Top 10 Old But Gold Classic Strategy Games

 

Top 10 Old But Gold Classic Strategy Games

Hey guys!. In this post, I’ll be discussing a list of Top 10 Old But Gold Classic Strategy Games. You know, all these MOBA and tower defense games are fun and all, but it's the games from the 90s and early 2000s that are the real deal. Let's take a look at some of the hottest real-time and turn-based strategies of all time, shall we? Now let's get started!

1. Age of Empires & Age of Empires II

We'll begin with one of the most well-known RTS titles. The first Age of Empires game was described as "Warcraft meets Civilization" and there's something to it. Still, AoE was so much more. You're tasked with developing your civilization from a bunch of hunter-gatherers living in wooden huts into a might Iron Age empire. 

There's of course complex resource gathering, base building and military conquests. The follow-up, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, is even better. Set in the Middle Ages, it lets you build castles that are key to victory. Thanks to a whole lot of gameplay improvements, this part of the series is considered to be a fan favorite. 

2. Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection

Let's go back a bit further in time to the times when Westwood and Blizzard competed with each other to prove who's the RTS boss. The first Command & Conquer game was one of the earliest real-time strategies. Set in the future, it tells the story of two factions, GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod, fighting over a precious mineral known as Tiberium. 

The former are the good guys and the latter are the cool guys, led by Kane, famously played by Joseph D. Kucan. The entire series is well-known for live-action cutscenes with actual actors on screen. The gameplay is of course all about building bases and armies, gathering resources and destroying your opponents, but it's so much fun! C&C was a yet another milestone in developing the genre and spawned a massive series. 

3. Heroes of Might and Magic III

Ah yes, the undisputed king of hot seat and the cause of the "alright, just one more turn!" syndrome. It's a classic turn-based strategy that expands the gameplay of King's Bounty. 

You manage a castle, recruit heroes who then build their armies, collect resources and capture mines, explore the map, including the underground, and besiege enemy castles. Super simple rules are what made the game so legendary. Heroes of Might & Magic is a long-standing series, but it is the third game that fans revere the most.

4. Homeworld Remastered

One of Relic's most famous titles is a space-themed real-strategy. The premise seems rather typical: you gather resources, build your fleet, composed of units of various types, and fight your opponents. You own a mothership that serves as your resource depot and unit factory. What makes the game unique is that it's full 3D. Actually, no one has portrayed space as beautifully and accurately ever before. 

Easy controls, coupled with a very cinematic feel of the battles, make Homeworld a very accessible and rewarding title. The entire series is essentially one of the best video game franchises ever. So, if you're looking for space combat done right, go grab Homeworld Remastered Collection. You won't be disappointed. 

5. StarCraft

Blizzard's magnum opus, StarCraft, is one of the most influential games of all time. All about the terrans, the zerg and the protoss duking it out in the Koprulu Sector, it features three totally different factions. Each feels like a totally different game altogether! 

There's even a great story in the campaign, too boot, one of the most famous among video games. StarCraft went on to become highly popular in esports, especially in South Korea. And even though StarCraft 2 is a fantastic game in its own right, it never surpassed its famed predecessor. 

6. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Warcraft is one of the earliest RTS games and a direct competitor to Command & Conquer. While the first two installments – Orcs & Humans and Tides of Darkness – are legendary in their own right, it is Reign of Chaos that is the best known one. 

Owing a lot of StarCraft, Warcraft III features four distinct races and is a prime example of a truly balanced gameplay. Easy to learn and hard to master, Reign of Chaos and its expansion, The Frozen Throne, have become one of the esports' most legendary games. 

7. Total Annihilation

Here's one that has been unjustly forgotten, but is nonetheless one of the most important RTS-es ever. The first 3D real-time strategy, Total Annihilation is where two factions, CORE and ARM, battle for dominance over desolate planets. What makes this game amazing is that it features complete land, sea and air warfare, with dozens of units serving different functions. 

Dynamic battles make it even better. Units don't just stand in one place and trade projectiles, they engage in a beautifully deadly dance. Total Annihilation never received a sequel, but there's been a great spiritual successor, Supreme Commander, as well as a high fantasy spin-off, titled Total Annihilation: Kingdoms. 

8. Stronghold

This one took castle management to a whole new level. As a medieval lord, you are tasked with building a castle. You need to maintain proper infrastructure that'll let your subjects thrive and make them happy, as well as build a powerful army composed of melee and ranged units to defend your land and besiege other castles. Siege engines are also included. 

Commanding your armies, managing your castle and handling all sorts of disasters and crises is a demanding, but also a very rewarding task. Stronghold spawned a successful franchise and is loved by many. If you love the Middle Ages, this one's a must. 

9. The Settlers II (10th Anniversary)

While the entire series is pretty much great and legendary, fans seem to love The Settlers II the most. Your goal is to build a settlement with a functioning economy based on a supply-and-demand mechanic. This includes creating the famous networks of roads. Once that's done, you can create an army and conquer enemy territories. All in all, it's a very relaxing experience, especially for those who prefer economy over combat. 

10. SHOGUN: Total War - Collection

This one's a real treat for those who love Japanese military history. Set in the Sengoku period, Shogun: Total War makes you a daimyo whose goal is to conquer the entire Japan and become a shogun. There are two levels of gameplay here. The first one is the turn-based campaign map where you manage your clan's economy, move your armies, handle diplomatic matters, you know the drill. 

But you can also assume direct control over one of your armies and command it in a real-time tactics mode. Total War has been a great success, spawning other games set in the Middle Ages and ancient Rome. Heck, there's even been a Warhammer version! 

What do you think of these picks? What are your favorites? 

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