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Total Nerd The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Strategy games, both turn based and real time.

When we're talking best strategy games, there are plenty of fantastic entries out there, even games that are decades old. Some games are meant less for the reflexes and more for the mind, after all. As strategy video games grow more complex, looking back at some of these older entries might be the right way to get yourself acclimated to the ever-changing styles and valuable tactics within the games. Take a look at our list of strategy games, covering both real-time and turn-based genres, to see what you should be playing next!

Whether looking at the classic Warcraft series or Civilization, both have been around for decades and their influence on the genre are second to possibly only each other. Revitalizations of old games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown brings old school games but places them in a modern context. 

So take a look at our list of the best strategy video games and then vote for your favorites! Vote down the games about strategy that don't give your brain an enjoyable workout. If you've played them all, rerank to create your own strategy games list!
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1
746 297
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
804 243
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

3
535 169
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
900 228
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
412 181
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
473 201
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
516 222
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
542 173
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
298 128
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
296 147
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
150 72
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

12
339 154
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
346 114
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
302 116
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
205 126
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
249 144
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

17
116 52
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

18
328 163
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
257 153
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
174 110
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
149 120
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
91 43
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

23
298 176
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

24
81 66
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

25
102 67
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003

26
91 57
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

27
136 106
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

28
48 43
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2000

29
143 111
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

30
65 40
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

31
65 39
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2010

32
49 27
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added 1997

33
120 86
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
2001

34
64 13
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

35
102 85
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1999

36
125 104
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

37
45 24
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
37 17
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

39
48 41
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2003

40
65 92
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

41
80 97
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

42
7 25
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added 2003

43
59 70
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

44
30 15
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 1994

45
20 22
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 2012

46
104 89
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

47
35 47
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

48
86 89
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
34 12
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
32 12
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked