It doesn't stray far from the blueprint created by its predecessors, but it is, without a doubt, the best game to ever adhere to that formula.
SimCity 3000 is a stable, attractive, finely balanced game with just enough new features to satisfy veterans of the series.
The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition
Risk snakebites, broken wagon tongues, and dysentery on your pioneering journey to the Willamette Valley.
Tom Clancy's Politika
Politika's low production values, simplistic gameplay, and lack of opponents render it as obsolete as the Iron Curtain.
Pax Imperia: Eminent Domain
A great deal of the game's potential depth is sacrificed for the sake of speedy real-time action.
Although it desperately clings to the precepts espoused by most real-time wargames, Earth 2140 shouldn't be quickly dismissed as just another Command & Conquer retread.
Myth: The Fallen Lords
This fantasy game unfolds around a richly woven plot, involving an epic struggle between the undead and spirit forces of Dark and the living forces of Light.
Cavedog has done a commendable job of taking the basic mechanics of real-time strategy and using them to create something new.
Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far
Atomic Games has managed to create the ideal sequel: It expands and adds many features while keeping everything that made the first game a joy to play.
Age of Empires
This is not quite the game you hoped for. Even worse, it has some definite problems.
As a semi-omnipotent being, you are responsible for laying out a functional heaven and hell to reward or punish the denizens of a strange planet.
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
Even the most jaded Orc or Human will be challenged by the new scenarios.
Civilization II is a solid, if not spectacular, game that strategy fans will not want to miss.
A typical day at the beach: the sand under your feet, the roar of the surf... and the ripping sound of German machine guns as they cut your troops to pieces.