Playing generals, commanders-in-chief, mayors, presidents, kings, and even gods is what makes most guys love gaming genres like real time strategy games. Aside from the fact that you get to control various units, maintain certain structures, and fighting for supremacy, the other reason why they love this genre is because of a whole new world seen and held in the palm of their hands. Despite that the year 2012 holds promise for upcoming titles, there are top 10 Best RTS games in 2012, including from the previous years, which are still great to play.
With settings that bring you back to historical Britannia, King Arthur makes the old legend presented in a different light where Arthur commands his knights and other units, plus converting those of the Old Faith through campaigns, storylines, and hero quests. It is a kind of RTS game that combines RPG and massive strategy.
9. Men of War
If you wanted to relive World War II as your history books have made you imagined it, then Men of War is the perfect kind of RTS game that brings you into the old world where you can experience the battle scenes in the Soviet Union, Greece, North Africa, Europe, and even in Japan. You get to play on the side of the Allies, the Soviets, and even the powerful Germans.
8. Age of Empires III
Ever since its first game was released in 1997, the Age of Empires III is an RTS game that covers years in history from 1492 to 1850 AD, where you get to control, play over eight European civilizations, and see them develop and evolve through warfare and technology. As it was famed to be the best RTS game of 2005, it still attracts classic players and new generation gamers that wanted to explore the games of yesteryears.
7. Anno 1404
As you get to play your standard RTS, one of the elements you need to think of is building structures and edifices that serve as venues of creating units, conducting research, and even developing civilizations and cultures. In Anno 1404, you will not be only immersed in controlling your units, but you have to make a city that could grow in commerce, trade, and government.
6. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II
When you talk of Lord of the Rings, one of the most probable images that have left in your mind is the battle between the combined forces of humans, elves, dwarves, and the undead, against the army of Sauron. This time around, you can manage a team of different races, where you can even wield the power of the One Ring, and call either Galadriel or Sauron, depending on your team’s side.
5. Medieval II: Total War
Advanced tactics and strategy is what makes Medieval II a sought-after classic that satisfies the craving of a serious RTS gamer. Aside from getting head to head with medieval warfare, you also experience religion and politics in the old world, whether it may be located in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. If you want to replay history in your hands, then you can rest from campaigns or skirmishes, and simulate the Battle of Arsuf and Agincourt.
4. World in Conflict
Imagine controlling the Soviet Union in the quest for world supremacy, where you get to destroy countries such as the US and the European Allied forces, just for the struggling nation to survive. You will not experience the usual create-your-base approach, as you must use whatever unit will be given to you in every 20 seconds. Aside from playing as the US, Soviet, and NATO Forces, you must decide whether your units will comprise of infantries, air, support, and armor types.
3. Total War: Shogun 2
As you grow weary and stale with playing RTS games that features tanks, choppers, and high-powered artillery, then playing Total War: Shogun 2 is a relief for people who are looking a different kind of RTS flavor. You are set to command units that date back to 16th century feudal Japan, where you can control Shoguns, samurai warriors, and even ninjas. If you love Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, then you can apply your knowledge in this game.
2. Civilization V
The Civilization game franchise has been famous for experiencing the development of units and civilizations from prehistoric ages, up to futuristic times, where you unfold history, religion, politics, evolution of tools and trade, and even the creation of structures and development of units. You can control over 18 civilizations, all with different rulers, unique buildings, and special abilities.
1. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Terran, Zerg, or Protoss? You decide on the team that will give you supremacy, as Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, provide a whole new flavor of visual effects, while staying true with the tradition of RTS games, as much as its first game release many years ago. Playing this game sets you back with the feeling of the 1998’s most successful RTS game from Blizzard.