Typically, strategy games fare better with a mouse-and-keyboard control scheme, but more and more developers are finding new and innovative ways to make more complex games play well with controllers.

Whether your desire is to command huge armies of space marines against roaming aliens, or build your own city from scratch, Xbox should have you covered.

Here are our picks for the best strategy and simulation games on Xbox One.

Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2 is easily the best real-time strategy game on Xbox One, if for no reason other than the under-representation available on the console.

Creating intuitive control schemes for strategy games on console isn't always easy, but Halo Wars is one of the few games that gets it perfectly right.

With a rich story campaign, complete with some of the best characters the franchise has ever seen, Halo Wars 2 should be at the top of any strategy fan's purchase list for Xbox One. Additionally, Halo Wars Definitive Edition will soon be available to purchase separately on Xbox One, and it serves as the primary introduction to Halo Wars 2's systems, gameplay and plot.


XCOM 2 is arguably the best game on this list, for its deeply strategic turn-based combat, addictive and rewarding base management gameplay, and huge, huge wealth of upgrade paths.

In XCOM 2, you control an army of elite fighters in defense of earth. As a turn-based strategy game, you position and move several units of different classes, facing off against aliens who have their own array of tools designed to mercilessly destroy your units.

You can also pick up XCOM: Enemy Within on Xbox One via X360 backwards compatibility, which holds up extremely well even today. Strategy fans won't regret either purchase.

Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous is the best space simulator on Earth, giving you access to a 1:1 scale map of the Milky Way to play with.

Some might argue that it's a little too realistic, complete with huge travel times, deep and complex economic and political systems, and an ever-expanding feature set.

Elite Dangerous takes place in a persistent online world, where enemy ships might be A.I., but they also might be rogue players.

Master Elite Dangersous's complex systems, planetary landings, and rich starship upgrade system, and you just might find yourself at home.

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It's hard not to compare Sheltered to Fallout Shelter, save for the free-to-play lootcrate mechanics.

Sheltered is available for Windows 10 and Xbox One, and it's a post-apocalypse survival simulator that revolves around protecting your family, rather than taking care of a range of throwaway units.

The turn-based combat, vicious resource management, and a punishing trauma system make Sheltered a great game for apocalyptic survivalists.

I am Bread

There's a whole genre of simulators that focus on the mundane, including Train Simulator, Truck Simulator, and of course, Farming Simulator. But for those of us who can't even start the day without a couple of rounds of toasted bread, this game is for you.

I am Bread is the single greatest bread simulator game ever made. The entire objective is to awkwardly flop yourself into a heat source to get toasted.

Along the way, you will have to navigate nefarious physics-based challenges, avoid the dirty floor, creepy crawlies, and various other hazards. I am Bread even has a plot ... kinda.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

With State of Decay, I'm pushing the boundaries of what truly defines a simulation, but there are few games on the market that capture the essence of zombie survivalist community management so well.

While State of Decay sports reactive (and bloody) third-person combat, the true test of the game is managing your colony of survivors. You must barricade your buildings, set up traps, manage supplies, and keep your citizens happy, or otherwise you will get overwhelmed by the multiplying hordes.

This is a must-play game for any zombie fan, and its sequel should gets a full debut this year at E3 in June.

Bridge Constructor

Bridge Constructor is one of the more casual simulator games on this list, but it's no less fun.

In Bridge Constructor, as the title suggests, it's your job to craft bridges between two points. Bridge Constructor injects complexity by limiting the materials you can use, combined with physics-based gameplay restrictions. If your bridge isn't able to handle the weight requirements, it will fall apart, often hilariously.

Bridge Constructor is a neat little game for killing some with, and it's available on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter took the world by storm a couple of years ago, rapidly earning a place at the top of mobile app stores everywhere. Now the game is available on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Fallout Shelter puts you in command of a vault of nuclear apocalypse survivors, and it's up to you to manage the facilities, supplies and population of your underground bunker.

You can partake in raids on surface ruins, upgrade your dweller's gear, and burrow forever deeper into the ground in this casual, but fairly involved simulator game. And hey, it's free!

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These are just a few of the best strategy and simulation games available on Xbox One. What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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