Top Ten Best RTS Games

The top ten best real-time strategy games of all time. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

StarCraft Original lacked in balance between races, so it is incorrect to list it as number one. In fact, it was StarCraft: Brood War that brought the balance to the game.

The fact that top pros in the literally most competitive gaming environment ever managed to completely reinvent their play styles at least a dozen times over the past decade just proves how infinite SC:BW really is when it comes to the freedom a player is given.

SC:BW remains the one and only game that gives the player an absolute freedom in deciding on which element of RTS to focus as well as adjust the pace of the game accordingly - no other RTS has ever done it, as WC3 has a catastrophic macro aspect and zero to none multitasking on 50 different locations for 50 different reasons which you have to decide for yourself in every second of the game. Accordingly, StarCraft 2 has a very specific ratio of micro and macro presence in the game, making it fast but with a pre-determined pace that players cannot alter (i. e. build orders have fixed timings, whereas in SC:BW you could literally do the same build order for 4 years in a row and after 2-3 years you'll notice you're actually doing everything 60 seconds faster or more)
Simply the best RTS game made in history.
Thousands of players over 10 years after release quite speaks for itself.

If in doubt, go buy it now for practically nothing, and try it out yourself!
Pure gold from the time Blizzard still had soul and focused on quality.
The biggest game in the whole game industry. Balanced on a level which has no competitor. Tons of options, no forced gameplay. I'm still in love with Protoss
[Newest]It was once the best selling game in South Korea
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2Company of Heroes
The best game I have ever played!
This game is always the best Real-Time Strategy game.
You should try Company of heroes Online!
You will like it.
Great game that does best what an RTS should do - focus on strategy.
realistic war. Tank cannot kill with rifle like some other RTS games.
[Newest]This game is insanely realistic & tons of fun.
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3WarCraft III
Realy good game, perfect balance.
Handy map editor so you can create very good mods.
One of them (dota) is really nice to play.
WarCraft 3 is the best. Like the other person said, it has a good map editor. The Frozen Throne expansion had an AMAZING story. The four races are:Human, Orcs, The Night Elves and The undead. The units of each race are on a different scale. FORGET THIS! I forgot to mention heroes. The heroes are your generals, your most powerful units. Each level grants you an ability point. For example, the human blood mage, gets phoenix at level 6.
Quality RTS Game. 3D Graphics and 4 Different races.
Uses, an amazing game server!
One downside the 4 races may seem unbalanced.
[Newest]Still have it on my comp one of the best over balanced game ever made

4Age of Empires III
Best RTS of all time hands down. Only reason it wasn't more popular than AOEII is that the graphics where ahead of it's time. Took a beefy machine to run this game and not many people could play it unless all of the affects where turned off. The graphics are still ahead of most RTS's that have been released in the last 3 years. That is an amazing thing. There still is not an RTS that even comes close to touching AOEI in any way especially with the Asian Dynasties expansion pack. If you didn't rank this first, it's likely only because you haven't played it yet and have no clue what you are talking about.

Microsoft where complete and utter fools to close ensemble studios. The only bad thing about this game, is it will ruin any other RTS experience for you. Nothing else measures up to date. I'm not interested in playing any other RTS though I've tried almost all of them. Truly sad Microsoft's lack of foresight on this. Even more sad that they are holding onto the rights.
Beats Total War in my opinion. Its has both jaw dropping graphics and easy to learn gameplay. Good for Pros and Newcomers alike. AOE still holds the throne for the Best historic RTS game...
the 3rd edition of the great series moves to America with better graphics


[Newest]Love this game have played out for years

5Rise of Nations
While other games may have better graphics and smoother mechanics, Rise of Nations has the nostalgia feel that no other game can match for me. Plus, the stability of it on pretty much any system makes it a must get for any RTS gamer, especially for those who don't have top-of-the-line systems.
Huge variety and complexity, beautifully crafted and presented this is a cracking, immerse game. Full of subtle touches as you progress and constantly varying dynamics. This is my all time favorite game by a mile. On the surface, it may seem like AOE 2/3, but in my opinion it is far better and more interesting.
This is very interesting game. I like it. I need another version of this game.

[Newest]Best RTS game in my opinion, the only thing I miss, and I don't get why Microsoft didn't include them, are walls.

6Supreme Commander
I BeastmodeGuNs Believe that supreme commander forged Alliance is good RTS for a few reasons, first off is gameplay

There are 4 Different Factions to supreme Commander Forged Alliance Each Having their own units and structures, and in supreme commander FA, you can control 100s of units On maps ranging from the smaller 5x5 and 10x10 to the Larger 20X20 and 40x40 and even 81x81

Each faction has at least 30 different units you can use to defeat your opponent including Land Forces, Air Units, and Naval Units, as well as units called Experimentals which you can use to turn the tide of the battle,

you also have your main Unit called the ACU which you use to start your base if you have the "prebuild base" option off, not only can you use an ACU for constructing a base, building up your resources (mass and energy) and create factories to make units but you can also use your ACU for combat purpose, and the ACU for each faction also has a array of upgrades to choose from including shield generators, upgrades so you can building more things with your ACU, upgrades for its weaponry ETC.
there are also SCUs which are similar to ACUs but have different upgrades and can be built unlike the ACU. And there are also engineers that you can make from any kind of factory to build with

The Graphics if you have them on A higher setting are pretty good I think, and the strategic zoom feature that allows you to zoom out and see the entire battle field can help so you can look around the battle field much quicker and see it from a view that is different from other RTS games, Each Faction also has there own skinning and textures, the User Interface of each Faction is even a bit different in terms of design. But the game does require a fairly decent computer to run on higher graphics and see many things on the battlefield without lag.

The game also has its own "Player Driven Community" due to the GPGNet client's death by THQ, though the community which has patches and cool features that get added to it actually turns out to be better then the official client in my opinion, this community is called FAF or Forged Alliance Forever.

as for mods and Maps, there a decent number of Officially made maps to choose from some can be good as well as many epic community made maps that can be downloaded on the FAF client that can all be played, with each map though, its likely you will have to change your strategy based on the map and opponent and allied players movements in action that can range from small 1v1 matches to the larger 6v6 matches with players.

As for Mods there are many nice mods that include adding new units and buildings, bug fixes and rebalancing, mods that can bring new and different features, and even a mod or 2 that allows for a new faction, though you there are a few on the client.

as for single player campaign I will let you find out your self, but overall I think the game is a pretty good RTS for its time and that even now it is still a great RTS compared to the stuff that is made now,

So I recommend that you try supreme commander Forged Alliance, you can get it off of amazon for only around 10$ I got in at the end of 2010 and thought it was worth it, though you may not find the experience the best on a not that good computer even though I have a better one now, the game is still good for many things,

Despite how unknown it is I think it deserves to be known more then Supreme Commander 2 which Is ok but not near as good as forged alliance...
One of the best RTS's I've ever played, fast, tactical and intense.
This game has the biggest battle scale on the list, you can command hundreds of units at once and then view at it's epic-scale battles, I didn't like the second one personally, not sure what you guys think...
[Newest]Not better than Total Annihilation, as this "evolution" lost many of its good ideas reducing the maps and unit types.
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7Age of Empires II
Yes, the best RTS and one of the best games of all time. Why? Because it was the true definition of an RTS game series of whom got it start before Starcraft. It boasted 13 civilizations, although similar, each has unique units and abilities like faster work rate, stronger infantry, stronger cavalry, and is loaded with variety that changes your approach to strategy with each civilization. Terrain variety; sand, dirt, water, different forest types, and later snow and ice. This game had great graphics not only for its time but it still looks great. Even though I have AOE3 running on a great computer, I still consider AOE2's graphics superior because of the smooth gameplay and uncluttered feel. Not to put Starcraft down but I just do not like it, I have made myself play it so many times just because everyone makes it seem so good that I want to experience that joy, and I only end up with a headache and slight wanting-to-puke feelings. Not only do I feel Age of Empires 2 is my favorite RTS, but I honestly feel it is the best, and for good reason. If you haven't played this, don't watch videos and read about, go get AoE2 with the conquerors expansion, and just play it.
Age of empires 2 two was my third RTS game, the first was dune, then came red alert, then Age of Empires 2. The first age of empires lacked the finesse of being a great game due to the lack of large populations, but once I played AoE 2 I truly fell in love with RTS. Age of Empires 2 has a variety of gameplay that most RTS games lack. The seeded maps tend to make games unpredictable due to the random positions of resources, this meant that I had to come out with strategies on the spot, in addition to requiring base building mobility, my macro and micro were both equally important. If I did not micro my scout and worker positions at the start of the game I could be 7 minutes behind a rival, the most single mistakes could cost me dearly in games. That is not to say that Age of Empires 2 was fun only because of PvP, going against computers was very fun too, in fact it occupied 90% of the time I played AoE 2, 1 vs 6 hardest AIs. The game had very interesting aspects to it, very often when I found creating the most worthless units for situations, there was always a way I could find a solution aside from the nooby villager rush. (I never rushed with villagers because players I played against know how to counter it fast and punish hard). Age of Empires 2 has very good graphics compared to most games for its quality and much more smooth...

I'm surprised people rank age of empire 2 under the others, for no one who is a truly well enjoyed/experienced RTS player would say this game deserves a rank of 11...

Graphics do not determine a very Qualitative RTS, its all about gameplay, compatibility, smoothness, variety, adaptability, and capability to be competitive.
The perfect RTS. The only flaw I can find is possibly the inability to create self-perpetuating income. However, relics and the market do enable even this. Random map is the single most amazing element of any RTS, ever. Three ways to win, not including regicide, keeps everyone in a multiplayer game even after they've been reduced to a single peasant. Four resources creates nice complexity and allows for alternate resource starvation strategies. The thought that was put into the game by the developers, I mean eight different food sources for heaven's sake, is astounding. And balance... Ah balance... While other RTS games claim to have balance, AoE II is the standard for balance, because each race is the same, except for the differences, which are the strategic point of the game and were your choice in the first place. If Age of Empires II were to receive some very minor graphic upgrades, exactly the same proportions, just better animations, better lighting, better water textures and such, it would be the only RTS you need... Just as is Battlefield 1942 the only FPS you need.
[Newest]Amazing game, my first RTS, simple enough for children to play (I first played it when I was 10) but still provides a challenge at any age.
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8Empire Earth
Empire Earth (along with its expansion, EE:AoC) was an amazing game for its time. I still find myself returning to it from time to time.

It simply is an amazing RTS with gameplay that spans the history of man.
In most RTS games you can end a match in 30 minutes. In Empire Earth a match may last for hours and maybe days. The game also is the only one that has 15 epochs while others RTS games don't have more than 4. That's why its the best RTS game of all time!
Empire Earth is the Best Game of All Time should be Top 5 Atleast its better then Ages of Empires
[Newest]This and Rise of Nations are great often overlooked RTS games.

9StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Everything about this game is great, but a few things stand out. First it is simple but can be turned into something complicated for more advanced players. 2nd there are so many different types of completely unique strategys instead of the plain old, build and attack and hope you built faster then the other guy. And 3rd, YOU CAN BUNCH UP YOUR UNITS. This seems trivial but the main thing I notice about other rts games that ticks me off is that the units are so spread out and don't follow a direct path, they just kind of walk arond in circles a couple times trying to get to the objective or they wont get into a small space so you can control them easily.
Best of the bests...
Awesome Graphics, gameplay, sounds.

Just keep me playing months ago...
Been a StarCraft lover since I was 8, but once StarCraft II came out, I thought the original became obsolete. Easily in the top ten, but Blizzard overdid themselves. And with the never-ending possibilities and bug-fixes in the game, it never gets old. How they will top this in StarCraft I (if they make one) is going to be extraordinarily difficult.
[Newest]It is the best RTS game on the market ATM

10The Lord of The Rings: The Battle For Middle Earth
This game is very simple but each races distinct units and abilities balance the all out and make every game wide open for anyone playing. It has a very accurate to the movies campaign and all the heroes from the films. In one moment you can go from being attacked by archers to have a Balrog knocking down your gate and destroying everything, this game gets crazy fast. If you're looking for an rts that focuses on combat and units more than city building give this game a try.
This game is excellent. Not to mention it is great fun to relive the films as RTS. All expansions take you deeper into the world of Middle Earth.
Seriously? This is one of the greatest RTS games in existence! Great campaign mode, multi-playability (until they shut down the online play.. Thank you to Gameranger and other sites for keeping it alive ), and the second one and its expansion are even better! You can't put a price on games like these but sadly you need an older computer to even run the game. Thank you Windows for being stupid!

The Contenders

11Total Annihilation
The first RTS game to display 3D generated units and terrain (no sprites! ), affecting things like terrain that can block shots depending on high the shot is fired, and turrets that swivel and fire with every pixel.
Various worlds to ravage upon, including metal, beach, volcanic, ice and no land water based worlds (Yes, this game features a lot of sea/amphibious units).
This is a game about awesome game play - not a 'movie'
One of the first mainstream futuristic RTS's without this you wouldn't have half the amount of real time strategy games on this top 10.
Best game ever - hundreds of different units allows true strategy, and having to defend against air, sea and land attacks just makes it all the more awesome. Epic online battles with shared resources allowed strategy of the type not seen in other online Real Time Strategy games, where each player can play their part - some people farming resources - others concentrating on defense or attack, not just for themselves - but for their team.
[Newest]This was the first RTS game I was ever introduced to, played it when I was 6, 12 years on, still playing it
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12Command and Conquer 3
In C&C series, RA 2 yuri is the best for me, you can out wit others with in 5 min. A lot of fast fast and long game strategies, good story line, good music. Bad side, too many mods and bugs, and map always reveal after explored, make it hard to sneak in. In entertaining perspective, I would rank ra2 yuri only after warcraft 3, only because warcraft3 has ton of custom and ton of players online.
The most best games ever made, yet it is so underestimated these games deserve more.
The stories are very well done and the units are very well conceived.
Over the years the games become more beautiful pity that C ^^ C 4 Tiberium Twilight is different than I expected.
I can not say what's the best but if I had to pick it would be C ^^ C 3, the graphic image of it is just too beautiful it's a demanding game.
It is a pity that they do so as a long game.
On a scale of 1 / 10 I would say a 9.
I can not wait until they release a new game.
It is definitely a game that everyone should play once.
The first rts game. Best rts saga. Great game with great characters and story. The other strategy games compare to this are just crap.
[Newest]Command and conquer makes he best RtS games

13WarHammer 40000
This is coming from someone who has played Warhammer 40,000 all throughout his life and sees it as not just a simple hobby but essentially a life long love and something that you must go through with love, determination, and wits to be successful in. Warhammer 40,000 deserves to be ranked higher, but this rank is as we all know good as well. It combines science fiction, tactics, as well as good 'ole blood and gore. All Warhammer players also realize the sheer awesomeness of the chainsword as well
Fast paced, frenetic, squad based combat, 7 playable races, and a sandbox turn-based campaign map for single player. Minimized resource management and maximum unit management. Customize-able squads allow you to change not only the look of the unit and your army as a whole but the functionality of the squad being upgraded, allowing for endless combinations, strategies, and tactics
This should easily be in the top 10. With a much different and overall better take on RTS genre instead of the usual mass worker go gather resource instead you use your army to capture strategic points on the map to generate income take critical location to get a countdown victory a much more varied way to win then just destroy your opponent, adds a lot more strategy to the game. Has a amazing cover system as well as most troops able to melee as well as shoot. I could keep going on how amazing this game is it's just that damn good.
[Newest]Long live the Emperor! Watch the Imperium of Mankind through its finest hour. It is a great strategy game for all people and easy to understand.

After so many years Homeworld still looks fine to me, and I saw in very few space strategies those excellent mechanics of rockets and other stuff dealing damage to enemies at impact, not only ugly and stupid animations like those in Sins of solar empire. That always made this game looks and feels so great for me. Epic storyline, based on original Battlestar Galactica series, joined with excellent soundtrack (Adagio for strings by Samuel Barber especially) and voice acting makes this game just most epic experience in my gamer life.
The 3D world makes you think and play in ways that are fun and difficult at the same time along with intense massive battles with a great story line, combine that with awesome multiplayer and great Ai and you have a perfect game.
I recently got this game, and its 2011! But seriously, amazing game, good story line, and fun gameplay. Pure miracle for its time
[Newest]Homeworld was my all time favorite when I was growing up, The scale of the fights, the story line in the campaign was great, Heck I even cried in the Homeworld 2 campaign and that is something I've never done before.

15Stronghold: Crusader
It's an RTS game mixed with a castle simulator. There are so many ways you can approach any one situation. The enemy has a large castle? Sneak in a bunch of slaves and burn his crops to the ground! What, his gate's are always locked? Send in some knights to attack the walls, and then send in assassins to open the gate from the other side!

Not to mention the genuine feel of running your own castle! The characters are fun to play against, and the dynamic market system was a feature that not many games bothered to introduce into their games yet.
One of the first games I played. And it got my attention since first time I played it. I like how real everything is about managing your castle. The happyness, the combat, building, economy, everything kept me with this game untill today
Best RTS game ever in my opinion. Its simplicity, fused with its fun factor clearly makes game really entertaining! Much better than any other game of its genre.

16Rome: Total War
The best of two worlds, turn base and RTS all in one, also one of the best eras for strategy war games. Still playing it, and loving it.
Honestly the most satisfying RTS game and also one that uses true brains and strategy rather than producing more than your enemy can, unit placement and movements are key and morale is what makes this game a true strategy game.
A totally different approach to RTS than other RTS games. If you are looking for a realistic RTS then this is the best. Battles and affairs of state are kept seperate in the game allowing for battles to be extremely realistic.
[Newest]What this should be top 5 for sure

17Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology was the first game I ever played... So much memories... After 10 years, I still play it, and I enjoy it the same. That says something, doesn't it? It's just something else... It's the very definition of a simple game, yet it's awesome...

AoM for ever!


I love this game to death! My only regret is that it faced a natural death as newer games stole the spotlight. To this day I secretly hope that everyone will discover what a great game it is.
I used to no life age of mythology for so long... Great game! I really enjoyed it because the strategy is a lot like real life!

[Newest]Very Underrated and surely deserves higher than #17 spot, for it's one of the best RTS games ever made.

18Heroes of Might and Magic III
Best strategy game ever made. No strategy game since then even came close to its brilliance.
Best strategy game ever made. Since then no other game has come even close to its brilliance.
Just amazing. I still play this game today, it's just so amazing. If you haven't tried it, give it a go at once!

19Command & Conquer
The first game.. just because of its epicness.
Awesome music as well. Frank Klepacki rocks!


The original Command & Conquer wasn't only a great game, it had a spirit that most newer games lack. Sure it had it's problems, but the feeling this game produced is completely unique, the first Red Alert being the only one that can even compare.
I played C&C right after I played red alert 2 and yuris revenge, westwood will always hold a special place in my heart when it comes to RTS game, but the C&C serious up till tiberium wars will always be my favorite RTS games

20Planetary Annihilation
Isn't even out yet, and it's already my favorite game.
If it delivers on even half of it's promises, it will be the best RTS ever.

Having followed it on Kickstarter, and read all I can come across on the subject, I can say that I have the deepest faith in these industry veterans to deliver a pure-breed strategy game of truly epic proportions.

I loved their previous work, and this time they are entirely unhindered by any publisher telling them what to do. Creativity unleashed, and a true passion for Real-Time Strategy. How could it possibly go wrong?

Well, it could turn out to take 23 years to develop, but other than that?
Looks Great. The fact that they promise the use of asteroids as bombs is epic. Planetary Annihilation will be epic. Hope the hype won't kill this game. Maybe it will get in top ten someday.
Tired of have corners in your RTS game map. Now in this game there are no corners and no ends in the map. the whole planet is your map. Even more, the whole solar system is your map.

21Warcraft II
On top of nostalgia value, this game has a lot to credit it: an interesting and well developed plot, a quintessential RTS mechanic, cool units, even good atmosphere (including the funny quotes your units say if you click on them over and over again - and who could forget exploding sheep? ). Starcraft is basically just this game set in space (and the leftovers of a lost Warhammer 40k lisence), and frankly Warcraft 3 failed to meet the standard that this game set.
I could go through the hassle of writing a clear and precise analysis on why it's easily the most perfect RTS ever made, but you newbies wouldn't understand anyways.

22Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
This is and always will be one of my favorite games of all time next to Home-world, The massive scale of things and the fact that offense isn't always best like in almost every game you play out there.
I tried so many games, but this is so good! Try mods like experimental wars and you will love it!
The best RTS of all time! Don't need to say more.

23Medieval II: Total War
Very creative and beautiful game
Way better than Rome
One of the best

24Command & Conquer Generals
Good graphics and exciting game play. Campaigns are great. Challenge mode in zero hour is my favorite as well. Spent hundreds of hours to play this game in my collage.
One of the greatest RTS games of all time, a lot of possible strategies, excellent graphics for his period, unfortunately the expansion is a little unbalanced
Best game ever. It still feels current with everything that is going on in the world. Fun and simple game play too!
[Newest]Best multiplayer after company of heroes

25Shogun 2: Rise of Samurai

26Cossacks: European Wars
One of the best games I have ever played
Fantastic game, with huge armies!

27Tom Clancy's EndWar
I understand this isn't like a lot of RTS games out there but that is what makes it so great and my favorite, the fact that it is all about utilizing strategy on the battle feild and not on resource gathering
Most fun RTS I've ever played in my life... ! Take this with a grain of salt because I've only ever played this on Xbox
It's a unique and epic game, you can play it for years

28Command & Conquer: Red Alert
The Best RTS hands down. Thousands of people still play this game as well. Red Alert 1, has the greatest campaign I've ever seen, and red alert 2, was perfect for on line gaming. Red Alert 3 is total garbage, and any real red alert would agree.
I'm putting all of the Red Alert games, aldo Red Alert 3 is my favorite because of the graphics, before it was released I used to play Red Alert 2 all the time, and loved it.
First rts game I ever played. I still find myself loading it up! The expansion with Yuri and the mind control... My favorite game of all time.

Fun WWII RTS game that is for both consoles and for PC. It allows the player to control and upgrade units throughout the years of the war and command units from all side of the battlefield.
RUSE uses some of the best techniques of a real war which are not found in other war games. I've enjoyed the strategies, techniques of RUSE much.

30World in Conflict
This game has a great storyline and an awesome engine. It is ought to be higher up in the list. This game was not marketed well but that doent mean that gamers should overlook this
This game's epic scale battles and amazing graphics along with very intresting weapons such as the nuke make it one of the best RTS games ever.
Amazing story line, great graphics and awesome game play!
You must play this game, if you like coh you will like this!

31Halo Wars
Extremely awesome, I love Halo wars! Halo Wars I like a tower defense (exceptional of the the campaign mode) Combined with a Halo game. Very good! I would really recommend trying the Halo wars demo on the Xbox 360 game marketplace or buying the full version.
Just awesome, one of the things that make Halo Wars better is that it is on a console, as many of us know, most console RTS suck, so it is a great game and for a console for the win
The best RTS ever! It combines HALO and Strategy games! You can't ask for more!

32Men of War
This in mind one of the greatest RTS' of all time. Set in WWII you can control Japanese, German, Russian, British Commonwealth and American forces. Each one has dozens of soldiers, artillery, tanks, SP artillery, armored cars, special units and more.

I also love the unscripted bits. The joy you get watching as a p51 mustang fly down fire two rockets sending buildings crumbling and men flying. Only to be hit by an 88MM and sent into a dive, where it then slams into the ground its wings fly off as it rips down the street only to hit and wreck the 88 that downed it. Watching as a Goliath drives into a building filled with American soldiers whereupon it detonates killing a dozen men and completely destroy the building sending rubble flying.

The multiplayer is great too, with maps made for quick fast paced skirmishes, to large maps that become wars of attrition to dig out the bastards and set them alight with a Flammenwerfer.

