Games Like Command And Conquer

games like command and conquer
Games like Command & Conquer are most prevalent in people’s minds when they think of an RTS. The addictive gameplay combined with Frank Klepacki’s rocking soundtracks make a winning formula. Live action cinematics and tongue in cheek humor add to the enduring popularity and success of the series. Even the wrestler and actor John Cena is a noted fan of these games!

The gameplay is quick and addictive. You’ll find yourself immersed in battles between GDI and the Brotherhood of NOD, or the Soviets versus the Allies. The sheer plethora and variety of units available are incredible. The different factions are not just cosmetically different, they each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses.

The original games are available as freeware here which gives you no excuse to not try out these classics.

15 Best Games Like Command & Conquer

Starcraft II
As famous for micromanagement as the Command & Conquer series, Starcraft’s popularity in the esports arena is unprecedented. This sequel matches and exceeds the standard set by its forefather. Taking charge of either the Zerg, Protoss, or Terrans in an expansive campaign, the game singleplayer forces you to learn the strengths and weaknesses of these distinctive factions.

Much emulated but seldom bettered, Starcraft is a game that thrives in multiplayer. The gorgeous graphics and smooth gameplay ensure this is a gem in the RTS genre. There’s not much you can say about a game this good, everything has already been written.

For those curious to see what the fuss is all about with the original, Blizzard have made it freeware. You can check it out here. Players looking for RTS games like C&C should make sure to try this.

Starcraft II

Starcraft II preview

A legendary game among fans of Real-time strategy, Starcraft 2 was made by heavy-hitting developer Blizzard, who also brought us games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Warcraft 3. IN this sci-fi RTS, you can play a dramatic campaign or go online to challenge your friends to face you in a base-building battle for dominance!

About the game:
Released: 27 Jul, 2010
Genre: Real Time, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
  • Storage: 30 GB

Metacritic Rating: 93

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 18 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extras 21 Hours
  • Completionist 48 Hours
  • All Styles 21 Hours
  • Learn More
Tags: Action, Local Multiplayer, Military, Multiplayer, Real Time, Sci-fi, Science, Singleplayer, Strategy

 

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Series
Action-packed. Bloody. Awesome. These words don’t do Dawn of War justice. The series (set in Games Workshop’s thrilling 40k universe) lives up to the hype featuring chaotic battles with visceral close combat. Take control of Orks, Space Marines, Chaos, Tau, or numerous other races in a vicious battle for supremacy.

The first game features several expansions, which add new races as well as units and features to the game. Taking place on a Risk-style map, invasions of provinces are fought on the battlemap. Bases endure from battle to battle and threatened provinces can be garrisoned to give you a head start in conflicts.

The second game focuses more on combat with squad-based gameplay and RPG mechanics. With a third title released, Dawn of War shows no sign of stopping.

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War preview

Lead the Blood Angels to victory on the war-torn world of Tartarus. The 41st millennium is a dark future where untold alien races battle humanity in unending warfare. Customise your armies and lead them to victory across countless battlefields where close combat is as much a decider as firepower.

About the game:
Released: 1 Jan, 2006
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Relic Entertainment
Publisher: SEGA
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 2000/XP
  • Processor: 1.8 Ghz Intel Pentium III or equivalent AMD Athlon XP
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Storage: 4.5 GB

Metacritic Rating: 86

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 13 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 15 Hours
  • Completionist 18 Hours
  • All Styles 13 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Classic War, Games Workshop, Multiplayer, RTS, Real Time, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical, Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II preview

Take charge of your squads in this fast-paced, action-packed sequel to the 2004 hit. Customise and upgrade your strike force as you take them from mission to mission. You decide your next assault in the non-linear campaign. Use the environment to your advantage as you destroy your enemies.

About the game:
Released: 19 Feb, 2009
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Relic Entertainment, Feral Interactive (Mac/Linux)
Publisher: SEGA, Feral Interactive (Mac/Linux)
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista SP1
  • Processor: P4 3.2 GHz (single core) or any Dual Core processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
  • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM (Shader Model 3) – Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT / ATI X1600, or equivalent
  • Storage: 6.5 GB

Metacritic Rating: 85

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 16 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 21 Hours
  • Completionist 43 Hours
  • All Styles 19 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Atmospheric, Co-op, Co-op Campaign, Fantasy, Futuristic, Games, Gore, Great Soundtrack, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, RPG, RTS, Real Time, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical, Warhammer 40K, Workshop

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War III

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War III preview

Lead the brutal Orks, powerful Space Marines, or mysterious Eldar to victory as they fight for control of a superweapon on the planet of Acheron. Use war machines, elite squads, and special abilities, to your advantage in this blood-soaked tribute to the Warhammer universe.

