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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, 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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Command & Conquer series is listed (or ranked) 1 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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StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Oct 21 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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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Jul 03 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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Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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
StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Feb 10 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
10
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Age of Mythology: The Titans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
LucianSiAlinaPreda added Sep 30 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
14
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Rise of Nations: Thrones and P... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Apr 28 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
18
Age of Empires II: The Conquer... is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Thanatus added Jan 01 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
21
Warcraft III: The Frozen Thron... is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-Time Strategy Games of All Time
Oct 21 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
24
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 25 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