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

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen and Rome: Total War are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "What are the best real-time tactics games?" and "What is the greatest real-time tactics game of all time?"
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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1998 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is a single-player real-time tactics video game developed by Spanish company Pyro Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The first installment in the Commandos ...more

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Commandos 2: Men of Courage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2002 Commandos 2: Men of Courage is the sequel to Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty. The games were developed by Pyro Studios, and published by Eidos Interactive. ...more

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World in Conflict: Soviet Assa... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2009 World in Conflict: Soviet Assault is a 2009 expansion pack developed by Massive Entertainment and Swordfish Studios for the 2007 real-time tactics video game World in Conflict. It features the ...more

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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics 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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Commandos: Beyond the Call of ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time

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Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics 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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Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2009 Empire: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics computer game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. The fifth installment in the Total War series, the game ...more

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2009 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a real-time strategy-tactical role-playing video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ for Microsoft Windows based on the fictional ...more

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World in Conflict is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2007 World in Conflict is a 2007 real-time tactical video game developed by the Swedish video game company Massive Entertainment and published by Sierra Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. The game ...more

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Myth: The Fallen Lords is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Myth: The Fallen Lords Myth: The Fallen Lords is a 1997 real-time tactics video game for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS developed by Bungie and published by Bungie in North America and by Eidos in Europe. It is the ...more

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Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2010 Napoleon: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Napoleon was ...more

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Rome: Total War: Barbarian Inv... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Barbarian Invasion is the first expansion for the personal computer game Rome: Total War which takes the action forward to the period of the decline of the Western Roman Empire. The Rome Total ...more

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Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1997 Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far, or Close Combat II, is a World War II real-time tactics game, developed by Atomic Games, and released on September 30, 1997. The second installment of the Close ...more

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Warhammer: Shadow of the Horne... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1995 Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat is a real-time tactics computer game published by Games Workshop in 1995. It features medieval warfare and fantasy battles between military units at the squad ...more

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Sid Meier's Gettysburg! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1997 Sid Meier's Gettysburg! is a real-time tactical computer game designed by Sid Meier, the co-founder of Firaxis Games, that was released in 1997 by Electronic Arts. In 1998, Gettysburg won the ...more

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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics 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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Cannon Fodder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1993 Cannon Fodder is a series of war themed action games developed by Sensible Software, initially released for the Commodore Amiga. Only two games in the series were created by Sensible, but were ...more

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Men of War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Men of War is a 2009 real-time tactics video game and the sequel to Faces of War. Players issue orders to and/or take direct control of soldiers on a simulation-driven battlefield. The game ...more

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Tom Clancy's EndWar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2008 Tom Clancy's EndWar is a real-time tactics game designed by Ubisoft Shanghai for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows platforms. The Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable versions feature ...more

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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Ali... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Jose Reartes added 2001 Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is a stealth-based real-time tactics computer game, developed by Spellbound Entertainment and released in 2001. In the game, the player controls up to six ...more

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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Stalingrad is a stand-alone real-time tactics game for the PC developed by Russian company DTF Games. The game is built-up upon Nival Interactive's Enigma engine that was used in the Blitzkrieg ...more

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Ground Control is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2000 Ground Control is a 2000 real-time tactics video game developed by Massive Entertainment. It features 3D graphics and a free-floating camera which allows one to zoom in and out and view the ...more

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Battlestations: Midway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2007 Battlestations: Midway is a video game developed by Eidos Hungary and released on January 30, 2007 for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The Mac version of this game was developed by Robosoft ...more

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Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Ham... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers is the sequel to the Full Spectrum Warrior video game. It was developed by Pandemic Studios and published by THQ. It was released on March 27, 2006 for the ...more

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Battlestations: Pacific is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Battlestations: Pacific is an action and real-time tactics video game published by Eidos Interactive and developed by Eidos Hungary. It is also the sequel to the 2007 video game Battlestations: ...more

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Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1993 Syndicate is an isometric real-time tactical game from Bullfrog Productions created in 1993. It is the first title in the Syndicate series. An expansion pack, Syndicate: American Revolt, a ...more

