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Top 20 Best Real Time Strategy Games

List of the Best Real Time Strategy Games for the PC

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Included here is a list of some of hte best real time strategy games that have been released for the PC. Real time strategy games (RTS) offer an excellent blend of action and strategy. The majority of RTS games are played in a bird's eye or top down perspective allowing players easy navigation and the ability jump around to control units and buildings across game maps, environments and campaigns. Unlike turn based strategy games where you have the ability to take your time, in real time strategy games, all movement, construction, combat, research and more are all occurring in real time.

1. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Starcraft II Box
Activision
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Release Date: July 27, 2010
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Ten years in the making Starcraft II doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it doesn't need to with proven game play mechanics, an intuitive and simple interface that all work together to give us a near flawless real time strategy gaming experience. Clearly one of the top games of 2010 and the top real time strategy game released in the past few years.
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2. Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes Box
THQ
Release Date: Sep 12, 2006
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
It was a tough decision for my number one real time strategy game, both are unmatched in their own ways. Even after four years since it's release Company of Heroes, still looks fantastic. The game contains an engaging and challenging single player campaign and multipalyer skirmishes. Relic Entertainment has give the game new life with Company of Heroes Online which is a free to play full version the multiplayer game. There are also two stand alone expansions for Company of Heroes, Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor, that add new units and factions.
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3. Empire: Total War

Empire: Total War Box
SEGA
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Release Date: Mar 4, 2009
Genre: Turn Based Strategy, Real Time Tactics
Theme: Historical
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Empire: Total War is one of two Total War games in my list of top real time strategy games. It continues the tradition of doing an excellent job of blending both turn based strategy and real time tactics. With a sweeping single player campaign and equally grand multiplayer modes, the game will have players spanning the globe in this ultimate game of conquest.
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4. Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire Box
Stardock
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Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
If you're looking for a relatively slower paced real time strategy experience Sins of a Solar Empire is a perfect match. This space based real time strategy contains plenty of action coupled with slower paced strategizing. There are endless possibilities in the dozens of planets, galaxies and asteroids available to conquer. No two games are alike due to all the different factions to choose from each with it's own array of ships, technology, and upgrades.
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5. World In Conflict

World In Conflict Box
Ubisoft
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Release Date: Sep 18 2007
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Alternate History
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
World in Conflict is a real-time tactical game set in 1989 just before the fall of the Soviet Union. However in World in Conflict, the Soviet Union does not fall and the world spirals into conflict. The game contains three game modes; a single player campaign, skirmish mode and multiplayer mode. Players can choose from one of two factions in the single player campaign (USA or NATO), while multiplayer allows for play as USA, NATO or the Soviet Union.

6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Box
THQ
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Release Date: Feb 19, 2009
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
In Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II players take command of one of four factions, Space Marines, Eldar, Orks and Tyranid as they battle for supremacy in the Warhammer Universe. The game includes a non-linear single player campaign that cam be played with a friend in co-op mode as well as a full multiplayer mode in which players can battle in skirmishes against other factions.
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7. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Warcraft III Box
Blizzard
Release Date: Jul 3, 2002
Theme: Fantasy
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos was a classic from the first day of it's release, back in 2002, which also makes it the oldest game on my list. The success of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos put the World of Warcraft wheels in motion which along with the internet has transformed computer games. While Warcraft III is a far cry from the graphics/gameplay of WoW, it still has plenty of life left. The Warcraft III Battle Chest includes both the full game and expansions. There's also the Dota custom campaign that has been so successful that Dota 2 will be released as a stand alone game in 2011.
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8. Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War Box
SEGA
Release Date: Nov 14, 2006
Theme: Historical
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player
The second of three Total War games in my list of top RTS games, Medieval II: Total War takes players into the middle ages as they choose from more than a dozen factions to conquer Europe with. The game includes a objective based campaign mode as well as a grand campaign in which players main objective is conquest of the entire map. Epic medieval battles await across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the New World with literally tens of thousands of units
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9. Age of Empires III

Age of Empires III Box
Microsoft
Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
Theme: Historical
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
The oldest game on my list at a little over five years old, Age of Empires III is starting to look a little dated, but that doesn't mean that the game play and significance of the game and series is and if you hope into an online game you'll still see plenty of people looking for a match. In Age of Empires III, you control one of eight European colonial powers fighting for a foothold in the New World. Watch for the new Age of Empires Online coming in 2011.
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10. Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander Box
THQ
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Release Date: Feb 16, 2007
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: E10+
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Set in the 37tth century, Supreme Commander is a sci-fi real time strategy game that puts you in control of one of three factions. The game begins with a single Armored Command Unit which players use to build up their base and units. The single player campaign contains 6 missions for each of the three factions that are part of the game. There's also a multiplayer mode in which you can compete against others online in skirmish matches with up to eight players.
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