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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
783 322
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
846 259
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

3
587 177
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

4
937 244
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
437 191
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
487 212
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
539 234
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
574 178
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
183 77
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

10
330 139
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
312 157
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
359 157
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
375 121
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
319 126
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
215 142
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
134 64
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

17
261 152
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
339 169
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
171 125
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
191 120
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
261 165
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
99 51
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

23
309 188
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

24
90 70
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 72
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 65
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

27
153 112
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

28
85 44
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

29
153 116
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

30
52 49
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2000

31
79 15
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

32
136 88
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
2001

33
70 46
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2010

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

35
64 26
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

36
105 90
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1999

37
130 109
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

38
43 20
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

39
55 45
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2003

40
68 96
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

41
12 30
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
82 102
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

43
62 75
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

44
35 20
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 1994

45
37 12
Age of Mythology: The Titans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

46
41 13
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Reve... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

47
38 49
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2009

48
35 14
Stronghold: Crusader is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

49
108 92
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

50
21 27
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added 2012