The Age of Empires series
of Empires is a succes strategy games serie which counts 3 episodes :
Ages of Empires 1, Age of Empires II : The Age of Kings and Age of
Empire 3. Both Age of Empires 1 and 2 have have received a lots of
praise when they were published and are amongs the best pc games
published in the 1990s. One of the hightlights of theses 2
is that the campaigns integrate historic figures like Jane
Ghengis Kahn and others.
Age of Mythology (AOM)
Age of Mythology is another classic strategy game
which takes place
in a particular universe and features big maps. Also, the
controlled by the player and the AI have special units (depending the
factions) like Sphinxs, Minautors, ... as well as Mythological Heroes
who enrich the gameplay.
Black and White 1
Black and White 1 and Black and White 2 are
games where the player had to take care of a feeric creature and make
Caesar is a Strategy games serie of 4 episodes
Caesar I, Caesar II, Caesar III and Caesar IV. The first 3 Caesar are
classic cities builders and the serie has brought a lots of innovations
to the Strategy games genre and to the cities builder genre in
Command and Conquer 1 and 2 : Red Alert
The video games Command and Conquer 1 and 2 : Red
Alerte on pc and
their add-ons are classic Strategy games but the third episode Command
and Conquer 3 : Red Alert isn't a classic because of some odd choices
like bimbo girls soldiers, the impossibility for flying units to
attacks land units and others annoying flaws.
The Civilization series
The videoames Civilization I, Civilization II,
Civilization III and
Civilization IV on pc are great management games where the player has
to build an empire and make it last several thousand years. For
example, a party can begin at -4000 bc and ends at
2050 ad. Civilization is a classic success games serie.
Commandos 2 : Men of Courage
Commandos 2 is a very good Strategy / Tactical
game where the player
has to oppose the German army's plans in WW2 with a special squads of 9
units, all with complementary characteristics.
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes is one of the best Tactical and
from the 2000s. The hightlights of CoH are the gameplay and the AI of
the ennemieswhile the storyline is ok.
Cossacks is one of the videogames serie with Ages
Caesar, Civilization or Total War which have marked Strategy games
genre. In Cossacks, the objective is a classic one : : Make is faction
prosper and conquer enemy factions.
Dark Reign 2
Dark Reign 2 is a very good Strategy game on PC
which takes place in
a post-apocalyptic world. Dark Reign 2's highlights are the gameplay,
the soundtrack and the great atmosphere. The game isn't very well known
but it is a great game.
Darwinia is a very particular strategy game where
the objective is
to protect fictive characters called the Darwinians from a computer
virus. The player finds himself in a computer where he will have to
help the trapped Darwinians. The game's concept is great and the
graphics very particular.
Dungeon Keeper 1 and Dungeon Keeper 2
Dungeon Keeper and Dungeon Keeper 2 are both
games which are amongs the top games published in the 1990s. As
contrary to many strategy / adventure / Role playing games, in Dungeon
Keeper, the player has to prevent intruders to enter into his dungeon,
or if they manage to enter, he has to trap them. Theses two games are
among the very best strategy games ever released on pc.
The two last episodes of the Empire Earth games
serie are among the
classic pc strategy games. In Empire Earth, the player controls a
faction throughout a long period of time : the party begins in the
Stone Age and ends in a futuristic era. A great concept for two great
The Total War series
With Rome Total War, Shogun Total War,
Total War 1 and Medieval Total War 2, here comes one of the most epic
series of strategy games on pc. As for Napoleon Total War, Empire Total
War and Rome II Total war, they aren't included in the best strategy
games for pc. All that because in Empire Total War, Shogun II Total and
Napoleon Total war, the IA isn't very good and the battles look too
much the same (but theses two episodes have included naval battles and
are still good games). Same thing for Shogun II Total War and Rome II
Total War which have too many little defects like for example the
removal of family trees to be included amongs the greatest strategy
games for pc.
Rise of Nations : Rise of
In Rise of Nations: Rise of Legend, the player has
to chose one of
the three races which fight for control of th Aio planet. The gameplay
of this classic strategy game for pc is very original in the sense that
it is a mix of magical and technological elements.
The Sim City series
The Sim City series is a big name when it comes to
City Builder games.
Sim City 4 in particular is a classic City Builder
game for pc.
The Settlers series
The Episodes 1 to 4 of the Settlers series are
classic strategy and
management games for pc (The Settlers 5 and 6 aren't included in the
top strategy games list). What makes the Settlers series differ from
the others strategy games are the funny graphics and also, if it is
possible to conquer neighboring lands, the military aspect isn't as
important as in most others strategy games.
Total Annihilation 1
The PC Game Total Annihilation 1 is a classic
game on pc which contains many different kinds of unists, a lots of
maps and an excellent gameplay.
The Warcraft series
Warcraft : Orcs and Humans, Warcraft 2 : Tides
of Darkness its add-on Warcraft 2 : Beyond the Dark Portal as well as
3 are famous strategy games for pc which have an important fans base.
The hightlights of the serie are : A great atmosphere, an interesting
story line and a good gameplay.
Warhammer 40000 : Dawn of
Warhammer 40000 : Dawn of War 1 (and its add-on
Winter Assault) is
an excellent strategy game for pc. The game has met a great success
when it was published, thanks to its excellent multiplayers mode. As
for thoses who prefer to play in solo, the campaign is good but not
that long. And for the others episodes of the Warhammer serie, they are
ok but not classic games.
World in Conflict
In the pc game World in Conflict, the action takes
place in a 3rd
World War context after the Cold War escalated into an open
conflict. World in Conflict's Hightlights are its graphics (especially
the apocalyptic atmosphere of the game), the soundtracks and its
interesting gameplay. As for the story ligne, it is classic but well
played and if the solo campaign is short enough, the multiplayers
aspect of the title makes it a long game.
The Worms serie
The Worms serie is a funny classic strategy games
series. In particular the pc games Worms 1, Worms 2 and Worms 4 :
Mayhem (in 3D) are famous
In Worms, the players controls ... Worms who are armed with weapons and
explosives, practicing martial arts, ect ... and which fights others
teams of worms. This game serie is very funny andoriginal.
The Sims series
Sims is a very popular management games serie on
pc. Sims 1 and Sims
2 are classic games which have had a big success. As for Sims 3, if it
is better graphically, some important gameplay elements (Animals,
meteo, ...) are missing, thoses making it only a good game and not a
The X-com series
X-Com is a serie of games which is played turn by turn.
The first 3 games of the serie: Terror From the Deep, UFO: Enemy
Unknown and Apocalypse are considered as cult pc games. The games are
renown for their particular atmosphere and their gameplay.
In the X-Com serie, the player has to protect Earth from invading
Syndicate and Syndicate Wars
Syndicate and Syndicate Wars are tactical cyberpunk games which were published
in the 1990s. In these two games, the player is at the head of a crime
syndicate and wishes to conquer the World. For these he will have to
complete many objectives with the help of an army of Cyborgs built
from innocent civilians who were grabbed from the streets and
modified to be souless half-humans / half machines creatures. Syndicate
Wars is the first strategy game in 3D which is not played turn by turn.
It also features destructible buildings (which was a new thing in the
1990s) and it allows the player to choose between two sides : The Sect
and Eurocorp (which was also a novelty). Some players also consider
that it is the first game which has ads included inside the game as in
the city where the game takes place, there are giant screens which
advertise the movie "Ghost in the Shell".
Anno is a well known City Builder serie which
contains very good
episodes like Anno 1503, Anno 1602 and especially Anno 1701 as
well as Anno 1404. The two laters are among the cult classic strategy
and management games on pc. Like the Sim City serie, in Anno, the
player has to build and developp one or many cities. Also in some
episodes of the serie like Anno 1701 for example, the maps are random
so each time you play, you have to use a different strategy.
Battle Realms is a strategy game where the action
takes place in
Medieval Japan. The game isn't very well known but it is truely
excellent because of its interesting story, a good gameplay and a great
The Jagged Alliance serie
Jagged Alliance : Deadly Games and
Alliance 2 are classic strategy games which have been published on pc
at the end of the 1990s.
Jagged Alliance serie's hightlights are the big number of different
characters availables (not just clones) which allows various tactical
possibilities an a strong Latino atmosphere as well as a good and well
told story, an in top of that the game is quite long.
In the strategy game Pharaon on pc, the story
takes place in ancient
Egypt and allows in top of the typical wargames to build pyramids. So
in Pharaon, the player manage its population, make wars against others
factions and can build special building proper to the ancient Egypt. As
for the gameplay it is at the same time easy to handle and quite
complete, so in two words : Very good.
The Starcraft serie
The Starcraft serie is another big name in the
strategy games world.
In Starcraft, the action takes place in a distant future and the player
has the choice to play 3 factions which possess their own story ligne.
Needless to say but Stracraft its add-on Broad War have met a major
success when they were published at the end of the 1990s. As for
Starcraft 2, it is a good game but not a classic pc game (even if some
of its add-on correct some of its flaws).
Age of Wonders : Shadow Magic and Age of Wonders
II : The Wizard's Throne
Age of Wonders, Age of Wonders : Shadow
Magic and Age of Wonders II : The Wizard's Throne are classic turn by
turn strategy games where the action takes place in a Heroic Fantasy
universe. Both episodes from the serie are quite long and both games
come with a level editor.
Sacrifice is a real time strategy game on pc which
has a good story
ligne which evolves depending what the player choose, a good gameplay
(Easy to handle with many actions possibles).
Ground Control 1 and Ground Control 2
Ground Control 1 and Ground Control 2 on PC are
excellent and long
to complete strategy games which take place in a futuristic
Well, both games have a good gameplay, nice
graphics and an excellent story ligne.