Top 17 World War II Real Time Strategy PC Games

Company of Heroes 2 is a WW2 Real Time Strategy game for the PC.
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The Best World War II Real Time Strategy Games for the PC

World War II has always been a popular setting for video games and over the years the theme has been featured in virtually every video game genre. While some genres such as first person shooters have seen less releases in recent years, one genre that has remained popular in the World War II setting is real time strategy games.

The list of Top World War II Real Time Strategy games that follows is your definitive list of RTS games set during World War II. The games in this list cover a wide variety of popular game series such as Company of Heroes, Blitzkrieg and Codename Panzers as well as some other favorites. The World War II games listed here also cover a majority of the major theaters and battles of the war including games set in European Eastern and Western Theaters. 

#1 - Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes
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Release Date: Sep 16, 2006
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Company of Heroes

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Experience the strategic and cinematic intensity of World War II from the invasion of Normandy to the conquest of Germany and more. Company of Heroes includes an in-depth single player campaign as well and an intense multiplayer mode that lets you play as either the Americans or Germans. The Company of Heroes Gold Edition includes both Company of Heroes and the stand alone expansion Opposing Fronts.

#2 - Codename: Panzers, Phase Two

Codename: Panzers, Phase Two
Software Entertainment

Release Date: Jul 25, 2005
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Codename: Panzers

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Codename Panzers, Phase Two moves the war to the battlefields of Africa, Italy and Southern Europe and the Balkans. You can fight as either the Allies or Axis powers or as the Yugslavian resistance. There are two combo packs available, the Commander's Edition and Platinum Edition that include both Panzers Phase One and Phase Two.
 

#3 - Hearts of Iron III

Hearts of Iron III
Paradox Interactive

Release Date: Aug 7, 2009
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: E for Everyone
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Hearts of Iron

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Hearts of Iron III is the latest version of the World War II grand strategy game which allows players to control virtually any nation that existed during the 1936-1945. Hearts of Iron III includes all of the micro management that the series is famous for, with the ability to manage every aspect of your nation including economy, manufacturing, technology, research, politics and more. The game also includes new territories as a fresh vintage looking map of the world.

#4 - Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2
SEGA

Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Company of Heroes

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Company of Heroes 2 is the long awaited and anticipated follow up to arguably the greatest real time strategy game to hit the PC. Company of Heroes 2 takes players to the Eastern Front, through the biggest, fiercest and often neglected battles of World War II. Players can play through the single player campaign as Russia tries to push back the invading German forces, or they can take to the competitive multiplayer game to fight against others online.

#5 - Soldiers: Heroes of World War II

Soldiers Heroes of World War II
Codemasters

Release Date: Jun 30, 2004
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II lets you take control of elite American, British, German or Russian special forces as you battle behind enemy lines using all types of sabotage to disrupt the enemy's war machine.

#6 - Codename: Panzers, Phase One

Codename Panzers, Phase One
Software Entertainment

Release Date: Sep 30, 2004
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Codename: Panzers

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Codename: Panzers puts you in command of the German army from the dawn of the Second World War with the surprise attack on Poland. Excellent 3D graphics and intuitive game play make this fun to play over and over again. Panzers Phase One also allows for you to play as the Allied armies. There are two combo packs available, the Commander's Edition and Platinum Edition that include both Panzers Phase One and Phase Two.

#7 Men of War: Assault Squad 2

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1C Company

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Release Date: May 15, 2014
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Men of War

Men of War Assault Squad 2 is the eight game in the Men of War series of real time strategy/tactics games and arguable the best entry in the series since the first game, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. Assault Squad 2 supports multiplayer modes of 1v1 up to 8v8 with a variety of different maps depending on number of players. The graphics and game play have been completely overhauled and offer a significant improvement over the previous entries int the series. It includes 15 single player missions or skirmishes with 25 additional remade skirmishes from the original Men of War: Assault Squad.

The multiplayer portion includes 65 multiplayer maps, five game modes, more than 250 different vehicles, 200 different types of soldiers, and five different factions from World War II. Battlefields include most of the famous battles from Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa and the Pacific Theater.

#8 - Combat Mission Anthology

Combat Mission Beyond Overlord
Battlefront.com

Release Date: Jul 31, 2006
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Combat Mission

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The Combat Mission Anthology contains all three games from the Combat Mission RTS series, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord, Combat Mission 2: Barbarossa to Berlin and Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps. The Combat Mission series of games mixes both turn based and real time tactics.

#9 - Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
THQ

Release Date: Sep 24, 2007
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Company of Heroes

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Opposing Fronts is a stand alone expansion for the award winning Company of Heroes. This means the original Company of Heroes is not required. Opposing Fronts includes two new factions, the British and the Panzer Elite which consists German units designed to move around the map fast.

#10 - Order of War

Order of War
Square Enix

Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Order of War takes place in the summer of 1944 as the eastern and western fronts are closing in on Germany. Players can take charge of either America as they rush for Berlin from the west or Germany as they try to stop the Red Army from the east. Battles can include thousands of units of soldiers, tanks and aircraft.

#11 - Rush for Berlin

Rush For Berlin
Deep Silver

Release Date: Jun 16, 2006
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Rush for Berlin is set in the closing months of World War II as the Allies and the Soviet Union race to capture the German capital. Rush for Berlin gives you the opportunity to play as the Allied Forces, Soviet Union or Germany. Rush for Berlin does have one expansion pack available called Rush for the Bomb. The Gold Edition includes both Rush for Berlin and Rush for the Bomb.

#12 - Blitzkrieg 2

Blitzkrieg 2
CDV Software

Release Date: Oct 2, 2005
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Blitzkrieg

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Blitzkrieg 2 expands and enhances the game play and graphics found in the original Blitzkrieg. Plan your operations and then lead troops into battle as either the Soviets, Americans ro Germans. With three single player campaigns that cover all theaters of war and hundreds of unit's there's plenty of room for replayability. Blitzkrieg 2 has two expansion packs available;Blitzkrieg II: Liberation and Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich. The Blitzkrieg 2 Strategy Pack includes Blitzkrieg 2 and Fall of the Reich expansion.

#13 - Commandos 3: Destination Berlin

Commandos 3 Destination Berlin
Eidos Interactive

Release Date: Oct 14, 2003
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Commandos

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Commandos 3: Destination Berlin follows up the successful Commandos 2 with a game that covers three campaign scenarios, indoor and outdoor missions and the ability to control a small squad of soldiers including a green beret, sniper, diver and more.

#14 - Men of War

Men of War
1C Company

Release Date: Mar 10, 2009
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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Men of War is the sequel to another World War II real time strategy game called Faces of War. Men of War features missions/campaigns in Europe, the Soviet Union, Greece and North Africa. There are three campaigns in all one for the Allies, Germans and Soviets. The multiplayer mode also includes Japan as a playable country.

#15 - War Front: Turning Point

War Front: Turning Point
CDV

Release Date: Feb 19, 2007
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

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War Front: Turning Point is an alternate World War II RTS game whose storyline explores an alternate outcome to World War II. Command either the armies of Germany or the Allies using experimental weapons and vehicles.

#16 - Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg
CDV

Release Date: May 12, 2003
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Blitzkrieg

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Blitzkrieg is a World War II real time strategy game that allows you to choose one of the three main forces from World War II. Extremely detailed w/ 200+ units to fight with. The Blitzkrieg Anthology contains the main game plus the two expansions packs; Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder and Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon as well as a bonus campaign called the Iron Division with 16 missions and four multiplayer maps.

#17 - Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

Company of Heroes Tales of Valor
THQ

Release Date: Apr 9, 2009
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: World War II
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: Company of Heroes

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Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor is the second stand alone expansion pack for the World War II real time strategy game Company of Heroes. It contains three new single player campaigns as well as more strategic options in both the single and multiplayer modes. In addition to these options new units, maps and multiplayer modes are included.