What are the best war strategy games?

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  1. 65

    #1XCOM 2

    XCOM 2

     XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game developed by Firaxis Games. It serves as the sequel to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012. This aliened-themed game features guerrilla combat where players get to decide on how to strike their enemies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Linux

    $59.99

    Vincent Henderson
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I thought XCOM 2 was a pretty interesting game. It kept me interested for some time, and proved to be an adequate test of my strategic skills. Strategy games are not usually my thing but I found this one engaging for some reason. Give it a shot, why not?"
  2. 62

    #2Halo 5: Guardians

    Halo 5: Guardians

    Halo 5: Guardians is a first-person shooter game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One game console. The fifth main entry in the Halo series of video games, it was released worldwide on October 27, 2015.

    Games

    Xbox One

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    Dylan Hernandez
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a great guide."
  3. 58

    #3Total 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

    Danielle Chen
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I like this game because it's not the typical "war" type game whenever you hear the word war. It has different and unique layers to the game. It's the type of game that actually has groups going head to head."
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    #4XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based tactical video game created by Firaxis Games and Feral Interactive. It is a reboot of the 1994 classic video game, UFO: Enemy Unknown. It was released in 2012 for different platforms.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Xbox 360

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Catherine Martin
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I love how the game fuses the importance of both base management and combat missions that go in hand-in-hand where on one hand, base technologies are needed to produce funds and upgrade your soldiers' gear, and on the other hand, successful combat missions bring back the materials needed for such upgrades to be possible. The learning curve of XCOM is actually quite steep, even for strategy fans, but the time spent on it is worth it, as it is a top-notch game."
  2. 54

    #5Sid 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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    Free

    Evelyn Wong
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is a great war strategy game. I enjoyed building my empire and civilization and then defeating others civilizations."
  3. 51

    #6World of Warcraft

    World of Warcraft
    World of Warcraft is an MMORPG released by Blizzard Entertainment on November 23, 2004. Choose your faction between the Alliance and the Horde, build up your chosen character class, and prepare to battle it out in the war-torn world of Azeroth.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

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    Christina Castro
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "This is a great open ended character building game. I love the amount of control that I have in creating my troops and the online community that I encounter while playing. I love that there is far more emphasis on the actual strategy than there is on the combat during game play. "
  4. 50

    #7War Robots

    War Robots

    War Robots is a third-person game app for Android and iOS devices. You have to fight in a team battle, 6 robots against 6 robots. There are more than 20 battles with different levels. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Madison Duncan
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This is a great war strategy app. I love that it's available for Android and iOS so that all of my friends can download and play it. I like that it's robots instead of characters that look like people and I think it really allows you to employ some good strategy. My son and his friends all love this game too and often play it together after school."
  5. 48

    #8Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans is a great strategic, and multiplayer game for Android and iOS. It was offered by Supercell. The game allows you to build your tower, play with other player and declare war to destroy their camp.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Maribel Félix
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This is a good game to kill time and it's fun to make a strategy and maintain your fortress. However, the down side is that if you want to advance at a quick pace, you'll have to make some in app purchases."
  6. 45

    #9Starcraft

    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

    Devansh Jindal
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Great strategy game. Play in real time and assume various roles. Very fun and addicting"
  7. 43

    #10Hearts 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

    Ralph Bates
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Hearts of Iron IV is a solid option for fans of war strategy games. It fits the bill for a mobile strategy game that is fun and exciting."
  8. 40

    #11Empire: 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

    Jacob Contreras
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is a really great game. I love playing it. If you love strategy games, give it a try!"
  9. 38

    #12Hearts 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

    Douglas Arnold
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "War strategy games are my favorite. This one is challenging and really fun at the same time."
  10. 35

    #13Company 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

    Víctor Escobedo
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Company of Heroes is one of my favorite war strategy games to play, I have invested many hours into trying to win the war. "
  11. 34

    #14Stellaris

    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

    Brittany Sims
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Stellaris has the coolest space graphics, hands down. It's just a great strategy title all around, It started out great and has potential to be even more amazing. An absolute must for any space strategy game fans out there!"
  12. 32

    #15Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

    Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

    Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a real-time strategy video-game and a remaster of the original Age of Empires launched a 20-year ago, with modernized gameplay, all-new visuals, and amazing new features.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Gilberto Alvarado
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is a fun reboot of one of my favorite strategy games as a child. The game brings back many memories and is still fun to this day."
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    #16Company 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

    Rebecca Ortega
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This game really hit the mark. I've played a few WWII games in the past that were a hit or a miss. I really loved the development with this game. "
  14. 26

    #17Europa 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

    Abhinav Mehra
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is literally the best game in the biz. Super fun to be had for all."
  15. 25

    #18Supreme 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

    Joy Huang
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is the best game in the world. Love it."
  16. 21

    #19Medieval

    Medieval

    Medieval is a game app for Android and iOS devices. You have to defend your castle in any way, with archers, catapults, bombs... There are a lot of weapons, troop types and shooting modes.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Jacqueline Peterson
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The graphics on this look great. I think that war strategy wise it is probably good as well .You learn how to defend your castle and take from others and build your kingdom"
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    #20Crusader 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

    Harry Moore
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I don't know if it's the best but it's a really fun one. I like rome total war a little bit more but this is very enjoyable too. I'd download it."
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    #21Rise 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

    Kai Long
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This game fulfills my conviction that I am, indeed, a reincarnation of Hannibal - or maybe Alexander the great. I can masterfully carry on great campaigns, in the Alps, in the Amazon Rainforests, Ancient India, or right in the heart of the D. C.; war zone of 2019! I shall prevail! All delusions aside, this is a great strategy game with excellent graphics and historically accurate settings. "
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    #22Age of Strategy

    Age of Strategy
    Age of Strategy is a free-turn based strategy game set in the medieval times, with over 300 maps and over a hundred unit types.
    Games

    Android

    Free

    Ethan Riley
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I thought this game was pretty entertaining, with plenty of gameplay options and turn based combat. I also liked the relatively retro graphics which gives it a nostalgic feeling."
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    #23World 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

    Andrew Crawford
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I came here looking for the best war strategy games that are out right now. I was told to try World in Conflict. Sadly, I already played through this game so I didn't really use the information. "
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    #24Total 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

    Edward Robertson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to play the video games and this one is about war so there is much action to be had. The name of it is the Total War: Arena and it is soo good! You can even play it for free, online with other people that are also online. It is a war simulation game and boy is it a fun one, you should play too!"
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    #25Age 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

    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "War strategy games are great fun to play. I loved the first two of this series and am enjoying this one just as much. I can play for hours without realizing the time going by. It's awesome!"
  23. 9

    #26Total 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

    Diana Green
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Strategy games are good fun. Total War has been around a long time and Rome 2, Emperor Edition is another step in the franchise."
  24. 5

    #27Clash Royale

    Clash Royale
    Clash Royale is a real-time online PvP game that allows users to collect cards that can be used to upgrade spells, improve troops, and erect defenses. Use a wide array of cards to defeat other players in battle!
    Games

    iOS, Android, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Rachel Burton
    Written on March 11, 2018
    " The game should give more opportunities to get gems. The game also needs to stop constantly adding cards."
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    #28Battle for the Galaxy

    Battle for the Galaxy

    Battle for the Galaxy is a strategy video game with a combination of base building, resource management, and strategic combat. This was developed by AMT Games, and it was first released on September 1, 2014.

    Games

    Online

    Free

    Sean Hoffman
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "Most of the war strategy games I played either needs to be downloaded, or it needs to be purchased. But I learned a game from my friend that is FREE and doesn't have to be downloaded!! And it's actually the battle for the galaxy.. I was surprised because despite being free, the game is just still sooo awesome to play, plus it isn't laggy even if it's online. and I really like building bases and killing enemies and winning, though it's just not so easy to win here because you have to outsmart your enemies... "
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    #29Command & 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.

    Games

    Amazon

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    #30Command & 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.

    Games

    Amazon

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  28. 0

    #31MajorCommand

    MajorCommand

    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.

    Websites

    Free

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  29. 0

    #32Game Remakes

    Game Remakes

    Game Remakes is a website for playing online games. It features an online adaptation of Hasbro's Risk board game. Fortify your own territories whilst attacking opposing areas in a quest for complete control of the world.

    Websites

    Free

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Summary

Best What are the best war strategy games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1XCOM 2Games 65 Paid
2Halo 5: GuardiansGames 62 Paid
3Total War: WARHAMMERGames 58 Paid
4XCOM: Enemy UnknownGames 57 Paid
5Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 54 Free
6World of WarcraftGames 51 Paid
7War RobotsGames 50 Free
8Clash of ClansGames 48 Free
9StarcraftGames 45 Free
10Hearts of Iron IVGames 43 Paid
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