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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34 15
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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37 19
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
XCOM 2

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27 14
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Cities: Skylines

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29 16
Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Civilization VI

5
24 13
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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24 14
Total War: Warhammer 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer 2

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20 12
Factorio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Factorio

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22 14
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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19 12
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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20 15
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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15 12
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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13 10
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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3 0
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Jelle Boeckxstaens added 2004

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14 12
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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16 15
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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13 12
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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13 12
Total War: Warhammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Total War: Warhammer

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15 15
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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10 10
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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11 12
Oxygen Not Included is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Oxygen Not Included

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9 10
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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12 14
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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5 9
Worms: Revolution is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam

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6 11
Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
2003

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4 9
Endless Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best PC Strategy Games on Steam
Endless Space 2