Games Like Supreme Commander

games like supreme commander
Games like Supreme Commander owe much to their forefathers. A spiritual sequel to the 90s cult hit, Total Annihilation, wherein the Arm and Core wage war across an entire galaxy, Supreme Commander seeks to match that game’s reputation.

Supreme Commander drops you into a similar perpetual conflict. Much like Orwell’s 1984, you choose one of three sides in the Infinite War, a conflict that has dragged on for a thousand years. Players can choose the United Earth Federation (UEF), the Cybrans, or the Aeon Illuminate.

Supreme Commander is a game designed to be played on multiple screens. Players can zoom from a full-screen version of the minimap all the way to focus on a single unit, granting you easy access to both strategic and tactical views. Macro-level decisions are as important as micromanagement especially in the later sections of levels.

The scale of the game can be staggering at times. Completing objectives expands the map with sizes of up to 80km x 80km possible. Levels usually double or triple in size. Campaign missions can take hours.

Automation proves helpful here as units can have orders queued. Units produced at a factory can be ordered to automatically head for a rally point. Here air transports can be automated to ferry troops between two landing zones, freeing up the player. They only have to choose how many units to create and they’ll be sent right to the frontlines by the AI. Units in formations will automatically place their heaviest to the front and space out support units.

Research grants access to different tiers of units. Of these, the most enjoyable are the experimental and prototype units. This fourth and final tier is the piece de resistance, the endgame units, the gamewinners. They consume an enormous amount of energy but the cost and effort is worth it, especially when your Cybran Monkeylord is trampling normal tanks and bots underfoot.

14 Best Games Like Supreme Commander

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 preview

In a world where the Cold War suddenly goes hot, you take the side of either the allied forces or the communist USSR in order to bring your side to victory. You will encounter time-travel technologies, gun-toting dolphins, and much more in this unique and fun game by Westwood studios.

About the game:
Released: 28 Oct, 2008
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, MacOS
Developer: EA Los Angeles
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System Requirements:
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz or better, AMD Athlon XP 2100+ or better/li>
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better, ATI Radeon X800 or better
  • Storage: 10 GB

Metacritic Rating: 83

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 22 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 28 Hours
  • Completionist 35 Hours
  • All Styles 24 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Base Building, Classic, Co-op, Co-op Campaign, Free to Play, Multiplayer, Online Co-op, RTS, Real Time, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Strategy, War

Age of Empires III

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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

Company of Heroes

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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

Starcraft II

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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
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Tags: Action, Local Multiplayer, Military, Multiplayer, Real Time, Sci-fi, Science, Singleplayer, Strategy

Age of Empires

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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

Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II

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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

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

Grey Goo

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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

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

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

Age of Empires II

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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

Company of Heroes 2

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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

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

Rise of Nations

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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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