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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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834 365
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
659 196
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

3
899 289
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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4
994 265
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
470 207
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
574 252
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
615 193
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
505 241
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
379 155
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
215 99
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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11
342 176
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
382 175
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
411 132
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
346 137
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
233 160
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
167 79
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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17
274 172
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
200 139
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
226 137
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
348 185
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
275 175
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
107 82
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

23
113 53
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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24
109 65
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

25
174 119
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked