14 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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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 across the European backdrop. Uniquely while Crusader Kings II launched as a paid title in 2012 the base game went free to play in 2019 with players able to access additional content through purchases. At the core...[Read Review]

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8.9 User Avg (16 votes)
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Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV continues the success of the grand strategy series developed by Paradox with another strategic challenge based on trade, administration, politics and battle. As the fourth game in the series it aims to be one of the best Europa titles yet with improvements to the core foundation of the original games that retains strategy while exploring fresh ideas. For Europa Universalis IV many of these enhancements focus on bringing the game complexity down to attract new players to the...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (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. 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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8.7 User Avg (39 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. Released in 2005 Imperial Glory is a real time tactical challenge that explores the unique period of time between 1789 and 1815 with the great empires of the era taking centre stage. With many strategic elements to master on your journey through Imperial Glory you’ll employ tactics such as higher ground, formations and cover for your un...[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 to reach the heights of the ancient empires. Lead the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans or one of a dozen other ancient factions to glory with each having their own unique designs and strategy options. This title joins the large list of other historical Hegemony RTS games that have a similar design and was first released in 2010. With Hegemony III rel...[Read Review]

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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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Star Wars: Empire at War

Star Wars: Empire at War puts you straight into the centre of a galactic war while giving you real time strategic control over the battles taking place across the galaxy. 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. This era provides Star Wars: Empire at War sufficient foundation to work with based on the Death Star construction while also ensuring that there is plenty of creative freedom ...[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 of past titles but refines the 4X and turn based strategy elements for something fresh and different to the franchise. Released in 2014 you’ve got single player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay all in one as you take control of your own race. Thrown into a leadership role as you explore, interact and fight your main goal is to expand your empire out of necessity of survival with threats from every...[Read Review]

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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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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 over the course of hours of strategic gameplay. With over 100 kingdoms to choose from there are many paths to total conquest on offer that each offer their own spin on game mechanics to play as or be worthy opponents instead. Released in 2004 with a 2005 North American release players are set deep into the past with a Medieval Europe at your finger tips that is ripe for...[Read Review]

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Tom Clancy’s EndWar

Tom Clancy’s EndWar achieves what few games before it have managed by offering a high quality real time strategy experience on a console. Primarily achieving this through voice commands EndWar is a both a unique and fun strategy title from a familiar franchise. Alongside these console offerings (released in 2008) the title was also released on Steam in 2009. For these Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (and Xbox One) platforms the game is all about the real time commands that you issue to...[Read Review]

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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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