This article showcases our top picks for the Best 4X Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Age of Wonders: Planetfall is definitely one of the best 4x games out there. This 4x sci-fi romp is something gamers never knew they needed until they gave it a try, with it’s smooth and fast turn-based tactical battles, you’ll be sure to spend countless hours on this game.
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A 4X space game that includes ‘eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate’ activities. A war based game that compels the players to build an efficient empire by destroying the enemy’s colonies using the fighters. This platform comprises many characters and vehicles like fighters, mines, cloaking, large technology tree, fifteen ship classes from scout to dreadnaught, merchant shipping, colonization, mining, terraforming, bases, shipyards, black holes, warp points, and non-player aliens. You can complete the game in 2 hours. The player must explore the space, expand their empire by exploiting the enemies is the theme for this game.
This is one of the most popular 4x games, and it steadily increases its popularity in the present time. It has many cities for exploration, and it introduces re-stacking combat units and mechanics for a better experience. It offers a new world to the gamer to expand their empire in the game. This is an exciting game with action, history, and exploration.
This is a popular 4x game and gains sandbox universe. It has a loose story for the gamers. Gamers can enjoy the populating of the star system. They can explore the stars and even conquer them. This game offers multiple paths, a colourful screenplay, and unique features. This is an adequately planned warfare game in stars. It has different races with distinct and exciting play modes.
Thea The Awakening is an amazing game that takes the 4x formula and adds survival elements to it. Basically, you’re a small community of people and you have to survive and thrive in this Slavic myth-inspired world. Because of this game I was able to immerse myself in Slavic mythology and understand more of their culture. I really love that all the gods have their own strengths and weaknesses and even having the best god in the game doesn’t mean that it becomes easier. It’s a difficult game that forces you to make sacrifices which is why I really love that you have to prioritize some people over others. It’s heartwrenching losing your best character and gear but sometimes you need to do that to progress in the game.
Distant Worlds: Universe is one of the most complex 4x games that I’ve ever played since it offers a lot of customizations from managing your empire to the ships that you build. I forgot to mention that this game is set in space and you have to expand your empire and dominate other planets. It’s basically Civilization in space but with better combat. Now as to why I personally like this and consider this an amazing game is that you can automate the battles and your units. It helps take your load of micromanagement which is one of the biggest issues in a lot of 4x games. When there are too many units to control managing your empire becomes more tedious than fun. With Distant World’s automation, I can focus on making my empire more prosperous while my army conquers and defends worlds for me without having to lift a finger. It can also be the other way around where you are controlling your army while the AI manages your empire. Of course, it could be both where you sit back and watch the AI handle it all for you, which can be fulfilling in a way especially seeing how your empire grows without your assistance.