Best Tactical Games on Steam

Steam currently has 4,647 Tactical 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. Tactical game rankings were last updated on 5/14/2024.

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1. Left 4 Dead 2

Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead, the #1 co-op game of 2008. This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns.

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Left 4 Dead 2 holds the #1 spot for "best Tactical game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 854,815 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 833,682 positive reviews and 21,133 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/16/2009
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 550

2. Counter-Strike

Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.

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Counter-Strike has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 236,898 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 230,876 positive reviews and 6,022 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Counter-Strike on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/1/2000
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 10

3. Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition

Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks.

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Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 125,399 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 122,316 positive reviews and 3,083 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 5/5/2009
Franchise PopCap EA
Developer PopCap Games, Inc.
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Steam App Id 3590

4. 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 has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,930 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 35,073 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 5/26/2010
Developer Petroglyph
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Steam App Id 32470

5. Ravenfield

Fight upon the Ravenfield together with your Blue allies! Take down those pesky Reds using helicopters, tanks, guns, and active ragdoll physics!

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Ravenfield has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 67,036 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 64,962 positive reviews and 2,074 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Ravenfield on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 5/18/2017
Developer SteelRaven7
Publisher SteelRaven7
Steam App Id 636480

6. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost-hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.

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Phasmophobia has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 675,742 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 648,668 positive reviews and 27,074 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 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 $13.99
Release Date 9/18/2020
Developer Kinetic Games
Publisher Kinetic Games
Steam App Id 739630

7. Counter-Strike: Source

Counter-Strike: Source blends Counter-Strike's award-winning teamplay action with the advanced technology of Source™ technology.

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Counter-Strike: Source has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 170,151 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 163,846 positive reviews and 6,305 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Counter-Strike: Source on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/1/2004
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 240

8. 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 #8 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,448 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,845 positive reviews and 7,603 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 9/21/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
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Steam App Id 8930

9. Left 4 Dead

From Valve (the creators of Counter-Strike, Half-Life and more) comes Left 4 Dead, a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts up to four players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters.

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Left 4 Dead has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 55,576 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 53,536 positive reviews and 2,040 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 possible to play Left 4 Dead on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/17/2008
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 500

10. Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense

Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!Fight on forests, mountains and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations!

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Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Tactical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,935 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,581 positive reviews and 354 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 1/6/2014
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 246420

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