ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 5 Best PC Strategy Games

Updated on October 1, 2012

The Best PC Strategy Games

Welcome to my list of top strategy games for the PC. I've enjoyed strategy games for many years now, and I decided to make this list of my favorites to let you know of some good ones, if you also enjoy this type of game. A lot of these are older, and the graphics are a bit dated, but good gameplay makes up for any defects, in my opinion. These are just my selections, and my list is probably different from just about everyone else's. You can check out some other peoples' lists via the links below.

Metacritic - The Best and Worst PC Strategy Games

Best PC Strategy Games of the Past

age of empires
age of empires

Number 5: Age of Empires

Age of Empires was the first strategy game I ever bought. In fact, I bought it before my family even had a computer, I was so excited about it! (I knew we were getting one soon, and I didn't want to wait to play it.) It set the bar high in a lot of ways, from the epic campaign to the large number of varied units, to the excellent (for the time) multiplayer options. I also loved how the age system worked, and it was great to get access to better units and upgrades as your civilization advanced. Even after all the sequels and spinoffs in the series, I think the original retains its spot as a classic in RTS history.

Number 4: Warcraft II

While the original Warcraft and Warcraft III were both great games, my favorite in this series is Warcraft 2. The setting for this gmae is so simple, but so great at the same time. I can't exactly put my finger on why, but it just seemed like the perfect game for when I started playing it. The graphics, though they may be a little cartoony by today's standards, make me all nostalgic. I spent many hours in epic battles between orcs and humans, and I loved every minute. I think this title introduced a lot of people to the RTS genre, and it's place in this list, as well as many others, is well deserved.

stronghold-legends
stronghold-legends

Number 3: Stronghold Legends

Stronghold Legends is something of an anomaly in the venerable Stronghold series. The other games are known for their historical settings and general accuracy. This one however, takes a slightly different approach. Stronghold Legends is based on the mythologies of real nations, instead of the nations themselves. There are three factions, each with a few unique units, and all of the great castle-building action that you expect from a Stronghold title. Except with dragons. And wizards. And werewolves. And frost giants. And... you get the idea. This is a really great game, especially if you like castle building games or fantasy settings.

Stronghold Legends on Amazon

Number 2: Rise of Legends

Rise of Legends is a great strategy game with a lot of depth to it. There are three factions, 2 of them magical and one with more of a steampunk feel to it. You can recruit heroes, who are extra powerful units, to help you beat down your enemies. One thing of note with this game is the great soundtrack. The music is all good, and it changes as you move into battle or build additional towns or what have you. This is also one of the few games where the AI is really, really good. Even an experienced player will have trouble with the higher difficulty settings, which is not true of many games.

Number 1: Total Annihilation - Kingdoms

I know what you're thinking: "Yeah, I saw that game on the shelves, like 10 years ago, but I didn't think anyone bought it." well you're kind of right. It didn't do great commercially, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best strategy games ever. I really do love everything about this game, from the setting and factions to the gameplay. It's too bad that Cavedog went under, because I would have loved to see a sequel to this game. It was overlooked by a lot of players, but I feel that it really shouldn't have been. The gameplay is realatively simple, with only one resource to manage, but the tactical side of the game is second to none. Added to which is the fact that each faction is completely unique, with it's own strengths and weaknesses, which is not true of many games in this genre. This game is the best.

Comments?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      brahard87 

      7 years ago

      Warcraft is the best PC Strategy Games for me

      Best PC Strategy Games | Best N64 Games

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)