Top Ten Best RTS Games

The top ten best real-time strategy games of all time.

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21 Command & 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!

Best RTS I've ever played. I've waited many years for the 2nd game but unfortunately it seems EA forgets this masterpiece...

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22 Tom 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


23 Europa Universalis IV
24 World in Conflict

Unlike a lot of RTS games around, World in Conflict has an extremely good storyline, and is so immersive! I'm serious, the game story feels so right, and the game play in itself walk together with this immersive feeling that the game provides. It is so much fun, and beautiful to look, mostly because I, at least, think the game it is realistic with this new war concept. Seeing the battles, and the battlefields, the fighting taking place, the airdrops... the amount of things that happen, but not in a way that you could not follow. What I mean is that really looks like a real battle, the details of the game is another factor that helps in this realistic and immersive feeling. Like I said before, the campaign is one of the bests among the RTS games, and as you play to accomplish the objectives you really have fun, and as you keep playing you get more and more willing to keep fighting to proceed and find out whats comes next. Characters and the way that things go it's another factor that ...more

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.

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25 Age 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!

The Best of the Best

I started to play aoe in 1999 with aoe trial. Got in love since then. I still play (2013) and still learn some strats, the replay is big on this game. You can outmicro / outboom / outstrategy your enemy in very diferent ways. The game has some bugs that should be fixed as well as balance better some civs. An improved HD version of age of empires 1 was released by Aoe 1, rise of rome, aoe 2, aoe 3, all great games!

26 Halo 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!

Best RTS on a console ever

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27 Shogun: 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.

28 Command & 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

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29 Command & 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.

It's 2015, I'm 16, and believe it or not I've been playing this since I was about 4, I still play it even today (well the expansion) and it never gets old, amazing game. Also if you ever feel you're getting bored of it, there are hundreds of AMAZING modifications for this game. The gameplay never ends. If you love RTS games and don't have this, get it right now. Be sure to pick up the expansion pack as well.

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.

Just like what was said in the comments down below its one the best real time strategy games out there with crazy ww2-ww3 timeline and humor it's one the better pc games out there.

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30 Army Men: RTS
31 Savage 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

32 Stellaris
33 Heroes 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!

Arguably the best RTS game of all time... and definitely should be top 10.

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34 Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty

"This game hooked me on computer games. "

Same happened to me! Long long time ago!

This is the very first RTS game in history. The grand father of all the rest!

The original RTS! Plus I worked on it.

Westwoods first RTS... And more appropriately the father of the genre. Released in 1992 it game westwood 2 full years before the original warcraft (orcs & humans was released in 1994) and people started saying "wait who is Blizzard because the screen caps in pcgamer were looking pretty bad ass". The original C&C was released in 1995 as a response to Warcraft. Not only did this pc game hook me on pc games for life, but it also got me to read Frank Herbert's book Dune as well as watch the movie. It's a serious shame that the father of a genre was given such a follow up with Dune 2000... Which was bad enough to put tears to my eyes.

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35 KKND: 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

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36 Rise & 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.

37 Stronghold
38 1701 A.D.
39 Ground Control

Focused exclusively on the fighting side of RTS with no resource extraction or buildings construction. Two pretty balanced and different factions, a great background story for the single player and a multiplayer gameplay hardly beatable.
My best RTS of all times.

40 Black & 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.

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