you’ll be in the year 1944, and fight on multiple sides of multiple operations. From the Battle of Normandy to other key legendary fights, you’ll have to make your forces do the right thing in order to achieve victory, or fight back the invaders.
That’s right, you’ll be able to play as three different military powers in the game, and how you command the forces will be vital to your war effort. It’s easy to learn, hard to master, and will be something unique.
#6 Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone
- Developer: Paradox Development Studio
- Publisher: Paradox Interactive
While certain war games are literally “done in one” in terms of delivering content, Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone is an expansion pack to the fourth Hearts of Iron title.
In the title, you’ll have both real world and alternate reality options for you to partake in. Because you’ll get to decide whether you become Benito Mussolini and help the Axis powers rule the world. Or, in the alternate history take, you can go and “take care of” the Italian leader and then put someone more suited into the position of leader.
This is in addition to the many units you can use and new nations that you can control. There are even peace treaty options.
#5 Knights of Honor 2: Sovereign
- Developer: Black Sea Games
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
Knights of Honor II: Sovereign paints a very clear picture of what it’s trying to be. It’s a game where you will be the ruler of a nation and then try and conquer Europe in order to ensure your dominance.
Your choices will determine the future of your country. Do you want to be the one who wants conquest more than anything? Or will you choose peace and trade so that you can collaborate with others, not just take them down?
The game offers many different gameplay options and the possibility to change everything in your kingdom. Make sure you explore all of your options, and that you are ready to take control of your new home.
- Developer: Frost Giant Studios
- Publisher: Frost Giant Studios
- Released: 2023 Beta
The future is a time when an alien race attempts to overthrow humanity through portals. They almost succeed, and almost wipeout humanity.
However, humanity survived and you must fight for it by controlling huge mechs and weapons. You can also be one of the evil guys and wipe out the entire world. You have the option.
What’s more, you don’t have to play it alone, you can team with up to three friends and try and save the world together. Next, you can go into editor mode to create your own maps and missions.
- Developer: Perimeter Games
- Publisher: Perimeter Games
Now here’s a game that is REALLY different from the others we’ve shown you so far. HeatWave lets you play as a member of a guerrilla team that is out to reclaim their land and secure their freedom.
The twist is that this land…is Alaska. Because in this worlds’ future, global warming has destroyed much (so this is a preview of our own future…) and Alaska has been left to defend itself against an invasion force featuring the Russians and Chinese.
Now, command a guerrilla team and make sure you can defeat the opposition forces. You’ll need to be a good leader and know when to strike, when to run, and when to move your base so you can keep up the fight. They’re counting on you, don’t mess it up!
- Developer: Proxy Studios
- Publisher: Proxy Studios
- Release: 2023
ZEPHON makes it pretty clear that in this game, humanity isn’t meant to last, it’s pretty much doomed. The once prosperous planet Earth has become a deserted wasteland because of war. One in which aliens who attempted to attack the Earth are now stranded and looking for life. Robots can move around without restraint or purpose. As for the humans…well, that’s up to you.
Because it’s up to you to choose the pay that humanity will go on to try and survive the madness. But be warned, your choices will absolutely matter, and you’ll need to make sure you’re supported by people of all skills in order to make things better.
Are you able to lead the humanity back to the light? Or are they all doomed?
#1 SuperPower 3
- GolemLabs Developer
- Publisher THQ Nordic
Ever felt like you could do the job better than others? That you’d be able to make the right call at the right time and build up your country the right way? SuperPower 3 is the right game for you.
Because with 194 countries that you can select, you’ll become the leader of a nation and go through accurate and historically based situations and scenarios so you can know what a true leader of the world goes through on any given day.
You can build your nation in many ways. Choose the leadership style that suits you best and go for it. Good luck, you’ll need it.
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