Real-time, turn-based, and resource management - every strategy fan was catered to this year.

Real-time, turn-based, and resource management - every strategy fan was catered to this year.

I don't want to bias the voting or anything, but should I just declare XCOM: Enemy Unknown the winner right now and be done with it?

Screen Play readers made it abundantly clear that they loved the new XCOM to bits when it arrived in October, so much so that I think it will be a strong contender for Screen Play's game of the year when we vote late next week.

Apart from XCOM, there weren't too many strategy games on offer in 2012. I have piled all the subgenres together, so strategy in this case can mean real-time strategy, turn-based, or management sims. This is why we have MOBAs like Guardians of Middle Earth and Frozen Hearth rubbing shoulders with XCOM and Tropico.

I have also allowed a few expansions in this poll. Gods & Kings for Civilization V was such an extensive expansion that its host of essential new features made the original Civ V release seem a little poor in comparison. Fall of the Samurai was a fully stand-alone expansion for Total War: Shogun 2, and Modern Times added a whole new setting to Tropico 4.

Science fiction 4X games got some representation this year, with the new Sins of a Solar Empire title being declared by many critics to be the best game yet released in the well-respected series. Endless Space was a new property, and while it suffered from teething troubles, it enjoyed a cult following.

Of course, fans of hardcore strategy and medieval history will be all about Crusader Kings II. Sam Spackman's review yesterday definitely whetted a few people's appetites, and I know it had quite a following on Screen Play when it was first released early this year. I doubt it will top XCOM's vote, but I'm curious to see how close it will be.

But now, on to the vote. Again, it's a single vote per person, and results will be kept under wraps until next week. Any games I missed that you want to vote for can be added in the "other" field. Thanks for your votes, and feel free to discuss your choices in the comments below.

- James "DexX" Dominguez

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