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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656 232
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
718 187
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
StarCraft 1998

3
434 128
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
370 141
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
466 179
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
812 189
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
449 155
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
474 146
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
107 44
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Age of Mythology 2002

10
243 108
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
301 132
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
253 124
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
257 95
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
302 95
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

The Best 4X Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
226 125
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
170 106
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

17
239 135
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
118 100
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
83 37
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval II: Total War 2006

20
313 139
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
270 148
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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22
66 42
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Total War: Rome II 2013

23
130 98
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

24
70 37
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Empire: Total War 2009

25
61 31
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval: Total War 2002

26
121 97
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

27
38 31
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Shogun: Total War 2000

28
75 52
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added Command & Conquer: Generals 2003

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29
41 29
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Europa Universalis IV

30
116 89
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

31
58 82
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

32
4 17
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003

33
80 77
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Homeworld 1999

34
48 25
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Napoleon: Total War 2010

35
25 18
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

The Best Movies of 1986

36
93 78
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Stronghold 2001

37
110 94
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
30 35
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Hearts of Iron III 2009

39
70 89
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

40
34 30
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added SimCity 4 2003

41
31 59
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

42
20 7
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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43
48 64
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

44
22 11
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

45
76 82
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
92 79
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

47
72 91
X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

48
14 9
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added Panzer General 1994

49
8 7
Empire Earth II is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
31 38
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked