The best rts games on pc in 2021


There are some great RTS games out there both old & new, & we"ve collected them all in one place


Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun

Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun is one of the best examples of modern RTS games. You don’t control vast armies with innumerable units, but instead, you guide an elite group of five sầu characters, all of whom have sầu different skills and strengths. While it does fit inlớn the RTS genre, it also owes a debt to lớn stealth games, meaning you have sầu to lớn be very careful when making decisions – your crew are skilled killers, but they’re no match for a fort full of samurai.

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It’s a neat twist on real-time strategy, with each new cấp độ of the campaign presenting you with a new stealth puzzle to lớn solve using your five very different soldiers. Will you deploy your lethal marksman lớn clear the path from afar, use your master of disguise to lớn slip through unchecked, silently slay with your ninja, clear out small groups with your samurai, or use traps and decoys khổng lồ sow chaos? Sometimes it’s the wealth of options at your disposal that makes things challenging. Regardless, every win will leave sầu you feeling like a strategic ninja as your foes lie crumpled behind you.



This innovative sầu RTS game arrived on our strategy shores mid-2018 after a stint in Early Access, & has been occupying its own quiet corner of the genre ever since in a very stoic & extremely competent manner. Set in a fictional world, each match of Northgard puts you as newcomers lớn an island that you need lớn explore & expand inkhổng lồ in order khổng lồ build a new life for your people.

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You don’t build buildings và recruit units – instead you must assign your limited population lớn various ‘jobs’ which are enabled via buildings. The game can be quite hands-off in many respects, with even combatfollowing a guidance model vs. direct control. You won’t be alone on the island either, there will others also seeking new homes for themselves. Each ‘clan’ of Vikings has unique mechanics and distinct playstyles; some prefer lớn khung alliances, while others lượt thích to conquer. Others just want khổng lồ make money, maybe sumtháng a kraken.

There are multiple routes to victory, và every island is procedurally generated & filled with mysterious và NPC monsters to lớn contend with. There’s also a survival element as you need to lớn ensure you have sầu enough food and supplies lớn see yourself through the ‘Winter’ phases. The game has some paid add-ins in the form of new clans, but most of the game updates – which have sầu included several new game modes – have been completely không tính phí. Definitely one to lớn buy now & check out!


Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

While it is undeniable that Ashes of the Singularity launched in a pretty weird place, with a somewhat characterless chiến dịch và what felt like a dearth of unit options, it’s matured in a big way via a long cycle of continued development và optimisation. It now stands as one of the more interesting takes on large-scale RTS that exists in the modern time.

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Ashes of the Singularity takes nods from Total Annihilation-style games, but also from Company of Heroes with its squad-based light vehicles, và interconnected resource nodes which function similarly in many respects khổng lồ territories from Relic’s seminal World War 2 RTS. It uses structure-based support powers similar lớn those found in Command and Conquer 3, and constrains player upgrades and unit counts through the scarce Quanta resource (which is also used to activate tư vấn powers). The chiến dịch DLC has vastly improved in chất lượng, & while the game’s specifications make it difficult to lớn run on all but higher-kết thúc machines, Ashes is shaping up khổng lồ be a serious contender in the large-scale RTS space.


Driftland: The Magic Revival

It’s nice to lớn see a new face finally make it onto this danh mục –Driftlvà was in Early Access for a couple of years before it finally released in April 2019, and it seems that time has been put to lớn good use. This is an innovative RTS that follows in the mould of the classicMajesty franchise – where indirect control is the order of the day. You are a mage whose realm is on one of many shattered pieces of the world floating around, and you must develop your holdings & expand onto lớn other ones by connecting them together.

It’s not for everyone, & there are some other minor niggles that will need lớn get worked out over time, butDriftlandwillingness to lớn be bold và experiment does it justice, and anyone looking for a new fantasy RTS game need look no further.


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

A new take on the classic series’ mechanics & a prequel khổng lồ the original Homeworld, Deserts of Kharak is beautiful, haunting, powerful & intense. While we wereinitially sceptical of how the “six degrees of freedom” RTS would pan out on a flat plane, Blackbird Interactive sầu has packed Deserts of Kharak with nuance và heart.

One of the best RTS solo campaigns in history, coupled with gameplay that hides surprising subtlety, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak has been sadly overlooked by the larger RTS community. These days, it’s available as part of a bundle with Homeworld Remastered, which also may be worth checking out if you liked the original classic games. Buy today.


Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

With the advent of the Western Front Armies expansions, the overhauling of its war spoils system & years of balance refinement, Company of Heroes 2 has cemented its place as a respectable & enjoyable competitive sầu strategy game. With the creation of the Ardennes Assault standalone chiến dịch, Company of Heroes 2 has now also earned the honour possessing one of the best replayable single player experiences in modernRTS gaming.

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Ardennes Assault provides players with a strategic territory-capture metagame layered over the single-player missions, including semi-random events và time-based objectives that change with each playthrough, four Companies to lớn comm& (of which you can utilize three in each chiến dịch playthrough) và hard choices in an ironman setting. These force the player to think through each move and live sầu with sub-optimal strategies across the length of the chiến dịch.

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While Company of Heroes 2 can relax for now, we suspect its modern sibling Company of Heroes 3 is going to lớn takeover the fight soon enough, especially with the inclusion of a Total War-style campaign layer.


Age of Empires 2: Definitive sầu Edition

The original Age of Empires 2 is, undoubtedly, a high point in the world of RTS games – so much so that it has now been fully remastered và released. The combination of units, tech retìm kiếm, & wololoing, all combine to lớn create one of the most replayable RTS games around. The Definitive Edition verges on a remake, updating not just the art, but also unit AI, not to mention the fact that it boasts new campaigns & a handful of fresh civilisations.

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Age of Empires 2 (buy here) has a sumptuous phối of combat, civ development, construction, và resource-gathering that means you’re always busy clicking away on something. Combat is more developed than two sides hacking away at one another until one or two lucky warriors emerge unscathed – there are fortifications to lớn navigate, siege tactics to employ, và all sorts of issuesthat can cause your assault lớn crumble.

If you’re looking for more AoE goodness, you can read our Review of the Age of Empires III Definitive Edition, if you have sầu fond memories of that game. Also keep an eye out for Age of Empires 4.


Supreme Commander

Set amongst a big old war known as The Infinite War, Supreme Commander has you attempting khổng lồ wrangle peace out of the chaos that the galaxy has known for so long. You’ll have khổng lồ use every last brain cell khổng lồ come out on top against the AI and the devastating weapons they wield.

Thankfully, they aren’t the only ones capable of bringing out the big guns. There are huge tech trees for you to plough through over the course of a chiến dịch, but the highlight is the experimental branch of units, which include everything from giant crab-like walkers to di động first bases, and nuclear payloads capable of instantly destroying major enemy bases. Supreme Commander also features one of the coolest map systems around, with the ability to lớn zoom out & in seamlessly so you can always plan your next step. Few RTS games manage to make sci-fi warfare look and feel as impressive sầu as Supreme Commander, và over a decade later it’s still the benchmark in that respect.


Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 is a tirã of the RTS genre. One so monolithic that many new players fear lớn even pick up the game because they’ll probably get torn apart online before figuring out the camera controls. Constant research and development choices will daunt the indecisive aước ao you, but there’s untold freedom of choice whether you’re playing as Zerg or Protoss. As a new player you’ll be constantly weighing up whether khổng lồ invest in permanent upgrades, short-term buffs lớn your most powerful units, or new units lượt thích giant robo-dogs – who doesn’t want those?

But it’s multiplayer where Blizzard’s balancing prowess really shines, a feat that’s reflected in the game’s impressive esports legacy. Winning is a constant, tireless struggle to lớn try & outwit your opponent, scouting out their facilities, & attempting to lớn counter it. Simply put: Starcraft 2 does everything an RTS game should vày, but with a level of polish that is still hard khổng lồ match nearly a decade later.


Europage authority Universalis IV

Paradox’s iconic brvà of strategy games are, technically, real-time strategy in terms of design, even if they’re commonly known as gr& strategy games these days. Still, as an experience they’re worth celebrating và since we’ve featured medieval madhouse Crusader Kings III on our ‘best strategy games’ menu, here we thought we’d hold up EU4.

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At the time of writing, Europage authority Universalis IV is eight years old, and it’s still getting new DLC expansions. It’s an excellent case study not only of how to tư vấn a strategy game over the long term, but also how complicated and difficult that same process can be. Not every EU4 DLC is equal, but the amount of new nội dung that game has received, especially the không tính tiền patches, is often under-appreciated.

Plus, it’s a really fun game. You start in the mid 15th century và you can lead any nation through several hundred years of tumultuous history as you have sầu khổng lồ struggle with the rise of empires, colonialism và religious tensions. There’s also a ton of EU4 mods to help spice things up.


The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth

We’ve beenthinking about this game a lot recently, as Renata pointed out that not only was it a pretty interesting RTS, but it was also one of the best Lord of the Ringsgames khổng lồ date. Not necessarily in terms of the core stories of the books but generally on how the developers at EA Los Angeles (who would go on lớn make Comm& & Conquer 3 & 4) managed to translate the feel of the original source material inkhổng lồ a game.

While Renatafavours thesecond title – released in 2006 –plenty of readers have sầu commented khổng lồ us since that they actually preferred the first game from 2004. Critically they received roughly the same score. The only caveat with this listing is that it’s very hard lớn find a copy of either game for sale. EA lost the license in 2010 so you’re stuchồng with trying lớn find second-h& discs or… ‘other’ means. Playing online as well is best done via services such as GameRanger, or the trang web which haspreserved them for play insolo và multiplayer.

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Original các mục by Jason Coles, with furthercontributions fromAlex Connelly & Joe Robinson

Chuyên mục: Game Tiếng Việt