Best Strategy and Simulation Games on Xbox One in 2022

Strategy and simulator games are wildly popular on PC, and they're starting to creep up in popularity on Xbox One, too. Many 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.

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (opens in new tab)

★ Editor's Choice

Mutant Year Zero is the only strategy game in the world that lets you play as a giant humanoid duck. If that alone doesn't sell you, know that Mutant Year Zero is a tough, dynamic, and equally rewarding turn-based strategy RPG, set in a distant post-apocalypse. The survivors scavenge through the remnants of destroyed civilization, on a mission to defend their last stronghold. It's on you to save them.

When I want to chill, Surviving Mars (opens in new tab) has been my go-to game in the past. The relaxing, therapeutic Martian construction sim is great for exercising your creativity, while also challenging your strategic brain to cleverly manage resources. Mutant Year Zero (opens in new tab) is another favorite, for its engaging atmosphere, fun combat, and great dialogue. However, XCOM 2 (opens in new tab) is arguably the best strategy game on this list, though, granting potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay you can really sink your teeth into.