The Best Real-time strategy Games

Update, : Minecraft Legends added at rank #31.
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Age of Empires IV (2021)

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Xbox One) PC Windows (Xbox Series X/s

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.


Pros:
  • 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
Cons:
  • Minor issues with HUD and unpolished animations

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

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Age of Empires II (2012)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition features “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new Civilizations. Frequent updates include events, additional content, new game modes, and enhanced features with the recent addition of Co-Op mode!


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

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Total War: WARHAMMER II (2017)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Total War: WARHAMMER II is an epic strategy game where you choose from 4 unique factions to save or destroy a fantasy world. With turn-based open-world campaign and tactical real-time battles, you can immerse yourself in a deep campaign or challenge players worldwide in multiplayer. With hundreds of hours of gameplay and each playthrough being different, you can level up Legendary Lords and Heroes, build alliances or declare total war, and control thousands-strong legions of soldiers with great military strategies, magic, and ferocious creatures.


Pros:
  • Expansive map and factions
  • Addition of new heroes and abilities
  • Introduces magic and abilities to the battles
  • Exciting to play and win
Cons:
  • No economy, diplomacy, religion, spies, trading or dynastic marriages
  • Battles are simpler than in Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms

  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time
  • tactical
  • fantasy
  • turn-based
  • war
  • resource
  • naval
  • empire
  • dinosaurs
  • economy
  • tabletop
  • historical
  • grand

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Halo Wars 2 (2017)

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Xbox 360 PC Windows Xbox One

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
  • battle
  • multiplayer
  • first-person
  • shooter

5

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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PC Windows maybe-Xbox One IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

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.


Pros:
  • Nice animations
  • Great setting
  • Well-balanced RTS
  • Cool historical stuff
  • Day and night cycles
Cons:
  • 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

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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Northgard (2018)

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PC Windows Android Linux IOS iPhone Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

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.


Pros:
  • 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
Cons:
  • 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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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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Total War: Attila (2015)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Against a darkening background of famine, disease and war, a new power is rising in the great steppes of the East. With a million horsemen at his back, the ultimate warrior king approaches, and his sights are set on Rome… The next instalment in the multi award-winning PC series that combines turn-based strategy with real-time tactics,...


  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time
  • historical
  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • war
  • empire
  • military
  • naval
  • economy
  • grand-strategy

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