Blending Video Game Genres

A unique blend of roguelike and real time strategy, this 2012 breakout title puts you at the helm of a spaceship amidst a galactic battle. With your leadership and management powers, guide the ship through the minefield of space navigation and save the galaxy. It adds another layer of challenge with its roguelike elements of randomized encounters and permanent death. If you like pain and being captain, this is the game for you. It has a PlayScore of 8.77. 10. Rome: Total War Do as the Romans do in this Total War title that centers on the everyday management of the great Roman Empire. Play as the head of the great houses, and place the fate of empire at your hands.

In this turn based strategy, whether it rises or it falls–it’s all completely up to you. Build and upgrade aqueducts, create temples, and use unique battle tactics to bring neighboring cities to their knees. It has a PlayScore of 8.79. 9. Medieval II: Total War From ancient empires, we move to the brutality of the medieval age. A direct sequel to 2002’s Medieval: Total War, it improves on many aspects of the original while adding in an array of new features. Take part in the most turbulent centuries in Western History, and manage everything from politics, religion, and, of course, warfare. No one does war like the monarchs! It has a PlayScore of 8.79. 8. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos The third main entry to the legendary WarCraft saga, Reign of Chaos was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

Take another dip into the vast WarCraft universe, and play as Orcs, Humans, Night Elves and Undead. It was the breakthrough videogame of the year, introducing creeps, day and night cycles, and their now famous hero system. Relive the goosebump-inducing cinematics, and revel in the beauty of this high fantasy RTS. It has a PlayScore of 8.8. 7. Transistor A stylish blend of action, RPG, and turn-based strategy, SuperGiant games takes us on a colorful tour of a dazzling city of lights. Like a less aquatic and more badass disney princess, it follows the story of a singer, Red, who goes on a quest to retrieve her voice. Using a sword-like Transistor, battle against robotic forces in combat that’s as smooth as it is strategic.

Praised for its eye-candy aesthetics, it receives a PlayScore of 8.82. 6. Total War: Shogun 2 The fourth and final Total War game on this list. This sequel to the first Shogun title returns to the oriental shores of 16th century Japan. Play as one of the nine major clans of Japan’s provinces, and use their individual skills to control the tides of Japanese progress. Manage the everyday lives of your citizens, or put on your best Samurai armor to lead your units to battle. It has a PlayScore of 8.86. 5. Plants vs. Zombies Popcap’s zombie-fighting franchise has garnered a surprising following, and its crawled into places they’ve never thought possible.