The Best Real-time Games

Update : Last Train Home added at rank #5.
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Age of Empires II (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X

Step into the ultimate strategy game, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Command civilizations through 1,000 years of history, experience stunning remastered graphics and sound, and engage in epic battles. With over 200 hours of gameplay, this beloved strategy game offers endless excitement and challenges. Will you rise to greatness?


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with over 200 hours of content
  • Stunning remastered graphics and sound
  • Variety of civilizations offering unique gameplay experiences
  • Intuitive interface and automation of tasks
  • Engaging multiplayer mode with dedicated servers
What could be improved:
  • Performance issues on lower-end hardware
  • Logic and pathfinding issues
  • Repetitive background music
  • Lack of scenario or campaign editor

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • historical
  • battle
  • economy
  • military

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Aliens: Dark Descent (2023)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X

In Aliens: Dark Descent, you'll command a squad of Colonial Marines to halt a horrifying Xenomorph outbreak. With open levels, strategic gameplay, and intense squad shooting, you'll be kept on the edge of your seat. Customize your soldiers, manage your resources, and outsmart the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced. Can you stop the outbreak before it's too late?

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What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a unique twist
  • Variety of enemies and maps
  • Rewarding squad building mechanics
  • Solid sound design
  • Well-executed level and environmental design
What could be improved:
  • Unmemorable characters
  • Limited customization options

  • squad
  • real-time
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • aliens
  • stealth
  • horror
  • survival-horror

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Age of Empires IV (2021)

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Xbox One) PC Windows (Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X/s Xbox One

Age of Empires IV is an immersive real-time strategy game set in the medieval age, featuring 8 diverse civilizations, three ways to win a match, challenge missions and stunning visuals and audio designs. Players can choose their difficulty level and explore documentary-driven campaigns or team up with friends for AI battles or online multiplayer matches.


What we like:
  • Intuitive UI
  • Realistic units & weapons
  • Three ways to win a match
  • Stunning visuals & audio designs
  • Challenge missions
  • Documentary-driven campaigns
  • Team up with friends for AI battles or online multiplayer matches
  • Educational elements
What could be improved:
  • Minor issues with HUD and unpolished animations

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • historical
  • battle
  • economy
  • military
  • resource

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Age of Empires III (2020)

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PC Windows n-gage Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile Mac OS

Step into the shoes of a powerful civilization leader in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Command epic battles, explore stunning 4K graphics, and dive into captivating story campaigns. With a robust community and rotating content, there's always a new challenge waiting. Whether you're a seasoned strategist or a newbie, this game will keep you hooked!


What we like:
  • Updated edition with all DLCs
  • Beautiful graphics and immersive gameplay
  • Fun story campaigns with engaging storytelling
  • Unique RTS ideas
  • Smooth gameplay with minimal bugs
What could be improved:
  • Overwhelming information display
  • Limited team game options in multiplayer

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • historical
  • battle
  • economy
  • resource
  • military

5

Last Train Home (2023)

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PC Windows

The Great War is over - the fight continues. Command a legion of soldiers, desperately trying to make their way home amidst the chaos of civil war. Lead them through the unforgiving wilderness onboard an armored train. Manage your crew and resources and try to survive.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • war
  • historical
  • management
  • unforgiving
  • squad
  • survival
  • trains

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Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X

Celebrating its first year of delighting millions of global players, the award-winning and best-selling strategy franchise continues with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition, putting you at the center of even more epic historical battles that shaped the world.


  • strategy
  • real-time
  • historical
  • battle
  • rich
  • military
  • best-selling
  • driven
  • empire
  • economy
  • documentary
  • multiplayer
  • innovative
  • classic

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Pikmin 4 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Pikmin 4 is a highly engaging and enjoyable game that focuses on exploration and the feeling of being small in a human world. The addition of Oatchi, a playable character who can jump, swim, and carry the Pikmin army, fundamentally changes the gameplay and adds a new dynamic to the series. Pikmin 4 is a near flawless game that offers a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay with new dynamic
  • Unique abilities and challenges with new Pikmin species
  • Strategic night missions
  • Helpful rewind feature
  • Dandori Battles and Challenges add competition and efficiency
What could be improved:
  • Limited co-op mode
  • Constant mention of Dandori can become tiresome
  • Minor issues with Pikmin getting stuck in the environment

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • cooperative
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • battle
  • plant
  • tower-defense
  • squad
  • dungeon
  • split-screen
  • earth
  • adventure
  • resource
  • competitive

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Starship Troopers - Terran Command (2022)

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PC Windows

In Starship Troopers: Terran Command, you take command of the Mobile Infantry and fight in an exciting military campaign against the Arachnid threat. With immersive storyline campaign, deep tactical gameplay, and explosive action, you'll experience the heroic war against the Bug and ensure human civilization dominates the galaxy. Get ready for lots of Bugs, gore, and thrilling gameplay in this real-time strategy game set in the Starship Troopers universe.


What we like:
  • Fun and immersive gameplay
  • Faithful to the movies and lore
  • Simple and tactical squad shooter gameplay
  • Shows love to the community
  • Based on the Starship Troopers universe
What could be improved:
  • Difficult to control units without micromanaging
  • Scorpion bug is too strong
  • No base building or resource gathering

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • squad
  • sci-fi
  • war
  • military

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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE (2021)

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Playstation 5 PC Windows

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE - join a group of idealists fighting against the Shinra Electric Power Company, who are destroying the planet for their own gain. With a mix of traditional and real-time action combat and stunning graphics, the classic game has been re-born with new elements and an expanded story. The new DLC episode featuring Yuffie Kisaragi adds more excitement to the game. Get ready to save the world from certain doom!


What we like:
  • Deep and engaging storyline
  • Stunning graphics
  • Fun and exciting gameplay
  • Expansion of original story with character development
  • Exciting DLC with promising plot
What could be improved:
  • Departure from original storyline may disappoint some fans
  • Too much padding
  • Micro-stutters and performance issues on some systems

  • rpg
  • ninja
  • remake
  • japanese
  • real-time
  • combat
  • fps
  • jrpg
  • fight
  • action
  • battle
  • turn-based
  • first-person
  • narrative
  • tower-defense

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Airships: Conquer the Skies (2018)

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Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!


  • grand-strategy
  • real-time
  • naval
  • steampunk
  • strategy
  • i
  • wargame
  • 4x
  • authentic
  • pvp
  • data-driven
  • cooperative
  • mech
  • combat
  • tanks

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