Top 25 Best Strategy Games for PC

Strategy games, whether they are turn-based or real-time, occupy a unique niche within gaming. Here are 25 of the best strategy games for the PC.

Updated February 11, 2016: We’ve added several new games to the list, and removed just as many. Read on to find out what’s changed!

Strategy games, whether they are turn-based or real-time, occupy a unique niche within gaming.  While there is not always the thrill of the fight, there is often a deep satisfaction achieved from outsmarting both other players and particularly AI. Here are some of the most favored titles in recent years, in no particular order.

Strategy games are a preserve of PC gaming, but it’s not due to exclusivity agreements between game developers and console manufacturers, but simply because the PC offers unhindered keyboard and mouse controls that allow gamers broader control over their games. In strategy games, the user interface more or less requires point-and-click interaction, which controllers struggle to provide. Only a few games are designed with controller support.

In this list, we take a look at 25 of the best strategy games that stand the test of time. Some games, like Dune 2, don’t really hold up well against newer titles, so we didn’t include them. You will however find a few classics listed on here, only because they’re still as playable today as they were back when they were first released.

#25 Crusader Kings II

Made by the masters of grand strategy games, Paradox Interactive, Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history. Medieval history is brought to life as players take on the role of a regent in any one of the period’s many dynasties and ruling families and set out to carve an empire out of the ruins of the Dark Ages.