Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
From kicking in doors to dominating your enemies with a perfectly executed breach plans, Rainbow Six Siege will push your mind to the limit. The unique selection of characters each equipped with special abilities and weapon choices gives every round and an endless number of possible outcomes. Without a doubt, teamwork and tactical skill are the only way to prevail.
World of Tanks
The premise of this game is pretty much as the title states. Players will face off against each other in various armored tanks across battles that will be decided by skill. What makes this game truly beautiful is its strategic aspect. A skilled player in an entry level tank can beat a lesser skilled player driving a high tier tank.
StarCraft games are legendary for their level of depth and high skill cap. The seemingly endless number of strategies that players can employ both individually and as a team makes the dynamics of each match unpredictable. The only way to ensure you have the upper hand over your opponent is through sheer battlefield experience.
While to most this may seem like a simple and entertaining mobile game, to the pros, it’s a game of wit and dedication. Having the rare ability to read your opponents next moves while simultaneously keeping a few cards in your hand hidden is a tough balance to strike. Players can custom build their own decks depending on playstyle and try out their strategies.
League of Legends
League of Legends is quite possibly the most popular MOBA style game in existence. Heavily based on team dynamics and communication, players will have to choose characters with specific roles in order to turn the tides of battle and overcome enemies. The high skill caps and extremely competitive player base make this game a must for strategy lovers.
Hearts of Iron IV
Hearts of Iron IV takes it way back to the WWII era and brings us a greatly detailed strategy game with loads of features. Not only did the developers focus on the military aspect of it, but also the political, making for an even more engrossing experience. It’s not the easiest game to get the hang of, but once you do, the effort will be well worth the reward.
Offworld Trading Company
Managing and growing space colony has never been so stressful and entertaining at the same time. Offworld Trading Company was created by the same team that developed Civilization V, and it definitely shines through. You won’t be managing the typical aspects of the colony such as hunger and the squelching of revolts, instead, it is entirely based on cash flow. You’ll feel like a Wall Street stock guru after a few playthroughs.
Total War: Warhammer
Fans of Warhammer games get the unique opportunity to explore some backstory and history of the fantasy world so many have come to love. Focused around the struggle between factions, the combat is gorgeously orchestrated and highly tactical. Both the campaign and competitive aspects of the game come together to make a complete experience.
Crusader Kings II
For those of you looking for a game that can closely mimic the feel of Game of Thrones, this is it. Crusader Kings II takes place in the middle ages and lets players feel the struggles of day to day life as a ruler. Dealing with family problems and the finer nuances of politics, questing for global domination will rarely be your primary focus. You’ll be entertained by the game play as well as the involving story lines that forge attachments to characters.
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
This entry to the Homeworld series took an interesting detour from what the games are typically known for. Rolling the dice, out came this mind blowing ground based tank RTS. You’ll actually feel like you are controlling a remote base and making dire combat decisions that could sway the tides of war.
Warcraft III crafted an experience that took influence from multiple other genres such as RPG, RTS, and even influenced the birth of the MOBA genre. Between building up bases and armies, the added hero aspect really made this game shine above competitors. The beautiful fantasy world is peppered thoroughly with a stellar storyline and top notch strategic combat.
This game takes the dark path of exploring what could have happened if the Cold War didn’t turn out the way it did. Prior to nuking the world to dust, players will be tasked with the challenging goal to produce and stockpile missiles while gaining strategic locations. Once the missiles start flying, the best-equipped nation will come out on top though still having at least half of its population and landscape turned into a radioactive wasteland.
Stellaris takes RTS to a grand scale and gives us a realistic look at what space conquest may look like one day. Players start with just one planet and are given the task to essentially take over entire systems and ensure victory. Each different race has special perks that add even more complex depth to the different play styles.
If you’ve read our other posts, you’ve probably seen this title mentioned a few times by now. It’s because it’s freaking awesome. Few RTS games can be enjoyed for upward of 400+ hours, but Civilization V pulls it off. You can win by sheer brute military force, or, take the peaceful route and win from a political or science based standpoint. It’s got something for everyone.
Ashes of the Singularity
Ashes of the Singularity provides us with the very rare opportunity to take part in space battles consisting of tens of thousands of units. If your computer can even manage to handle the processor melting beauty, you’ll find yourself playing the universal warlord commanding thousands of units and developing strategies to conquer your foes.