There are many real-time strategy games for PC, and we have them at our disposal for many years, so from the outset it is quite complicated to make a list of the best without falling into putting dozens and dozens of them. But that is what we are going to do.
Thanks to this games we have seen civilizations rise, created empires and we tried to manage all kinds of resources, establish commercial relationships with other peoples and even settle on other planets.
We wanted to celebrate the genre by selecting the ten best real-time strategy PC games ever. They could have been more, as I said at the beginning, but there is no doubt about the quality that everyone on this list cherishes. If you dare to try any of them, the hours of fun are assured.
Top 10 best real-time strategy PC games
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
The Age of Empires saga is one of the most well-known and important in real-time strategy video games. Age of Empires II, title that came out in 1999 and that is set in the Middle Ages, added a lot of improvements compared to the original game as new technologies, combat formations: defend, move, attack, patrol certain places, as well as new conditions for victory. The title offered the possibility of playing against the computer or against another player online with a maximum of 8 players per game. It was such a success that it had an expansion pack, Age of Empires II: The Conquerors which included 5 new civilizations to the existing 13, 4 new campaigns and new maps.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
And another great saga within the real-time strategy games is Command & Conquer, created by Westwood Studios. In Command & Conquer: Red Alert we are in an alternative reality in which allied forces must confront the Soviet Union for control of Europe.
There are three battle zones: air, sea and mainland, and each side can build exclusive units to achieve victory. The Soviets are characterized by the use of powerful land units, endowed with considerable firepower, and supported by a powerful air and naval force. While, the allies base their strategy on speed and their powerful naval force.
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (sometimes abbreviated as W40k) is a real-time strategy PC game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ. It is based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 board game from Games Workshop. Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War was released in 2004. Since then three expansions have been released, Winter Assault in 2005, Dark Crusade in 2006 and Soulstorm in 2007.
Company of Heroes
Set in the Second World War, Company of Heroes makes us experience the clashes between the German and American troops since the Battle of Normandy, which took place on June 6, 1944 until the end of the war. Its innovative game style redefines the strategy games in real time and makes us relive the sacrifice of heroic soldiers, the environments devastated by the struggles and the dynamic battlefields of the contest. The mechanics are based on the conquest of points scattered by the map, which must taken and defended to get manpower, fuel and ammunition.
Empire: Total War
Developed by The Creative, Empire: Total War is the fifth title in the Total War saga. Its greatness lies in the multitude of strategies we can take, the real historical challenges that appear in the game, as well as its visual effects. Empire: Total War follows the trail of the first titles of the franchise with a very similar interface, although the action moves to the eighteenth century onwards. Under our faction, we must conquer the known world through military, political, diplomatic and espionage. The campaign is based on turn-based strategy, but we can also lead battles in real time and, for the first time in the saga, naval battles dispute in real time.
Myth: The Fallen Lords
Myth: The Fallen Lords is the first installment of the Myth saga, developed by Bungie. It is the first real-time strategy game that uses a completely three-dimensional camera and focuses on battle techniques rather than building a base. In fact, our units are limited for each mission, and have their own specialties. In addition, its plot is exciting and moves us to a fantasy world in which we must fight against the evil Fallen Lords and their leader, Balor, as well as all kinds of strange creatures.
Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology (abbreviated AoM) is a real-time strategy video game for personal computers, developed by Ensemble Studios and later by Skybox Labs (its remake), and published by Microsoft Games in 2002.
Age of Mythology maintains the same mechanics of the Age of Empires series and is very similar in some aspects so it could be considered as a spin-off. However, it has 3D graphics and instead of focusing on history, it focuses on the mythology and legends of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Nordics.
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
The Starcraft saga by Blizzard is one of the best real-time strategy and military science fiction games. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is set in the 26th century in the Koprulu Sector and revolves around three species: the Terran, the Zerg and the Protoss. The title takes place four years after Starcraft: Brood War and follows the exploits of Jim Raynor and his group of insurgents. All units are exclusive to their respective races and work differently with different tactics.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Created by Blizzard, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is the third sequel of the Warcraft series and is distinguished from previous titles of the saga by incorporating 3D graphics and two new races. Warcraft III takes place in the fictional world of Azeroth and the game consists at managing the available resources to produce military units, in order to attack our enemies.
StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The first game of the StarCraft series was released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 1998.
Set in the 26th century, the game revolves around three species that fight for dominance in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, known as the Koprulu Sector: the Terrans, humans exiled from Earth and skilled in adapting to any situation ; the Zerg, a race of alien insectoids in search of genetic perfection, obsessed with assimilating other races, and the Protoss, a humanoid species with advanced technology and psionic abilities, trying to preserve their civilization and also strictly their philosophy of life of the same Zerg. The game has been praised for pioneering for the use of the unique real-time strategy gameplay features and for a compelling story.