Total Nerd The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time  

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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.

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

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262 117
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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325 120
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
StarCraft 1998

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236 68
Command & Conquer series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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189 82
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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163 89
Age of Mythology: The Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
LucianSiAlinaPreda added Age of Mythology: The Titans Sep 30 2003

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148 43
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010

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131 68
Rise of Nations: Thrones and P... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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167 81
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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143 76
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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130 78
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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131 45
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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100 41
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added Age of Mythology 2002

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Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Thanatus added Age of Empires III 2005

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122 88
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added StarCraft: Brood War 1998

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134 71
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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85 15
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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63 25
Age of Empires II: The Conquer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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83 15
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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93 84
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Homeworld 1999

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Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Stronghold Oct 21 2001

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79 73
Star Wars: Empire at War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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74 54
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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69 67
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrou... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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76 78
Sins of a Solar Empire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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41 16
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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58 67
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebell... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
lelos22 added Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2004

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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms Jun 25 1999

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Emperor: Battle for Dune is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alli... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 2007

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Total Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
thomasashraf added Total Annihilation 1997

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26 18
Dune II: The Building of a Dyn... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty 1992

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26 5
Warcraft III: The Frozen Thron... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Supreme Commander is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander 2007

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Warlords Battlecry II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
The COCK added Warlords Battlecry II Mar 12 2002

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Total Annihilation: The Core C... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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Dragon Force is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Dragon Force Jan 01 1996

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Armies of Exigo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Armies of Exigo Nov 30 2004

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Spore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added Spore Sep 04 2008

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Warhammer: Dark Omen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
StijnDerveaux added Warhammer: Dark Omen 1998

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R.U.S.E is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
R.U.S.E

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Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadow... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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19 54
Dark Reign 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Dark Reign 2 Jun 30 2000

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Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Age of Wonders Jan 01 1999

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General Chaos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added General Chaos Jan 01 1994

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Supreme Commander 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander 2 2010