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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
762 308
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
827 248
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

3
559 174
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
912 235
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
427 185
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
480 206
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
525 228
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
555 176
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
311 131
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
301 149
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
163 73
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

12
345 156
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
359 116
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
311 119
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
209 130
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
254 145
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

17
123 55
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

18
332 164
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
182 112
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
259 156
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
156 120
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
93 44
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

23
301 179
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

24
84 67
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

25
108 68
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003

26
96 60
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

27
141 108
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

28
70 40
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

29
149 112
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

30
49 44
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2000

31
68 40
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2010

32
52 29
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added 1997

33
70 13
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

34
125 86
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
2001

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

36
128 104
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

37
51 24
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
41 18
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

39
51 42
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2003

40
66 92
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

41
9 26
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added 2003

42
82 98
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

43
33 16
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 1994

44
61 71
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

45
107 89
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
20 23
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 2012

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
35 12
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
36 12
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
87 89
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked