Best Grand Strategy Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,031 Grand Strategy games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Grand Strategy game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack

Command or corrupt an entire galaxy in the definitive Star Wars strategy collection. It is a time of galactic civil war. Will you take up the reins of the Rebellion, assume control of the Empire, or rule the Star Wars Underworld?

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STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack holds the #1 spot for "best Grand Strategy game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,990 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 35,133 positive reviews and 857 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 5/25/2010
Developer Petroglyph
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Steam App Id 32470

2. Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Create, discover, and download new player-created maps, scenarios, interfaces, and more!

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,547 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,943 positive reviews and 7,604 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization® V on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 9/23/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
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Steam App Id 8930

3. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

The last days of man are at hand.. Two years after the Infinite War the once great warring nations now lie in ruins, and humanity’s hope for a brighter future is nothing but a bitter memory. A new, seemingly unstoppable enemy, supported by the zealots of The Order, now seeks to eradicate mankind: UEF, Aeon Loyalist, and Cybran alike.

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,632 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,233 positive reviews and 399 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 9/28/2011
Developer Gas Powered Games
Publisher Square Enix
Steam App Id 9420

4. Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition

Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.

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Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,865 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 29,543 positive reviews and 1,322 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

5. Songs of Syx

Songs of Syx is a fantasy city-builder where you start off as an insignificant colony and build, scheme, and fight your way towards a metropolis and empire. The mechanics are complex and true to life, where small events can spiral into the collapse of kingdoms. Try the unlimited demo first!

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Songs of Syx has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,441 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,303 positive reviews and 138 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Songs of Syx on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 9/21/2020
Developer Gamatron AB
Publisher Gamatron AB
Steam App Id 1162750

6. Against the Storm

A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.

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Against the Storm has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,437 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,273 positive reviews and 1,164 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/8/2023
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Eremite Games
Publisher Hooded Horse
Steam App Id 1336490

7. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Sid Meier's Civilization IV®: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV - the 2005 PC Game of the Year that has become a worldwide hit.

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Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,150 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,998 positive reviews and 152 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/24/2007
Franchise Civilization Franchise
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K
Steam App Id 8800

8. Airships: Conquer the Skies

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!

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Airships: Conquer the Skies has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,451 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,232 positive reviews and 219 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Airships: Conquer the Skies on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 8/16/2018
Developer David Stark
Publisher David Stark
Steam App Id 342560

9. Rome: Total War™ - Collection

Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.

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Rome: Total War™ - Collection has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,604 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,757 positive reviews and 847 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rome: Total War™ - Collection on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 8/28/2007
Developer CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4760

10. Empires of the Undergrowth

Command swarms of warriors at an unprecedented scale of warfare in this blend of RTS and base-building. Lead ant colonies against the many fearsome threats of the insect world, while building intricate nests, developing pheromone-based tactics, and evolving to meet growing dangers.

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Empires of the Undergrowth has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Grand Strategy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,515 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,975 positive reviews and 540 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Empires of the Undergrowth on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/1/2017
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Slug Disco
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Steam App Id 463530

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