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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.

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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
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 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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World in Conflict: Soviet Assa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault 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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Commandos 2: Men of Courage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 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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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Total War: Shogun 2 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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Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Empire: Total War 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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Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Medieval II: Total War 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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Commandos: Beyond the Call of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time

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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
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 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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Myth: The Fallen Lords is listed (or ranked) 9 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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World in Conflict is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
World in Conflict 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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Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Napoleon: Total War 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
Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion 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
Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far Sep 30 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
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat 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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Cannon Fodder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Cannon Fodder 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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Sid Meier's Gettysburg! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Sid Meier's Gettysburg! 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) 17 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Rome: Total War 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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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Ali... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Jose Reartes added Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive 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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Tom Clancy's EndWar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Tom Clancy's EndWar 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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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Stalingrad Mar 01 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) 21 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Ground Control 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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Men of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Men of War 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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Battlestations: Midway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Battlestations: Midway 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
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers 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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Close Combat: Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders Oct 12 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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Blitzkrieg 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Blitzkrieg 2 Oct 02 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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Rome: Total War: Alexander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Rome: Total War: Alexander 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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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years'... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War 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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Battlestations: Pacific is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Battlestations: Pacific 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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Sudden Strike is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Sudden Strike 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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Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Under Siege Jun 01 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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Close Combat: Wacht am Rhein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time

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Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Valkyrie of the Battlefield: Gallian Chronicles 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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Close Combat: Modern Tactics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Close Combat: Modern Tactics 2007

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Star Trek: Away Team is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Star Trek: Away Team 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) 37 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Rome: Total Realism Jan 01 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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UFO: Aftermath is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
UFO: Aftermath 2003 UFO: Aftermath is a 2003 turn-based strategy game created by ALTAR Interactive. Originally, it was an abortive project by Mythos Games. In 2002, the project was bought by ALTAR and development ...more

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Harpoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Harpoon 1989 Harpoon is a series of realistic air and naval computer wargames based upon Larry Bond's miniatures game of the same name. Players can choose between either the Blue or Red side in simulated ...more

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Napoleon Senki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Napoleon Senki 1988 Napoleon Senki is a real-time tactics strategy video game developed by Lenar and published by Irem in March 1988 for the Family Computer. In August that same year, Brøderbund announced ...more

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Herzog is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Herzog 1988 Herzog is a strategy video game released by TechnoSoft in Japan for the MSX and NEC PC-88 computers in 1988. It was a real-time tactics and tactical shooter game with real-time strategy ...more

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Darwinia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Darwinia Jan 01 2005 Darwinia is a 2005 real-time tactics and real-time strategy video game for several platforms. It is the second game developed by Introversion Software, and its setting is within a computer ...more

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Syndicate: American Revolt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Syndicate: American Revolt 1993 Syndicate: American Revolt is an expansion set designed for the Bullfrog strategy game Syndicate. During the game, the player leads a four-man team of cyborgs through the streets of a dark, ...more

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Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich 2005 Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich is a real-time tactical role-playing game developed and published by Irrational Games. In this sequel to Freedom Force, the player guides a team of superheroes as ...more

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Star Wars: Force Commander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Star Wars: Force Commander 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) 46 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Generation of Chaos 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) 47 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Star Trek: Tactical Assault Oct 24 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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Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Syndicate 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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Imperium Galactica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Imperium Galactica 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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Imperivm: Great Battles of Rom... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real-time Tactics Games of All Time
Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome May 10 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