About the game:
Released: 27 Apr, 2017
Genre: Action, Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Relic Entertainment, Feral Interactive (Mac & Linux)
Publisher: SEGA, Feral Interactive (Mac & Linux)
System Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 with latest updates
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz i3 quad logical core or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460 or AMD Radeon 6950 or equivalent with 1 GB VRAM
  • Storage: 50 GB

Metacritic Rating: 77

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 19 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 19 Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 19 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Atmospheric, Base Building, Casual, Classic, Co-op, Games Workshop, Gore, Great Soundtrack, MOBA, Multiplayer, RTS, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Strategy, Tactical, Violent, War, Warhammer 40K

 

Supreme Commander Series
A spiritual successor to Total Annihilation, the Supreme Commander series is all about scale. Taking charge of one of three factions, you fight for supremacy in the maelstrom that is the Infinite War.

It is a game meant to be played on multiple monitors. The strategic zoom system allows you to go from a controllable version of the minimap to following a single unit. The single player campaign expands the map as objectives are met until it truly feels like the player is fighting across a continent. The maps of up to 80km x 80km are colossal, making mounting an expeditionary force a huge feat of logistics.

The sequel has received mixed reviews for what is seen as a simplification of the original game but Supreme Commander remains a game that any serious RTS player should play.

Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander preview

The Infinite War has dragged on for a thousand years. Three rival powers fight for their cause in a conflict with no quarter. Now after centuries of devastation, a turning point has been reached. Your strategic vision and command will be the deciding factor between domination or extinction.

About the game:
Released: 20 Feb, 2007
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Gas Powered Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel or equivalent AMD processor or better
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, Nvidia 6800 or better
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 86

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 20 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 26 Hours
  • Completionist 37 Hours
  • All Styles 23 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Classic, Co-op, Multiplayer, RTS, Real Time, Real-Time with Pause, Robots, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy

Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 preview

25 years on from the last game, the enormous armies of the United Earth Federation, Cybran Nation, and Aeon Illuminate continue to battle it out for supremacy. Lead customisable armies on land, air, and sea, in this thrilling sequel to an RTS hit. Unleash experimental and prototype units on the battlefield.

About the game:
Released: 2 Mar, 2010
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, MacOS
Developer: Gas Powered Games
Publisher: Square Enix
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz or better, AMD or Intel CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP) 1.5 GB RAM (Vista / Win 7)
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM with Pixel Shader 3.0
  • Storage: 5 GB

Metacritic Rating: 77

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 13 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 21 Hours
  • Completionist 39 Hours
  • All Styles 17 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Co-op, Futuristic, Grand Strategy, Military, Multiplayer, RTS, Real Time, Robots, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical

 

Company of Heroes Series
A popular and fast-paced World War II strategy game, the CoH series is hugely successful both for its single and multiplayer gameplay. Your squads take cover and use tactics to eliminate the enemy in a completely destructible environment. The singleplayer campaign is a cinematic experience that owes much to classics such as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.

The second game takes the action to the Eastern Front and explores a side of the war lesser seen. Numerous expansion packs have added more campaigns as well as expanding the number of armies available to play in multiplayer. The varying options mean players can choose the army best suited to their playstyle. Company of Heroes plays like a dream and will continue to endure in popularity.

Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes preview

Lead an Allied company through the chaos of Normandy and the Battle for France in this visceral WW2 RTS. Use the completely destructible environment as you will, whether as cover or to deny the same use to your enemy. Watch as the intelligent AI brings your soldiers to life as they use cover and tactics to their best advantage.

About the game:
Released: 11 Sep, 2006
Genre: Action, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: Relic Entertainment
Publisher: SEGA
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP or Vista
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Athlon XP or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM NVIDIA GeForce 6800
  • Storage: 9 GB

Metacritic Rating: 93

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 19 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 28 Hours
  • Completionist 80 Hours
  • All Styles 24 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Base Building, Classic, Co-op, First Person, Historical, Military, Moddable, Multiplayer, RTS, Real-Time with Pause, Simulation, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical, Tanks, Team-Based, War, World War II

Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 preview

Protect the Motherland and fight for the Soviet Union in this action packed sequel. Fight on the frontlines with the Red Army all the way from the steppes of Russia to the streets of Berlin. Fight in the Ardennes with the Allies or play online with one of several armies; each with their own distinctive look and playstyle.

