Total Nerd The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam  

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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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33 14
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

2
34 18
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
XCOM 2

3
26 13
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Cities: Skylines

4
28 15
Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Civilization VI

5
21 12
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

6
22 13
Total War: Warhammer 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer 2

7
21 13
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

8
16 12
Factorio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Factorio

9
15 11
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

10
14 10
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

11
13 9
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

12
18 15
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

13
15 12
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

14
10 7
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

15
12 12
Total War: Attila is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Attila

16
10 10
Oxygen Not Included is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Oxygen Not Included

17
10 10
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

18
9 9
The Escapists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
James Blanchard added The Escapists

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11 12
Total War: Warhammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer

20
0 0
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Jelle Boeckxstaens added 2004

21
13 15
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

22
11 13
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

23
6 10
Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
2003

24
0 3
Lanu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
MarisLake added Lanu

25
4 8
Endless Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Endless Space 2

26
4 9
Worms: Revolution is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

27
3 11
Civilization: Beyond Earth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Civilization: Beyond Earth

28
4 13
Ancient Frontier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Ancient Frontier

29
3 12
Master of Orion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

30
5 15
Galactic Civilizations III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Galactic Civilizations III

31
2 12
Strategy and Tactics: Dark Age... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Strategy and Tactics: Dark Ages

32
2 13
Sanctum 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Sanctum 2

33
2 15
Sanctum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Sanctum