Watching as a Russian sniper is taking potshots at Japanese infantrymen, just to have a tank blow his tower to bits, only for seconds later a Russian pops up from a ditch and lobs a Molotov at the tank. And that would just be taking place in a span of fifteen seconds. Amazing game that deserves a place in the top ten.
Played many RTS games but this by far the best one I have ever played. It has realism but is very playable. Tank Vs tank combat is very realistic where one penetrating shot disables a tank. Also being able to break apart your squads allows you change out what weapons they have, so you can have an all round squads or a squad that solely specializes in killing a specific unit type.
Brilliant I love it, well the whole series. :O)

33Dune 2000
Released in 1998, Westwood's remake of Dune II.

34Shogun: Total War
Very good game. Much better after playing napoleon total war. But rome total war is much better in my opinion its a must play if you like rts based on history good turn by turn game.

35Imperium Galactica 2

36Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
A C&C game is not in the top 10? WORST LIST EVER! This game had it all; though it's story is nothing to write home about, it's music is a memorable selection of techno tunes, it's graphics look good for 2.5D standards, and it's multiplayer was top of the class. I prefer Yuri's Revenge if only because it balanced characters such as Tanya, added new units, a whole new playable faction and team-based skirmishes, but that doesn't stop Red Alert 2 on it's own being worth your time and money.
I still play this game today! This is by far one of the best RTS games because if its simplicity and allowing any individual across a variety of ages to get into the game. The soundtrack was superb as well as the graphics for a game made in 2000.
C&C games have to be on the list! Although its hard to pick just one... I'd have to say that Red Alert 2 had some of the best gameplay in the entire series. It's biggest flaw was that it set the bar too high for the new games.
[Newest]Never get old, the best game ever

37Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Worst list ever! This game must be in top 10. This is the best simple RTS I ever play, one resources and no worker to build make this game are easy to play but not easy to stop playing

38Battle Realms
Never got much light on the big stage but a very underrated and under appreciated game. One of the more unique RTS games of all time.
1st RTS that I had on my 1st PC...I fall in love with it
Easy play mode with 3 civilizations; I love the wolfs; and the training system for samurai to; easy, fun and unique RTS game. Love LF horses to :P

39Warlords Battlecry III
I got hooked on the first warlords, the last warlords that was made didn't seem like a true RTS! The last warlords was turn based.

I love the sixteen factions/races, the scads of classes for hero creation and the items available to modify them. There's truely no other rts like it.
One of the best RTS Games ever. Amazing game, amazing strategies - best to play in LAN multiplayer.

40Age of Empires
The first was the best in my opinion. You can never beat the appeal of that game. Sure the graphics weren't much but it had style and I still play it even though it is 16 years old! All you AoE II players say "your armies aren't big enough" but you're just jelly. You don't need huge armies to make it fun!

41Saga: Rage of the Vikings

42Savage 2: A Tortured Soul
Combination of RTS with TPS. Love the fact how you need a great commander at the same time skillful player.
Absolute masterpiece. The previous Savage : Battle of Newerth was great too

43KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy
Awesome game... Can't believe no one put this down as one of the top 5. It was this VS Warcraft back in the day. I have a serious appreciation for RTS platforms, and this one if certainly worth your time.
My all time favourite. I believe it is the godfather of all rts games
Great customization, great gameplay and concept art

44Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
"This game hooked me on computer games. "

Same happened to me! Long long time ago!
For those who say Command and Conquer was the first, they should check this one out, especially because it was created by Westwood too!
This game hooked me on computer games. For a few months, it was like crack!
I remember having to beg my dad to buy an extra MB of RAM, which at the time was like 140 bucks. He was unimpressed.

45Empire: Total War
This is one of the most historically accurate and engaging games on this list. Games like starcraft and supreme commander are nothing more than glorified click-fests with no real strategy.

46Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
My favorite game of 2013! That year was full of awesome video games but this one was the best.

47Ground Control


49Supreme Commander 2
I decided it needed at least a couple of votes. It was not as unique as its older brother, but I still enjoyed it. THe game is able to run on a wider range of computer software, making it more accessible to the casual gamer.

50Making History 2: War of the World

51Stronghold 2
Very boring like eating fish along its hard pinning skels. Graphics amazing. Dead with music and speech. A game in d body box. When compared Strom hold crusader... Mony India. Sorry of my bad inglish

52Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
Way underrated, a true strategy game, with amazing action and very intense multiplayer gameplay.
Awesome game play combined with extraordinary details
I was introduced to RTS game with AOE but it was with Dawn of War that I fell in love with RTS games. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll be addicted.

Considered by many to be a new breed of RTS. A great game nonetheless! Control up to 100 little creatures on an unknown planet to take down the monsters that inhabit it.
A unique Nintendo game that is about slavery, death and STEVE! Captain Olimar is also an official Nintendo mascot along with Mario, DK, Luigi, Link, Samus and Fox Mccloud.
It's a RTS game like no other. Awesome controls and gameplay. Despite being a strategy game for consoles, it's up there in my list together with the best PC RTS games.

