A List of the Top Military Computer Wargames

Throughout the 21st century, the popularity and technology increases in first-person war video games have become a cultural phenomenon in teens and adults. Military software simulations, or wargames, are top sellers in the software game industry. Here is a list of some popular computer wargames that we find the most entertaining.

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FortNite has an international following-turned-obsession for over 150 million players. This is the ultimate game of survival. Almost a mix between Minecraft and Hunger Games, where 100 players freefall onto an island and do battle until there is one victor (or team). Launched in March of 2018, it's cult following is dominating the video game market and prompting online tournaments where millions of people watch the battles. 

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Call of Duty—Black Ops

Call of Duty Black Ops 3

The Call of Duty franchise has been popular with wargamers since the first Call of Duty in 2003. Developed by Microsoft, the Call of Duty games have grown into Call of Duty 1–4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Call of Duty WWII, Call of Duty World at War, Call of Duty Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, and Infinite Warfare. For nearly 15 years, Call of Duty has dominated the ​wargaming industry and still holds onto a large market share in the multi-billion dollar industry. 

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Halo: Combat Evolved/Halo Wars 2

Halo Combat Evolved Game
Bungie, Gearbox Software, MacSoft Games, Westlake Interactive

The first HALO came out in 2001 (Combat Evolved) from Microsoft. The most recent of more than 10 games from this series is Halo Wars 2. These are all battles of the future. There is flexibility for the user in handling missions. Lots of action with flying vehicles of the future, as well as extremely well-armed ground vehicles. Battling aliens is one of the more popular first-person shooter enemies in the business. 

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Destiny boasts one of the largest first-person shooter game communities today. Launched in 2014 to a mediocre response, it has since received many updates and is one of the more popular war games.  Build your character and travel the universe shooting aliens as they try to attack you and your team.  

Destiny 2 Expansion II: Fighting aliens of the future with futuristic weapons, machines, and armor with multiplayer roles for private matches. Hang out on the polar ice caps of Mars and fight the Martians and other alien forms throughout a challenging course and online community.

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Star Wars Battle Front II

Star Wars BattleFront

Star Wars has a huge audience, young and old. In fact, this is known as one of the more laid back gaming communities out there probably for the reason of having an older clientele or just die-hard fans of the franchise.

The series launched in 2004 and continues to grow with the most recent release Star War BattleFront II in 2017. In this game the player has the choice of taking roles of the good guys or the enemy and can choose between first- and third-person shooting activity. 

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Battlefield 1942

Battlefield1942 game
Electronic Arts, Aspyr Media, Inc.

From Electronic Arts. This is another WWII first-person, team-based action game that places you in the midst of a WWII battlefield and also has updates and expansion packs with The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of World War II. Once again, great for the history buff with maps including Coral Sea and Battle of Britain.

You can pilot or crew any of 35 war machines including jeeps, fighters, bombers, artillery, APCs, tanks, aircraft carriers, submarines, and other craft and now go online to take part in raging multiplayer battles with up to 64 players.

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Medal of Honor—Front Line

Medal of Honor Frontline

World War II era game originally out in 2002. In this first-person shooter game players get to play Lt. Jimmy Patterson, from the American OSS. The Lt. fights his way across Europe against the Nazis. In 2010, a high definition remix of the game was included in the "Limited Edition" PlayStation 3 version of Medal of Honor. Many history buffs love this type of first-person shooter game.​

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon game

"Ghosts" are an elite group of specially trained Army Special Forces (Green Berets).  This is a popular series starting in 2001 and still creating updates and new games as of 2017 (Ghost RECON—Wildlands).  Players get to play highly classified roles as special operators of groups like SEAL Team SIX, Delta Force, SFOD-D, or CAG. Their role is not unlike other real-world special operations forces, in that their operations are kept highly classified.

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Medal of Honor—Allied Assault

Medal of Honor Allied Assault game
2015, Inc., icculus.org

You're Lieutenant Mike Powell, member of the 1st Ranger Battalion. You are recruited by the famous OSS. Your mission is to make it through over 20 levels based on historical military campaigns of World War II. From Electronic Arts. Once again, World War II/history buffs enjoy the nostalgia of decades-old wars but especially love the first-person shooter gaming capabilities of this game. ​

Computer Gaming Business

The computer gaming industry is growing faster than any other industry in the entertainment genre. As of 2017, computer games sales in the United States made up over $36 billion dollars. The number one seller of these types of games is the first person shooter style games which make up over 25% of the video game market share. Action games make up the second largest share at 21%. Wargaming beats other sports games, role playing games, racing, adventure, fighting, and strategy games nearly combined.