The Best Real-time strategy Games

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Battle Realms: Zen Edition (2019)

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early access PC Windows

Return of the Classic, now remastered! Battle Realms is a fantasy RTS inspired by the stories told in martial- arts movies and oriental mythology. Develop your peasants into a highly trained and deadly efficient clan of warriors who are ready to die with your name on their lips.

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  • strategy
  • real-time
  • horses
  • resource

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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.


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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Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (2014)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Age of Mythology is back! Choose your god and take to the battlefield in this classic, upgraded with full Steamworks integration and enhanced features.

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  • real-time
  • mythology
  • strategy
  • resource
  • historical
  • military
  • buildings
  • online
  • economy
  • single-player
  • nostalgia

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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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SpellForce (2006)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone

Included in the Platinum Edition are three titles:SpellForce: The Order of DawnIn a world beyond imagination...In their immeasurable greed and constant thirst for power, the thirteen most powerful Mages of all time doomed the land, hurling it into an endless spiral of chaos and despair.


  • strategy
  • rpg
  • real-time
  • fantasy

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Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (2008)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox 360

In the name of Kane! The Command & Conquer™ series continues to thrive with Command & Conquer™ 3: Kane’s Wrath. As the expansion pack to the critically-acclaimed and fan favorite, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™, this Real-time Strategy (RTS) game returns to the Tiberium Universe with Kane at the center of an epic new...


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tanks

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DEFCON (2006)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Inspired by the 1983 cult classic film, Wargames, DEFCON superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion of the Cold War era, playing on the fascinating aspects of psychological gameplay that occur during strategic nuclear warfare. You play a General hidden deep within an underground bunker.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • war
  • multiplayer
  • military
  • submarine
  • online
  • atmospheric
  • naval
  • survival
  • tactical
  • resource
  • cold
  • full-scale
  • real-world

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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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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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Company of Heroes (2006)

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PC Windows Android IOS iPhone

Delivering a visceral WWII gaming experience, Company of Heroes redefines RTS by bringing the sacrifice of heroic soldiers, war-ravaged environments, and dynamic battlefields to life. Please visit the "Company of Heroes - Legacy Edition" page for additional user reviews.


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

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