The Best Real-time strategy Games

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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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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

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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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Halo Wars 2 (2017)

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Xbox One Xbox 360 PC Windows

After decades adrift and declared “lost with all hands,” the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire are mysteriously awoken above an ancient Forerunner haven known as the Ark. In Halo Wars 2, Captain Cutter and his crew will face one of humanity’s most formidable threats yet: The Banished – a fierce and powerful Brute faction led by a cunning and lethal warrior known as Atriox. Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield yet.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • card
  • multiplayer
  • battle

5

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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Homeworld Remastered Collection (2015)

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PC Windows Mac OS

Experience the epic space strategy games that redefined the RTS genre. Control your fleet and build an armada across more than 30 single-player missions. Choose unit types, fleet formations and flight tactics for each strategic situation.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • space
  • resource
  • battle
  • tactical
  • classic

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Ancestors Legacy (2018)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Xbox One

Lead your army to victory in Ancestors Legacy, a medieval real-time strategy game with breathtaking visuals and intensive gameplay mechanics. Choose from one of four nations and fight for control of medieval Europe through tactical planning, resource management and strategic advantages. The game's outstanding animations and cinematic camera create an immersive experience not to be missed. Play an extensive single player campaign or take on intense multiplayer battles with cross-play support. Ancestors Legacy offers a polished, historically rich RTS that is a treat for both genre newcomers and veterans alike.


What we like:
  • Nice animations
  • Great setting
  • Well-balanced RTS
  • Cool historical stuff
  • Day and night cycles
What could be improved:
  • Super boring gameplay
  • Destroying walls with handheld balista doesn't make sense
  • Lack of content
  • AI needs improvement
  • Units randomly stop and get slaughtered by archers

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • historical
  • medieval
  • battle
  • squad
  • tactical
  • multiplayer

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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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Tooth and Tail (2017)

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Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Lead the revolution with an army of flamethrowing Boars, mustard gas-lobbing Skunks, and paratrooper-puking Owls. Tooth and Tail is a Real-Time-Strategy game featuring Single Player, Online Competitive Play, Split Screen, Replays, and more. Build a base, lead your army, eat your enemies!


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • multiplayer
  • pixel
  • war
  • resource
  • battle
  • political
  • controller-support

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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
  • innovative

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