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August 16, 2011 5:42:17 PM

Thinking of buying Dawn of War 2 + Chaos Rising, any other recommendations? Are there any recent historical or fantasy RTS games worth playing?

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August 16, 2011 7:44:46 PM

I like starcraft 2.
August 17, 2011 12:16:11 AM

It's old, but I've always loved Rise of Nations. Or Age of Empires 3. Or, for something a little different, Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War. It allows you to take command of your "hero" and join the battle with your armies in a third person fighting mode.
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August 17, 2011 10:04:04 AM

I highly recommend the C&C series for fun and nostalgia value. StarCraft 1 & 2 are must-plays for any RTS fan. The Age of Empires series is excellent, and if you like fantasy, you'll enjoy Battle for Middle-Earth a lot.

EDIT: Forgot WarCraft. What was I thinking?
August 17, 2011 6:06:05 PM

Agreed with Herr_Koos. I'd also like to add the Total War series if more in depth, slower paced strategy appeals to you.
August 17, 2011 6:09:33 PM

Warcraft 3 may be old but imo its still one of the best RTS games out there.
August 18, 2011 2:13:09 AM

Loved starcraft so much. Starcraft 2 just felt like a massive letdown to me, although I still play it.

C&C series is indeed good.

Supreme Commander I enjoyed

Total Annihilation was one of my favorite games back in the day along with Starcraft!
August 18, 2011 7:14:40 AM

Empire Total War Series with the latest installment Shogun 2.
August 18, 2011 7:29:27 AM

calmstateofmind said:
Star Wars: Age of Empires!!!

You mean Empire at War? Or the actual SW mod for AoE2?
August 18, 2011 11:38:50 AM

Herr_Koos said:
You mean Empire at War? Or the actual SW mod for AoE2?

Lol. :ange:  Yes, I do mean Empire at War. It was a long day yesterday. :D 
August 18, 2011 12:36:30 PM

gheed said:
Thinking of buying Dawn of War 2 + Chaos Rising, any other recommendations? Are there any recent historical or fantasy RTS games worth playing?

One more I just thought of, another Relic/THQ title: Company of Heroes. It's probably the best WW2 RTS out there.
August 18, 2011 2:40:45 PM

There is also the Lord of the Rings RTS, I've heard that the 2nd games was really good.
August 18, 2011 2:44:35 PM

jgiron said:
There is also the Lord of the Rings RTS, I've heard that the 2nd games was really good.

Already mentioned it above; Battle for Middle-Earth. And yes, it's excellent.
August 18, 2011 4:34:27 PM

Im a big fan of the total war series, cant go wrong with most of them
August 21, 2011 6:40:36 PM

Rome Total WAR + Barbarian invasion
Empire Total War + Napoleon Total War
Shogun 1
Command and Conquer series
Command and Conquer Red Alert series
Command and Conquer Generals series
Warcraft 1 and 2
Starcraft 1
August 22, 2011 3:36:17 PM

Anything made by Relic (Dow/CoH).
August 22, 2011 6:54:30 PM

Middle Earth II Is amazing (Lord of the rings) but online servers got taken off by ea
Empire total war + Napoleon Total war are great 1700, 1800 time period games
Rome total War (Roman Era)
Company of Heroes (WW2)
Dawn of War II
Age of Empires III is another great game1492-1850
Medieval 2
Command and Conquer 3 :D 
August 22, 2011 8:55:22 PM

There is an older star wars age of empires esque game.
Called Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
August 23, 2011 1:31:31 AM

world in conflict definatly
August 23, 2011 5:06:44 AM

Word in conflict, Age of empires III and Company of heros are my recommendations all really different games.
November 3, 2011 12:29:27 PM

Company of Heroes still my favorite RTS game,Just something about it that keeps me wanting to play more especially via lan with a couple friends
November 3, 2011 12:43:08 PM

Company of Heroes is my favorite "Modern day" RTS and Age of Empires 1 is my favorite "Old school" RTS.

