Top 25 Best RTS Games of All Time: Click, Click, Die

Curious about the best Real Time Strategy games of all time? Well, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find no better RTS games than the ones on this list.

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February 17, 2016 Update: We’ve added even more games to this list, including some newly released titles in 2015 and 2016. 

Since the mid-90s, real-time strategy games have become a videogame staple, particularly on the PC due to the mouse and keyboard controls which allow players to point at units, drag their mouse across the screen, and select the armies they’ll use to attack other units.

The games belong to the domain of PC gamers, giving the PC platform an edge against their counterparts well beyond just having better superior hardware.

Regardless of the genre’s love affair with the PC, the decades have been kind to the genre, offering gamers with everything from ultra-competitive titles like Starcraft to more toned-down real-time strategy games like Gene Wars (which isn’t on this list, because it kind of sucked) and even casual titles like The Baldies and Nintendo’s Pikmin series of games. Even the Nintendo DS played host to several RTS games, including a Final Fantasy title.

Regardless, you’ll find none of those mediocre titles here, as we’re only interested in writing about the best of the best in the RTS genre. Expect to find some fan favorites and more than a few games that flew under everyone’s radar. We’re including them here because that’s where they belong.

We’ve decided to catalogue the 20 best real-time strategy games of all time in the following pages. These date back from way before RTS became a popular genre, to the most up-to-date titles. [Art by Longiy] Click on the next slide to begin!