Top 10 Real Time Strategy Games

The Real Time Strategy game, first coming into fruition by Dune 2 in 1992, the genre is known for requiring you to build up units and bases, collecting resources for to build bigger units, and using said units to crush enemy armies. In more recent years the genre has become a popular e-sport thanks to the depth of strategy mixed with cinematic action that can take place. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 Real Time Strategy games.
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Top 10 Real Time Strategy Games


Build your base, gather your resources and prepare your armies. Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Real Time Strategy games.

Just so there’s no confusion, we’re not covering turn based games like XCom, or Civilization, Or Tower Defense games like Plant’s vs Zombies, because those genres are for another list for another day. Also we’re sticking with one game per franchise, and for the sake of a level playing field we’re not taking expansions or DLC into consideration.

#10: “Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War” (2004)


Lets jump in our time machines, and travel 38,000 years into the future to start things off. Based off the popular Tabletop strategy game, this game sets you on the planet Tartarus, where 4 different races fighting for control. The main draw here is that the game has no resources, instead you have to capture and maintain multiple outposts on the map, ensuring there’s always some action going on.

#9: “Supreme Commander” (2007)


The spiritual successor of Total Annihilation, this game sets you on incredibly large maps with units ranging from standard infantry, to colossal size mechs and space ships. Because of so many things going on in the matches, when the game was originally released the PC requirements were massive for the time. There is a 360 version but we’d advise against it. Stick with the PC version.

#8: “Total War: Shogun 2” (2011)


There’s enough games in the Total War franchise to fill alist of their own, with time periods varying from Ancient Rome to the Napoleonic era. But the second attempt at feudal Japan is our favorite. Featuring expansive maps where your weapons aren’t just your soldiers on the field, but also diplomacy off the field. Mixing up the enormous battles are is the fact that each soldier has its own custom animation for true immersion; better be ready to live by the sword.

#7: “Homeworld” (1999)


Unlike other RTS games, which tend to have the goal of conquest, this one is focused on exploration. An alien species has constructed a massive mother ship to embark on a dangerous voyage across the galaxy to find their …Homeworld, with the race that originally exiled them hot on their trail. This sci-fi epic, billed as one of the first fully 3D real time strategies is scheduled for a HD remaster in the near future. So keep an eye out for that.

#6: “Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2” (2000)


Red Alert 2 was the last RTS game by Westwood studios before EA devoured their souls. It follows up from the first game, which was based around an alternate timeline where Hitler never existed and the cold War got really hot. This game has the Soviet Union, along with their new psychic division, launch a full-scale invasion against the United States. The game’s main strength is its accessibility. Simple to learn and manage, yet difficult to master, Red Alert 2 really was Westwood’s swansong.

#5: “Rise of Nations” (2003)


Pretty much the equivalent of the Civilization series if you gave it a RTS setting, Rise of Nations was developed by Brian Reynolds who was the lead designer on Civilization 2 and Alpha Centuri. The game starts from Ancient times and over time builds up to the Modern Era, All on the way managing both your armies and economies and maintaining your Empire for ages to come. Better build fast or your pike men will get run over by tanks.

#4: “Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” (2002)


The classic struggle of Human’s against Orcs was expanded in the 3rd entry in the series when 2 new factions were introduced. Even if Blizzard has since moved the franchise to the MMORPG crowd, this was still a colossal triumph. Add to that a loyal modding community bringing new elements everyday, and Warcraft 3 spawned an entire new genre with the viral popularity of Defense of the Ancients.

#3: “Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings” (1999)


The historical conquest of medieval civilizations in an all out conflict, Age of Empires 2 is set between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance. Loaded with lore based on historical events, you start as a small settlement and grown into a vast city, while taking out anyone who opposes you. The game recently got a HD re-release on Steam, so check it out if you’re aching for a medieval bruising.

#2: “Company of Heroes” (2006)


The game that made you feel like a World War 2 general, Company of Heroes takes the grim Wartorn European and populates them with faithfully the faithfully recreated arsenals of both the Allies and Axis troops. Made by Relic Entertainment, the same guys that made Homeworld and Dawn of War, this game remains one of the best World War 2 games ever made.

Before we get to the top spot, lets look at a few honorable mentions.

#1: “Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty” (2010)


Taking the top spot is one of the most competitive e-sports game to date. After waiting 11 years for a sequel since Broodwars, the long awaited sci-fi conflict retained the classic factions of the original games while adding a few new surprises along the way. Complete with a Cinematic campaign that few games can match, despite being stretched over 3 games, it was still a complete package. The meticulously balanced gameplay made sure that Starcraft 2 easily filled the shoes of the original, ensuring that Starcraft was still the best game in town for years to come.

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