I also love Total War series but I don't consider them a traditional RTS.
November 3, 2011 12:48:24 PM

Total War series (Rome and later)
Supreme Commander, the original and FA, don't bother with SupCom2 they screwed up everything.

Those are my favourites for the WOW factor (epic battles and scale).

The more tradition ones like RA2, AoE2, Rise Of Nations, Warcraft 3, Dawn of War are classics and definitely worth playing.
November 3, 2011 4:40:42 PM

Red Alert 1, 2 and 3
Star Wars Empire at War Gold
Age of Empires 2 and 3
Company of Heroes

These are some of my favorites, I grew up with Red Alert and its by far my favorite RTS of all time. Well maybe the second one is :) 
November 3, 2011 5:38:32 PM

the original starcraft is second to none.

warcraft III wasn't bad, i just never got into it.

total annihilation would have to be in the top 10

its a game that copies off of many of the others but the post-patched game warzone 2100 was fun. not top 20 by far but definitely interesting.
November 20, 2011 5:57:05 PM

You simply must have The Grid in this conversation as a great RTS that's very addicting and unique.

The Grid - Crack for web strategists

December 27, 2011 5:20:22 PM

Total Annihilation!!! excellent game... haha
December 28, 2011 12:28:17 PM

end of story
January 11, 2012 3:02:52 AM

These are the best RTS games
Company of Heroes
Empire: Total War
Sins of a Solar Empire
World In Conflict
Medieval II: Total War
January 11, 2012 6:57:21 PM

original Starcraft hands down 2nd wasn't bad but there's still 2 more games coming :p  (great nultiplayer)

Universe at war: earth assault (cant believe no ones really mentioned it O.o) very starcraft like but super fun

Sins of a solar empire is awesome

galactic battlegrounds is just age of empires but in starwars form (didnt really like Empire at war)

supreme commander is the best if all you want to do is make a ridiculously huge army (factions arent that great
though and the stories pretty bad)

Age of mythology is a great game! like age of empires but with godly units

and (if you can can get a copy) if your into the AVP series they had Alien VS Predator: Extintion for the PS2 (if you have a powerful enough computer) that is totally worth checking into

and for the record im biased toward Sci-fi futuristic games so these are for you if your like me
November 30, 2012 7:44:48 AM

Zombie thread...
November 30, 2012 7:46:10 AM

I got a chuckle out of the request for an rts game, and the 2nd to last post being a league of legends link. heh
November 30, 2012 7:48:28 AM

Starcraft broodwar for me was the pinacle of RTS (thou i was a 17 at the time so im sure it has a reason im nostalgic about it).
Its very old, but the game in general is great in single player, while on multiplayer i consider it to be the hardest game ever created ( and for me thats a good thing ).

Starcraft 2 is great in general but i feel the balance is so off that at higher level in multiplayer it becomes boring, at least on ladder.

Apart from those 2, i tried age of empires, supreme commander, warcraft 3 and i think a few others, but none really grabbed me as the previous starcrafts.
November 30, 2012 8:06:32 AM

Of the latest RTS definitely better - Starcraft 2...
But in my heart will always remain Dune 2 :) 
November 30, 2012 6:42:56 PM

Homeworld and Homeworld 2. They aren't traditional RTS games but I think they qualify. Yes, they are older, but I'm still shocked by how good the look given their teeny tiny specs. Granted they offer little replay value and playing in wide open 3D space can be a real hassle if you've been drinking, but still.
November 30, 2012 9:37:29 PM

Age of empires 3 is my favorite! still play it every once and a while with my friends
November 30, 2012 9:57:49 PM

I love my RTS's. My personal favorite (but old) are Rise of Nations and Age of Empires. I also enjoy the Total Ware series very much, particularly Shogun 2, Rome 2 is coming out late next year. If your into sci-fi you'll love Starcraft 2. Some others are Commander & Conquerer, Civ 5 and Company of Heroes.
January 28, 2013 10:36:20 AM

Try World of Battles. It's interesting but not for everyone as it's quite hard:)