Best pc Strategy Games of all times:
The copper or “wood” medal goes to the sierra entertainment game of Pharaoh. This city management game, based on the previous experiences of the Ceaser series, has the least amount of bugs I ever encounted in a game. This can be considered the fifth game of its kind, from the same publishers, and eliminates all of the problems of the previous ones. Ambientated in Ancient Egypt, You start with a ripe land and build up your city from scratch, starting from roads leading to late game high commerce, food management, and massive monument buildings. Options for war are limited. The focus is heavily on Urban planning and micro management; Employment, anything from extracting, producing or importing raw materials and re-exporting over 20 varieties of finished goods to other cities, or giving access of them recources to citizens that can grow from tents to grand manors. Watch as your province transforms into the most powerful city of ancient Egypt. Don' t watch for too long, however, or you will face serious problems that will undermine the stability and lead you to ruin. For those who prefer, build great pyramids and gateways to the after-life.
Very difficult to get board, easy enough to understand and variance in every game thanks to the event manager. A fairly good editor, and epic sounding campaigns to learn the game, learn your history of how the Egyptians lived, and become Pharaoh of Egypt.
The Bronze metal goes to Age of Empires II. This game has the most accurate history re-enactment I have ever seen. The cyclopedia can integrate your learning of history books university level. You start with a town center and a bunch of villagers, to progress to fully medieval towns and grand massive armies, land or sea your choice. The campaign embarks you on historical journeys of the medieval past, Ghengis Khan, Saladin, Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire to name a few. You will be sad once you hit the last level and finish the tale of your choosen Leader. This game is based on war.
Battle is on the center of the stage, and economy is solely based on making your population grow and funding research for the war machine. Truly yours, every civilization has unique native speaking people, little tunes that carry you into the loading screen, and some of the most carrying in game music, making you use the in game music at least 10 times before deciding you have had enough (for now anyway). Online multiplayer too.
The Silver medal goes to Civilization II. In Omnia Paratis. This means, ready for anything. Don' t be fooled by its common place appearance. The most complete and covering all ages of recent humanity, Since the times our ancesters made farming a stable enterprise. You start in the Bronze age, 4000 BC, and lead your civilization into modern problems such as global warming (or not a modern problem you decide) and sending a spaceship to colonize other solar systems, possibly faster than other civs. The most all round comprehensive planned game. From online interest and support by fellow “civ fanatics” , to economy planning, war, research, diplomacy, you name it.
The balance of your success is on the tip of a spear, and you may be profiting from an unseen choice or hitting disaster from a badly planned action of a few turns ago. Everything is accounted for. This game lets you find out what kind of a commander you want to be. Be conservative, or risk-taking, and dominate in the way you choose to dominate. The cyclopedia is a preconcept of wikipedia, and lets you find out more about wonders, units, and in game concepts. The scenario builder is high tech and relies on actual coding.
The Golden medal goes to Starcraft Broodwar. Just so we are clear, I am not giving Starcraft number 1 because I am a Broodwar Elitist or I' m afraid the Spanish Inquisition might question my soundness of mind. Its because I actually consider it to be the best strategy game ever released up to date. The balance, or triangular perfection, is a concept not lightly made into something tangible. With high hopes for the year 2018, when it will become public domain, and this should affect other game making, as the code will be released, and the professional scene.
But what is all the fuss about if you don' t know the game? You start with a command center and a bunch of workers. And watch as your race turns into mining precious minerals and gas to become a future colony of the Galaxy. A fast pace game. Ambientated in deep space, far from Earth, where 3 different unique races with unique everything, including alien language, you fight to maintain control over the planets or space station of choice. Micro and Macro management are required alike. Be your master of your destiny, and overpower your opponent, with war. But what kind of war? frontal assaults, economy bombing, side attacks and double sided attacks to name a few. Establish your position and lure you opponent into a deadly trap. Online multiplayer strategies have developed beyond the original game, more than any game I have ever played. Theorycraft at its best. And yet gut instinct, personality and emotion control have determined many games I have played or many games I have seen played by pros and semi pros alike. It has a great playability wheter you are a newbee, or an all time specialist. Just face an opponent that is in your same category of skill, and see how emotional, in either way, this game will leave you once you are done playing.
Other Notable games:
Warzone Tower defence
Rise of Nations
Chess (Board game)
Poker (Card game)
Go (Board game)
Avernum Classic Series (RPG)