Best Strategy Game 2017

This crossover that came out of left field for so many shouldn’t have worked as well as it did. Hell, it shouldn’t have worked at all. Yet somehow, not only was Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle a fantastic “XCOM-lite” title, it was an all-around impressive turn-based strategy game in its own right. The insane Rabbids and Mushroom Kingdom cast manage to be such a remarkable fit for one another that it’s occasionally hard to believe the Rabbids weren’t Nintendo characters all along. If this is a sign of things to come, well, bring on the crazy Nintendo crossovers! Metroid + Halo Wars RTS, anyone?

Check out CheatCC's full review of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle



Runner-Up
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Coming just over a year after the base game released, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen takes the concept of an “expansion” and cranks it up to 11. New heroes, villains, weapons, and environments would likely be enough to please most fans, but the inclusion of the expansion ensures that the path to victory is fraught with more than a few harrowing encounters. Add in squadmate bonding, a photo booth mode to create propaganda posters, and so much more, and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen manages to outpace many standalone experiences that came out this year.

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