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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612 200
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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674 174
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
StarCraft 1998

3
387 118
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
347 132
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
443 168
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
771 183
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
429 146
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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446 139
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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89 39
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Age of Mythology 2002

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288 128
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
213 103
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
236 119
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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243 91
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
281 91
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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212 121
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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158 100
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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234 129
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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105 95
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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260 134
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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306 135
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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65 34
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval II: Total War 2006

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55 34
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Total War: Rome II 2013

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113 95
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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115 94
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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48 29
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval: Total War 2002

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53 34
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Empire: Total War 2009

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65 48
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added Command & Conquer: Generals 2003

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31 29
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Shogun: Total War 2000

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55 79
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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24 14
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

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99 86
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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71 75
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Homeworld 1999

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42 23
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Napoleon: Total War 2010

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70 86
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

35
80 75
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Stronghold 2001

36
29 56
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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99 93
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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24 30
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Hearts of Iron III 2009

39
21 27
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Europa Universalis IV

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24 24
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added SimCity 4 2003

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42 61
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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14 5
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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1 14
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003

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75 79
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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90 77
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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12 9
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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67 89
X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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50 66
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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27 34
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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5 4
Empire Earth II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked