Locke Webster has compiled a list of the top 50 strategy games of all time for UGO.com. Titles include a few deep cuts including StarCraft, M.U.L.E., Sins of a Solar Empire and Phantom Dust.
"Putting together a list of the Top 50 Strategy games is like grabbing a handful of pins and seeing which one hurts the most. Like every pin that pricks, every game involves some form of strategy. Sure, we're a discerning bunch--not to mention absolute suckers for punishment--so we decided to stick our hands in anyway to see what we'd come out with.
Obviously, with literal decades of titles to choose from, we knew we'd need some ground rules to make this all work. We started out with nearly 100 games before we finally whittled down the outliers and redundancies to the point that we were safe to say that the Command & Conquer series didn't hog nearly a fifth of our list (though *SPOILERS* it still gets two nods). We decided to look at factors like a game's quality, it's historical importance, it's ability to stand the test of time, and (most importantly) how memorable it was--and still is--today.
Among you, there will be doubters, nay-sayers and the like. But we have faith that this is the creme de la creme of the strategy games currently available. To make it through this list, we recommend that you keep your mouse hand ready, limber up those hotkey fingers, and prepare for total war. Because frankly, that's what most of these titles are about.
And after all, if you disagree with us you can always let us know in the comments section. So let's not waste time gathering resources. It's time to jump into action.
These are the Top 50 Strategy Games of All Time.