17 Games Like Total War

Games Like Total War Our collection of games like Total War features other massive war strategy games with turn based and real time elements in various settings.

The Total War series of games started in 2000 with Shogun: Total War and since that time the franchise has expanded to a large number of games and gaming audience. Exploring a number of historical events the franchise has covered a wide range of settings from Medieval Japan, the French Revolution, Rome and a fantasy Warhammer setting. Each of these timeframes can be explored by the player with historically accurate factions, technology and units.

Total War is most notable though for its blend of real time and tactical turn based grand strategy though which gives players a wealth of strategy diversity and challenge. The result is a mix of two genres that caters to fans of both styles as they manage resources and and utilise formation tactics to flank their enemies.

The games like Total War here are a mixture of the best from both the turn based and real time strategy sub genres where you'll engage in large scale strategic battles. The game settings offered in these titles is a mixture of historical real world events and fantasy worlds for those seeking games like Total War: Warhammer.
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Conqueror’s Blade

Conquer medieval lands on a grand scale in Conqueror’s Blade a MMO that attempts to bring massive battles (PvE and PvP) into the MMO universe. Your role in this carnage is that of a well trained general which gives a host of unique abilities alongside command of your own upgradeable and customisable troops. Conqueror’s Blade is a free to play title with vast MMO influences in its mechanics, while the game can definitely played as a solo experience focusing on PvE the true breadth of ...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (9 votes)
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Mount & Blade: Warband

Mount & Blade: Warband is the second game in the series of action role playing games that blend strategic elements into the core adventure as you trek across a medieval land claiming land for your own faction. Improving upon the original with the likes of improved visuals, multiplayer and additional factions that enhance your range of strategic choices and challenges. Originally for Windows in 2010 the game was further expanded with modern day console ports and some downloadable content to e...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (22 votes)
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Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II offers a Middle Ages grand strategy experience and builds on the solid foundations established by the original game. With plenty of historical figures making an appearance you’ll be able to live out their legendary stories and carve out your own story at the same time. Taking your medieval dynasty from 1060 to 1450 leaves plenty of room for technological growth and progression as you make decisions about war, marriage, assassination, religion and more. Protecting your dynasty a...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (15 votes)
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Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV continues the success of the grand strategy series developed by Paradox. As the fourth game in the series it’s one of the best yet with plenty of improvements over the originals. Many of these enhancements focus on bringing the game complexity down to attract new players to the series and not just long-time fans. The game starts in 1444 and will take you all the way up to 1821 (although you can start at a number of points in between). It follows the world’s nations of the e...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (15 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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8.6 User Avg (38 votes)
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Imperial Glory

Imperial Glory shares many similarities with the Total War series, combining real time and turn based elements as you fight for control over all of Europe. With many strategic elements to master on your journey such as higher ground, formations and even cover. Set between the years of 1789 and 1815 you’ll be stepping into Napoleon’s era. All the great empires are there with Great Britain, Austria, France and Russia all being represented (and playable) during your conquest of Europe. Similar to t...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (10 votes)
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Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients

Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients takes you to the ancient lands as you create your own empire by using military tactics and careful resource management. Lead the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans or one of a dozen other ancient factions to glory. This title joins the large list of other historical Hegemony RTS games that have a similar design. What Hegemony III offers over the previous releases in the franchise is a massively expanded map, additional factions, more units and additional depth in a num...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (11 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 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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Age of Wonders III

Age of Wonders III re-energises the series with an offering that keeps the high fantasy theme but refines the 4X and turn based strategy elements. Released in 2014 you’ve got single player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay all in one. Taking control of your own race you’ll be thrown into a leadership role as you explore, interact and fight as you expand your empire. While at the core of the experience it’s about turn based with 4X elements you’ll also find a number of role-playing elements ...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (16 votes)
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Civilization V

The Civilization series has always been at the pinnacle of the 4X game genre and Civilization V is no exception to this rule expanding on the solid foundations set in previous games in the franchise while tweaking things as necessary to deliver some fresh strategy at the same time. Expanded with two expansion packs (Gods & Kings and Brave New World) that added additional civilizations to control and game mechanics Civilization V includes all the core aspects of a 4X strategy game. In Civiliz...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (9 votes)
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Knights of Honor

Knights of Honor is a real time strategy game at heart but also offers some large scale empire management as you conquer Europe. With over 100 kingdoms to choose from there are many paths to total conquest on offer. The Europe that you’ll be conquering is split into various provinces which feature cities, farms and even monasteries for you to conquer. When you have control of a city you’ll have room to erect buildings to boost the rural areas of your provinces for additional bonuses. Because eac...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (17 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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7.8 User Avg (9 votes)
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Eador Masters of the Broken World

Eador Masters of the Broken World combines several genres together to create interesting gameplay with a fantasy backdrop. The game was released in 2013. The genres that Eador mixes together include grand strategy, role playinh and turn based tactical combat. The game also has a very unique setting that features near endless shards of land that are adrift in the Great Nothing. These shards are the after effect of a gigantic cataclysmic event that left the universe in pieces. Players assume the r...[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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7.2 User Avg (10 votes)
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Elemental: War of Magic

Elemental: War of Magic is a 4X turn based game that takes place in a fantasy setting. It is the first of several games developed by Stardock that take place in the Elemental universe. The game isn’t entirely a strategy game though with some room for RPG style features. Just like other games in the 4X genre players can expect to explore, build, collect resources and ultimately conquer your enemies. The plot in Elemental: War of Magic isn’t anything special and takes place in a world once dominat...[Read Review]

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6.9 User Avg (10 votes)
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Ultimate General: Civil War

Ultimate General: Civil War brings high level strategy gameplay into an American Civil war theme with troop management, terrain consideration and officer progression systems there is a wealth of opportunity to develop your own deadly strategy. A separate title from the same developer titled Ultimate General: Gettysburg features similar gameplay while focusing on the events of Gettysburg specifically. Pulling important battles from history gives Ultimate General: Civil War a strong mix of well kn...[Read Review]

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King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame

King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame blends a number of genres together to create a medieval themed tactical role playing and grand strategy game set in a historical era. Following the exploits of King Arthur and the legends surrounding his life players will step into his shoes and command his army of knights to expand the kingdom and quest for artefacts of legend. Similar to the Total War series players look over the game world of Britannia in grand strategy style interface, giving you the bir...[Read Review]

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