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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
967 313
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998
2
707 214
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
3
863 377
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
4
1,024 280
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
5
483 219
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
6
433 161
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
7
636 203
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
8
586 264
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
9
518 253
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
10
399 184
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
11
228 107
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002
12
430 136
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
13
391 184
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
14
354 142
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
15
258 145
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
16
242 166
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
17
185 83
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006
18
285 179
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
19
245 142
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
20
126 57
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added
21
353 190
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
22
187 123
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
23
148 38
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
24
117 87
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013
25
276 183
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked