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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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Hearts of Iron IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Hearts of Iron IV
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Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Hearts of Iron III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Aug 07 2009
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Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Sep 03 2013
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Victoria II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Victoria II
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Europa Universalis III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Wargame: AirLand Battle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Men of War: Assault Squad 2
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Men of War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Wargame: Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: Red Dragon
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Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game
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SuperPower 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Oct 11 2004
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DCS World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
DCS World
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Wargame: European Escalation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Wargame: European Escalation Feb 23 2012
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Battlestations: Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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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
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Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
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Battle Fleet 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Battle Fleet 2
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Silent Hunter III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Silent Hunter III
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Graviteam Tactics: Operation S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star
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Ultimate General: Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Ultimate General: Gettysburg
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March of the Eagles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
March of the Eagles
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Supreme Ruler 1936 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time
Supreme Ruler 1936
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Supreme Ruler 2010 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Simulation Games of All Time