Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

What is 4X strategy games ?

4X (short for Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) is a subgenre of strategy-based computer and board games, and includes both turn-based and real-time strategy titles.  The game involves building an empire. The emphasis is on economic and technological development, as well as a number of non-military routes to supremacy.

List 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021 :

1. Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius tries to answer the question (which no one was asking) of what would happen if you took Sid Meier’s classic Civilization series and cast it into the warp to emerge in the Warhammer 40K universe.

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Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War - Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

Home page : https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/warhammer-40000-gladius-relics-of-war/

Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/489630/Warhammer_40000_Gladius__Relics_of_War/

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux

2. Shadow Empire

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Shadow Empire - Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

Home page on Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/1154840/Shadow_Empire/

Platform: Microsoft Windows

3. Distant Worlds: Universe

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Distant Worlds: Universe - Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

Home page one Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/261470/Distant_Worlds_Universe/

Platform: Microsoft Windows

4. Galactic Civilizations III

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Galactic Civilizations III - Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

Home page on Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/226860/Galactic_Civilizations_III/

Platform: Microsoft Windows

5. Endless Legend

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Endless Legend - Top 9 best 4X strategy games to play on PC in 2021

Home page : https://store.steampowered.com/app/289130/Endless_Legend/

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS

6. Civilization VI

Civ VI took the bold step of expanding cities by more squares, introducing the mechanics of districts and re-stacking combat units to some degree. They sound like minor adjustments, but they go a long way and frankly the foundation Civ V left behind was rock solid in the first place.

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Civilization VI

Home page : https://civilization.com/

Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/289070/Sid_Meiers_Civilization_VI/

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, macOS, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Linux, Classic Mac OS

7. Age of Wonders: Planetfall

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Home page on Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/718850/Age_of_Wonders_Planetfall/

Platform(s) : Microsoft Windows , PlayStation 4 , Xbox One

8. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

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Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

Platform(s) : Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, Linux

9. Stellaris

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Stellaris

Home page on Steam : https://store.steampowered.com/app/281990/Stellaris/

PlatformsPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Classic Mac OS, Macintosh operating systems