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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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399 168
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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274 131
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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341 128
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
StarCraft 1998

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252 76
Command & Conquer series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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198 86
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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171 93
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 2003

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160 50
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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142 71
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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151 80
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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172 87
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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132 82
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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106 43
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added Age of Mythology 2002

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132 48
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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144 96
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

The 20+ Best PC Real-Time Strategy Games on Steam

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120 34
StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added StarCraft: Brood War 1998

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122 91
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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142 73
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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92 17
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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90 18
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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67 27
Age of Empires II: The Conquer... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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95 87
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Homeworld 1999

The Best Games To Play Online

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115 70
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Stronghold 2001

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77 56
Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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82 75
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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73 69
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrou... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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75 58
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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78 80
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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44 19
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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60 69
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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34 12
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 30 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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33 42
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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52 35
Supreme Commander: Forged Alli... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance Nov 06 2007

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45 49
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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58 64
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 1999

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58 45
Total Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
thomasashraf added Total Annihilation 1997

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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48 35
Supreme Commander is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander 2007

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29 18
Dune II: The Building of a Dyn... is listed (or ranked) 37 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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10 7
Warlords Battlecry II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
The COCK added Warlords Battlecry II 2002

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29 9
Warcraft III: The Frozen Thron... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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39 64
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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5 18
Dragon Force is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Dragon Force 1996

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19 29
Armies of Exigo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

Famous Teenage Mothers

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31 50
Spore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added Spore 2008

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20 30
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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13 27
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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12 27
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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22 36
Supreme Commander 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added Supreme Commander 2 2010

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4 1
Age of Empires III: The Asian ... is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time

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15 48
Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadow... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time