About the game:
Released: 25 Jun, 2013
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Relic Entertainment, Feral Interactive (Mac & Linux)
Publisher: SEGA, Feral Interactive (Mac & Linux)
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM (GeForce 8800 GT or Radeon HD 2900XT)
  • Storage: 30 GB

Metacritic Rating: 80

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 15 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 21 Hours
  • Completionist 35 Hours
  • All Styles 17 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Base Building, Co-op, Great Soundtrack, Historical, Military, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, RTS, Real Time, Real-Time with Pause, Simulation, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical, Tanks, War, World War II

 

Planetary Annihilation: TITANS
From members of the team who created Total Annihilation and funded by Kickstarter, TITANS is the latest and most improved title. It lets you wage war across an entire galaxy. No other game on this list lets you attach engines to an asteroid and use it to destroy a planet.

The varied nature of the different planets means that you are constantly tailoring your forces to suit the terrain. A navy might crush the opposition on one planet but be useless on its neighbor, a rock devoid of any water.

The real showpiece of the game is the titular TITANS. Much like those mentioned in Age of Mythology earlier, they are game changers, capable of destroying whole armies and even planets.

Planetary Annihilation: TITANS

Planetary Annihilation: TITANS preview

Conquer the galaxy as your armies wage war across entire solar systems. Demolish entire planets with apocalyptic super weapons and annihilate armies with your colossal TITANS. Automate your armies and production lines so you can focus on individual planets while your troops romp to victory on others.

About the game:
Released: 18 Aug, 2015
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Uber Entertainment
Publisher: Uber Entertainment
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: Quad Core Processor
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader 3.0 / OpenGL 3.2 +, 1 GB VRAM
  • Storage: 5 GB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 5 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 5 Hours
  • Completionist 10 Hours
  • All Styles 6 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Building, Casual, Co-op, Destruction, Futuristic, Grand Strategy, Great Soundtrack, Indie, Mechs, Multiplayer, Open World, RTS, Robots, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, War

 

Grey Goo
Another unusual game on our list, Grey Goo features Humans, the Beta, and the Grey Goo. The formula might seem familiar to RTS veterans with the Beta being fast moving and hard hitting aliens, the Humans the versatile all-rounders, and the Goo as the all-consuming nemesis but this isn’t just a Starcraft clone.

The combat system is well balanced with an emphasis on macro level decisions as opposed to constant micromanagement. The battles are entertaining with the game-ending Epic level units a joy to watch in action.

Grey Goo

Grey Goo preview

Balanced combat is combined with smooth strategy mechanics in this action packed RTS that focuses on macro over micromanagement. Lead the Humans, Beta, or Grey Goo into battle in this vicious three way conflict. Watch as your Epic units dominate the battle.

About the game:
Released: 23 Jan, 2015
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Petroglyph
Publisher: Grey Box
System Requirements:
  • OS: 32-bit Windows 7
  • Processor: 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 Dual Core or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024 MB VRAM (GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5870)
  • Storage: 15 GB

Metacritic Rating: 77

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 15 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 16 Hours
  • Completionist 18 Hours
  • All Styles 16 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Aliens, Base Building, Competitive, Female Protagonist, Futuristic, Great Soundtrack, Indie, Mechs, Multiplayer, Open World, RTS, Robots, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy

 

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
The prequel to the legendary Homeworld series, Deserts of Kharak focuses on land-based combat instead of the space battles the series is famous for. Despite the change of setting, fans of the series will still be familiar with the music and central importance of the story to the game. The formula is unchanged with the game’s controls, design, and structure nearly identical to the previous games.

Overall the game is a fantastic tribute to the originals a welcome change of setting.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak preview

Hunt for a mysterious artefact in this thrilling prequel to Homeworld. Lead an expedition across the shifting desert sands of Kharak and battle your way across sand dunes, blasted craters, and dangerous canyons. Command Rachel S’jet’s expedition in her quest to uncover her peoples’ destiny.

