What are the best empire building PC games?

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    #1Europa Universalis IV

    Europa Universalis IV
    The fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Joan Hoffman
    Written on June 16, 2017
    "I love these sort of empire-building games for the PC. I just got bored of Civilization, and went looking for a similar concept with a different design, and I found it. This will keep me occupied for a long time I think."
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    #2Crusader Kings 2

    Crusader Kings 2

    Crusader Kings II is a strategy game set in the Middle Ages where players control a medieval dynasty. The game is a dynasty simulator that with some DLCs sets you in the Middle Age from 782 to 1456.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Vincent Adams
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "I think there was a better solution. The question was empire building pc games. The solution was just Crusader Kings 2. The solution should have brought me to a page that gave an overview of the Empire games cumulatively with some discussion. Such as http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=empire+building+PC+games"
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    #3Total War: Shogun 2

    Total War: Shogun 2
    Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Onin War during the Ashikaga Shogunate. It was developed by Creative Assembly and was published by Sega.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Frances May
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Become a Shogun warrior in 16th century Japan as you plan battles using the Art of War stragedies on land and sea, conquer islands and build your very own kingdom. You can play in two player mode, battle online up to 8 players, making this game very social and something that can really be enjoyed from the first sword movement. "


Did you know that The Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous empire in history? It has covered 9.15 million square miles of land, which is more than 16 percent of the earth's land mass. Between the years 1270 and 1209, the empire had 110 million people which is more than one-fourth of the world's population. The Mongols were known for their brutal and forceful ways of conquering different territories spanning from Asia until Europe. The emergence of the Mongol Empire started from the unification of Mongol and Turkish tribes under Genghis Khan. During such time, the Mongols achieved advancements in various technologies and ideologies. In 1331, the Black Death began its rampage in Mongolia and started the empire’s slow decline.

Like what the Mongols have accomplished, one can play empire-building games. It is a sub-genre of strategy games where players can attempt to amass power, wealth, increase land holdings, and destroy enemies. In gaming, these games are usually called civilization-building games. In such games, the player acts as the planner and leader of a nation with the main goal of developing it into a global superpower. For this reason, these kingdom building games are seen as one of the best genres of strategy gaming.

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    #4Rome: Total War

    Rome: Total War

    Rome: Total War is a critically acclaimed strategy game composed of both turn-based strategy and real-time tactics. It was developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA.




    Vibhore Verma
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Rome Total war is a great empire building game I have tried for PC. It is an epic strategy game that has been apart of a great series. Total war has been a great pleasure and Rome Total war is a fine addition to the series."
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    #5Empire: Total War

    Empire: Total War
    Empire: Total War is a real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features Elizabethan-era settings of war in the oceans of Europe. It gives the player the thrill of commanding entire fleets.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Susan Freeman
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I'm not the biggest fan of Empire Total War. Not my favorite world to play a game in, this one is also fraught with problems, crashing more than it should, and even when it doesn't, I find the game too slow moving and the graphics un-dynamic. It's a pass for me."
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    #6Age of Empires II HD

    Age of Empires II HD

    Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy multiplayer game for Windows PC. It was developed by Skybox Labs, Path Entertainment, and Ensemble Studios, and was published by Microsoft Studios. The game was released in 2013.




    Vincent Gomez
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "Always been a fan of empire type games. Needing a good empire building game to play on PC I started to play "Age of Empires II HD" and I love it! This is a great classic that I'll be playing for a long time. I loved the first of the series and this is just as good or even better! "
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    #7Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

    Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
    Sins of a Solar Empire is a science fiction RTS computer game that takes place in the distant future, where players have to conquer star systems using the military, economic and diplomatic means. It was published by Ironclad Games and Stardock Entertainment.



    Christopher Ortega
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "Sins of a Solar Empire is a fun empire building game that has a great design system and pretty good graphics. It takes place in the future and has a science fiction theme to it, so it's like Sim City meets Star Wars. If you like that style of game you'll definitely like Sins of a Solar Empire"
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    #8Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI also known as Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Firaxis Games and Aspyr. It was released on October 21, 2016, and is available on Windows, Mac, and iOS users.


    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS


    Charles Collins
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "Civilization VI is a turn based video game in which you have to bring your population from an early settlement to a world power and achieve one of several victory conditions. It's really funny and now, at the sixth chapter, it became really, really enjoyable and near the perfection. A must play game for the lovers of the genre."
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    #9Imperia Online

    Imperia Online

    Imperia Online is a multiplayer strategy and web browser-based game developed by Bulgarian game company Imperia Online JSC. It has been translated to 30 languages already and is currently on its sixth version. 


    Online, Windows


    Dennis Rios
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "A decent game for an empire building strategy game. Graphics are smooth and clear. It is even easy to challenge your neighbors. "
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    #10Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour

    Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour

    Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour is the expansion pack for the 2003 video game Command & Conquer: Generals. It adds and a new mode of play called Generals' Challenge, along with a lot more changes and new features.



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    MajorCommand is a gaming website that features amazing Riskesque gameplay currently available online. The interface and map design features a single battlefield in Africa or operating on a global scale.



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    #12Rail Nation

    Rail Nation

    Rail Nation is a free browser-based online strategy game where you can become a railroad entrepreneur and build your railway empire. Travian Games GmbH published the beta game online for the first time in January 2013. 


    Online, iOS, Android


    Manuel Cortés
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "The first time I played Rail Nation was on my iPhone since I was unaware I can also play this on my web browser lol which is even better because the app is bad. Anyway, this is an awesome game that encourages teamwork and money management, plus its graphics are quite great than most web broswer games eh  "


Best What are the best empire building PC games
1Europa Universalis IVGames 24 Paid
2Crusader Kings 2Games 24 Paid
3Total War: Shogun 2Games 14 Paid
4Rome: Total WarGames 11 Paid
5Empire: Total WarGames 10 Paid
6Age of Empires II HDGames 9 Paid
7Sins of a Solar Empire: RebellionGames 9 Paid
8Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 7 Free
9Imperia OnlineGames 7 Free
10Command & Conquer Generals: Zero HourGames 0 Paid

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