TOP 6 Best Multiplayer PC Strategy Games of 2022
The world of PC strategy games is vast and varied. From legendary strategy games like Command and Conquer, Age of Empires, and Starcraft, to newer fare like Total War: Warhammer and Northgard, fans of the strategy genre have always had something to hone their skills on in single-player battles. But, when their skills outstretch the challenge provided by the game’s AI opponents, these masters of strategy look to take their skills online in order to reach the next level of supremacy. If you’re one of those strategy enthusiasts, or if you’re looking to ease yourself into this highly-competitive world, I have a few suggestions of games you should try on this list of the Top 6 Best Multiplayer PC Strategy Games of 2022. When you’re ready to outsmart the best of the best, grab your mouse and keyboard and let’s get started!
Company of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes 2 is Relic Entertainment’s World War II strategy series. It utilizes their proprietary Essence Engine 3.0 to deliver realistic graphics, complex battles, and advanced AI tactics. The game puts a focus on hard and soft counters to tactics while continually adapting your strategies to ever-changing scenarios. In the advanced multiplayer suite, you are able to play against other players on any map regardless of what version of Company of Heroes they purchased. There are multiple factions and armies to go into battle with, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Now is a great time to get into Company of Heroes 2 as the Company of Heroes 3 is just around the corner.
Dune: Spice Wars
Dune: Spice Wars is a 4X strategy game that is set in Frank Herbert’s sci-fi universe. It is currently in Early Access and is in development by Shiro Games, the same developers of the hit strategy game Northgard. In its current form, Dune: Spice Wars features finely-tuned strategy and village conquering gameplay, and new content and mechanics are always being added. One of the features being worked on is a multiplayer suite that combines the game’s single-player mechanics with intense online competition.
Age of Empires IV
Age of Empires IV is another entry in one of Relic Entertainment’s world-renowned strategy franchises. Released in 2021, this game features all of the latest technology and gameplay improvements from decades worth of Age of Empires games, as well as incredible 4K textures and graphics. In Age of Empires IV’s online multiplayer mode, you can take on up to 7 opponents in either PvP or PvE modes. There are also cooperative multiplayer options if you don’t want to crush your friends into dust with your strategy skills.
Experience authentic Cold War-era strategy battles in WARNO. Developed and published by Eugen Systems, WARNO drops you into the summer of 1989 in a powderkeg version of Germany that is ready to explode into conflict at any moment. Take command, deploy your troops, and use advanced tactics and strategies to defeat your enemies. You can also take your skills online and compete in enormous 10v10 battles that will test everything you learned in the single-player campaign, and push you to hone your skills even further. If 10v10 seems too daunting, there are smaller 1v1, 2v2, and 4v4 ranked multiplayer modes as well.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
The massive battles of the Halo series come to life in Halo Wars, a strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios, Behavior Interactive, and 343 Industries. The definitive edition of this beloved tactical warfare simulator provides a graphical overhaul, more units, and all of the DLC that was previously released. In the online mode, you can compete against players from all over the world, clashing in epic sci-fi battles with different factions from the Halo universe.
Total War: Warhammer III
The Total War: Warhammer trilogy finally came to a close this year, and Total War: Warhammer III is probably the definitive Total War experience for the moment. The game features an epic campaign that will take you to the depths of the Realm of Chaos to conquer an army of daemons. With 7 races and massive battles with hundreds of units on screen, you struggle to stop chaos will be filled with tactical and strategic options. Once you’ve built your empire and brought chaos to its knees, there is an entire world of competition in Total War: Warhammer III’s online multiplayer suite. You can team up with 7 other players for the multiplayer Realm of Chaos campaign, go head to head in Domination mode, and engage in both ranked and custom battles.