25 Games Like Command and Conquer

Games Like Command and Conquer
Our collection of games like Command and Conquer (C&C) offers plenty of war based real time strategy games for C&C and Red Alert fans.

The original Command and Conquer was one of the early instalments in the real time strategy genre and for many people was their first taste of strategy gameplay. The series has evolved greatly since its early days (first launching in 1995) and has maintained its popularity through many game releases.

Despite the large number of games now in the C&C series there are some elements that continue to make an appearance and have become core elements of the franchise. Most notably is the reliance on parallel storylines that follow the actions of several different factions and their impact on the single storyline.

The games that form the Command and Conquer collection also do not touch on the fantasy genre, choosing to keep the game a more realistic war experience. C&C achieves this by pulling units from the past, present and near future of our own world rather than a fantasy one. The Command and Conquer series is also well-known for its use of a side bar UI rather than the traditional horizontal bar used by most other games in the genre.

The games like Command and Conquer here all fall into the real time strategy genre with a focus on multiple factions or realistic warfare. You’ll also find this page useful if you are searching for games like Red Alert.

Games Like Command and Conquer

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StarCraft 2

StarCraft 2 is one of the best real time strategy games available and takes place in the distant future. The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The game world continues on from the first instalment in the series and features the same three races; the Terran, Zerg and Protoss. Starcra... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(22 votes)
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Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations was released back in 2003 but is still considered to be one of the most popular and successful real time strategy games of all time. The game manages to offer vast strategic depth while also being very accessible to players, an achievement that not many RTS games have been able ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(45 votes)
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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a stand alone expansion to the original Supreme Commander title, this standalone approach was used in order to alter gameplay features, add additional units and improve performance over the original release. Set in the same futuristic setting where humans h... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(8 votes)
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Age of Empires 3

Age of Empires (AoE) 3 falls under the real time strategy genre and was developed by Ensemble Studios for a 2005 release (2006 release on Mac). The game has two expansion packs available (The Warchiefs and The Asian Dynasties) that unlock additional campaign content and introduce 6 additional c... Read More »

User Score
9.4
(31 votes)
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Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War combines deep military strategy with a science fiction setting. Based on the tabletop games it has obvious appeal to fans of the Warhammer 40k wargame but it is still a very attractive real time strategy experience for newcomers to the franchise. After the success of ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(20 votes)
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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is an RTS game published by Microsoft that is a spin-off of the original and highly popular Rise of Nations game. Unlike the original the game is set in a fantasy world that blends magic and technology together. Despite the change in setting the game still plays... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(28 votes)
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Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander is a real time strategy title that was been born out of the success of Total Annihilation, an exceedingly popular 1997 strategy game. Centred around mechanical units known as Armoured Command Units (ACU) it’s a futuristic war like adventure. In this future setting humani... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
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Shattered Union

Shattered Union is a turn based game available for Windows and Xbox. The games focus is on the combat side of things and offers plenty of combat strategy for players to explore. In Shattered Union players will be battling across the United States in modern times. After a tied vote and disputed ... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(13 votes)
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Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds takes the Star Wars franchise into the RTS game genre. The game uses the same engine as Age of Empires (1 and 2) so it has a very AoE style feel to its gameplay. It was released in 2001 with an expansion (Clone Campaigns) being released a year later, adding two... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(21 votes)
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Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 is the sequel to the original highly popular CoH game. The game was released in June 2013 and offers similar gameplay to the first game. The gameplay has received lots of praise as continuing the success of the series although there has been a large amount of backlash for ho... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(17 votes)
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Halo Wars

Real time strategy games are a rarity on consoles and the few that have made their way to console are generally less than satisfying. This definitely isn’t the case in Halo Wars though, a 2009 RTS game for the Xbox 360. Halo Wars takes place within the Halo universe and is set several decades b... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(10 votes)
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R.U.S.E.

R.U.S.E. is a multi-platform real time strategy game set deep within World War II as Germany finds itself invaded on all sides by the forces of the Allies. Opting to be a strategy game focused on countering and intelligence it’s different to other RTS titles you may have played previously... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(6 votes)
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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is part of the long running series of games that started back in 1993. The 7th game in the series stays true to the real time strategy gameplay but also adds a number of city building elements into the core Settlers gameplay. The game originally did poorly due... Read More »

User Score
6.9
(15 votes)
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Empire Earth II

Empire Earth II builds on the popular original and delivers a strong real time strategy experience with plenty of new additions. Development was handled by Mad Doc Software who created the expansion pack for the original Empire Earth game. In Empire Earth II players can complete one of three av... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(16 votes)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II is set in the LOTR universe and offers a real time strategy experience for Windows and the Xbox 360. The game lets players explore both a good and evil campaign letting you experience the game world from both sides. The game is very similar ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(33 votes)
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Battle World: Kronos

Battle World: Kronos is an impressive turn based development that grew from a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Delivering a high quality experience with a huge amount of units, campaign gameplay and customisation opportunity it’s a shining star in a genre that doesn’t receive the same amou... Read More »

User Score
6.3
(12 votes)
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Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II belongs to the hugely success AoE series of real time strategy games. Launching back in 1999 the game saw a HD release in 2013 with a few minor changes to gameplay, most notably an increased population cap (200 to 500). The game explores the Middle Ages with over a dozen playa... Read More »

User Score
9.1
(14 votes)
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World in Conflict

World in Conflict is a tactical strategy game that puts you in control of the Soviet Union in a military focused experience. The game was launched in 2007 with an expansion pack in 2009 which were combined together in a Complete Edition. Set in an alternate timeline branching from 1989 where th... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(12 votes)
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Empires and Allies

Empires and Allies takes the name of one Zynga’s cancelled games and gives it a rebirth as a modern day Clash of Clans inspired mobile game. Using current day weapons and tactics you’ll build the ultimate base, raid other players and advance up the ranks. Starting out players will b... Read More »

User Score
7.2
(15 votes)
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Empire Earth

Empire Earth (EE) offers a great RTS experience and is the first game in the franchise. The game was developed by Stainless Steel Studios for a late 2011 release with an expansion pack (Art of Conquest) released in 2002 (purchase the Empire Earth Gold Edition to get the original and the expansi... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(22 votes)
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Act of War: Direct Action

Act of War: Direct Action is a RTS that definitely pulls some inspiration from the likes of Command & Conquer with a modern day warfare setting that mixes in some futuristic elements. It’s got some unique mechanics that raise it above other options in the genre and make it an overall intere... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(14 votes)
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American Conquest

American Conquest is a real time strategy game set in history. The game will take players from the 15th to early 18th century as they fight on the American continent and for its colonisation. American Conquest was released in 2003 and has two additional expansion packs (Fight Back and Divided N... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(20 votes)
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Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 is the second game in the Supreme Commander series of real time strategy games. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360. The game takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Il... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(19 votes)
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Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes (CoH) is a WW2 real time strategy game released in 2006. The game was developed by Relic Entertainment and has plenty of historic battles for players to battle through. Company of Heroes lets players take control of both the allies and the axis with the single player campaign ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(22 votes)
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Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated is an older real time strategy game that originally released in 2003 and saw new life in 2008 when it was ported over to iOS devices. Offering both single player and multiplayer gameplay this title is still a great offering in the mobile strategy space. Taking place in the ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(11 votes)