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The Best Strategy Games on PC

By Julio Franco ยท 38 replies
Apr 28, 2016
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  1. The PC is home to just about every type of video game under the sun, but few are as quintessentially PC as strategy games. Because it’s such a popular (and important) type of game for the platform, and because I’ve spent way too much time playing them over the past few years, I thought I’d help folks out by putting together a list of what I consider to be the very best strategy games for the very best system to play them on.

    So what counts as a strategy game? That’s a good question. One that, thanks to video gaming’s ceaseless drive to remove all meaning from its genre names, we may never be able to settle on. The lines blur so much between “strategy” and “RTS” and “grand strategy” and “management” and “simulation” that I’ve tried to restrict this list to games that, well, most people would simply agree (through a gut feeling) were OK with being called “strategy games”.

    Here, then, are the best games to play if you feel like taking charge of something, ruining an economy and/or driving an army across the fields of your enemies.

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  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,993   +2,434

    No 1: StarCraft II ... only gets an honorable mention, whaaaat!

    In my opinion Company of Heroes is good but SC2 is worlds better, anyway just my 2c.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    Total Annihilation not being on the list, let alone an honorable mention is a travesty. If you want a modern successor then Supreme Commander (and/or Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance). So sad.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,484   +1,288

    It's a good list, I still think Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance deserved a bit of a mention though, that game I've sunk hundreds of hours into!

    Agree with Company of Heroes though, It is an absolute classic.
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  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,900   +3,343

    I'd take divinity original sin any day over Xcom 2. At least with one I know that when it says 100% chance to hit it means it. It's utterly embarrassing that xcom has had such a broken hit chance generator for so long. You know that moment when you have 3 shotgunners point blank and they face away from the enemy and shoot, something is wrong. It was only funny the first time in the first game. It just pisses people off at this point. Crap optimization don't help either.
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. melkiik

    melkiik TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +10

    All time Best;


    Leaving the 1997 classic , That we still enjoy on regular basis, out is a discgrace ; )
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  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,365   +1,815

    Where's my Dune 2000? :D
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  8. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 728   +471

    I miss Dune 2000, never managed to get hold of its sequel. Red Alert 2 was one of them best out of CnC series. Supreme Commander may be grand and all in terms of size and units but the pace is so slow that they resorted to 24 hour time lapse to showcase the game in the trailers.

    The best RTS downright for me has been Populous: the Beginning; there is nothing like fire-balling dozens of advancing tribesmen off a land-bridge and turning the tides of battle.
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  9. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    The list seems a bit new game heavy to me, while newer games should always be better they often aren't. Look at Starcraft for example, this game has 3 times the content that the second game has, yet Starcraft is nowhere to be seen here. It's wonky man, just wonky.

    I'd also have following in the main list:
    Rise of Nations
    Warcraft 3
    Red Alert 2
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  10. Unearthed

    Unearthed TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +11

    Dawn of War 2, C&C Generals and C&C Tiberium Wars 3, Anno 2070 and Grey Goo
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  11. ziffel66

    ziffel66 TS Member

    No Rise of Nations or HOMM 3 = fail.
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  12. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 375   +153

    Very poor list. He just picked his personal favorites out of the very few that he knows. The term couldn't be any broader either. "Strategy Game". Pit a 4X game against a real time one... what else to expect from Kotaku.
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  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,375   +611

    Homeworld, my favorite.
  14. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +113

    I knew it would be a subjective list, but I'm surprised to not see a single listing for any Westwoods game. I'm actually curious and may do a survey over which one people liked the most. Tiberian Sun was my favorite, but before EA completely dissolved Westwoods, they were all great including the Dune series.
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  15. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Addict Posts: 110   +118

    No Master of Orion 2? Or how about Dune 2? Alright, I'm old... but fancy graphics doesn't always make for a good game. Those classics were great.
  16. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,914   +699

    The original Starcraft will always hold a special place in my heart, I still can't think of any single game I played more than SC. The sequel was good but it just never felt the same, it became far too competitive too fast and because of that I can't get into it, it may have a huge community but it will never be the same as those days of dial up Battle.net with clans and bots and all the crazy custom use map settings games that seemed to never end, sadly it did.

    The only current game on the list I can say I have truly enjoyed playing is Civ 5, but that in itself is a whole lot different from the Starcraft formula, mainly because it's turned based and not real time. I am glad AoE made the list at least, another great RTS game I played a whole lot of in high school. Company of Heros is also a good title on the list, but one I never found myself wanting to go back to, I have the box for it somewhere with the discs, but am not about to go looking for it.

    Lastly, what the Gif for Crusader Kings II? Do I even want to know what that has to do with the game?
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  17. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    "A titan in the field, it stands as not just the best Civilizationgame"

    Yeah, no. Civ IV had more depth and complexity. Civ V isn't a bad game per say, there's just far less sensible choices to make.

    No mentiton of Blizzard titles really does make me wonder if this is a serious list.
  18. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 117

    Seriously!!!! How can you not mention TA or Supreme Commander. My father in law and I still play supreme commander through FA forever to this day. Hard to believe you failed to mention either of them.
  19. qking

    qking TS Booster Posts: 53   +31

  20. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,496   +513

    Warcraft 3 forever.
  21. Forebode

    Forebode TS Booster Posts: 191   +44

    I love those games. Even ashes is similar. Perhaps they aren't included because they rely more on massing and attacking.
  22. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    At the endgame sure, it often ends up being swarm battles if players leave each other alone for too long, but generally there's a lot of strategy in intelligence gathering, resource disruption, and area denial. All of which is even harder considering the scale of some maps.

    I really need to get Ashes or start playing FA again ha ha ha...
  23. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 848   +383

    That's a funny way of spelling Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
  24. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 379   +121

    I might get Shogun 2 because of this list, I never gave it a chance to be honest. I'm very shocked you omitted SupCom FA from this though. It is easily the best RTS I've played.
  25. Jonny5isalivetm

    Jonny5isalivetm TS Rookie

    I Played TA since the first Demo in good ole 97' and still playing or more Spectating to this day via SpringRTS until the Day I die.

    The Box on my Wall states:- Total Annihaltion will quite simply, erase Red Elert from your memory.

    Yes it is so good I put it on the wall :)


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