Strategy is all about planning ahead, thinking about the long-term while executing brilliantly in the present. It's an art form that has been mastered by only a few games and has launched a million imitators. The video game industry has not been immune to the power of strategy and this list will prove just that.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Developed by: Ensemble Studios
The first game in the Age of Empires series has remained the best ever since its release in 1999. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy game set in the Middle Ages.
It's known for its historical accuracy, its solid gameplay and its excellent multiplayer mode. The game's mission is to guide your kingdom from the Dark Ages to the Imperial Age.
You must gather resources, build an army and expand your empire. Most of the game is spent in the pre-gunpowder era but you also get to use siege weapons like cannons and gunpowder units like musketeers and artillery.
Warcraft III: The Reign of Chaos
Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
Warcraft III: The Reign of Chaos is a real-time strategy game in which you control a human, an orc, a night elf or an undead. Your goal is to gather resources, build an army and destroy your enemies, which are computer-controlled.
In this game, players will play the role of the commander of the Human Alliance, the Orcish Horde, the Undead Scourge, and the Night Elf. In addition to the four different races, each of them has its own unique character.
The game is known for its excellent campaigns, its well-designed multiplayer mode and its strong emphasis on micro-management.
Command & Conquer: Generals
Developed by: EA Los Angeles
Command & Conquer: Generals is a real-time strategy game in which you take control of one of three military factions. You must fight your enemies through missions and collect resources along the way.
The game features three playable factions, the United States (USA), China and the Global Liberation Army (GLA). The single-player campaign of C&C: Generals chronicles a war between the three superpowers, in a conflict known as the Second Tiberium War. The USA and China are normally at odds with one another but must unite to combat the GLA, a terrorist organization.
Disciples II: Resurrection
Developed by: Strategy First
The game is set in a fantasy world, where you have to develop your character, improve his powers and create an army of loyal soldiers. In the game, you can select one of the four classes of warriors, each with unique abilities. But there are more than just a warrior. You can also become a mage, a worker or a scout.
Each of them has its own set of skills and characteristics. The game has some improvements compared to the previous part. In Disciples 2: Resurrection, you have a chance to destroy the enemies in a completely new and unprecedented way.
Age of Mythology
Developed by: Ensemble Studios
Age of Mythology is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios.
In the Age of Mythology, the player can control six different civilizations namely, Greek, Egyptian, Norse, Atlantean, Hittite and Babylonian. The player is put in charge of civilization for a specific amount of time in each mission.
The player can control the economic, military, and technological growth of the civilization during its reign.
Total War: Medieval
Developed by: The Creative Assembly
Total War: Medieval is an action and strategy game. The game takes place in the Middle Ages and has three different civilizations: The English, the Franks, and the Vikings. The player can choose which civilization they want to play.
The player takes command over the army of the chosen civilization and tries to conquer the other civilizations. You can fight against the AI in the campaign mode, and against other players in the multiplayer mode.
The Bottom Line
Many of the games in this list are considered some of the best games of all time, both in terms of single-player and multiplayer. If you have any questions about this list or want to add some other games to it, please feel free to post a comment. If you have any favorite games to play with friends, leave a comment and let us know.