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

2
771 219
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
StarCraft 1998

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497 158
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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871 211
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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467 186
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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394 172
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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499 208
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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511 168
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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134 66
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Age of Mythology 2002

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286 138
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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274 121
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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325 148
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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286 109
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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327 108
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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242 140
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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322 158
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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194 116
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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254 149
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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140 113
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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99 48
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval II: Total War 2006

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285 169
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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153 109
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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75 56
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Total War: Rome II 2013

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126 101
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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75 40
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Medieval: Total War 2002

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79 49
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Empire: Total War 2009

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135 107
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Su... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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57 36
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Europa Universalis IV

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Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added Command & Conquer: Generals 2003

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40 24
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenji255 added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

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44 37
Shogun: Total War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Shogun: Total War 2000

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110 84
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Stronghold 2001

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94 85
Homeworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Homeworld 1999

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120 102
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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50 12
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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55 35
Napoleon: Total War is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Napoleon: Total War 2010

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62 89
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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43 39
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added SimCity 4 2003

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79 94
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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34 20
Rise of Nations is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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27 16
Empire Earth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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56 70
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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5 24
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
mark-van-der-laan added Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003

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33 45
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added Hearts of Iron III 2009

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100 86
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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24 15
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
brandon31577 added Panzer General 1994

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32 66
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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82 89
Homeworld 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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60 74
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

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76 98
X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked