started with Settlers (II, III, IV) games, Stronghold (1 and Crusader). played some Empire Earth II for a while. Then got into the Total War series.
I still frequently play Total War, AoE2. Occasionally AoE3 and very rarely Stronghold
other games: stardew valley, factorio, Civ V, terraria, Skyrim, Just Cause 2, Witcher 3, Kerbal Space Program, Cities: Skylines, XCom, Dark Souls, Hades, Guild Wars
but at this point im just listing my steam library
Not much of a gamer outside of AoE2 as it’s often hard to justify even the time I put into that, but…
Back in the day, I liked:
RTS: AoE1, Battle for Middle Earth 1&2, dabbled in AoM and SWGB
Other: Final Fantasy Tactics, Halo series (especially 2 on Legendary ), Ultima VI, Lords of Magic, Civ II. Monkey Island was dope, but my siblings were more into it than I was (and not the greatest replay value on those linear story games).
Apart from Age2 content though, probably haven’t bought a game in 10 years or so. Nor will I.
a little hidden gem I can really recommend is ‘Baba is you’. Amazing puzzle game. you are sure there is no solution 80% of the time, feel stupid for 15% and really smart for 5%. Ok, I’m not selling this
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Terraria, Minecraft and Factorio mostly.
My 2nd most favorite RTS series is C&C + Rise of Nations and Wacrafct 3.
Edit: Plenty of other games that I’ve played in the past which I might return to: Skyrim, Doom, Black & White, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, Plague Inc…
I don’t really play other RTS games much anymore. I used to love WarCraft III when I was a teenager, but replaying it when Reforged came out, I realised the combat in it is really grindy, since most units are hit point sponges that take no meaningful bonus damage from anything and have puny attacks. I still think the singleplayer campaigns (which are essentially an RPG) are great, but the standard game/multiplayer I found really disappointing as an adult.
Similarly, I like StarCraft 1 and 2 singleplayer campaigns, but the multiplayer feels really short and shallow relative to AoE2, especially the very basic economy.
I second that. Baba Is You is fantastic, one of my favourite games.
I really want to like Total War, but I find it much too difficult. Especially the real-time battles, it just feels like my units don’t do what I tell them, and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.