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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
784 226
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

2
727 282
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

3
510 162
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
878 217
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
398 174
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
469 190
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
502 213
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
522 170
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
292 140
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

10
139 67
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

11
284 123
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
331 149
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
294 112
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
334 110
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
197 120
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
243 141
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

17
324 159
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
255 151
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
106 49
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

20
146 116
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
162 109
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
288 175
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

23
93 65
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003

24
78 59
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

25
81 42
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

26
132 103
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

27
84 53
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

28
139 110
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

29
61 38
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

30
44 26
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added 1997

31
114 85
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
2001

32
46 40
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2000

33
97 85
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1999

34
54 12
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

35
122 103
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

36
59 37
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2010

37
65 89
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
44 39
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2003

39
36 21
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

40
80 95
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

41
31 16
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

42
6 24
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added 2003

43
57 70
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

44
28 15
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 1994

45
102 87
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
33 46
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

47
33 66
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

48
83 89
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
29 10
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
61 74
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked