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preferably an RTS that's available on steam and with a minimum maxplayer of 6.
We already have too many FPS games so my family wants a game that we can play more casually without having to be 100% alert like in fps games.
How's company of heroes 2?
I was also looking at the dawn of war franchise but not sure which one to get. There seems to be so many versions.


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While it's not on steam you can try Starcraft 2. Max of 8 players and it's a great mental excercise, promoting mental agility and split second reaction times. If you catch it on sale you're looking @ $20 a pop, if you want the newest expansion (standalone) it's $40 a pop.

If you learn together as a family before trying to play solo online you'll probably have a really fun time - and there's a really high skill ceiling so there's lots of room for improvement.

Best part is you can try it for free.

https://us.battle.net/account/sc2/starter-edition/
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rise of nations is the probably the best casual multiplayer RTS if you're looking for strategy in real-time instead of an apm contest
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While it's not on steam you can try Starcraft 2. Max of 8 players and it's a great mental excercise, promoting mental agility and split second reaction times. If you catch it on sale you're looking @ $20 a pop, if you want the newest expansion (standalone) it's $40 a pop.

If you learn together as a family before trying to play solo online you'll probably have a really fun time - and there's a really high skill ceiling so there's lots of room for improvement.

Best part is you can try it for free.

https://us.battle.net/account/sc2/starter-edition/

I agree with you, but I'm guessing since he doesn't already have SC2, he probably has some reason for that.
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You could play Age of Empires II: HD edition

Sins of a Solar Empire is a great game, but requires a little more attention and doesn't have a story mode unfortunately.

Of the Dawn of War games I have played, Soulstorm is the best one (imho). That being said, I've only played up to Soulstorm, although a
I have some other ones in my inventory. The campaign mode is awesome in that game.

Basically, that first set of Dawn of War games used to be mostly expansions, but on steam now they are standalone afaik. In Chronological order:

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm

I've played them for many, many years, definitely worth it.
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You could play Age of Empires II: HD edition

This for me all day. The ease of making multiplayer maps makes it so much fun.
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Company of Heroes 2 is great, you don't have to like WW2 to play it, but if you do it makes it even better. I'd suggest trying it out, there's 5 different factions to play albeit it's 3 allies and 2 axis. Many play styles due to the amount of different commanders in the game. It goes up to 8 players (4v4) and the micromanaging isn't too heavy as long as you don't play 1v1. Pick up the base game + Western Front Armies DLC. Don't buy the British forces until you played the other 4 factions enough or wait for a sale because $12.99 isn't worth it.
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I also throw my hat in for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. But that's also due to the fact that I love the universe atmosphere.
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Ugh - the fact that no one suggested Grey Goo just goes to show how horribly this game was promoted and advertised. And it is a terrible shame. It plays so much like the old C&C games - which to me are the pinnacle of RTS gaming. Much better paced than Starcraft and much easier to get into if you are new to RTS, yet deep enough to allow for skilled players to dominate.

And it's cheap. And it's on steam.

But it is pretty slim pickings online because of the aforementioned advertising failures.
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Another good title would be Dawn of War and Dawn of War 2. No clue what the max players is for that but it plays pretty good and has a slower pace. It's also on steam.

Dawn of War has more base building while Dawn of War 2 is mostly focused on squad combat...kinda like Company of Heroes but with a sci fi flair.
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