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Originally posted by Sawtooth Supreme Commander and Company of Heroes are my two favorites. Supreme Commander is fun because it's large-scale action, commanding hundreds of units over huge maps. Company of Heroes is smaller scale, with lots of detail given to things like using terrain and cover, and maneuvering units (slip tankbusters to the rear of a vehicle to get a damage bonus, that sort of thing). Both have been out for years so if you're interested you should be able to find them for cheap. I think they both have demos online, as well.
This is what I've summised from this question (ie non SC options). GJ for Macro to Micro in terms of managing units
As mentioned Company of Heroes is good fun, also the first Warhammer 40k Dawn of War + exp packs is well worth checking out if you like that kind of thing. I would say Dawn of War II but i think they took out nearly everything that was fun in the origional.. but might be worth a look if you can pick it up cheap.
company of heroes
dawn of war 1 series
both the above have a lesser emphasis on resourse gathering and a greater emphasis on tactics than traditional c&c/ sc1 style rts
dawn of war 2 is an aquired taste, if you think how mucxh wc3 differed from traditional rts, dow2 moves even further in that direction. I like it but not as much as DOW1 or WC3.
Can't really think of any other than the obvious ones.
Always enjoyed the Command & Conquer series for simple and fun gameplay.
I've spent couple hundred hours on Medieval 2 Total war, so need to mention that, even though the AI is dumb as bricks and the diplomacy is a joke.
A lot of people liked World in conflict, thought I found it lacking, if nice looking.
I suppose Anno games should be mentioned. I never got into them, but again, a lot of people seem to really enjoy them, though I imagine there's very little combat in them.
You could also try grand strategy games from Paradox interactive for example. They're not as hard to figure out as you might think. Just try the demos, go through the tutorials and you'll be on your way in no time. They can be a lot of fun if you're looking for something on a more... well, grand scale.
I liked the earlier Settlers games, not sure how the series is doing these days tough.
Then theres Stronghold, Cossacks, Empire Earth, Rise of Nations, Majesty and a bunch of others if you're into more old school games.
Originally posted by Ghost12 Hey everyone, i really Enjoy playing W3 and SC, I was wondering if there are any other RTS's that you can recommend, thanks
Company of Heros is a must.
Age of Empires 2 and the Conquorer's Expansion
You can play a lot of old civilizations like the romans, the sarecens, the persians, the goths, franks, brits, egyptians, the huns etc. The campaigns have a really...I don't know how to say it, but maybe..immersive? plot to them give a lot of the real history behind the civilizations. Like I think the tutorial campaign is William Wallace and you can follow his story and how he fought the british. All their units speak in their native language too, so for example, if you pick the arabs and they'll respond in arabic when you give them commands. Really cool.
There's several game modes, but the normally, you start in the dark ages with a small town center and some villagers and build your way up through the ages (there are 4 or 5 ages I think), building your army and researching new technologies. It's not really like the game Civilization, but more similar to WC3 or SC style of play where you can control individual units, except there are no hero units. Unfortunately, I think online play is dead because the game is quite old (1999/2000).
There is also Age of Empires 3 now. You could look into that.
Starcraft 2 is the top, for me. Nothing is anywhere close to it, imo.
Company of Heroes is a good one as others suggested.
Also, I have always enjoyed playing C&C Generals.