Been meaning to this for a while now- especially since i hate my journals being rare between since last march. I like writing stuff and if i can provide entertainment or at least something interesting to people, then why not?
Also, if anyone has any good RTS to suggest, please do!
For this list i will be focusing more toward traditional base building RTS, although i do have few TW games in it.
10. Empire Earth
I first played it for a short while as a kid, yet those few hours i was able to play it left lasting impression- i only recently found this game again and i still love it. Odd thing is that i kept thinking it as Age of Empires and it does share a lot of traits, but where it goes far beyond AoE is its age system- you can progress from stone age to era where you have space warriors! Many talk about Rise of Nations, but this is much better, although its age is indeed showing at this point. Still, extremely fun to pit star wars troopers against cavemen
First played it ages ago, when i still had PC that barely could run it (my first PC that i could call my very own was some old junk that i had up until 2008 i think). I remember game starting up solid 5 to 10 minutes on my old PC, where i had to delete everything else to fit it on. Its fun medieval castle building sim with combat in. Building impenetrable fortress was so fun, as was launching successful attacks. Its still very decent game, although Stronghold Crusader is more known & has bit more features. Not fast-paced by any means though as you have to build up stable economy, including weapons manufacturing to host any army and resources are varied- you need food, wood, stone, iron, etc. And resources are walked to stockpile. Still, decent planning helps a lot
8. Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium wars
World is in peace, Nod seems to be in disarray & GDI lowers its guard and focuses more on stopping spread of tiberium that has gotten so bad that most of the planet is uninhabitable (red zone) or barely so (Yellow zone). There are number of blue zones, that are safe & clean and under GDI protection. Suddenly Nod strikes. Seems like run-of-the mill c&c story, doesnt it? Well, this time they throw aliens into play as well and overall this entry of c&c franchise has some detailed story writing, although it has in-universe errors. Oh and also really decent mods (my favourite is tiberium essence, which brings lot of stuff from tiberian sun)
7. Age of Empires 2
What can i say- classic. Its quite safe bet that if you have heard of any RTS, its this one. And rightly so- simple, yet complex enough to keep you thinking things through. Campaigns are also real treat. And if everything else fails- how do you turn this on?
6. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
One of my favourite games and first game on PC i have solid memory of playing (although probably not first overall). The sci-fi unit design, factions that focus on their specific playstyle, flawed & cheesy, yet interesting story told through movie clips.. What more can you want? Send that army of titans & wolverines to enemy base! Oh wait, banshees? dang.
5. Stronghold 2
Advanced version of Stronghold. Much more stuff, lot more options. Has few flaws, like too low population cap and estate system isnt extremely clear, but overall better than original.
4. Empire: Total War
If only this game would be more moddable & wouldnt suffer from peformance issues due to design... Gunpowder-era total war & also one that introduced naval battles. But its real treat is its campaign map & thus factions- for first time you have India & North America (well, ok, technically speaking we already had that in M2TW) accessible in same campaign. with their own factions! And very creative AI! It was always fun seeing cherokees trade florida for iceland or bavaria go on world-conquering spree (without any player involvement). Only game where i have fun just by securing my own borders.
3. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Crazy units, totally different & wacky factions, well, its a treat! Its easy to see why this is as popular as it is, because its just so silly that its good. Yet at same time it DOES play good
2. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn (aka C&C 95)
The original c&c. Its this high on list because well, remember that old crappy PC i had? i played this over and over and over again on it. And its so good that i still play it. Not many games hold up to test of time as well as this one
1. Medieval 2: Total War
Best total war game- while it does show its age, its incredibly moddable, has amazing mods and even main content isnt anything to scoff at. Several factions with their strengths and weaknesses and unique units. Also shows real power of gunpowder.