The Top 10 Best Real Time Strategy Game list includes some of the best strategy games released for the PC. Real time strategy games offer an excellent blend of action and strategy game play characterized by features such as resource gathering, base building, unit creation, exploration and combat. Traditionally real time strategy games are played from a bird’s eye, top-down, isometric perspective which allows players to easily navigate the game map and control units and buildings across the game maps. Many RTS games released today are developed with advanced 3D graphics which provide the ability to rotate, zoom and change the camera’s orientation so players can adjust the game-play view to their liking.
1 – StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, much like the previous two entries, focuses its single player storyline on one of the main three factions in the StarCraft universe. Players will control a faction of the advanced Protoss race as they try to bring the race together to fight in the galactic struggle between the Zerg and Terran. The single player story contains a total of 22 missions which progress players through the different unit types and strategies available for the Protoss.
2 – Rome: Total War
The number 2 game in my list of top real time strategy games comes from the Total War series that has a long lineage games that have all been well received by critics and fans alike. Released back in 2004, Rome: Total War places players in control of one of the great Roman Houses during the years 270 BC – AD 14, the Julii, Brutii, or Scipii. As with other Total War games, Rome Total War is based on historical people and events that you get to change by playing out the game. In controlling one of the great houses you will guide the Roman Empire through its height, expanding the empire beyond its historical borders or causing it to fall well short. Once the single player campaign is completed eight additional factions become available for play. They include Britannia, Carthage, Gaul, Germania, Greek Cities, Parthia and the Seleucid Empire.
3 – Company of Heroes
Coming in at number 3 on the list of top real time strategy games is the World War II game Company of Heroes. Winner of numerous game of the year awards when it was released in 2006, it has a loyal fan base still even after the sequel Company of Heros 2 has since been released. The game contains a historically accurate and compelling single player storyline that takes players from D-Day on beaches of Normandy and invasion of France in through to the Battle of the Falaise Pocket which took place in August of 1944.
4 – Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos has been credited with being one of the first real time strategy game to employ the hero unit. In real time strateg games, a hero unit is a unique unit that typically have special abilities the standard units of the game do not have. In addition to hero units Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos also introduced creeps which are AI controlled creatures that everyone in the game must battle against. In addition to the new game play innovations Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos also included a scenario/world editor which allowed for community generated content. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is an official expansion pack released for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, it includes new units two new races, new campaigns and new hero units.
5 – Total War: Shogun 2
The real time battles in Total War: Shogun 2, like other games in the series, feature battle with thousands of units which take place on both land and water. Total War: Shogun 2 also features some unique game play not found in other Total War games. One such feature is Realm Divide, where all clans that remain in the game declare war on the players clan one by one. This event is triggered when players have captured a certain number of provinces or have captured the city/province of Kyoto.
6 – Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations includes a single player campaign known as Conquer the World in which players try to do just that, conquer the world. This single player portion does not contain a story based campaign that many other top RTS games include. Rise of Nations also includes a multiplayer component which is highly customizable and supports up to eight players. There was one expansion pack released, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patroits which introduced new nations, units and technologies and a fantasy themed spin-off called Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends which used the same basic gameplay and game mechanics found in Rise of Nations.
7- Company of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes 2 is one of the games on the list that was a bit controversial upon release and to many a re-release of the original Company of Heroes. But in the 2+ years since its release, Relic has continually updated and provided new content and a spot in the top 10 of the best real time strategy games is more than deserving. The game play, AI and attention to detail is remarkable and while it’s hard to top the original this game comes close.
8 – World in Conflict
World in Conflict introduced some new game play elements into the real time strategy and tactics genre of games. World in Conflict does not contain the standard resource gathering and base building aspects that are typical for many real time strategy games. Instead players use reinforcement points to buy units, which are then delivered to specific drop locations.
9 – Medieval II Total War
Medieval II Total War can make anyone a medieval historian with historically based campaign map, events, political, religious and influential figures you’ll feel like you’re learning something while playing the game. The game includes an objective based grand campaign model with the objective of trying to conquer the entire map of Europe, parts of North Africa and the Middle East. As with other Total War games, the management phase is performed in a turn based faction from a campaign map while the conquest and epic medieval battles with thousands of units, take place in real time.
10 – Sins of a Solar Empire
systems by military force or economic and diplomatic means. Each race has their one special abilities, bonuses and technology tree. The game is played from a large map of a galaxy which players can zoom in and out to see different planet systems available for expansion and conquest. Each planetary system is interconnected by pathways that allow ships to travel across, allowing players to see the makeup of nearby systems and possible enemy factions that may be encroaching.