Pretty much every game you play will have you make decisions about how to tackle a situation or what loadout will ensure victory—but some games take that idea to the extreme. The strategy genre is full of brain-testing titles loved by players young and old. And whether you’re a veteran of the genre or someone who’s interested in learning, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the best strategy games out right now.
You were lucky enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch, a PlayStation 5, or an Xbox Series X/S. But before you call Christmas a wrap, you gotta grab a subscription for Switch Online, PlayStation Plus, or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. These subscriptions are the key to playing games with friends, and they come with cool perks like free games and discounts on new titles.
The holidays are fast approaching and, if you’re like us, you’ve still got some holiday shopping to do. If you’re wondering what to get the tech geeks in your life, look no further than our list of the best tech gifts under $75. At this price point, you can buy some seriously impressive gadgets without breaking the bank.
The Hyrule Warriors games are great, but they’re definitely not the standard Zelda formula fans love. And with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity fresh off the presses, you may be craving a more traditional Zelda experience. Fortunately, there are loads of great titles from other developers that take inspiration from the Zelda series.
Everybody’s favorite free-to-play mobile game is coming to the real world. Nintendo’s latest Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp update unlocks the power of AR, allowing you to drop characters into the real world for a photo shoot. The update also includes an AR Cabin mode where you can check out 3D versions of your neighbors’ homes, among other features.
Doctor Who is the kind of SciFi show that begs for a virtual reality (VR) experience. Luckily, 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) fans have two options, including Doctor Who: Edge of Time. But a free update to Edge of Time will have Whovian devotees of the 9th (Christopher Eccleston) and 10th Doctor (David Tennant) yelling, “Fantastic!” Because now you can step into their TARDIS in glorious VR.
Minecraft, the game that can’t seem to die and is available on virtually every platform imaginable, is adding Star Wars content to its arsenal. In the form of DLC (that’s downloadable content), it includes a map, a skin pack, a texture set, a soundtrack, and more. The expansion will set you back 1,340 Minecoins, or roughly $20.
Bought a PlayStation 5 and thinking about selling your “old” console? You might want to hold off on that. Sony has confirmed that you will be able to stream your brand-new PS5 games to your PlayStation 4 via Remote Play.
Controller design has more or less settled in the last 15 years into the comfortable twin-stick layout with which we’re all familiar. But gamers who want to tweak it can do so, if they’re willing to pay a premium. Take, for example, the eSwap X Pro from Thrustmaster, now available for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
Exploring the real world can be expensive, time-consuming, and dangerous. Exploring the digital world is all of those things… but losing an hour of game time, a few gold pieces, and a “life” doesn’t really hurt that bad. If you want to poke around some of the most breathtaking environments modern games have to offer, check out the titles below.