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10 Best RTS Games on PlayStation Plus (May 2024)

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Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games require strategic thinking, making them more captivating and immersive than most other genres. Learning how to outsmart and beat your enemies is exciting, regardless of the theme or gameplay design, and every decision and move you make affects the game’s outcome. Notably, PC, PlayStation4, and PlayStation5 are among the best platforms for playing RTS games because of their versatile controls.

Conveniently, you can stream many RTS games from PlayStation Plus directly to your PC, PS4, or PS5 without worrying about your device’s storage space or waiting time. Here is an overview of the ten best RTS games on PlayStation Plus in May 2024.

10. Railway Empire

Railway Empire - Quick Guide - The Rule of 50 or How Many Trains Should I Run on a Line?

Railway Empire is an RTS game that involves building and running a railroad business empire. The objective is to build an efficient railroad network to facilitate the transportation of goods across cities in the U.S. However, you are not the only railroad baron, and you must compete against other shrewd barons trying to dominate the industry.

Interestingly, this game incorporates real-life railroad historical events from the 1800s. Moreover, some of the game’s environments feature real-world landscapes, such as the Rocky Mountains. To this end, it is one of the most popular RTS games for train enthusiasts.

9. Port Royale 3: Pirates Merchants

Port Royale 3 | Games With Gold March 2021 | Is it any good? | Pirates & Merchants 1st impressions

If trains don’t get your motor running, then perhaps the ships and pirates in Port Royale 3: Pirates Merchants will. You play as a savvy pirate trying to amass wealth through trading and looting.

The game features two modes: adventure and trade. The Adventure mode involves raiding merchants and other pirates to loot their merchandise, setting the stage for epic fights. In contrast, the Trade mode involves playing as a pirate merchant trading diverse merchandise with other sea merchants. Notably, the Trade mode is more strategy-based than the Adventure mode, as trading follows real-world economic laws of demand and supply.

8. Grand Ages: Medieval

Let's Play: Grand Ages: Medieval - Episode 1

Grand Ages: Medieval challenges players to dominate the world through politics, economics, and war. The objective is to start small townships and expand them into vibrant cities. Notably, you compete against ambitious enemies with the same tools and resources.

Trading is the primary strategy to build and expand your empire in this game. However, you can also forge strategic alliances through diplomacy or subdue your enemies through warfare.

7. Frostpunk

Frostpunk | Official Launch Trailer

Do you have what it takes to help humanity survive the Ice Age? This is the main goal of the game Frostpunk, which takes place in an ice and snow-covered world. You play the leader of a small group of survivors to ensure that the community survives and flourishes.

The gameplay mostly involves finding, collecting, and allocating resources, a strategy-based endeavor. As such, you must make crucial decisions on which resources to collect, how many people to send out, and how to allocate various resources efficiently to ensure that everyone survives.

6. SpellForce III Reforced

SpellForce III Reforced - Controller Explanation Trailer | PS5, PS4

SpellForce III Reforced is set in a world ravaged by anarchy and a deadly plague. You play different characters trying to survive the lawlessness and deadly diseases. Interestingly, each character has strategic strengths and weaknesses that you must consider when deciding how to use and equip them.

Your objective is to explore the chaotic world to find shelter and resources to build and expand impenetrable bases. Notably, acquiring resources and expanding your bases often require you to outsmart and fight your enemies in epic battles.

5. Stellaris

Stellaris Virtual Fallen Empire Rush

Stellaris depicts an advanced future in which humans and aliens collaborate to explore space. You play the leader of a space exploration party comprising humans and various alien species. Your objectives are to find planets containing crucial resources and discover new alien civilizations. However, you have limited resources and must make strategic decisions on how to use them efficiently. Besides space exploration, the game also features epic fights between your party and hostile alien civilizations.

4. Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge

Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge Playthrough - Chapter 1: Doctor Orville Tycoon

Do you have what it takes to become the king of the undead? Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge gives you the opportunity to find out. You must pick between two zombie factions: heavy-duty zombies belonging to Orville Tycoon or swift zombies belonging to Professor Brainhov.

Getting the zombie armies to fight each other is fun. However, constructing bases, managing resources, and outsmarting the AI bots and other players in the multi-player mode requires sound strategies. Interestingly, the zombies are skilled in the following six fields: brawler, cleaner, engineer, scavenger, scout, and samurai.

3. Desperados III

Desperados 3 - Mission 1: Once Upon A Time (Desperado, No Save)

Desperados III blends action, strategy, and stealth to deliver an exciting gameplay experience. It follows the journey of a group of five outlaws through swamps, riverbanks, and rural towns. You can play any of the five characters, each featuring unique fighting techniques. For example, Kate uses her beauty to lure men to their deaths, while Cooper kills quietly with a knife and kills multiple enemies using a revolver. Overall, there are many versatile ways to overcome obstacles and achieve your objectives.

2. Bad North

DIVIDE AND CONQUER! - Ep. 1 - Bad North Gameplay - Bad North PC Release

The characters in Bad North look cute but are battle-hardened Vikings on a mission to keep invaders off their island. Invaders attack the island from different sides to loot your resources, burn your buildings, and kill your soldiers. You must repel the attacks using an army of four units through strategic placement and resource allocation.

Interestingly, the attacks become more frequent and intense over time. To this end, you must refine your strategies to keep up with the escalating attacks and win more fights to replenish your resources.

1. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Gameplay Walkthrough - Mission 1: The Siege of Osaka

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun shares many similarities with Desperado III. Most notably, it features a team of five characters with diverse skills. You can play any of the characters and must adapt your strategy to their unique skills. Moreover, you can employ diverse strategies and approaches to infiltrate buildings, kill your enemies, and achieve your objectives. However, the fights are more intense, and the environments and story are unique.

So, what’s your take on our picks for the ten best RTS games on PlayStation Plus in May 2024? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below. 

Cynthia Wambui is a gamer who has a knack for writing video gaming content. Blending words to express one of my biggest interests keeps me in the loop on trendy gaming topics. Aside from gaming and writing, Cynthia is a tech nerd and coding enthusiast.