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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672 242
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
455 136
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

3
731 199
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
StarCraft 1998

4
378 149
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
826 196
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
478 188
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
451 161
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
485 152
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
115 50
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
258 109
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
306 135
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
261 126
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
264 97
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
310 96
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
230 126
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
179 106
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

17
241 137
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
125 102
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
90 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
313 141
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
271 154
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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22
71 43
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
76 40
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Empire: Total War 2009

24
134 104
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

25
67 33
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
122 99
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

27
47 30
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Europa Universalis IV

28
77 53
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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40 32
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Shogun: Total War 2000

30
119 92
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

31
29 19
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

32
85 79
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Homeworld 1999

33
98 78
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Stronghold 2001

34
58 83
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

35
52 27
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Napoleon: Total War 2010

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113 95
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

37
4 18
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003

38
34 32
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added SimCity 4 2003

39
72 90
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

40
31 36
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Hearts of Iron III 2009

41
22 8
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

42
31 60
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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25 12
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

44
49 65
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

45
32 6
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
96 80
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

47
77 83
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

48
72 92
X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
54 70
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
10 8
Empire Earth II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked