The Best Real-time strategy Games

Update : Homeworld 3 added at rank #2.
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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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Homeworld 3 (2024)

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PC Windows Android

Tactical, beautiful, and wholly unique, the GOTY-winning sci-fi RTS returns with Homeworld 3. Assume control and battle through fleet combat in dazzling, fully 3D space while the award-winning story unfolds on a galactic scale.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • battle
  • sci-fi
  • resource
  • rogue-like
  • space

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Company of Heroes 3 (2023)

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PC Windows Android Playstation 5 Xbox Series X

Company of Heroes 3 is an explosive real-time strategy game with stunning cinematic presentation and bombastic firefights. With its wide range of content, from single-player to co-op to PvP, and its brilliantly detailed maps and animations, Company of Heroes 3 is sure to provide hours of thrilling entertainment.


What we like:
  • Dynamic campaign mode
  • Beautiful visuals
  • Variety of factions with unique abilities and upgrades
  • Interesting tactical choices in the heat of battle
  • Scripted missions with bespoke objectives
What could be improved:
  • Campaign can be too easy at times
  • Not enough multiplayer maps at launch

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • artillery
  • battle
  • tanks
  • war
  • world-war-2
  • squad
  • cover

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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

5

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.


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

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

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

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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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Unicorn Overlord (2024)

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

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?

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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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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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