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This is a list of the best real-time strategy games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated real-time strategy games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest real-time strategy games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these real-time strategy games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging real-time strategy games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new real-time strategy games.

StarCraft and Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings are included on this list along with many more, including several WW2 real-time strategy games.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best real-time strategy games?" and "What is the greatest real-time strategy game of all time?"

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Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1999
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Released in 1999 for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh ...more

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302 144
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2002
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a high fantasy real-time strategy video game released by Blizzard Entertainment on July 3, 2002 in the U.S. It is the second sequel to Warcraft: Orcs & ...more

3
376 141
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1998
StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 1998. The game later ...more

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280 86
Command & Conquer series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1995
Command & Conquer is a real-time strategy video game franchise, first developed by Westwood Studios. The first game was one of the earliest of the RTS genre, itself based on Westwood ...more

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216 98
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1997
Age of Empires is a history-based real-time strategy video game released in 1997. Developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Ensemble was still an independent company, later ...more

6
185 108
Age of Mythology: The Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
LucianSiAlinaPreda added 2003
Age of Mythology: The Titans is a real-time strategy computer game expansion pack of Age of Mythology. It was developed by Ensemble Studios and released on September 30, 2003. The Titans adds a ...more

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185 60
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added 2010
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the ...more

8
168 85
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2003
Command & Conquer: Generals is a real-time strategy video game and the seventh installment in the Command & Conquer series. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS operating ...more

9
185 95
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2013
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack to the military science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty by Blizzard Entertainment. Heart of the Swarm is the ...more

10
141 91
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2006
Medieval II: Total War, the indirect sequel to 2002's Medieval: Total War and the fourth game in the Total War series from The Creative Assembly, is a game of turn-based strategic rounds and ...more

11
154 81
Rise of Nations: Thrones and P... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2004
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots is the official expansion pack to the real-time strategy video game Rise of Nations. The game is the second in a series of Rise of Nations games by Big Huge ...more

12
137 56
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2004
Rome: Total War is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released on 12 April 2004 by Activision. The Mac OS X version of the game was released on 5 February 2010 by Feral ...more

13
136 39
StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added 1998
StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft. Released in 1998 for Windows and Mac OS, it was co-developed ...more

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165 105
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Thanatus added 2005
Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy video game developed by Microsoft Corporation's Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The Mac version was ported over and developed ...more

15
154 79
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2006
Company of Heroes is a 2006 real-time strategy video game developed by Relic Entertainment. It was the first title to make use of the Games for Windows label. A standalone expansion, Opposing ...more

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118 51
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added 2002
Age of Mythology is a mythology-based real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released on October 30, 2002 in North America ...more

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110 18
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1996
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 ...more

18
110 20
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2000
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is a 2.5D real-time strategy computer game by Westwood Pacific, which was released for Microsoft Windows on October 23, 2000 as the follow-up to Command & ...more

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130 96
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2001
Empire Earth, also known as EE, is a 2001 real-time strategy computer game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and released on November 23, 2001. It is the first game in the Empire Earth ...more

20
82 29
Age of Empires II: The Conquer... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
lelos22 added 2000
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors is the first expansion pack to the 1999 real-time strategy game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. The Conquerors is the fourth installment in the Age of ...more

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102 90
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1999
Homeworld is a real-time strategy computer game released on September 28, 1999, developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sierra Entertainment. It was the first fully three-dimensional ...more

22
120 73
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2001
Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy game developed by Firefly Studios in 2001. The game focuses primarily on conquest and expansion through military pursuits, but also provides space for ...more

23
86 61
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2011
Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War series and returns to the 16th-century Japan setting of the ...more

24
84 59
Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2002
Stronghold: Crusader is the successor to Firefly Studios's 2001 game Stronghold. Crusader has much in common with the original Stronghold, but differs from its predecessor in the fact that the ...more

25
85 79
Star Wars: Empire at War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2006
Star Wars: Empire at War is a 2006 real-time strategy video game developed by Petroglyph Games and published by LucasArts. Set between Episode III and Episode IV, it focuses on the fledgling ...more