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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 the Civilization games, 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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StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998
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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Oct 30 2001
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Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002
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Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Jan 01 2005
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006
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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Mar 15 2011
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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added Feb 10 2003
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Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002
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Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009
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Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added
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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked