Top Strategy Games of 2009

Welcome to's top strategy games of 2009, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

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  • 14.

    Pikmin - New Play Control!

    The Wii Remote control scheme suits the game well and newcomers aren't likely to think they're playing a game originally released in 2001. Nintendo's decision to re-tool some of its classic GameCube games for the Wii can... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 13.

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Ultimate Edition

    If you're a PS3 owner looking for a solid RTS with good controls, this is the best the console has to offer. Is Red Alert 3 on PS3 the "ultimate console RTS experience", as EA has claimed? Does it have better graphics and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 12.


    It's an experiment that was definitely worth the effort, and lessons will be learned, but as a game there are fundamental flaws too pertinent to ignore. BattleForge feels like an experiment, and not just because it combines... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 11.

    Warhammer 40:000: Dawn of War II

    Simply put, Dawn of War II feels like the result of some mad scientist's experiment, the by product of the splicing of Dawn of War with Company of Heroes, Relic's other, more recent RTS. Relic's follow-up to its superb Warhammer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 10.

    Halo Wars

    Halo Wars is as good as RTS games get on console, and the perfect opportunity for 360 owners who have never played an RTS before to see what all that geeky micro-management stuff is all about. Microsoft could slap the word... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 9.


    Westward drip feeds you with enough enjoyment that you’ll want to play until you have finished the lengthy story mode and is only let down by some slight control issues. A port of a popular PC real-time strategy game may... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 8.


    This isn’t a game for the easily discouraged, but if you're willing to put in the time and effort geoDefense delivers some truly satisfying gameplay. The tower defence genre has had something of a rebirth on Apple's handheld,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 7.

    Anno: Create a New World

    Anno is well executed and breezy, but not without its flaws. Wii owners won’t find anything else like it on their console. If only the real world worked like Anno. Plonk a Rat Killer down in among your settlement of houses... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 6.

    Orions: Legend of Wizards

    If you can set aside your pre-conceptions of what is expected from a CCG or RTS title then you’ll find yourself with an experience that’s entirely new and wholesomely rewarding. Combining genres can be a tricky old game.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 5.

    PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe

    PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is a great fit for the PSP, an ideal portable game, and well worth picking up. Kids build forts; it's just something they like to do. Grab any old thing and put it on top of something else until... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 4.


    Fieldrunners doesn't do anything to advance to the tower defense genre, but if you're a PSP owner looking for a budget slice of real time strategy goodness, it's just what the doctor ordered. Prior to 2007, I don't think... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 3.

    Empire: Total War

    Empire is without doubt or reservation the best Total War yet and is a game of unmatched scope and ambition, with its uniquely compulsive blend of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics. Preconception is probably the greatest... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    World in Conflict: Complete Edition

    If you've never sampled the wonder that is calling a nuclear strike down on your enemy in World in Conflict, then this Director's Cut is unequivocally worth forking out your hard-earned cash for. On the back of the World... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 1.

    Plants vs. Zombies

    With 50 levels, numerous unlockable modes that extend the lifespan significantly, stupidly addictive gameplay and fun-infused presentation you'd be a fool to pass up Plants Vs Zombies. It's not often a game completely exceeds... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC