Best 4X Games on Steam

Steam currently has 552 4X games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. 4X game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack

Command or corrupt an entire galaxy in the definitive Star Wars strategy collection. It is a time of galactic civil war. Will you take up the reins of the Rebellion, assume control of the Empire, or rule the Star Wars Underworld?

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STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack holds the #1 spot for "best 4X game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,990 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 35,133 positive reviews and 857 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 5/25/2010
Developer Petroglyph
Publishers
Steam App Id 32470

2. Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Create, discover, and download new player-created maps, scenarios, interfaces, and more!

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,570 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,964 positive reviews and 7,606 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization® V on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 9/23/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
Developers
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Steam App Id 8930

3. Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition

Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.

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Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,873 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 29,551 positive reviews and 1,322 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

4. Against the Storm

A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.

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Against the Storm has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,442 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,280 positive reviews and 1,162 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/8/2023
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Eremite Games
Publisher Hooded Horse
Steam App Id 1336490

5. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Sid Meier's Civilization IV®: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV - the 2005 PC Game of the Year that has become a worldwide hit.

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Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,150 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,998 positive reviews and 152 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/24/2007
Franchise Civilization Franchise
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K
Steam App Id 8800

6. Airships: Conquer the Skies

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!

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Airships: Conquer the Skies has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,451 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,232 positive reviews and 219 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Airships: Conquer the Skies on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 8/16/2018
Developer David Stark
Publisher David Stark
Steam App Id 342560

7. Rome: Total War™ - Collection

Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.

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Rome: Total War™ - Collection has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #7 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,605 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,758 positive reviews and 847 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rome: Total War™ - Collection on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 8/28/2007
Developer CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4760

8. Warsim: The Realm of Aslona

Warsim is a deep and rich text based kingdom management game unlike anything else. Complete with charming ASCII graphics, navigate the millions of different procedurally generated races, events and areas with a huge emphasis on player choice. Don't let its look fool you, there is depth in every direction.

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Warsim: The Realm of Aslona has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,426 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,384 positive reviews and 42 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Warsim: The Realm of Aslona on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/20/2022
Developer Huw Millward
Publisher Huw Millward
Steam App Id 659540

9. Master of Orion 2

Forge an empire in a universe where population growth is stripping away planetary resources. Colonize unknown planets and trade with other races for their knowledge.

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Master of Orion 2 has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #9 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,388 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,341 positive reviews and 47 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Master of Orion 2 on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 2/25/2016
Franchise Wargaming Group Ltd.
Developer SimTex
Publisher Wargaming Labs
Steam App Id 410980

10. Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion

Command a space-faring empire in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, the new stand-alone expansion that combines 4X depth with real-time strategy gameplay.

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Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #10 spot for the best 4X games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,585 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,529 positive reviews and 1,056 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $39.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $39.99
Release Date 6/12/2012
Developers
Publisher Stardock Entertainment
Steam App Id 204880

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