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The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam 

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Updated February 21, 2020 1.1k votes 206 voters 6k views 34 items

There's a special genre of games for players who want total control over vast armies or fleets of spaceships, a genre for the kind of gamer yearning to lead massive forces to victory on the battlefield or guide an armada towards intergalactic conquest. We get you, which is why we've ranked the best PC strategy games on Steam that are worth playing. If you've ever tried searching Steam for strategy games, you can see how muddled their search results are. Luckily for you this list is ranked by other PC strategy game enthusiasts like yourself, ensuring that the best titles will appear towards the top of the list.

From newer titles like XCOM 2 to classics like Civilization IV, all the best Steam strategy games are ranked below. We've included some retro PC strategy games like Rollercoaster Tycoon in case you're in a nostalgic mood.

A near-infinite number of obstacles face gamers intent on exploring the strategy genre, be it the cost-effectiveness of building the ultimate rollercoaster amusement park or deciding which building projects receive federal funding. The only thing that matters is that you're in control of it all, and for that you'll need more than a bit of strategy--something each of these games demand in spades. 

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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
XCOM 2
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Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2010 (Firaxis Games)
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Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Civilization VI
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Total War: Warhammer 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer 2
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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Cities: Skylines
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Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
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Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
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Factorio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Factorio
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Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2013 (The Creative Assembly)
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2012 (Firaxis Games)
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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2005 (Firaxis Games)
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Medieval II: Total War ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2006 (The Creative Assembly)
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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2011 (The Creative Assembly)
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Total War: Attila is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Attila
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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Jelle Boeckxstaens added Released: 2004 (Feral Interactive)
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Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2010 (Feral Interactive)
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CORRUPTION 2029 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2020 (The Bearded Ladies)
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Total War: Warhammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2004 (Frontier Developments)
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RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2003 (MicroProse)
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The Escapists is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
James Blanchard added The Escapists
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Released: 2002 (Chris Sawyer)
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Oxygen Not Included is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Oxygen Not Included
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Civilization: Beyond Ear... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Civilization: Beyond Earth Released: 2014 (Firaxis Games)
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Endless Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Endless Space 2