What are the best RTS games for PC?

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    #1Starcraft

    Starcraft

    StarCraft is a real-time strategy multiplayer game for Windows-operated computers. it was created by Chris Metzen and James Phinney and was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game was first released in 1998.

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Matthew Collins
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This has a so-so feel. I can't really get into the storyline. Plus the graphics look somewhat outdated today. I won't say isn't fun though, since it is, but I just think that there are many other alternatives now for RTS games on the PC. One thing that I do like is the control panel, which is pretty intuitive."
  2. 63

    #2Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection

    Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection
    Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection is a real-time strategic action video game for Windows computers. It was developed by Victory Games and was published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on October 2, 2012.
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Cristina Zamudio
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "This was a good game. It let's you gather resources and set up your bases. It has all the stuff you need for a RTS game. The gameplay was great. The collection is huge now, for all that is included in the purchase, and I don't think I will be getting bored any time soon."
  3. 62

    #3Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

    Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the long-awaited sequel to the original StarCraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed sci-fi real-time strategy game. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is both a challenging single-player game and a fast-paced multiplayer game, and it also taps into Battle.net â€“ Blizzard Entertainment’s fully-featured online gaming service. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Marie Shaw
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Another good game from Blizzard. This game is all about vengeance and it brings it in full force. You can play single player, but it's more fun if you go multiplayer - very fast action."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Real-Time Strategy, also known as RTS, is a sub-genre of video games that heavily depends on calculated decision-making. Players of real-time strategy games are require to think and act quickly. In RTS, time is of the essence. Moreover, it require players to simultaneously gather resources and then manage them to build units and buildings to secure areas of the game map and/or destroy their opponents' base.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that playing StarCraft actually makes you smarter? Yes, you read that right. Considered to be one of the best RTS games for PC, StarCraft is a good avenue to enhance your cognitive flexibility. This claim is supported by the study conducted by researchers at Queen Mary University and University College London. The study reveals that real-time strategy games have greatly improved the ability of the students to think on the fly as opposed to turn-based strategy games. Parents are generally bothered by the fact that you, their children, are getting addicted to these games. So the next time you get scolded by them, tell them that they are just more than video games. PC RTS games train you to self-analyze. This aspect teaches you to treasure all your turns and make more tactical moves to utilize your turn because every turn is unique. What's even cooler is that real-time strategy games improve your decision-making skills. Just like every turn, every game is a new experience for learning new techniques. So to all the newbies, do not ever hesitate to ask for some advice from the pro players. You can even visit some gaming news websites to gain more insights. With all the benefits of RTS games, always bear in mind to enjoy everything in moderation.

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    #4Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

    Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

    Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a real-time strategy video game for Windows and Macintosh computers. It was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and was first released on July 3, 2002.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $11.62

    Howard Gibson
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "I was blown away with Warcraft III, it was awesome. One of the best franchise games out there and one of the best real-time strategy games currently available. It is everything you want in a strategy games with all the classic elements of Warcraft. I had a great time playing this game and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for hours of entertainment."
  2. 59

    #5Company of Heroes

    Company of Heroes

    Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy game set in World War II where you are tasked with controlling Allied soldiers while trying to take down the Germans. It was developed by Relic Entertainment and was published by SEGA.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Kelly Black
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "Company of Heroes is on the PC and it's a fun RTS game. I would highly recommend it especially if you like games set in World War II."
  3. 57

    #6Planetary Annihilation

    Planetary Annihilation

    Planetary Annihilation is a real-time strategy game that was developed and published by Uber Entertainment. It features a sci-fi world as well as a galactic war gameplay theme. It also allows one to spectate on others' matches and watch instant replays.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Brenda Martin
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "It was ok. I have played better though. Once I try the newest update I will change this review to reflect how the new single player game play affects my views of the game. For now I would say 3 stars out of 5. "
  4. 57

    #7Supreme Commander

    Supreme Commander

    Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy game developed by Gas Powered game and published by Square Enix. It features a world of strategy and tactics in a world filled with war and conflict. Terrain and graphics have a realistic touch to it as well as the feeling of command.

    Games

    Windows

    $12.99

    Jason Walters
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "This is an RTS game on steam that is fairly well liked by people who have played it. If you are looking for an RTS game this is a decent option."
  5. 54

    #8Company of Heroes 2

    Company of Heroes 2

    Company of Heroes 2 is a cross-platform, real-time Strategy game based during the events of World War II and focuses on the Eastern Front. The main campaign tasks players with commanding Russian during key battles against Nazi Germany. I was developed by Relic Entertainment.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Rose Carr
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "If you want a RTS on your PC look no further! Company of Heroes 2 really scratches that RTS itch I've been having lately. It's also cross platform to boot so you can play on your PC and then switch over to your mobile. Pretty awesome if you ask me!"
  6. 53

    #9Homeworld Remastered Collection

    Homeworld Remastered Collection
    Homeworld Remastered Collection is a real-time strategy game and a remake of the original Homeworld. It was developed by Gearbox Software and was published by Gearbox Publishing. Changes in the game include a more high definition of graphics in the environment.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $34.99

    Ishan Malhotra
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I was looking for a very good RTS game for my PC and was told to check out Homeworld Remastered Collection. I remember hearing a lot about Homeworld and was very interested. The gameplay was very strategic, which is what I was looking for, and the graphics were really interesting and fun to watch. I really enjoyed this collection and highly recommend it!"
  7. 52

    #10Total 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Stephen Kennedy
    Written on June 11, 2017
    "Of all the RTS games Total War: Shogun 2 is probably my favorite in the line up. Superb gameplay and graphics, Total War: Shogun 2 will keep anyone completely engaged and challenged for hours and hours. Plus, it's on Steam and at a price that can't be beat."
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    #11Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER is both a turn-based and real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $59.99

    Randy Cook
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "Huge world with so many options to play with and things to see. This is one of those game syou play for years without getting bored."
  9. 48

    #12Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

    Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

    Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game that was developed and published by Stardock Entertainment and Oxide Games. It features a massive scale strategy game in a space-like environment fighting for the human race.

    Games

    Windows

    $39.99

    Ryan Hamilton
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "This is a good RTS game. I like this game."
  10. 48

    #13Age 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.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Marco Antonio Santillán
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Age of Empire II is a phenomenal new game set in Japan during the 14th Century. The game features dynamic graphics and user interface. It can be played as a single player or multiple player. It is a lot of fun and should be checked out for you gamers."
  11. 48

    #14Rome: 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.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Sai Jaiteley
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "Rome total war is a great collection of RTS games set in historical times. You can fight in large scale battles and try to win your own empire. It's interesting and keeps you focused on the game."
  12. 45

    #15Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

    Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
    Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is a real-rime strategy game set in the year 2047, when a nuclear fireball explodes marking the dramatic beginning of the Third Tiberium War.
    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Amalia Barragán
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "Are you ready for the next breakout PC game? Command & Conquer 3 is it. The graphics are gorgeous, the story is captivating, and you will happily spend countless hours trying to defeat everyone to become king of the mountain. "
  13. 43

    #16Empire: 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $24.99

    Liu Cao
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "The problem should be more specific. Yes the solution is a strategy game but the word strategy applies a huge amount of games. Even Counter Strike or Football Manager are strategy games which has nothing to do with Empire total war."
  14. 42

    #17Age of Empires III

    Age of Empires III
    Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios released in 2005. This is the third game in the Age of Empires series and the sequel to Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings released in 1999.
    Games

    Windows

    $39.99

    Tiffany Wong
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "I like this game but it is very similiar to Age of Empires I and II. I wish they would come up with new themes to make this more challenging. It's fun, but don't know if it's worth the money due to the similarity to earlier versions of the game. I hope IV will be better."
  15. 40

    #18Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is a strategy game developed by EA Los Angeles and was published by Electronic Arts. It follows a Soviet Union war for world domination as it goes back in time to give their allies the advantage it needs to win.
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Nicholas Cook
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "I'm a big fan of real-time strategy games for PC. I found Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which has given me a fix for RTG gaming as well as satisfied my history bug. Take part in an alternative universe and strategize with your friends!"
  16. 39

    #19Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

    Age of Mythology: Extended Edition
    Choose your god and take to the battlefield in this classic gmae, upgraded with full Steamworks integration and enhanced features.
    Games

    Windows

    $29.99

    Ralph White
    Written on May 22, 2017
    "I was looking for a new RTS game to play for PC but this one didn't quite fit the bill. I hate to say it, but there are far better solutions to this particular problem. This game was OK, but really wasn't anything particularly special. Also, it is almost three years old now. There have been a lot of improvements since then. This one is a bit dated."
  17. 36

    #20Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition

    Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition

    Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition is a strategy game developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA. It features the Roman wars in a very definitive manner as well as improved visual graphic arts.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $54.99

    Keith Smith
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "My friends and I love to play RTS PC games. Recently, I was looking for a new game to play with my friends. A coworker of mine recommended "Total War: Rome II-Emperor Editions", so I gave it a shot. It is a fun strategy game developed by Sega, that challenges you every time and allows you to play with your friends or alone. I definitely love the game and my friends continue to thank me for introducing it to them as well."
  18. 34

    #21Empires: Dawn of the Modern World

    Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
    Empires: Dawn of the Modern World is a real-time strategy (RTS) game in which the player guides a civilization through five historical periods, from the Middle Ages to World War II.
    Software

    Windows

    $9.99

    Tyler Castillo
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I always check for new RTS games because I love finding new ones to play after I've finished one. I have come across one I think a lot of others will like as well. EMpires: Dawn of the Modern World is a great game and I think a ton of people will like it. Check out the trailer for it. "
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    #22Europa 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $39.99

    Amber Hicks
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I find he forth version of any game is good news and bad news. Obviously they're doing something right to keep getting paid. On the other hand, been there, done that. Recent Steam reviews are only mostly positive, so I think I'll keep looking for something the peeps are more excited about."
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    #23Warlords Battlecry III

    Warlords Battlecry III
    Warlords Battlecry III is a real-time strategy game and it has some elements of role-playing video game in that players can complete optional quests, as well as create a customized Hero character that can level up from battle to battle and equip unique and powerful items. The game was developed by Infinite Interactive and published in 2004 and it is the third installment in the Warlords Battlecry series.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Joan Scott
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "Warlords Battlecry 3 is an amazing game, it allows you to play a multiplayer battle with all of your friends and acquaintances over the internet. This installment of the game is significantly better than previous versions because it offers more characters, battle maps, and equipment."
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    #24Commandos 2: Men of Courage

    Commandos 2: Men of Courage

    Commandos 2 is a WW2 action strategy game well known for its excellent gameplay and open-ended missions. But beware: is super difficult!

    Games

    Windows

    $4.99

    Tiffany Jimenez
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "Awesome graphics in this tactical strategy game for the PC. Can be played single or multi player also which is awesome."
  22. 29

    #25Northgard

    Northgard
    Northgard is a medieval strategy video game based on Norse mythology where users control a clan of Vikings striving to conquer a newly discovered continent. It was developed and published by Shiro Games and was released in 2018.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Charles Rios
    Written on July 10, 2017
    "It can be difficult to find modern RTS games, but Northgard did an OK job helping me solve this problem. I liked that it had a someone unconventional but interesting setting and cast of characters compared to most titles in this genre, and that it was deep enough to be replayable but also easy enough to play with almost total newcomers. One issue, though, was, in some ways, it is not strictly an RTS-style game, in the sense of what I really think of when I think of these games, though it is certainly influenced by that genre."
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    #26Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA is a historical strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is a part of the Total War video game series. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $44.99

    Kenneth Hall
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "After I got done playing Europa Universalis IV I was really eager to play another RTS game as I found it a whole lot of fun, and the solution to my problem ended up being Total War: ATTILA. It was definitely a refresher from the last game I played and kept me interested for a long time and still does. It's a really fun game and it totally solved my situation, I'd recommend it to anybody who wants to play an RTS game."
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    #27Hearts of Iron III

    Hearts of Iron III

    Hearts of Iron III is set during the 1936 -1948, guiding it through the World War II. You can take decisions that will affect the Army, production of resources, diplomacy, politics, and espionage. You can choose between the Axis, the Allies and the Comintern. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Patricia Morris
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "This is a very engaging game with a realistic setting. I would recommend this game for any gamer who is serious about playing games."
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    #28Hearts of Iron IV

    Hearts of Iron IV
    Hearts of Iron IV is a war strategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive. This game belongs to the Hearts of Iron series, where players have to take control of any nation in the world from 1936 to 1939 and lead them to victory.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Ai Long
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "I like Paradox's RTS games but Hearts of Iron IV definitely gets some mixed feelings from me. On the one hand I find it easier to get into the WWII setting better than the earlier eras in their other games on the other the AI in this game is just dumb. You can easily find yourself fighting a country whose army is diddling around in no mans land (who also just declared war against someone they can't effectively reach) while your allies can barely even bother to marshal any forces to fight with."
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    #29Stronghold Crusader HD

