[POLLS] The Best PC Strategy Games: Round 4 - The Top 10
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This geeklist continues the contest to determine BGG's favourite PC Strategy Games.

The initial round had 223 games and the last round had the Top 20 of those. 99 users participated in the Top 20 poll and you can see it here:
Polls: Top 20 PC Strategy Games

This geeklist analyzes the results of the Top 20 poll and cuts the field down to the Top 10 games.

The voting process is simple. Rate all the ganes you have played and then upgrade a single game in each bracket from "Awesome" to "Best". I will then calculate the average rating for each game and determine a shortlist for the next poll - probably The Final - and publish another geeklist.

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This round is over, here is the final:
[POLLS] The Best PC Strategy Games: Round 5 - The Final
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So here is some analysis of the first poll, starting with the measure I used for qualification for this round: Top 20 Games by Average Rating. To calculate this I awarded points for each rating: Best (4), Awesome (3), Great (2), Good (1), Okay (0):

1 Civilisation IV
2 Civilisation II
3 Master of Orion II
4 Civilisation III
5 X-Com: Enemy Unknown (aka UFO Defense)
6 Medieval Total War
7 Starcraft
8 Civilisation I
9 Heroes of Might and Magic III
10 Master of Orion I
11 Rome: Total War
12 Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
13 Heroes of Might and Magic II
14 X-Com: Terror from the Deep
15 Fallout 1
16 Fallout 2
17 Shogun: Total War
18 Warcraft III
19 Railroad Tycoon I
20 Railroad Tycoon II

Civ IV holds onto #1 and Civ II climbs one spot to #2, knocking Master of Orion II down to #3. X-Com falls another spot to #5, courtesy of another Civ.
There were only two games that dropped out of the previous poll's Top Ten and so miss the cut for this round: Heroes of Might and Magic II
drops from #10 to #13 and Fallout 1 from #9 to #15, probably thanks to the "Fallout is not a strategy game" campaign.

The two new entries to the Top Ten were Starcraft and Civ 1 (making all four Civs in this round!).

Top 20 by Most 'Best' Votes:

1 Civilisation IV
2 Civilisation II
3 Master of Orion II
4 Civilisation III
5 Starcraft
6 X-Com: Enemy Unknown (aka UFO Defense)
7 Medieval Total War
8 Heroes of Might and Magic III
9 Civilisation I
10 Rome: Total War
11 Master of Orion I
12 Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
13 Warcraft III
14 Fallout 2
15 Heroes of Might and Magic II
16 X-Com: Terror from the Deep
17 Fallout 1
18 Shogun: Total War
19 Railroad Tycoon I
20 Railroad Tycoon II

This list is a straight count of the games getting the most 'Best' ratings in the Top 20 round. Only one of the Top Ten by Bests fails to make the cut for the Top Ten round: Rome Total War.
The Civilisation domination continues, though Master of Orion II, pushes into third, displacing Civ III to fourth.

Civ 1 rose up to #9, probably helping it to make the cut on average score.

Top 20 Most Rated

1 Civilisation II
2 Civilisation IV
3 Civilisation I
4 Civilisation III
5 Starcraft
6 Heroes of Might and Magic II
7 Heroes of Might and Magic III
8 Warcraft III
9 Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
10 Master of Orion II
11 Master of Orion I
12 X-Com: Enemy Unknown (aka UFO Defense)
13 Railroad Tycoon I
14 Medieval Total War
15 Rome: Total War
16 Fallout 1
17 X-Com: Terror from the Deep
18 Railroad Tycoon II
19 Fallout 2
20 Shogun: Total War

This list shows the games that most people had rated. Three of the top ten here make the cut for the Top 10 games, so this contest is not simply about the games that the most geeks have played! The 'popular but not best' were:
Heroes of Might and Magic II
Warcraft III
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Games that Made the Top 10 That The Fewest of us Have Played

54 Medieval Total War
56 X-Com: Enemy Unknown (aka UFO Defense)
57 Master of Orion I
61 Master of Orion II

The number is the number of raters (out of 99)

So - have only six different games made the Top Ten?
 
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2. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:342]
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So this is the first time that Civ IV goes up against Civ III, X-Com or Starcraft. Will this strip Civ III of any 'Best' votes?

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Rate as Strategy Games the ones you have played. Please restrict yourself to 1 'Best' vote in each bracket.
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Civilisation IV
Civilisation III
X-Com: Enemy Unknown (aka UFO Defense)
Starcraft
Master of Orion I
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3. Board Game: Medieval Warfare [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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The first time that Master of Orion II has faced Civ II.
Also Civ II up against Civ I. Again - no 'Bests' for Civ 1?

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Rate as Strategy Games the ones you have played. Please restrict yourself to 1 'Best' vote in each bracket.
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay
Civilisation II
Master of Orion II
Medieval Total War
Civilisation I
Heroes of Might and Magic III
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