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S.W.I.N.E. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
S.W.I.N.E. 2001 S.W.I.N.E. is a real-time tactics game designed by Hungarian video game developer StormRegion. The player chooses to fight as either the brutal invading pigs or the campy rabbits, and plays a ...more

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Close Combat: Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time

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Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusad... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2004 Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders is a tactical wargame developed by the Korean studio Phantagram for the Xbox. It is the sequel to the 2001 game Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes, and ...more

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Sudden Strike is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2001 The Sudden Strike series is a collection of real-time tactics computer games set in World War II. The series is developed by Fireglow based in Russia and published by CDV software of Germany. ...more

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Blitzkrieg 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Blitzkrieg 2 is a real-time tactics computer game based on the events of World War II, the game is an evolution of its predecessor Blitzkrieg and is the second title in the Blitzkrieg. The game ...more

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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years'... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2007 Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is a historical real-time tactics video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. It was published by Koei and developed by Omega Force. The game is ...more

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Rome: Total War: Alexander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Rome: Total War: Alexander is the second expansion for Rome: Total War. It is set in an earlier time period, putting the player in the role of Alexander the Great. It begins with Alexander's ...more

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Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2011 Under Siege is a PlayStation Network exclusive real-time tactics video game released 2 June 2011. Developed by Portuguese video game developer Seed Studios, it features a single player campaign, ...more

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Robin Hood: The Legend of Sher... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Martin Blazquez added 2002 Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood is a 2002 stealth-based real-time tactics video game developed by Spellbound Studios. It is similar to games such as Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive and the ...more

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Close Combat: Wacht am Rhein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time

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Star Wars: Force Commander is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2000 Star Wars: Force Commander is a real-time strategy video game released for the Microsoft Windows platform on March 21, 2000. It was co-developed by Ronin Entertainment and LucasArts, and ...more

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Generation of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Generation of Chaos, released in Japan as New Demon World: GOCIV Another Side is a turn-based strategy RPG fantasy video game released for the PlayStation Portable, developed by Idea Factory and ...more

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Star Trek: Tactical Assault is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Star Trek: Tactical Assault is a Star Trek video game for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable that was developed by Quicksilver Software, also the creators of Star Trek: Starfleet Command.

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Rush for Berlin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Rush for Berlin is a real-time tactics game set in World War II. In the contest for the German capital Berlin, the player must fight with the American, British, French, and Soviet armies. As the ...more

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Imperium Galactica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
1997 Imperium Galactica is a computer game made by a Hungarian company Digital Reality that combines many of the features of 4X games with some of the features of real-time tactical games. The same ...more

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Travian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2004 Travian is a persistent, browser-based, massively multiplayer, online real-time strategy game developed by the German software company Travian Games. It was originally written and released in ...more

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Dragon Force is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
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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Imperivm: Great Battles of Rom... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome is a sequel to RPG/RTS games Celtic Kings: Rage of War and Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars. The game, released in May 2005, was developed by Haemimont. The game ...more

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Close Combat: Modern Tactics is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Close Combat: Modern Tactics 2007

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Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2008 Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 in 2008. A Microsoft Windows version was released in November 2014. The game is set in ...more

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Star Trek: Away Team is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2001 Star Trek: Away Team is an isometric real-time tactics video game developed by Reflexive Entertainment and published by Activision. The game was initially released on March 20, 2001 for personal ...more

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Rome: Total Realism is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Rome: Total Realism 2005 Rome: Total Realism is a complete modification pack originally created by the Total War Center user GaiusJulius for the computer game Rome: Total War, intended to rectify historical inaccuracies ...more

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Kessen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2000 Kessen is a real-time tactics video game produced by Koei and published by Electronic Arts. It was a launch game for the PlayStation 2 in Japan. It was initially the only real-time wargame game ...more

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Blitzkrieg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
2003 Blitzkrieg is a real-time tactics computer game based on the events of World War II and is the first title in the Blitzkrieg. The game allows players to assume the role of commanding officer ...more