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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
782 322
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
843 259
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

3
584 177
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
936 244
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
436 191
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
486 212
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
538 233
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
572 178
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
329 138
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
182 77
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

11
311 156
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
357 157
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
374 120
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
318 125
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
215 141
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
132 63
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

17
259 152
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
338 169
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
170 124
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
190 119
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
261 164
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
98 50
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

23
308 187
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

24
89 69
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

25
115 71
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003

26
101 64
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

27
85 43
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

28
152 111
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

29
152 115
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

30
52 48
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2000

31
78 14
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

32
134 88
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
2001

33
70 45
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2010

34
53 33
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added 1997

35
63 26
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

36
104 89
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1999

37
129 108
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
42 20
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

39
54 45
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2003

40
68 95
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

41
12 29
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
82 101
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

43
35 19
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 1994

44
62 74
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

45
40 12
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
38 48
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

47
36 12
Age of Mythology: The Titans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

48
108 91
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
21 26
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 2012

50
34 14
Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked