Top 10 Best Real Time Strategy(RTS) Games of All Time

Real time strategy games require amazing amounts of intellect as well hand eye co-ordination. Split second choices can change the pace or outcome of the victor. Usually played against a computer or human opponent, these games consist of strategically building forces and armies to destroy the opposition. Best Real time strategy games have always remained as the pinnacle of though provoking games of all time. So let us take a look at the top 10 best RTS games of all time!

10 – Dune II

Dune II

Dune II

Dune II was the start of something very special; Real time strategy game. The very first of its kind, Dune II even though not as enjoyable a game today as others, started off the trend of base building and following a strategic pattern in building your classes to fight against opposition. This game was released WAY back in 1993 by Westwood Studios.

9 – Empire Earth

Empire Earth

Empire Earth

Back in 2001 when low poly visuals were called the best graphics Empire Earth made its way to one of the best games of 2001. An amazing Real time strategy game that has everything and more to offer in a very small package. This game is very unique as it spans the entire history of humanity in its proceeds known as the fourteen epochs. This game was very competitive and no one super unit could over power the other, and no one team could do without a sufficient amount of infantry. An amazing example of head to head gaming requiring high levels of though processing.

8 – Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations

This game was an experiment of sorts bring about different styles of game play and a whole new approach to real time strategy gaming. Having said that, real time games had been at a constant for quite some time, you build, you spawn and you destroy. Real time gaming is very simple to comprehend and at the same time very frustrating to pull off. Requisition and gaining areas of influence in Rise of Nations is very important to winning a head to head situation. A must play for any real time gaming enthusiast as it is a different style to it.

7 – Close Combat: A Bridge too Far

Close Combat- A Bridge too Far

Close Combat- A Bridge too Far

The influence of this game can be seen in today’s gaming world as developers are trying to nitpick certain features of this game to include in their real time strategy war games. The very functionality of this game orbits around how realistic tactical warfare can be made into a game. This can be frustrating at times however, when soldiers can’t follow a certain command because their morale has dropped or are low on ammunition. The realism depicted in this game is one that is rare to find.

6 – Homeworld

HomeWorld

HomeWorld

 

An RTS game which is in full 3-D doesn’t really follow the norm, yet if executed well can provide ample amounts of enjoyable entertainment as Homeworld has done. Space is the frontier on which the battles are fought and the tactical precision of this game is top notch.

5 – Age of Empires

Age of Empires

Age of Empires

Now that’s a name that everyone has heard on numerous occasions. Whether or not you have played the game is different story, but if you have not it is high time to do so. Age of Empires in its time was pioneer for Real time strategy games and it changed the RTS gaming genre for the better.

4 – Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Warcraft III

Warcraft III

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos will remain a timeless classic and Blizzard has surely outdone itself with this title amongst many others. The animations and feel of this game is what truly brings its to life, as well as the lore on which its story is based on. In terms of difficulty, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is indeed a very hard game to play at a professional level. The game is very micro intensive with a hero unit that has abilities that must be used as well other units too. A lot of thought processing must be done in every situation if you meet a veteran of this game.

3 – Command and Conquer: Red Alert

Red Alert

Red Alert

Where would we be in a list of the top 10 best RTS games of all time without Command and Conquer: Red Alert. Westwood studios gave birth to the genre with Dune II and furthered carried on the torch with Command and Conquer: Red Alert. A game that requires no mention in its amazing game play as well boisterous story line, Command and Conquer: Red Alert can easily be said to be the number one RTS game amongst many of the genres fans.

2 – Starcraft

Starcraft

Starcraft

It has been many years since this game was released back in 1998. Yet its followers are still in the tens of thousands seen playing on battle.net twenty four hours a day. This game has it all, amazing cut scenes, powerful game play, and a passionate story line. Little criticism ever came towards this game, and rightly
so.

1 – Total Annihilation (Best RTS Game Ever)

Total Annihilation

Total Annihilation

Total Annihilation is the first of true 3-D real time strategy game, granted that in an internet popularity vote, Starcraft would win. The fact of the matter is that Total Annihilation granted so much to the genre that developers had tried to catch up to for many years. 3-D terrain, and 3-D units doing virtually anything from swimming to walking as well as flying. This game was an amazing spectacle of its time and has stayed that way to date!

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