    Stronghold Crusader HD
    Stronghold Crusader HD is a medieval mixture of city building and real-time strategy game. The game throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents. It was developed and published by FireFly Studios.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Benjamin Williams
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This looks pretty good, and if you're a fan of the old age of empires games, you should feel right at home. Medieval battles played out with strategy can be either open ended, multiplayer, or even following actual historic situations, which are personally my favorite. "
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    #30Stellaris

    Stellaris

    Stellaris is an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core where you explore a vast galaxy full of wonder. It was developed by Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Samuel Hernandez
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "Stellaris is a bit of a newcomer into the scene. It hasn't been around that long but it has made quite the splash. I personally enjoyed the little time I had with it."
  28. 16

    #31Dota 2

    Dota 2

    Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online strategic action battle arena game developed and published by Valve in 2013. It has a pool of more than a hundred heroes that all ten players of a match can pick for free.

    Games

    Web, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Debra Hernandez
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "While many will argue with me that Dota 2 is actually the best RTS game, I stand my ground that it's not the best. This may have been the best a decade or so ago, but the game has not aged well. There are much better newer games these days."
  29. 15

    #32OpenRA

    OpenRA
    OpenRA is an Open Source, Cross-Platform reimplementation of Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Stephen Stone
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "I come from a background of enjoying games like Command and Conquer, and Starcraft. I have played my fair share of RTS games. OpenRA takes the base of those games, and adds it's own unique spin upon the genre. If you have ever played a RTS before, you will pick the game up quickly, and even if you haven't, after a quick tutorial you will have all of the basics down. This is not the polished products like the games mentioned above, but it is a fun little game that will keep you interested for many hours trying to advance to that next level. "
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    #33Europa Universalis III

    Europa Universalis III

    Europa Universalis III is a grand strategy computer game by Paradox Developmental Studio and published by Paradox Interactive. Players can choose from 313 nations to play, and the game has significant differences from Europa Universalis II.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Philip Jacobs
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Europa Universalis III is huge in scope, being able to play *tons* of different countries and through a large period of time. A must play for anyone really into the RTS genre of games!"
  31. 12

    #34Rise of Nations

    Rise of Nations
    Rise of Nations is a strategy video game developed by Big Huge Games and SkyBox Labs. It features single-player and multi-player game modes. This video game has taken concepts from other turn-based strategy games. 
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Jeffrey Jackson
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "Rise of Nations has been around for a while, and the new integration with Twitch is an absolute genius move. That being said, it's not really for me. It moves a little too slow for my tastes."
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    #35World in Conflict

    World in Conflict
    World in Conflict is the action strategy game where players defend their country, their hometown, and their families in the face of Soviet-led World War III, delivering an epic struggle of courage and retribution. You are a field commander leading the era's most powerful military machines in the heroic effort to turn back the invasion…one city and suburb at a time.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Anthony Morales
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "I had fun playing World in Conflict! Have you ever wondered what it would be like if two super powers collided? That's this game. Fast-paced action, lots of choices to command troops, and explosions everywhere. For its time, the graphics are outstanding too. There is nothing more fun than blowing up someone with a tank, and if you like micromanaging troops, this is the game for you. You really get sucked into the campaigns. Ever been blown up with a long-range missile? I have."
  33. 9

    #36League of Legends

    League of Legends

    League of Legends is a real-time strategy multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for Windows and Mac computers. It was developed by Riot Games and was first released on October 27, 2009.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Barbara Smith
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "As a gamer this game is a bit slow. The graphics are not outstanding for my taste. With all of the games out there i would probably choose something else."
  34. 9

    #37Men of War: Assault Squad 2

    Men of War: Assault Squad 2

    Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is a real-time tactics/strategy game set in World War II. The game features new single player style skirmish modes that take players from extreme tank combat to deadly sniper stealth missions. It was developed by Digitalmindsoft and published by 1C Company.

    Games

    Windows

    $29.99

    Joseph May
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "In order to find RTS games for PC, I would check out Men of War: Assault Squad 2. The strategy game has an awesome setting, taking place in World War Two. The price is a little steep, but with over 6,000 reviews giving it an overall rating of very positive, I would definitely check it out. "
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    #38Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a fast-paced and action-oriented real-time strategy (RTS) game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a sequel named Dawn of War III which was released in April 2017.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Teresa Reid
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I love video games and found an RTS game I really like for the PC. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II was recommended to me by my boyfriend since he loves the Warhammer series and plays the miniature games. I tried it out and I'm a huge fan. The graphics are amazing and very detailed and the game-play is fantastic. I love the strategy elements and all the different options for characters. It is a ton of fun and I love playing it with my boyfriend. Definitely recommended!"
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    #39Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is a real-time strategy video game, which is an adaptation of the miniature wargame Battlefleet Gothic. An upcoming sequel titled Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is scheduled for release in 2019. 

    Games

    Windows

    $29.99

    Andy Gu
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "RTS games have always been my favorite, but they aren't super popular anymore. I came by Battlefleet on steam, and even though I just began playing it, I have been enjoying it so much! "
  37. 4

    #40Men of War

    Men of War

    Men of War is a real-time tactical video game based in World War II, which was developed by Best Way and Digitalmindsoft. This is the first game in the Men of War game franchise which was released first in June 2004.

    Games

    Windows

    $4.99

    Amit Mittal
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Decent game, but it's no Star Craft. I found it to be slightly more complicated than it really needs to be; the units don't quite work like you would expect, but it might be that StarCraft and Civ are my two standards for this genre. Worth a look if you enjoy the historical period, but the gameplay itself might disappoint."
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    #41Sins 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.
    Games

    Windows

    $39.99

    Richard Gonzalez
    Written on January 17, 2019
    "I like how you get to track your progress in this game, and that any small decision you make will impact the outcome of the game. Such cool RTS pc game indeed!"
  39. 2

    #42AI War: Fleet Command

    AI War: Fleet Command
    AI War: Fleet Command is a strategy game developed by Arcen Games LLC where players can go up to against two AI enemies. The game is a blend of the traditional tower defense games and the traditional RTS genre.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Gregory Simpson
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This game is currently on Steam and holds a rating of very positive. The game seems fun to play, but has been out for several years and has less than 1000 ratings. The game may be fun, but does not have the mass appeal to put it in a best of group. "
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    #43Command & Conquer: Red Alert

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy video game and is the second game of the Command & Conquer title. It takes place in the alternate early history of Command & Conquer when Allied Forces battle the aggressive Soviet Union.

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  41. 1

    #44Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter game developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games. It features 30 action levels and weekly challenge and commands many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities. 

    Games

    Windows

    $2.99

    Thomas Cox
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I suffer from the occasional seizure so certain video games turn me into a drooling mess, mostly FPS type games. Halo: Spartan Assault is different, it's a top down view so it doesn't have that effect. Now I can actually play an action game and enjoy it."
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    #45Grey Goo

    Grey Goo

    Grey Goo is an RTS game published by Grey Box Software and developed by Petroglyph. The game combines classic strategy mechanics and a balanced combat system with an emphasis on large-scale decision-making.

    Games

    Windows

    $29.99

    Patrick Alvarado
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "Grey Goo is a real time strategy game available on Steam for PC. The player controls a large scale setting called Ecosystem 9 which he must guide to survival. "
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    #46They Are Billions

    They Are Billions

    They Are Billions is a zombie strategic survival game developed and published by Numantian Games. Your mision is build and protect colonies and survive against the zombie horde's attacks.

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    Windows

    $24.99

    Adam Mason
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "For a zombie game this one's indeed tactical. RTS games rarely impresses me yet this game is an exception!"
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    #47Zero K

    Zero K

    Zero K is a free open-source real-time strategy video game developed and published by Zero-K Team, which originally based on Total Annihilation. It has different player mode from single player, multiplayer to online Co-op. 

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    Windows

    Free

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    #48Command & 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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    Amazon

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    #49Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge

    Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge

    Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge is a real-time strategy game and is an expansion pack to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. It was released in North America on October 10, 2001 and is centered on an ex-Soviet figure named Yuri who has established a secret army of his own.

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    Amazon

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    #50Battlestations: Midway

    Battlestations: Midway

    Battlestations: Midway is a real-time tactics video game developed by Eidos Hungary in 2007. This action game was part of Battlestations series and published by Eidos Interactive, Feral Interactive, and Square Enix Co, Ltd. 

    Games

    Windows

    $6.99

    Janet Stone
    Written on June 18, 2018
    "In my opinion Battlestations Midway is the best RTS game out right now and if it's not ranked number one then it should be. This game combines action with strategy and defeat. It's basically a game where you find the most strategic move to take down your enemy and complete tasks that you need to. I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 13 because of maturity issues but it's great."
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    #51The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King based on the epic final chapter of the highly-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King re-creates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring.

