Your Guide to Buying Consoles for Strategy Games

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Your Guide to Buying Consoles for Strategy Games

When selecting gaming consoles for use in strategy games, the most important consideration is whether a particular console can play the desired games. Many strategy games were developed first for play across multiple PC platforms. Their elaborate game maps and ability to call up various details of many players are still beyond the capability of typical gaming consoles.

However, many popular strategy games are offered for console play. The person seeking to purchase a games console cannot do better than to check the lists of games available for that console to confirm that the preferred games are playable. That review must extend not just to the games franchise but to the specific game version desired. Having made such a review of the playable games for a console, a buyer may make a selection confidently, whether in a local shop or in an online marketplace such as eBay.

Top Priority: Choose a Console for the Region

Different parts of the world use different electric power systems and different languages. It is also unfortunately true that for purposes of market share, console and games producers provide their equipment with limited compatibility to that from other manufacturers or even the same equipment produced in other parts of the world. Therefore, it is important to select games and consoles that are compatible with each other. In Great Britain, this generally requires selecting PAL consoles and games.

Top Console-Friendly Strategy Games

Should anyone wish to play top strategy games on a console, it is important to confirm that the desired game is available on the console before making an investment in gaming equipment. Top strategy games tend to be focused on one or another of the major consoles. A few major games have been produced in multiple editions that allow players who use different platforms to use them. Even when games are written for multiple consoles, they tend to remain within the same gaming family. For instance, 'Advance Wars' is offered on multiple Nintendo consoles but not on consoles by other manufacturers.

Strategy Games for Nintendo Consoles

Strategy games offered on Nintendo consoles include turn-based strategy games, turn-based tactical games, and real-time strategy games. These games include some relatively early offerings for long-standing equipment as well as long-anticipated games being released into the new year's market.

Console           

Strategy Games Played

Game Type

Nintendo 64

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

'Starcraft 64'

Turn-based tactical

Real-time strategy

Nintendo DS

'Advance Wars'

'Age of Empires: The Age of Kings'

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Turn-based tactical

Real-time strategy

Turn-based tactical

Nintendo Game Cube

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Turn-based tactical

Game Boy Advance

'Advance Wars'

Turn-based tactical

Nintendo Wii

'Advance Wars'

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Turn-based tactical

Turn-based tactical

Nintendo Wii U

'Pikmin3'

Real-time strategy

'Pikmin3' for the WiiU entered the market in 2013. Both gamers and reviewers held  high expectations for the product.

Strategy Games for PlayStation Consoles

A number of strategy games cross-over between PlayStation and Xbox consoles. 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', 'Vandal Hearts', and the 'Xcom' series are among these.

Console           

Strategy Games Played

 

PlayStation 1

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert'

''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

'Xcom: Enemy Unknown'

'Vandal Hearts Series'

Real-time strategy

Turn-based tactical

Turn-based tactical

Turn-based tactical

Sony PlayStation 2

'Military Madness'

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Turn-based strategy

Turn-based tactical

Sony PS3

'Civilization Revolution'

'Battlestations: Midway/Pacific'

Turn-based strategy

Real-time tactics

Sony PSP

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Turn-based tactical

A remake of Xcom was widely anticipated at the beginning of 2013. That would certainly delight players on the early Playstation 1 platform.

Strategy Games for Xbox Consoles

Strategy games come into their own on the Xbox 360 console. The number of top games as rated by players and the range of themes exceeds any other platform.

Console          

Strategy Games Played

Game Type

Xbox

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

'Vandal Hearts Series'

Turn-based tactical

Turn-based tactical

Xbox 360

'Battlestations: Midway/Pacific'

'Civilization Revolution'

'Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars'

'Greed Corp.'

'Halo Wars'

'Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II'

'Plants vs. Zombies'

'R.U.S.E.'

