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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
822 350
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

2
643 186
Age of Empires II: The Age of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

3
877 281
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
1998

4
980 259
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

5
464 204
Age of Empires is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

6
566 247
Age of Empires III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

7
609 186
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

8
500 230
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

9
209 89
Age of Mythology is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

10
360 149
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

11
326 171
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

12
376 170
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

13
401 129
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

14
341 134
Command & Conquer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

15
230 156
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

16
162 73
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2006

17
271 164
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

18
221 130
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

19
186 136
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

20
344 182
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

21
274 173
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked

22
105 77
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2013

23
108 61
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added 2002

24
107 50
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
Ferry73 added

25
128 84
Command & Conquer: Generals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Strategy Games of All Time, Ranked
fatih-birinci added 2003