17 Best Real Time Strategy Games to Play in 2017 (for PC): Page 2 of 3

Best Real Time Strategy Games 2017
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6. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada features fast paced space combat set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

What is it? Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is a space combat Simulator from Focus Home Interactive that places players in the volatile Gothic sector of the Imperium of man. The setting and story are taken from the popular Warhammer 40,000 table top wargame of the same name. Players can choose between several factions to wage war with in a number of deep space battlegrounds like nebulae and in the shadows of war torn planets. The game features full customization of the dozens of available in-game ships and a frantic multiplayer function. There have (so far) been two released DLC fleets, the Space Marines and Tau Empire.

When Can I play it? Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is currently available on Steam and sitting at mostly positive reviews.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Release Trailer

5. Dawn of War 3

Dawn of War III will harken back to the first Games base building and large army recruiting standards.

What is it? Relic’s Dawn of War III sees the anticipated return of the flagship RTS series. Based in Warhammer 40,000’s universe, DoW III follows the Blood Angels Space Marine chapter as they battle Eldar and Orks for supremacy on the planet Archeron. Dawn of War III will take the best game mechanics of both previous entries and the campaign will follow all three main factions that have been announced (Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar). Relic has also promised strong multiplayer support.

When can I play it? Dawn of War III is set for a 2017 release.

Dawn of War III Announcement Trailer

4. Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 incorporates weather into gameplay mechanics, don’t let your men freeze to death!

What is it? Company of Heroes 2 is Relic’s World War II RTS epic. The game puts players in charge of Soviet forces as they battle their way through the meat grinder that was Stalingrad and all the way through the capture of Berlin. The real gem of this game is the multiplayer. Best played in team format, players pick from various commanders that allow for new units and abilities depending on which one is selected. There is also a large number of DLC campaigns that add many new challenges for players looking for more to do. 

When can I play it? Company of Heroes 2 is currently available on your favorite download client. The games Metacritic rating is sitting at an 80. Recent releases added several new multiplayer factions, further varying the playing field.

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Company of Heroes 2 Redefining War Trailer

3. Age of Empires 2 HD

What is it? The classic Microsoft produced base builder is back and more popular than ever. With almost two dozen factions to pick from (including more in DLC) the HD version of Age of Empires 2 is one of the surprise hits of the last couple of years. Furthermore, the game is enjoying a huge player base and is STILL receiving new DLC (with its most recent expansion less than a month old at time of writing). Like many of the games on this list, its main draw is now Multiplayer. With huge maps and lots of resources, team games and Free-for-all’s can get a little elaborate.

When can I play it? Right now. If you’ve never played Age of Empires, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. For a game that is almost 20 years old, it has really stood the test of time.

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Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas Announcement Trailer

2. Heart of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron IV lets you live out all of your armchair general desires.

What is it? Hearts of Iron IV is a Real time Grand Strategy game from developer Paradox Entertainment. Focusing on a birds eye view map of the world, Players pick a country and lead their chosen nation through the most destructive war in history. Players can set certain limits on the campaign before they start including realism options to ensure America and Germany never ally up. From personal experience with this game however, the best thing about it are the mods available through Steam Workshop. There are overhaul mods that rename and rebalance every unit in the game, Zombie invasion mods and an incredibly in depth Modern Campaign that lets the player lead American through the war on terror (or not).

When Can I play it? Hearts of Iron IV is currently available on Steam.

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Hearts of Iron IV release Trailer

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