Total Nerd The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Strategy games, both turn based and real time.

When we're talking best strategy games, there are plenty of fantastic entries out there, even games that are decades old. Some games are meant less for the reflexes and more for the mind, after all. As strategy video games grow more complex, looking back at some of these older entries might be the right way to get yourself acclimated to the ever-changing styles and valuable tactics within the games. Take a look at our list of strategy games, covering both real-time and turn-based genres, to see what you should be playing next!

Whether looking at the classic Warcraft series or Civilization, both have been around for decades and their influence on the genre are second to possibly only each other. Revitalizations of old games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown brings old school games but places them in a modern context. 

So take a look at our list of the best strategy video games and then vote for your favorites! Vote down the games about strategy that don't give your brain an enjoyable workout. If you've played them all, rerank to create your own strategy games list!
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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
StarCraft 1998

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Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 330 115
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 426 148
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 752 168
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 415 130
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 396 131
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 71 26
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 192 90
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 259 123
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 222 82
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 260 82
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 203 110
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Civilization is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 46 28
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 48 28
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 106 86
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 106 88
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 46 29
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 53 72
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 40 26
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 91 81
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Homeworld 1999

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Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 94 91
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 72 74
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Stronghold 2001

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+ - 23 22
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
SimCity 4 2003

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+ - 41 59
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 17 26
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 73 78
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 66 88
X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 36 68
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 9 21
Hearts of Iron II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 25 33
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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+ - 47 65
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked