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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with 4X, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.15
97% 1,368 votes
7.95
88% 163,098 votes
7.62
89% 1,420 votes
7.55
90% 355 votes
7.50
93% 117 votes
7.47
90% 238 votes
7.38
87% 526 votes
7.37
88% 316 votes
7.21
83% 1,557 votes
7.19
80% 10,660 votes
7.09
100% 11 votes
7.08
82% 712 votes
7.05
100% 10 votes
7.05
100% 10 votes
7.01
86% 90 votes
6.98
82% 330 votes
6.95
81% 352 votes
6.91
77% 7,581 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with 4X is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as 4X, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Strategy 97%
  2. Turn-Based Strategy 51%
  3. Singleplayer 46%
  4. Simulation 42%
  5. Grand Strategy 40%
  6. Indie 34%
  7. Space 31%
  8. Sci-fi 30%
  9. Multiplayer 28%
  10. Management 28%
  11. Turn-Based 28%
  12. War 27%
  13. Tactical 26%
  14. RTS 25%
  15. 2D 24%
  16. Turn-Based Tactics 24%
  17. Wargame 23%
  18. Building 22%
  19. RPG 22%
  20. 3D 22%
  21. Exploration 19%
  22. Historical 19%
  23. Military 19%
  24. Sandbox 18%
  25. Economy 18%
  26. Turn-Based Combat 18%
  27. Base Building 17%
  28. Resource Management 17%
  29. Fantasy 17%
  30. PvP 17%
  31. Early Access 16%
  32. City Builder 15%
  33. Casual 15%

The 4X tag refers to a genre of strategy games that involve exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination. The term 4X itself is derived from the four key actions or gameplay elements that typically define these types of games.

In 4X games, players are usually in control of a civilization, empire, or faction and must navigate the game world through various stages. Let's break it down:

  • Exploration This refers to the process of uncovering the game's map, discovering new territories, and revealing unknown resources or threats. Games like Sid Meier's Civilization series and Endless Legend are excellent examples of 4X games with extensive exploration mechanics.
  • Expansion Once players have explored and identified new areas, they can establish settlements, build cities, and expand their territory. This involves managing resources such as food and production to support population growth. Famous 4X titles that emphasize expansion include Europa Universalis IV and Stellaris.
  • Exploitation This stage involves efficiently utilizing the resources within a player's territory to develop and improve their civilization. Managing resources such as economy, technology research, and military strength is crucial in this phase. Games like Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and Crusader Kings II provide opportunities for deep resource management mechanics.
  • Extermination The final stage is where conflicts arise between different civilizations or factions. This involves military conquests in order to eliminate opposing forces from the game world. Notable 4X games with prominent extermination mechanics include Total War series an depicting large-scale battles between armies.

The genre offers deep strategy gameplay requiring long-term planning and decision-making, allowing players to shape and build their own virtual empires.

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