If you’re someone like me who enjoys playing games that allow you to control massive amount of armies, or rule over an alien empire then this top 5 list of the best strategy games are for you. Strategy games can be challenging so make sure you’re up for the challenge! 😉
With strategy games, you are the boss and you are in control. Each different game gives you unique scenarios where each decision you make can either leads you to victory, or you’re demise. You could be ruling over an empire, commanding an army of space aliens, or even blowing up a civilization. Strategy genre has it all.
Good strategy games are ageless. What I mean by this is that it doesn’t matter how old the game is it’s still going to be fun after years of playing it. One reason why is because some strategy games offer different scenarios every single time you play. You’re not bound to the same thing, you can change things up every time you play.
Before you continue, I would like to address that these games are not in any particular order. All the games listed here are all pretty good games and my personal favorites. I’ll probably be updating this list later on but for now these games are the best strategy games I’ve ever played.
#1: Total War – Medieval 2
All of the Total War’s series are really fun to play. But my favorite is the Medieval 2. In this turn-based game you’re basically the ruler of an empire and the goal is to conquer Europe and the Middle East. You develop villages to towns to cities and build yourself a huge army that crushes all your neighboring empires. But be wary because there are historic events that can affect your empire. All army units differ between different empires as well as battle tactics. You have to adapt to different situations in order to out win your enemies.
Medieval 2 isn’t all about building armies and conquering though. You have to manage you’re cities and castles well enough so that you have the funds to build your army. Then there is the diplomacy of the game where you make offers or demands to other factions.
This game can literally be played for hours and hours. There is just so many things you can do in this game like expanding onto new territories, making enemies and friends, waging war against superior empires, spying on enemies, getting betrayed by yours generals, and more.
If you like the feeling on controlling massive armies and conquering the world like Alexander the Great then Medieval 2 is seriously just the game for you. This brainy turn-based game will give you endless game time for your money.
Also I would recommend you checking out Total War: Shogun 2 as well. It comes second to Medieval 2 and has way better graphics. With Shogun 2 you get an action-packed theme of the Shogunate era where you become a clan leader who conquers Japan or allow your clan to become extinct.
Note: Only downside to Total War games is that they have download contents that cost extra money so I would recommend Total War game series when they are on sale in Steam.
#2: Company of Heroes 2
Now if you like the world war 2 era then Company of Heroes 2 will be the game for you. This RTS game has all of the action you can ever ask for. You are the commander and you have to lead you’re forces to victory by controlling and making all sorts of different tanks, infantry units, and artillery units. Company of Heroes 2 is seriously the most intense WWII RTS game ever created. Every second counts when your playing this game whether you are fighting against an AI or real player.
I personally love RTS games like CoH because they keep me on my toes at all times while I’m playing the game, especially, when I’m playing against other players. Also it’s in the strategy genre for a reason because you have to actually apply some strategy in order to win against other players. You have to counter enemy units and take strategic areas before the enemy does. Games like this really works your brain and makes you think. 😛
Note: Company of Heroes also has downloadable content and expansions that cost extra money.
#3: StarCraft 2
If WWII era isn’t your thing then check out StarCraft 2 which is one of my favorite all time RTS game. StarCraft is really an intense competitive strategy game where you have no leave room for any errors and every decision you make needs to be accurate and precise. You have to adapt to different scenarios and come up with strategies that outplay you’re opponents.
When you’re playing StarCraft you have to really be paying attention to everything that is going on because in order to win you have to be one step ahead of your enemy. You have to gather resources, upgrade units, create more units, expand your base, and control your units all at the same time. I don’t know about everyone but this game really can get my heart pumping every time I play.
There are 3 playable race in StarCraft – Terran, Zerg, and Protoss. Terrans are the human race where they use mechanic weaponry to fight off other races. Zerg are basically an alien experiment gone wrong and they’re basically creatures that evolve and swarm in massive amounts. Think of Zerg as the aliens in the movie Alien Vs. Predator. Protoss are an advanced alien race that have advanced technology and really are an ancient civilization. Think of Protoss as the predators in AvP movie.
If you like competitive strategy games then StarCraft is really for you. There really is nothing more competitive in the RTS realm then StarCraft (in my opinion).
Note: StarCraft 2 has 3 expansions. 1) Wings of Liberty, 2) Heart of the Swarm, and 3) Legacy of the Void.
#4: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM is for those who want to save the world from a massive alien invasion. This game is really fun to play and I honestly enjoy playing it even after beating the game couple times. Game play is mostly about your squad that you control and every decision you make can affect the lives of each individual squad member. Every step you take should be carefully thought out or else you’re whole squad can end up in the wrong side of an alien plasma rifle and cannon.
In XCOM, you’re able to manage your squads talents and abilities, and even give them personal identities by naming them after your dog, friends, or heroes. You have to upgrade the weapons you’re squad uses to get a better advantage in battle. Might even have to recruit new soldiers when your beloved squad member perishes in the battle field. Or you can just load up a saved game if that floats your boat.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown can give you many hours of game play and fun. Every scenario you play is going to be different as well as the outcome of the battle.
Note: There is a downloadable content for XCOM which is called XCOM: Enemy Within. It’s basically an upgrade version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I would recommend you play both. There is the XCOM 2 as well once you finished playing all the XCOM: Enemy Within.
#5: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
When I first saw this game, I really had my doubts about whether this game will be good but I was completely wrong. Sins offers a intertwine of a 4X strategy game with a RTS platform. It’s probably a rare thing to see but Sins actually makes it work and the game play is quite enjoyable.
You have different race waging war against each other. Space battle is probably one of the coolest things you’ll experience and this game gives you that. In game you’ll be nuking planets, blowing up battleships, making allies, waging war, taking over planets, traveling between planets in hyperspace, and more.
When you play this game, you’re not trying to conquer planets, instead you’re trying to conquer the galaxy. 😉
Well there you have it, my top 5 list of the best strategy games that you can play. Do you agree with my top 5 list? Or do you have a recommendation for another strategy game for your fellow gamers? Let us know in the comment below!