Total Nerd The Best War Simulation Games of All Time  

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List Rules Wargames that simulate what it's like to be a battlefield commander.

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If you’ve ever wanted to be planning battles and strategizing instead of being shot at on the ground, then you would love playing some of the best war simulation games listed below. Best of all, you won’t need to have go through boot camp or officer training! The best war games simulate what it’s like to be a commander giving orders to troops, so you must carefully consider every decision you make.

In Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star for instance, you take on the role of commander and must win the battle for the city of Kharkov. One misstep and the other side could demolish you. But which war simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite war games below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite war simulation games that feature tactical command and strategy as a central theme so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a particular war game that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate what it’s like to be a military officer. If the combat portions of these games are what really excite you, then you probably should give these FPS games a try too.

In many top war simulator games, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your grand strategy that you spent the last fifteen minutes planning and executing come to fruition. But if the best war simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try these amazing action-adventure games instead. For those that are love giving orders to troops, vote on the best war simulation games below!
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67 17
Hearts of Iron IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Hearts of Iron IV

2
34 11
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

3
28 8
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

4
34 16
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

5
22 10
Wargame: AirLand Battle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

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21 10
Europa Universalis III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

7
20 12
Men of War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

8
18 11
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Men of War: Assault Squad 2

9
19 12
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

10
19 12
DCS World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
DCS World

11
12 7
Victoria II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Victoria II

12
12 8
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

13
10 7
Wargame: Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: Red Dragon

14
9 7
SuperPower 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

15
19 18
World of Tanks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

16
10 9
Ultimate General: Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Ultimate General: Gettysburg

17
8 8
Command: Modern Air Naval Oper... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Command: Modern Air Naval Operations

18
7 7
Wargame: European Escalation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: European Escalation 2012

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7 7
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game

20
6 6
Battle Fleet 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Battle Fleet 2

21
6 6
Silent Hunter III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Silent Hunter III

22
9 10
Combat Mission is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

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9 11
Graviteam Tactics: Operation S... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star

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7 9
Close Combat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

25
6 8
Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time