Top 15 PC Real Time Strategy Games Of All Time

Posted By | On 06th, Jan. 2011 Under Feature, Website | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508

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The PC probably has the strongest library of all the gaming systems ever created, and that is probably because it’s been here the longest- ever since we can remember, the PC has been one of the active gaming systems. Even now, the PC shows no signs of stopping, getting unforgettable games every single year.

But the PC has never been stronger as it has been, from the beginning till now, in the strategy department. More specifically, the Real Time Strategy department. With games like Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, StarCraft and a ton of others, the RTS genre is the system’s forte. It’s very hard, however, to choose between all these wonderful games.

We have compiled a list of fifteen of the best Real Time Strategy Games ever on the PC. Now remember, before going all ballistic and yelling “HEY, YOU DIDN’T INCLUDE THAT GAME!!!!!”, check to see if that game really is an RTS. Also, the games listed below have been listed in no particular oder according to rank or preference. They’re just randomly listed.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has to be one of the most polished and refined RTS’s of all time. With a solid multiplayer component, really fun skirmish mode, classic RTS gameplay, and amazing production values, with brilliant sound and presentation, Dawn of War immediately became a favourite of all those who liked the RTS genre upon its release. While it did not have a very engrossing campaign, its multiplayer component and its rock solid gameplay built upon the perfect RTS gameplay style more than made up for almost all flaws.


Sacrifice is not a typical RTS. First of all, it has a third person perspective, not a top-down view. Then, it focuses a hell lot on micromanagement, so much so, that you feel like you could do with a third hand. Also, the game lacks tactical perspective- there’s not a lot of strategy involved in the game. Sacrifice was, however, a benchmark in the history of not just the RTS genre, but the strategy genre in general. It had a rich world filled with memorable characters, wonder graphics and animations, great attention paid to detail… it was a technical wonder. And while it had several issues with the gameplay department, in the large scheme of things, you almost started feeling as if those flaws weren’t all the big anyway. That’s how good Sacrifice was.

Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a perfect example of how to blend two genres- 4X and RTS- in the same game. Relying heavily on strategizing and being tactical, Sins is a thinking man’s game. It’s not for the brash and the impatient. In a nutshell, it’s the perfect treat for any RTS fan. The seemless zooming, the user-friendly Empire Tree and UI, and amazing multiplayer component, long-drawn thought provoking battles, and the fact that the game can be played on older and newer PCs alike make this a must-buy for all RTS fans.

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  • magicXvin

    need for speed the run 2 is the best

    • whut?!

      do you even know what rts means?

  • Pete

    I really think Total Annihilation should have been on the list. Just because of all of the customization that is possible with that platform. Even though the game was first released for Windows 95, back when CD’s were just starting to be mainstream, it has continuously evolved and is still supported by third parties today. There are literally hundreds of AI mods, thousands of units and maps, there are even home brewed utilities that allow you to create your own units.

  • papa

    nostalgia is what i got from this article
    so many childhood games

  • Zach R.

    There needs to be a definition for RTS accompanying this article. A good third of the comments say that the list failed to include games that are not RTS.

    The Total War series is Turn Based Strategy with a Real Time Battle component. A lot of fun, but it’s not RTS.

    Civilization is Turn Based Strategy in it’s purest sense.

    RTS games have city building, resource gathering, recruitment, and battles on the same map in the standard game, with the timers for construction, recruitment, and unit movements all happening each second.

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  • fiqri

    why in the list there is no “Age Of Empires III,” but I thought the game was pretty good

  • Gage Weldon

    I’ve never understood the appeal with age of empires 2 especially the expansion, there wasn’t enough unique traits for the different countries and it made the campaign retarded i mean playing as the Aztecs it states that they have no steel and yet they have swordsmen and wear generic armor. this game had a lot of potential for me when i was younger but it disappointed me greatly.

  • Trevor

    I like how every game on the entire list is described as “the best” or “one of the best”

    a ranking system or something, please! I cant try all of these! ain’t nobody got time for that!

  • Park1n

    Most of these games are beyond good but 1 game is nowhere to be seen, the best RTS game for me as to be Power monger for the mega drive, it was yhe firt rts game I ever played (was 5) on the sega mega drive (Genesis) to the Americans.

  • mathew waller

    No mention of stronghold?

  • Taqi

    what about Dota 2 ?

  • sCZot

    Dune II
    am i so old, or author so blind?

    • Cheyno

      dune 2 literally started the RTS genre, at least in its most common form we see today.

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  • Kevin Olson

    League of legends is an amazing game where, and it isn’t even on there… i find that to be sad; if you have never heard of this game you should try it, it is free.

  • Bl4kH4t

    Minethings is an amazing strategy game with great PVP and it’s super complex!

  • Anon

    Age of Empires III The Warchiefs is the #1 RTS game of all time!

    I cannot believe this entire list didn’t even include or “honorably” mention Age of Empires III, not to mention the Warchiefs expansion.

    There is no other game that is as challenging, addictive and straight up competes with it. The bots at level 125 are insane! Especially, against seven on expert.

    Age of Empires III has sold over 2 million copies as of May 2008. As well as receiving favorable reviews, it has garnered awards, including GameSpy’s “Best RTS game of 2005”, and was one of the best-selling games of 2005. In 2007, Age of Empires III was the seventh best-selling computer game, with over 313,000 copies sold that year.

    Age III was the peak of the Age of Empires Series and that series is the best series of all RTS pc games ever! It laid the foundation and set the bar the highest.

    Since then, they have ruined it, with Online, and Castle Siege. Other games have attempted to produce similar but are too big with it, like Total War: Rome II. I pray for the day they produce Age of Empire IV and hope they don’t mess up what has been so beautifully achieved with Age III.

    It boggles my mind that Age II gets mentioned but the improvements in Age III took the game to a whole other level and Age II just doesn’t compare. Seriously, They need to produce an Age IV and take Age III up a level. If Age IV gets developed, and they do it right, it could easily take over Age III #1 spot of best RTS of all time (for pc)

  • Daniel Ilizarov

    where best of the best “Total Annihilation” ???


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