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    PlayStation 2 , Windows

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    Crystal Myers
    Written on January 17, 2019
    "I must agree the graphics of this game are quite amazing! LOTR's my childhood fave classic movie of all time and I still do. Now htat with this game I'm relieving this timeless classic!"
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    #52The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth

    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth

    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth puts you in command of a real-time, open world. Control the legendary heroes, massive armies, and epic campaigns of Middle-earth in over 25 missions based on all three films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

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    Windows

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    Theresa Perry
    Written on January 17, 2019
    "More LOTR games like this please! This one's just too awesome! Best RTS PC game for my own computer"
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    #53OTTTD

    OTTTD

    Lock, load and let the gibs fly in OTTTD, a Tower Defence/RTS game with RPG elements that pits you against some of the weirdest creatures in the multiverse. 

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $3.99

    Chirag Malhotra
    Written on January 17, 2019
    "This has grpahics thats easy to navigate and to understand. So I like playing this on my PC"
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    #54Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactic-based RPG game by Sega. It is a game which serves as a parallel and alternate to the original Valkyria Chronicles and follows a different set of characters. It will be released worldwide in Fall 2018.

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    PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

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    Christian Wallace
    Written on January 17, 2019
    "I found this game listed among the list of the best pc RTS game so I tried playing this game and got hooked to it."
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    #55Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game in which the player uses a unique turn-based battle system called Blitz (Battle of Live Tactical Zones). The game is set in Europa, a fictional region loosely based on Europe.

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    Amazon, Windows

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    #56Halo Wars 2

    Halo Wars 2
    Halo Wars 2 comes with the best real-time strategy set in the universe of Halo, the franchise game of Xbox One. You can rule the forces of the Spartans or of the Warthogs in a large battlefield to test your forces against your enemy.


    Games

    Xbox One

    $59.99

    Sean Gomez
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PLAYING THIS GAME WITH MY FRIENDS! SO TACTICAL AND ENJOYABLE!"
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    #57Crusader 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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $39.99

    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "I really like games where I get to build my own empire and dynasties such as Crusader Kings 2. I like how this game is kinda consistent with history."
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    #58Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
    Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. The player will have to face battle against conspiracy and rebellion, and recruit specialists, spies and assassins.
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    Amazon, Windows, Mac, iOS

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    Willie Brewer
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Cool game to play with a friend who advises me on what I can do!"
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    #59Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is the sequel to Red Alert. In it, players are in charge of the United States or the Soviet Union, and either way you have to achieve total world domination. It has an over-the-top army and building design, as well as mind-blowing characters and levels.

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    Amazon, Windows

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    Billy Black
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "This is an interesting concept for a game. I usually place as USSR, because I like being the villain haha. It has a big choice for characters and levels, lots of hours of gameplay. Really enjoyable."
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    #60Command & Conquer: Generals

    Command & Conquer: Generals

    Command & Conquer: Generals is a real-time strategy video game and is part of the Command & Conquer series. It was released for t Windows and Mac OS in 2003 and 2004. The game utilizes SAGE (Strategy Action Game Engine).

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    Amazon

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    #61Total War: Arena

    Total War: Arena

    Total War: Arena is a multiplayer real-time tactics game which you can play online for free. Take part in epic battles, work with allies to master the battlefield and rewrite the history of the greatest commanders of the ancient world.

    Games

    Online

    Free

    Ralph Powell
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Only few RTS games which can really hook me into playing and this one's one of it. Can't get enough how this manages to get me mindblown everyytime I attempt a move."
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    #62VEGA Conflict

    VEGA Conflict
    VEGA Conflict is a free-to-play space MMO video game wherein players must stake their claim, command their fleets, and conquer the void. Through this, players can come together to take back the galaxy from the VEGA Federation.
    Games

    Android, Windows, iOS, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Christina Rodriguez
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "I must say what a cool conquering RTS game to start the weekend with friends!"

Summary

Best What are the best RTS games for PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1StarcraftGames 71 Free
2Command & Conquer: The Ultimate CollectionGames 63 Paid
3Starcraft II: Wings of LibertyGames 62 Paid
4Warcraft III: Reign of ChaosGames 61 Paid
5Company of HeroesGames 59 Paid
6Planetary AnnihilationGames 57 Paid
7Supreme CommanderGames 57 Paid
8Company of Heroes 2Games 54 Paid
9Homeworld Remastered CollectionGames 53 Paid
10Total War: Shogun 2Games 52 Paid
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