For More than two decades I have been playing video games of all types. Some of my favorite have been war-related games. Games where I am behind the gun, or with an all-seeing eye controlling troop movements. Here is a rundown of some of the all-time greats
Call of Duty: Currently there is not a better military based shooting game around. With realistic effects and ailments you can almost feel yourself in the action. Between hearing loss after a shell lands and a dizziness when blood loss mounts, there is a reason that this series has won multiple awards.
Crysis: This was the Game of the Year award in 2007. Based in the future, this game centers around the super-human powers enabled by the Crysis suit. The graphics are incredible. The ability to punch someone and have them fly 100 yards is entertaining. Running fast enough to walk on water is fun too. While it is not the most realistic game around it does have hands down the best graphics and sound.
Americas Army: The US army got into the gaming world a few years back, and who could blame them. with the rampant game play of military based games, this became a great recruiting tool. You can download the latest version for free here. Lots of gunplay with weapons that you could actually use in real life (once properly trained by the Army of course). Download it and play today!
Medal of Honor: This was one of the first military shooters that I remember playing. As an Air Force ROTC cadet we would gather to play in large groups. The game is historic. Your story begins at Normandy. The opening sequence reminds me a bit of Saving Private Ryan. Using an M1 Garand and a lot of guts you join the 101st in their assault. Very fun.
Command and Conquer: Red Alert: This series is the only of the real time strategy games that I will cover. In a fictitious future the Russians are still very much alive and well. Guide either side through multiple missions to conquer the world for the side you choose. Nuclear weapons are in play and even encouraged to be used. Personally I have spent many hours beating the Russians and taking the world for the side of Democracy and Capitalism.