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Best Computer Strategy Games (still on the market)

Michael P. Clawson
 
Europa Universalis - PC
Europa Universalis - PC
"This is the ultimate in historically based RTS's. Trust me, EU is not your typical "build/upgrade units & conquer the world" game. It strives to be as realistic and historically accurate as possible."
Europa Universalis 2 - PC
Europa Universalis 2 - PC
"The long awaited sequel to EU. It's basically the same game as EU1 with a few improvements. My advice... wait a few months till they get the bugs ironed out before you buy this."
Crusader Kings - PC
Crusader Kings - PC
"A prequel to Europa Universalis. You can guide a dynasty through the Middle Ages from 1066 to 1453 AD."
Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun
Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun
"A sequel to Europa Universalis. Play an industrial nation during the 19th century up through World War I."
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition - PC
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition - PC
"This is the best tactical strategy games I have ever seen. The 3D battlefield graphics are amazing, and the gameplay is almost real."
Medieval: Total War - PC
Medieval: Total War - PC
"The sequel to Shogun (set in Medieval Europe), the basic gameplay is very similar but the strategic "campaian mode" possibilities have been greatly expanded."
Sid Meier's Civilization II (Jewel Case)
Sid Meier's Civilization II (Jewel Case)
"A computer gaming classic.  Sid Meier sets the standard for turn-based strategy games."
Civilization 3 - PC
Civilization 3 - PC
"Same basic game as the rest of the Civ series but with some notable improvements - especially the addition of "cultural dominance" as a new way to win."
Alpha Centauri (Jewel Case) - PC
Alpha Centauri (Jewel Case) - PC
"This game is basically Civ2 set on an alien planet.  Its not perfect, but the diplomacy options and the customizable units are an improvement over Civ."
SimCity 3000 Unlimited
SimCity 3000 Unlimited
"I'm not sure if Sim games count as strategy but its a great game anyway."
Age of Empires: Gold Edition - PC
Age of Empires: Gold Edition - PC
"This is the standard game in this branch of the RTS genre. There are about a billion copycats (e.g. Starcraft, C&C, Empire Earth, etc.). If you've played one you've played them all, so just play AoE."
Caesar 3 - PC
Caesar 3 - PC
"The Caesar series (and its spinoffs - e.g. Pharoah) is like a cross between SimCity and AoE: city-building and historical strategy simulation all in one."
Master of Orion 2: Battle At Antares (Jewel Case) - PC
Master of Orion 2: Battle At Antares (Jewel Case) - PC
"This is still one of the best space based strategy games I've ever played.  In some ways its very similar to Civ."