14 Games Like Halo Wars

Games Like Halo Wars
Our selection of RTS games like Halo Wars offers other sci-fi themed strategy games for various platforms.

Halo Wars is an epic real time strategy video game that launched on the Xbox 360 during 2009. Based on the very popular first person sci-fi shooter, Halo the game is one of the few RTS experiences that can be found on the console platform. Opting to take the franchise back decades before the original game players will command the human war machines in a desperate battle for survival and eventually conquest over the Covenant forces.

Players will command their troops with a birds eye view of the battlefield in order to squash the Covenant units. As a console game the experience of Halo Wars aimed to be as streamlined as possible and did so by putting the focus on action rather than resource management. Combined with simplified controls capable of being managed from a controller the game was a success across Halo and non-Halo fans alike.

Other elements of Halo Wars included a well-balanced system that relied on a traditional rock-paper-scissors philosophy, ability to play as both human and Covenant forces and a base orientated gameplay structure.

This collection of games like Halo Wars focuses on experiences in a science fiction setting with particular emphasis on those that mix plenty of action into a strategic framework.

Games Like Halo Wars

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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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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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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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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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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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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 continues the extremely popular real time strategy series with a 2008 game available on all major platforms. In a similar fashion to the previous Red Alert games you’ll get to experience an alternative reality with a different spin on World War II. Fans of pre... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(8 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 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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Tom Clancy’s EndWar

Tom Clancy’s EndWar achieves what few games before it have managed, offer a quality RTS experience on a console. Achieving this through voice commands EndWar is a unique and fun strategy title. Released on Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 the game is all about the real time commands th... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(9 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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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is a science fiction real time strategy game released in 2007 by Electronic Arts. The game is set in 2047 and continues the story of the Global Defence Initiative, Brotherhood of Nod and the new alien faction of Scrin. If you’ve played a Command & Conq... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
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Star Wars: Empire at War

Star Wars: Empire at War puts you straight into the centre of galactic war in real time strategy fashion. Depicting the struggle of the Rebels and the Empire the game is loosely set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV in the Star Wars plot line. Players have two campaigns to choose... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(17 votes)
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Warhammer: Mark of Chaos

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is a real time tactics title that draws from the Warhammer universe for inspiration. Launched in late 2006 an expansion by the name of Battle March was released two years later and accompanied with an Xbox 360 version. Set in Warhammer Old World the game follows the Emp... Read More »

User Score
7.2
(10 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)