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Top 10 Strategy PC Games of All Time

Updated on December 18, 2014

Here are my top 10 real-time, and turn-based strategy games of all time:

Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology

10- Age of Mythology

The creators of Age of Empires and Age of Kings, comes Age of Mythology, a game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men.

Taking on the role of one of nine ancient civilizations, players guide their people to greatness by commanding all aspects of their empire: gathering resources, raising massive armies, waging war against enemies, establishing profitable trade routes, building new settlements, enhancing production or military might with improvements, exploring new frontiers, and advancing through four distinct ages.

9- Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game Age of Empires. Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features.

8- Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations carries the sweeping scope of epic historical turn-based strategy games, but gives the player the quick decision-making of real-time games such as Age of Empires.

The game brings to life the entire sweep of human culture, from the late Stone Age to modern-day technology—not just in warfare, but in city building, trade, and diplomacy. Gamers will be able to move through the game timeline quickly and have a satisfying game experience without playing for hours.

7- Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour

Prepare to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology against the world’s most powerful Generals in Command & Conquer™: Generals Zero Hour*. In the next era of military strategy and might, you’ll need to command a more technologically advanced arsenal to defeat new, more powerful enemies. The first expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer™: Generals challenges players to square off against the world’s most elite commanders for battlefield domination. Even the most experienced C&C Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of—and learn to defend against—the next generation of the world’s most lethal weapons. With new units, structures, and upgrades, as well as the all-new Generals Challenge Mode, Zero Hour delivers all the firepower you’ll need in your quest to become the ultimate modern warfare General.

6- Sid Meier's Civilization V

In any medium, it’s an almost insurmountable challenge to produce a product that stands the test of time. The majority of bands fade into obscurity, movies are forgotten in the wake of the latest pretty face, and all but the most iconic artists and authors get lost in the shuffle of the staggering volume of options the information age has provided us. This is only amplified in the case of video games, where increases in design complexity and rate of technological advance are exponentially unfolding.

With this perspective, the achievements of the Civilization series become acutely mind-boggling. Spanning nearly 20 years of digital iteration (and a decade in board game form prior to that), the IP that brought gamers the invention of the tech-tree has managed to not only survive, but evolve, entertain, educate, and perform in the marketplace. That’s pretty damned impressive for a game that’s basically about world history.

With Civilization V, the developers at Firaxis are rolling the dice yet again and making some sweeping alterations to the series’ DNA. Keeping a game with so much tradition fresh and fun without alienating a deeply loyal fanbase is a Herculean labor, to be sure. However, despite the barriers, Civ V manages to make an overwhelmingly strong case for investing in one more turn of “just one more turn”.

5- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is an expansion pack of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos developed for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Mac OS X by Blizzard Entertainment. Released in stores worldwide in multiple languages beginning on July 1, 2003,[1] it details Arthas' transformation into the Lich King, Illidan's awakening of the naga, the conversion of the blood elves, the breakdown of Horde-Alliance relations in Kalimdor, and more. The Frozen Throne takes place approximately one year after Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, whilst World of Warcraft takes place three years after the events detailed in The Frozen Throne.

The Frozen Throne continues some of the loose ends of the original game, as well as spins off some new plots of its own and paves way for the new conflict of World of Warcraft, as well as set plots further explored in World of Warcraft's expansions: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

4- Sid Meier's Civilization IV

With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization game is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time.

Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options.

Civilization 4 comes to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that elevates the gameplay experience to a whole new level.

Whether playing multiplayer or single player, team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading and shared territory that delivers a plethora of new strategic and tactical options.

3- Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Going by the early impressions, the high-quality and notably-polished ‘StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty’ – the sequel to the original real-time strategy (RTS) game StarCraft – bears the special Blizzard mark, and is apparently every bit worth the 12-year wait!

Initial reviews of the newly-released StarCraft 2 are all raving about refinement all the way through – right from the interface and the visuals, to the gameplay, sound, and online features.

Though Blizzard has not gone overboard in terms of bringing about new innovative features to StarCraft 2, it has especially focused on further perfecting the work it began with the original game, and its Brood Wars expansion pack. The sequel is a clear indication of the fact that StarCraft’s asymmetrical RTS gameplay was a cut above the competition even over a decade back.

Boasting a dexterously-balanced fight between the Protoss, Zerg and Terran factions, the multiplayer game – which can be played through Blizzard’s Battle.Net service - is all about planning out a macro strategy to closely supervise your units as they go to war with the enemy, as well as to protect and build your base, and gather resources.

As such, StarCraft 2 offers a wide array of interesting scenarios in its campaigns and astounding permutations of tactics, strategies and counter-strategies - including missions that task players with defending bases and escorting convoys; and operations that demand them to build a huge army to assail an enemy entrenched in a base.

2- World in Conflict

What if the Soviet Union hadn't collapsed and instead made a decisive advance into Europe? NATO forces clash with the Red Army and a second front is opened up as the Soviets launch an attack on continental United States. You will find yourself taking on the role of a commander in the epic conflict, controlling the most powerful and technologically advanced military hardware of the time. This is WORLD IN CONFLICT®. The unique design and universal appeal is what led global media to make WORLD IN CONFLICT® the most critically acclaimed strategy game of 2007. The game swept the «Best Strategy» awards during E3 2007, claimed countless «Editor's Choice» commendations from the world's top reviewers, and was the clear choice as «Best Strategy Game of 2007» during the end of year awards season.

1- Command & Conquer Red Alert

Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy computer game of the Command & Conquer franchise, produced by Westwood Studios and released by Virgin Interactive in 1996. The second game to bear the "C&C" title, Red Alert is the prequel to the original Command & Conquer of 1995, and takes place in the early history of the alternate universe of Command & Conquer when Allied Forces battle an aggressive Soviet Union for control over the European mainland.

It was initially available for PC (MS-DOS & Windows 95 versions included in one package), and was subsequently ported to PlayStation. The PlayStation version was also re-released as a download on the PlayStation Network for PSP and PS3. On August 31, 2008, Electronic Arts who acquired Westwood Studios in 2003 officially rendered Command & Conquer: Red Alert freeware.

Honorable mentions:

Total war: Shogun 2, Europa Universals IV, Company of Heroes 2, XCOM: Enemy Within

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      jack 4 years ago

      You forgot about Warcraft 3.

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      sithalo 5 years ago

      fail that's red alert 2 screen shot