Our Strategy Game of the Year 2012 is XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis Games. This small-squad turn based strategy and base management sim put you in command of Earth’s defence against alien invasion. Perhaps the most difficult part of the whole game – and difficulty did ramp up in quite an unforgiving manner – was keeping the world’s political leaders satisfied with your management skill. Lose too many backers from your international task force and your budget would suffer, making it all the more difficult to protect the Earth.
Enemy Unknown was smart and difficult without being too unnecessarily punishing – unless you were crazy enough to play the Ironman modes which limited you to a single, rolling save file. It also achieved something that many strategy games don’t even attempt: it was equally as playable on consoles as it was on PC.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a clear and distant winner ahead of the deep historical Crusader Kings II on PC/Mac. In turn, Worms Revolution was pipped into third place, marginally ahead of Endless Space, but only by getting one more second preference vote than the sci-fi epic.
Here’s our top five in chart form.
And here’s the league table showing every game that achieved at least one vote from us.
- Crusader Kings II
- Worms Revolution
- Endless Space
- Wrath of Heroes (MOBA)
- Football Manager 13