15 Games Like StarCraft

Games Like StarCraft
Looking for space strategy games like Starcraft? Our page features the very best games in this genre that let you fight across the galaxy.

StarCraft is a long running real time strategy series developed by Blizzard Entertainment. With the original launching in 1998 players had to wait over a decade (2010) for the sequel (StarCraft 2) to be released.

Not only is the series well known for its strong story based campaigns it’s also a highly popular competitive game (particularly in South Korea). This popularity in the competitive environment has ensured that the multiplayer scene for both StarCraft games remains strong.

StarCraft 2 was built with many multiplayer features in mind to continue the competitive nature of the first game. This makes the series perfect for gamers who want a multiplayer RTS experience that won’t die out quickly.

A big element to the long term success of the series is the finely balanced races (Terran, Zerg and Protoss). Each comes with their own strategies to master and players get the opportunity to play their own individual campaign in the single player portions of the game.

The games like StarCraft 2 that you’ll find below focus on other real time strategy games with science fiction elements to their story. The games here also focus on balanced and active multiplayer if you want another RTS game to verse other players.

Games Like StarCraft

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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is one of the highest rated real time strategy games ever and was released in 2002 by Blizzard Entertainment. The game also includes an expansion (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne) which adds even more gameplay and features. Warcraft III lets players use one of four ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(34 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
8.8
(44 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
8.6
(19 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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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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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
8.7
(7 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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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi strategy game with 4X elements that will have you conquering a large universe with military force, economic power or diplomatic negotiations. As the game mostly involves real time strategy it presents an interesting mix between RTS and 4X gameplay. The game is... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(14 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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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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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
7.0
(1 votes)