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Total Nerd The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked  

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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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800 333
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
862 273
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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3
615 184
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
958 252
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
449 199
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
591 181
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
552 243
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
494 222
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
349 142
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
196 83
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

11
318 164
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
369 162
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
387 126
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
225 148
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
328 131
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
151 67
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

17
267 159
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
180 129
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
341 176
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
203 123
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
268 169
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
99 72
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

23
103 55
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

24
123 77
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003

25
100 45
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
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