About the game:
Released: 20 Jan, 2016
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: Blackbird Interactive
Publisher: Gearbox Software
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) / AMD A10 5800k (3.8 GHz)
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 440 (1 GB VRAM) / Radeon HD 4890 (1 GB VRAM)
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 79

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 10 Hours
  • Completionist 13 Hours
  • All Styles 10 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Atmospheric, Co-op, Female Protagonist, Futuristic, Great Soundtrack, Multiplayer, RTS, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Story Rich, Strategy

 

Age of Empires Series
Though one of the more venerable games on this list, Age of Empires seems to have only grown in popularity since its release. The second game in the series received an HD update and has seen several fanmade expansions and campaigns released. The old favorites of Saladin, Barbarossa, Genghis Khan, and Joan of Arc; are joined by a legion of others, set in the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa.

The third game brings the timeline forward to the colonial era and has one of the best expansion packs in the series, Asian Dynasties, which adds Indian, Chinese, and Japanese civilizations to the mix, each with their own unique campaigns.

The games enjoy thriving multiplayer communities as well as numerous fanmade expansions and content available for free. No self-respecting RTS fan can be without this game.

Age of Empires

Age of Empires preview

The purpose of Age of Empires is the development of the civilizations of Iron Age Empire. The player needs to work for that and collect the units and resources through the game. The players can choose between twelve civilizations and progress through the period of Stone Age, Tool Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

About the game:
Released: 15 Oct, 1997
Genre: Real Time, Strategy
Platforms: PC, Microsoft Mobile, Macintosh
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Official Website: ageofempires.com
System Requirements:
  • OS: /
  • Processor: Pentium III or Athlon MP
  • Memory: 64 MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 6200 LE or Radeon Xpress 1200 Series
  • Storage: 128 MB

Metacritic Rating: 83

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 21 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 34 Hours
  • Completionist 42 Hours
  • All Styles 29 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Building, History, Multiplayer, Real Time, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical, War

Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II preview

Enjoy over 20 historical campaigns and choose from over 30 civilisations in this timeless RTS classic. Guaranteed hours of play on and offline. Fight across a thousand years of history and annihilate your opponents.

About the game:
Released: 30 Sep, 1999
Genre: Action, Strategy
Platforms: PS2, PC, MacOS
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Publisher: Microsoft, Konami
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 95/NT/98
  • Processor: Pentium III or Athlon MP
  • Memory: 32 MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 6200 LE or Rage 128 Ultra with 16 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 250 MB

Metacritic Rating: 68

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 26 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 72 Hours
  • Completionist 105 Hours
  • All Styles 61 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Adventure, Base Building, City Builder, Classic, Co-op, Competitive, Historical, Isometric, Medieval, Multiplayer, RTS, Real Time, Singleplayer, Strategy, Tactical

Age of Empires III

Age of Empires III preview

This sequel brings forward the action a few centuries to the conquest of the New World. Take charge of mighty European powers as they vie for control of the Americas. Expansions let you play as Native American tribes and the eastern Asian dynasties and fight in their own struggles for power.

About the game:
Released: 15 Sep, 2009
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: Windows Mobile, PC, N-Gage, MacOS
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 64 MB VRAM NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon X1300
  • Storage: 12 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 14 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 20 Hours
  • Completionist 27 Hours
  • All Styles 18 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Base Building, City Builder, Classic, Co-op, Historical, Military, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, Open World, RTS, Real Time, Singleplayer, Strategy, War. Simulation

 

Rise of Nations
Exactly as it says on the tin, Rise of Nations has you control a nation through one of the several ages. This tends to be a fun exercise in alternate history as you can command even the Aztecs, Inca, and Maya in the modern era against others. Every nation has unique units

There’s a great sense of achievement in the games as you see your units evolve with the ages from the hoplites and cavalry you might have in the Ancient Age to the stealth bombers and tanks that you’ll have by the end of the game.

The Thrones and Patriots expansion added the usual mix of new nations, units, and technologies, but the series as a whole is an enjoyable one and worthwhile playing. Often toted as the rival to Age of Empires, Rise of Nations is well capable of standing alone as a classic in the genre.

Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations preview

An instant classic among fans of real-time strategy games, Rise of Nations is a game known for demanding players give their all in order to overcome hardships and ultimately win the day. Siege castles, mount naval assaults, and more in this challenging, but rewarding RTS game!

About the game:
Released: 20 May, 2003
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: iOS, PC, MacOS, Android
Developer: SkyBox Labs , Big Huge Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8.1+
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Direct X 10+ Capable GPU (Integrated HD 3000, 8600GT)
  • Storage: 3 GB

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 17 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 40 Hours
  • Completionist 65 Hours
  • All Styles 36 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Atmospheric, Base Building, City Builder, Classic, Co-op, Historical, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, RTS, Real Time, Singleplayer, Strategy, War

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