54Ancient Wars: Sparta

55Army Men

56Empire Earth II
It is just amazing

57Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga
My favorite star wars rts and very easy to get in to. If your good at Aoe this game is for you. Great visuals and fantastic designs for some of the most recognizable and some of the more obscure creatures and characters from star wars. My only complaint are the fake sounding voice actors :S
Very fun game I use to love playing it. They need to make a updated version. A lot of teams to chose from and all unique.
Although starcraft was just the most amazing 1.


Very good Age of empires 2 clone improved a few thing as well as star wars themed

58Europa Universalis III
EU 3 has no graphics but it deserves to be at top 5. One of the coolest RTS I've ever played.
The game is huge and complex.
If you really like strategy this is the game to try.
You can play it for a lot of hours.

59Warzone 2100
One of the greatest games I've played since I was a kid. It was the first RTS I've played which featured three-dimensional camera control features.

It's defining characteristics was its customizability. You were able to create tanks through different parts using chassis, drive systems, and mounted objects. The greatest thing about the game was how most of its battles were just me throwing hundreds of missiles to the enemy. That was truly an impressive sight for me when I was a child.

60Rise & Fall: Civilizations At War
For me, this is pretty much the best strategy game I ever played.
Not only that the troops are of a large variety and easy to handle, but the fact that you could SWITCH INTO THE HEROS SHOES is simply amazing.
Playing as a hero and commanding a whole army at the same time is the best thing that can happen to a strategy game.
It's depressing, that there will be no Rise and Fall 2. This game would have deserved to live on through a follow-up.
It's a good game, the naval combat system is the best from all Real time strategy games but is pretty old but I would like to see Rise and fall 2.
One of the most unquie RTS I have ever played, it has good smooth gameplay, visuals where decent and most of all it allowed you to take command of your hero unit and actually take part in the battle and help turn the tide of battle.

61Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
This is the third best C&C game and the last one on this list, this game was extremely fun and addictive, compared to its horrible sequel ( C&C 4 ).
C&C3 is fun to play RTS with three factions each with unique units and abilities, visuals of this game are awesome.

62Tzar: The Burden of the Crown

63Impossible Creatures

64Black & White
Black and white 2 and 1 are two of the greatest games I have ever played. These two beat the majority of the games on this list and the public are in need of the beautiful graphics and innovative gameplay.
Good ol Black and White, First one was fun, creature isles was also great and had a great follow up of Black and White 2, The only down part is other then building in the game there wasn't much else to do as the ai eventually died out and the game was lacking in challenge.

65Populous: The Beginning
Old as hell, But you WILL NOT be disappointed no matter how high you hold your standards, this will meet them. Rain death on your enemies with meteors Volcanos and Tornados. Beautiful.
Best RTS ever join online at

66The Settlers
It's not much more than a RTS game, but it's still a very good game that is easily enjoyable. It's not a game with heroes with abilities, or with any jaw-dropping graphics, but if you're looking for just another RTS game that can give some fun times, look no farther than The Settlers.
So nice game. I love it. Everyone should try.

67Dungeon Keeper 2
Original, funny and addictive. Not like any other game on this list and by far a lot more fun then a lot on this list. I still play it to this day. Everyone should get a hold of it.
I was deciding between Total Annihilation, Tzar and Heroes of M&M until I saw this game where the decision became a no-brainer, even despite how great the others are.
The most outstanding rts.. Very unique.. N extra fun...

68Hearts of Iron III
Is the best way to describe this game. Grand strategy at its finest. It might not be on the ground controlling individual soldiers. Instead you control a country, any country from 1936 to 1948. With a huge tech tree with thousands of possibilities. I led the country of Germany, instead of starting war with Russia I calmed them down and focused all my forces to the west. Keeping England, Canada and America at bay as I had my scientists working on Nuclear technology. I then crossed the English channel as my strategic bombers dropped nukes on key British cities sending them back to the stone age. The possibilities are endless and you are given a large amount of freedom. Playing as the island nation of Haiti, I led my Haitian people to conquer the Dominican republic and then onto Cuba. Whereupon I leaned towards the Axis forces and started attacking small countries in south America. What other game lets you do that. None I say (Other then previous Hearts of Iron games)

Playing as the Soviet Union, telling the Molotov/Ribbentrop pact to bugger itself whereupon I take control of most of Europe. Amazing feeling. Which is why I believe this should have a place in the top 10.
Great game. I agree whole heartedly with the post below me. This is a fine grand strategy game, Uses the Europa Universalis engine. A fine WW2 era strategy sim.

69NetStorm Islands at War

70Star Trek: Armada
Loved this game and the story line was awesome. Definitely a great RTS for fans of Star Trek or non fans alike. The multiplayer was fantastic. There was plenty of room for strategy with each faction regardless of play style. I wish they would have done as well with sta2. If only they would make another installment as good as the first!
Published in 2000 by activision this rts was one of my all time favorites and in my opinion deserves a spot at the top, in its prime it had good graphics, exciting multiplayer matches, and a great community

71Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
This game, was my number one RTS game in my youth. I loved that the player could zome in on the action like to the ground! Good memories.

72Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
In my opinion still the best, strange that its not among the top 10! Intense dynamic combat, very fast paced, with and a nearly infinite variety of tactics and strategies. It's indeed a bit like chess in real time, and very very exciting. But unfortunatly it doesn't have a huge fan base like SC, cause it many ways it is superior. A real shame that this Gem might die off cause of lack of new players.

73Emperor: Battle for Dune
I first played this game on the PS1 and loved it, when I got my first computer I searched for this game and played it for ages, it latterly paved the way for me to really get into RTS games, The story line is great, the gameplay is also unique as well and I simply love it.
The atmosphere is almost the same of the movie of David Lynch in early eighties, the cast and movies inside the atory are awesome and finally the game is one of the best of the Command and Conquer Westwood studios.
Released in 2001, Westwood's first 3D real-time strategy game.

74American Conquest

75Sudden Strike
For me Sudden Strike I, II and I are by far much better than Company of Heroes


77Armies of Exigo
It's great what else

Also known as Auroa
I love this game as it is a beautiful mix of melody and RTS ITS A MUST!


79Original War
One of the best games IĀ've ever played, it has all, story, strategy, administration, many of the battles are unforgatable and the music is just amazing, this game exudes style.

80Knights of Honor
If you wan to know the politics and history of medieval Europe, this game is for you.


82Nemesis of the Roman Empire

83Gangland - Trouble In Paradise
The best and well... ONLY competitive Mafia RTS out there. It's a shame it never caught on, with a bit of balancing this game could be unique and great. Multiplayer still runs a bit, but single player is very rewarding to play.

84Pikmin 2

85Star Wars Empire at War
Persnally, I think this game is underrated and doesn't get all the respect it deserves...

86Aliens Vs. Predator: Extinction
With three unique factions, bringing three of the most iconic science fictional characters: The Aliens, Predators, and Marines, this game certainly deserves a spot on the list regardless of it's outdated graphics and console restricted title, it still has managed to excite the inner nerdy glee from controlling some of science fiction's bests!

87Seven Kingdoms
This is one of the best RTS game. Certainly it should come in list. The graphic aren't great but certainly the players who have played it know it well.

88World War III: Black Gold
It is one of the best RTS of its time.

89Pikmin 3

90Dark Reign

91Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
The game that helped sink BigHuge after the success fo Rise of Nations. It's a shame really, as in almost every way this is the better game. Highly original, madly inventive and lovely to look at, it remains an extremely contemporary gaming experience. It might be the last of the classic old school RTS. It's certainly one of the very best.

92Kingdom Under Fire Heroes
Most underrated game of all time

93Sins of a Solar Empire
Complex, but very fun! Takes a bit of time to learn it but it guarantees a lot of good, fun game time.

94Universe at War
Universe at war is an RTS game which has 3 playable factions, the Hierarchy which are alien mostly, and the faction that invades earth in Universe at war, the Novus which have been chasing the Hierarchy around the universe fighting them for who knows how long, and the Masari, an ancient god like race that has been sleeping for a millennium.

In Universe at war Each faction has their own unique play styles. For example, with the Hierarchy you can stomp around the battlefield with 3 types of Giant walkers with customizable hardpoints and deploy units from them and kickass. The Novus which can be pretty deadly in numbers, spread virus' that they can use against enemies to slow them down, remove fog of war around them ETC. And use the flow network to get around kickly and also use for ambushes. Or the Masari which have 2 different modes, 1 which gives them "dark matter armor, " better rate of fire, but air units no longer fly and they do less damage, and the other mode has more damage, units fly, slower Rate of fire, and less armor.

Universe at War would be a nice game with potential if someone were to do what was done with supreme commander forged alliance and make a lobby for the game, with patches, new content, and even finish the faction to the game that was only playable or simply seen in campaign mode which was the military(humans).

Overall the game is decent, and with a player created lobby like forged alliance forever and a bigger community with updates and what not, the game could become something nice!
This game is so underrated, but I love it! I have no idea why people don't like it, some people have never even played it, it's a really fun and action-packed game.
Awesome game, but less people know..

95RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

96Wargame: Airland Battle
The series in general is something I've never played before, massive wars, slower passed game play, big maps all allow for a Real RTS experience. Plus its always fun to watch the giant wars by zooming right in.


98League of Legends
Fun, awesome game-play, and great graphics. I strongly recommend it, if you like strategy based games this is the best choice for anyone in my opinion.
Why is this 23rd? I've played a ton of games on this list and laugh out loud is at least top 5. Its actually my current #1 but I realize a lot of these games on here have nostaligic value
Aah why is not League of Legends best fps because is not fps
And isn't rts do you understand this
[Newest]One of the biggest MMO currently.

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