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.

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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57 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
31 11
Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

3
23 8
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

4
30 15
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

5
20 9
Europa Universalis III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

6
20 9
Wargame: AirLand Battle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

7
18 10
Men of War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

8
17 11
DCS World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
DCS World

9
16 12
Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

10
14 10
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Men of War: Assault Squad 2

11
11 7
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

12
10 6
Victoria II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Victoria II

13
19 16
World of Tanks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

14
9 6
Wargame: Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: Red Dragon

15
9 6
SuperPower 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

16
10 8
Ultimate General: Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Ultimate General: Gettysburg

17
7 6
Wargame: European Escalation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: European Escalation 2012

18
7 6
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game

19
6 5
Silent Hunter III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Silent Hunter III

20
7 7
Command: Modern Air Naval Oper... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Command: Modern Air Naval Operations

21
6 6
Battle Fleet 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Battle Fleet 2

22
9 11
Graviteam Tactics: Operation S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star

23
8 10
Combat Mission is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

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

25
7 9
Battlestations: Pacific is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

26
6 8
Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

27
5 7
Supreme Ruler 1936 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Supreme Ruler 1936

28
4 6
Birth of America II: Wars in A... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Birth of America II: Wars in America 1750-1815 2008

29
10 13
Tropico 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Tropico 5

30
5 8
Supreme Ruler 2020 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

31
4 7
Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Stor... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm

32
7 11
Knights and Merchants is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Knights and Merchants

33
5 9
Supreme Ruler Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Supreme Ruler Ultimate

34
5 9
Heroes & Generals is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Heroes & Generals

35
4 8
Battle of Britain II: Wings of... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

36
3 7
March of the Eagles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
March of the Eagles

37
3 7
Supreme Ruler 2010 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

38
3 7
Civil War II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Civil War II

39
2 6
Sword of the Samurai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Sword of the Samurai 1989

40
6 11
Making History II: The War of ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Making History II: The War of the World 2010

41
5 10
Making History: The Great War is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Making History: The Great War

42
4 9
Close Combat - Gateway to Caen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Close Combat - Gateway to Caen

43
5 11
Faces of War is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time

44
4 10
Victory At Sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Victory At Sea

45
3 9
Advanced Tactics Gold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Advanced Tactics Gold

46
2 8
Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzk... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris

47
2 8
Memoir '44 Online is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Memoir '44 Online 2011

48
2 10
Open General is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Open General