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The best strategy games on PC

Updated for 2019

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If you’ve just read through all 16,000 (or so) words on the pages preceding this: well done, you’ve just imbibed a third of a novella about strategy games. If you’ve skipped straight to this page to quickly see the complete rankings, that’s fine, too.

This update has introduced 15 games to the list, reflecting some recent great games as well as changes to the RPS team. The games now thrown into the fire include some real gems – Battle For Wesnoth, Dominions V, Solium Infernum and Company Of Heroes, to name but four. The games that have joined the ranked are all worthy replacements, of course.

As for your favourite strategy game that we ignorantly left out – as always, that’s at #51.

The Complete List

1. Into The Breach
2. Neptune’s Pride
3. Invisible, Inc.
4. Crusader Kings II
5. Alpha Centauri
6. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
7. UFO: Enemy Unknown (OpenXcom)
8. King of Dragon Pass
9. Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 [new entry]
10. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
11. Master of Magic [new entry]
12. Men of War
13. StarCraft II
14. Stellaris
15. The Banner Saga
16. Distant Worlds: Universe
17. Hostile Waters [new entry]
18. Jagged Alliance II
19. Sacrifice [new entry]
20. Sid Meier’s Colonization
21. Frozen Synapse
22. AI War
23. Anno 1800
24. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 [new entry]
25. Druidstone: Secret of the Menhir Forest [new entry]
26. Imperator: Rome [new entry]
27. Sid Meier’s Civilization 4
28. Total War: Shogun 2 [new entry]
29. Total War: Warhammer 2 [new entry]
30. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus [new entry]
31. Dominions IV
32. Europa Universalis IV
33. Galactic Civilzations 2
34. Imperialism 2
35. Rise of Nations
36. Surviving Mars [new entry]
37. The Settlers [new entry]
38. Dawn of Man [new entry]
39. Heroes of Might and Magic III
40. Offworld Trading Company
41. Warcraft III
42. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
43. Total Annihilation [new entry]
44. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
45. Unity of Command
46. Northgard
47. BattleTech
48. DEFCON
49. Dune 2 Legacy
50. Endless Legend [new entry]

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