Best Strategy of 2021: The Old World

History 4X Old World is the best strategy game of the year.We will give out more awards throughout December-head to our GOTY 2021 hub See them.

Fraser Brown, online editor: I have always dreamed of splicing all my favorite games with the Crusader King at some point, but nothing is more important than civilization. The ancient series of Firaxis gave birth to some real masterpieces, but it also started to feel a bit familiar and adventurous, especially when compared to Paradox’s ambitious and proud grand strategy RPG. Can the best parts of the two coexist in one game? The old world proved that they can, and at the same time is a great historical 4X in itself.