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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
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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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

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Rise of Nations: Thrones and P... is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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Age of Empires II: The Conquer... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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

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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

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Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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Star Wars: Empire at War is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrou... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds is a real-time strategy computer game set in the Star Wars universe. Players have a choice of factions and campaigns. The factions in the original game include ...more

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Sins of a Solar Empire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2007 Sins of a Solar Empire is a 2008 science fiction real-time strategy computer game developed by Ironclad Games and published by Stardock Entertainment for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It ...more

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Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge is an expansion pack to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 developed by Westwood Studios. The game was released in North America on October 10, 2001 by EA ...more

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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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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 2004 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game, developed by Relic Entertainment and based on Games Workshop's popular tabletop wargame Warhammer ...more

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Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2005 Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars is the fourth computer game in the Cossacks series of real-time strategy games, released in Spring 2005 to mixed reviews. This game focuses exclusively on the ...more

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alli... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added 2007 Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a standalone real-time strategy computer game expansion to Supreme Commander, and was released in November 2007, developed by Gas Powered Games and ...more

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Total Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
thomasashraf added 1997 Total Annihilation is a real-time strategy video game created by Cavedog Entertainment, a sub-division of Humongous Entertainment, and released on September 30, 1997 by GT Interactive for ...more

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Supreme Commander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added 2007 Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy computer game designed by Chris Taylor and developed by his company, Gas Powered Games. The game is considered to be a spiritual successor to Taylor's ...more

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Emperor: Battle for Dune is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2001 Emperor: Battle for Dune is a Dune video game, released by Westwood Studios on June 12, 2001. It is based in Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune universe. It is the third real-time strategy ...more

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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 1999 Total Annihilation: Kingdoms or TA:K is a medieval fantasy real time strategy game created and released by Cavedog Entertainment on June 25, 1999. While it was the last major title from Cavedog ...more

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Warcraft III: The Frozen Thron... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2003 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is a real-time strategy computer game by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the official expansion pack to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, requiring Reign of Chaos to ...more

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Dune II: The Building of a Dyn... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added 1992 Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty is a Dune video game developed by Westwood Studios and released by Virgin Interactive on Jan 1, 1992. It is based upon David Lynch's 1984 movie Dune, an ...more

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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 2002 Warlords Battlecry II is a real-time strategy and role-playing game, developed by SSG as the sequel to Warlords Battlecry. It was released on March 12, 2002. The game requires the player to ...more

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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
1998 Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency is a 1998 expansion to the popular 1997 real-time strategy computer game Total Annihilation. It contains extra units and maps, as well as a campaign of ...more

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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 1996 Dragon Force is a real-time strategy and tactics video game from Sega created for the Sega Saturn. It was created in Japan and translated for North American release by Working Designs in 1996, a ...more

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Armies of Exigo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2004 Armies of Exigo is a real-time strategy video game for Microsoft Windows. The game was created by Black Hole Entertainment released in 2004 and distributed by Electronic Arts. One unique aspect ...more

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Age of Empires III: The Asian ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2007 Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second official expansion pack for the real-time strategy video game Age of Empires III developed through a collaboration between Ensemble Studios ...more

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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 1998 Warhammer: Dark Omen is a real-time tactical wargame and the sequel to Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat. It is a seminal exemplar of a game of the real-time tactics genre. First released for ...more

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Spore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Lepticidio added 2008 Spore is a 2008 multi-genre single-player fantasy god game developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright, released for Windows and Mac OS X. Covering many genres including action, real-time ...more

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Supreme Commander 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
DarrinAdams1 added 2010 Supreme Commander 2 is a real-time strategy video game developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Square Enix. It is a sequel to Supreme Commander. A PC-only demo was initially released via ...more

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Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
1999 Age of Wonders is a turn-based strategy video game often likened to Master of Magic. Originally titled World of Wonders, the game incorporated several role-playing video game elements that were ...more

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R.U.S.E is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
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Dark Reign 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
2000 Dark Reign 2 is a 3D real-time strategy Windows game released on June 30, 2000 by Activision and Pandemic Studios. Being a prequel to Dark Reign: The Future of War, Dark Reign 2's storyline ...more

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