'Toy Soldiers'

'Xcom: Enemy Unknown'

Real-time tactics

Turn-based strategy

Real-time strategy

Turn-based strategy

Real-time strategy

Real-time strategy

Tower defence

Real-time strategy

Tower defence

Turn-based tactical

Despite the large number of games available on the Xbox, gamers note that the Xbox faces limits somewhat similar to other games consoles when it comes to strategy games. A strategy game played on the Xbox has, of necessity, a smaller map than the same game played on a PC. This is not a fatal flaw; it is simply a reality of the device.

Strategy Games for Smartphones

Most remarkable is the number of strategy games that have been released for smartphone platforms. Both the iPhone and Android operating systems run a generous number of strategy games. The Nokia N-Gage is a hybrid of a gaming device and mobile phone released in 2003. It is no longer produced and is difficult to find.

SmartPhone   

Strategy Games Played

iPhone and iPad

'Military Madness'

'Fieldrunners 2'

'The Walking Dead Assault'

'Plague Inc.'

'Outwitters'

'Bad Hotel'

'Hero Academy'

'Hunters 2'

'Monster Wars'

'Brainsss'

Android

'Plants vs. Zombies'

'Robotek HD'

'Jelly Defense'

'Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD'

'Fieldrunners HD'

'HexDefense'

'Osmos'

'Greed Corp'

'Great Little War Game'

'Sentinel 3'

Nokia N-Gage

'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'

Not only have a great many strategy games been offered for the smartphone platform, but very few cross over. The games offered on the iPhone platform tend to be unavailable on Android and vice versa.

Top Strategy Games Unsuited to Consoles

Real-time strategy, or RTS, games have been taking a beating as PC-based games have been getting migrated to games consoles. Consoles are not as well suited as PCs to managing large games maps and keeping track of multiple units, which limits their value for the multi-player RTS experience. As a result, a number of top strategy games have remained stubbornly within the PC world. Here are just a few.

'Oil Rush'

'Oil Rush' is a tower strategy game that could only have been created at a time when liquid petrol appears to be the most crucial of the world's limited resources and warring to obtain it a reasonable strategy. Every level is madly rushing to secure factories and the rigs that supply them with their fuel.

'Crusader Kings'

In this game, designed to echo the real social structures of the world of the Crusades, combat is the least of the warrior king's concerns. Domination is often decided by managing relationships among families and feuding dukes, with marriage, bribery, and blackmail among the primary weapons.

'Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion'

Huge battles, dozens of star systems to explore, games that last hours and hundreds of small but beautiful ships firing lasers at each other: what's not to like?

Buying Consoles for Strategy Games on eBay

Selecting  selecting gaming consoles for use in strategy games on eBay is generally a matter of finding the particular console that has already been determined to be the best choice. There are so many vendors on eBay providing so many offerings that even if an older console is preferred for play of a early game version, it should be easy to find. Remember to look for units with the PAL region code to be sure they can be played in Great Britain.

Finding Reputable Games Console Sellers

Choosing a reputable seller is always important and particularly so with any kind of electronic gear. When buying on eBay, there are two ways to check a seller's reputation. First, those sellers identified with a ribbons as a Top-rated seller are those with an established record of satisfying a high volume of customers with merchandise that meets expectations, delivery when promised, and response to any inquiries. Every seller has feedback ratings from customers. These percentage ratings, located on the product page, help buyers see what kind of experience the seller has provided to past buyers.

Conclusion

Finding the right gaming console for playing strategy games starts with finding out which consoles play the desired games. It also entails selecting consoles appropriate to the geographic region: PAL consoles for Great Britain. Some complex strategy games are not yet available for consoles because their maps and player interactions require more computing power than consoles include.

However, many fascinating games are offered for the wide array of consoles that have been produced. A strategy games player may choose a controller that allows play of any number of games of interest, from turn-based to role-playing games. Even as many PC-driven games are released, new console-driven games are released each year. A remarkable number of new strategy games are also released for the tiniest "consoles" -- the smartphone. Enough strategy games are now available for both the iPhone and Android operating systems for users of each to have voted on "Top 10" lists.

So while it remains true that the console's limited computing power limits its ability to function in the world of strategic gaming, the omnipresence of our new "games consoles" has gained them new place as strategic gaming devices. At least, when they aren't needed as telephones.

 
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