15 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 where you'll command futuristic units across space.

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

Players command their troops with a birds eye view of the battlefield in order to squash the varied alien 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 combat action rather than resource management. Combined with a well-balanced challenge that relied on a traditional rock-paper-scissors philosophy and simplified controls designed for a controller the game was a success across Halo and non-Halo fans alike.

This collection of games like Halo Wars focuses on strategy experiences in a science fiction setting with particular emphasis on those that mix plenty of action into a strategic framework and are available on consoles.
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Iron Marines

The developers of Kingdom Rush have taken their impressive development of mobile strategy into the realms of science fiction with Iron Marines. Set deep into the galaxy you’ll experience real time strategy, up-gradable units, heroes to join your team and just a dab of humour. Taking place on three different planets there are a total of 21 core missions available in Iron Marines which will also slowly grow your fleet of available units. Each of these missions comes with a varied objective a...[Read Review]

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Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds takes the popular science fiction Star Wars franchise into the real time strategy (RTS) game genre. With the same engine as the popular Age of Empires franchise (AoE 1 and 2) the adventure has many similarities in design and overall gameplay feel to that strategy series. Released in 2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds was followed by an expansion pack a year later (Clone Campaigns) which add an additional two factions and new campaign content. Campaigns are t...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (23 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 the use of intelligence it’s different to other RTS titles you may have played previously and is appropriately named after the number of ruses that you’ll employ as part of your strategy to fool or bluff your opponent. In the single player offering the game explores a single s...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (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. A genre rarely explored by film and media franchises this strategy adventure gives players the option to explore both a good and evil campaign as you experience the fantasy game world from both sides of the conflict. With similar core mechanics to the past game in the Battle for Middle-earth series you’ll find a challenge that is compara...[Read Review]

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Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War combines deep military strategy with a science fiction setting from the popular universe of Warhammer. Based on the tabletop games it has obvious appeal to fans of the Warhammer 40k physical tabletop war game but it is still an attractive real time strategy experience for newcomers to the franchise thanks to the robust mechanics and impressive campaign underneath the sci-fi skin. After the success of the original base game three expansion packs were released to expand ...[Read Review]

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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. Starcraft 2 is split over three games, the core game (Wings of Liberty) features the Terran campaign while the two expansion packs (Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void) allow players to play the Zerg and Pr...[Read Review]

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Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated is an older real time strategy game that originally released in 2003 for a range of operating software including Palm OS. With the advent of mobile devices the game was eventually ported over to iOS (discontinued) and Android devices to carry over the legacy of the game while also releasing as an open sourced version called Hostile Takeover (available on GitHub). Warfare Incorporated is set far into the future where the world has been reduced to two super corporations fighti...[Read Review]

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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 previous Red Alert games will quickly jump right into the setting but it’s also fairly friendly to players without any experience with this series. The game pits the same three factions against each other (So...[Read Review]

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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 from; the Rebels campaign that takes them across the galaxy to stop the Empire’s advance and stop their new super weapon. Meanwhile in the Empire focused campaign players will work closely with Darth Vade...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (18 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 that you issue to your team. While the game is also available on Nintendo DS and PSP these platforms feature turn based tactics gameplay instead. For a Tom Clancy title the game is weaker on story than other...[Read Review]

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Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 is the second game in the Supreme Commander series of real time strategy games that explore modern and futuristic warfare with a focus on vehicle combat. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360 with backward compatibility available for Xbox One. Supreme Commander 2 takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Illuminate and the Cybran in battle. Each of these campaigns has their ...[Read Review]

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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is a science fiction real time strategy game published in 2007 by Electronic Arts and joins the broad number of games within the C&C franchise with a number of changes to the core formula. For this adventure players will explore a futuristic 2047 with a story that continues to explore the Global Defence Initiative (GDI), Brotherhood of Nod and a new alien faction known as the Scrin. Designed to serve as a sequel to the 1999 Tiberian Sun title it’s...[Read Review]

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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 humanity has also reached a point of space travel which makes it possible to jump across the galaxy quickly through an invention known as the quantum gateway. With the ability to travel the stars the United Eart...[Read Review]

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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 have achieved space travel through the use of quantum tunnels, capable of sending ships from one side of the galaxy to the other near instantaneously. This has in turn led to many human colonies across the ...[Read Review]

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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 Empire mostly as they rebuild and recover a year after the Great War that was waged against the forces of Chaos. While the Choas warbands have been scattered they still persist with constant raids again the i...[Read Review]

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