The Best Real-time strategy Games for Xbox One

Update : Unicorn Overlord added at rank #5.
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Age of Empires II (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One

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

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

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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
  • historical
  • real-time
  • battle
  • rich
  • military
  • best-selling
  • driven
  • empire
  • economy
  • documentary
  • innovative
  • resource-management

5

Unicorn Overlord (2024)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X j Xbox Series X/s

Unicorn Overlord is mesmerizing blend of strategy and RPG magic by Vanillaware. Command Prince Alain in a high-stakes quest to reclaim his kingdom, mastering intricate battles and forging alliances. With a vast world teeming with secrets, strategic depth, and a cast that grows on you, every decision shapes your legacy. Are you ready to lead?


What we like:
  • Deep strategic gameplay with real-time and pause mechanics
  • Extensive character customization enhances tactical depth
  • Engaging story with memorable side quests
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork and immersive soundtrack
  • Rich world-building through character interactions
What could be improved:
  • Generic main storyline
  • Managing large armies can become tedious

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time
  • japanese
  • combat
  • pause
  • narrative
  • empire
  • fight
  • fantasy

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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.

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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

7

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?


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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Northgard (2018)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Join the Viking explorers in Northgard, a new land filled with danger, riches, and mystery. Assemble your settlement, assign your vikings to various jobs, and manage your resources carefully to survive harsh winters and fend off vicious beasts. Expand, conquer, trade or become a God in a game that offers unique strategies and victory conditions. With multi-level AI and dedicated servers, you can play against your friends and grind your way up to the final Norse God rank.

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What we like:
  • Fun and addicting RTS game
  • Focuses on core mechanics of building and expanding settlement with minimal micromanagement
  • Offers a less time-consuming experience compared to other RTS games
  • Immersive atmosphere with breathtaking landscapes
  • Challenges players to think strategically and make tough decisions
What could be improved:
  • Slow-paced gameplay for RTS games
  • Inconsistent balancing with some clans being overpowered
  • Low playerbase

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • city-building
  • trading
  • resource-management
  • military
  • mythology
  • tile
  • vikings
  • simulation
  • management
  • 4x
  • base-building
  • multiplayer
  • war

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Dungeons 3 (2017)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One

In Dungeons 3, you are a Dungeon Lord who has enlisted the help of the dark elf Thalya to defeat the forces of good. Build your own underground dungeon filled with traps and structures, and raise an army with creatures such as orcs and zombies. With randomly generated levels and a new co-op mode, this dungeon sim offers endless hours of fun for any evil conqueror.

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What we like:
  • Fun dungeon building mechanics
  • Above-ground combat adds variety
  • Lots of Easter eggs and pop culture references
  • Great narrator
  • Fun to play with a partner or friend
What could be improved:
  • Some cringy jokes
  • Mechanics can feel a bit dumbed down
  • Graphics are decent but not amazing

  • dungeon
  • strategy
  • simulation
  • real-time
  • cooperative
  • management
  • protagonist
  • dark
  • comedy
  • funny

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Death Crown (2019)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

Death Crown is a minimalist real time strategy game in a 1bit style, where you will be play Death herself, commanding her legions of death, and punishing humanity's Kingdom for its overconfidence.


  • real-time
  • minimalist
  • strategy
  • cooperative
  • local
  • fantasy
  • hex
  • tower-defense
  • base-building
  • pixel
  • dark
  • war
  • atmospheric
  • building
  • grid

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