The best games with modern warfare ⚔️ 2024

Looking for a really good game with modern warfare ⚔️? Then we have just the thing: our list of the best games with modern warfare 2024.

What are modern warfare games?

Modern warfare games deal with armed conflicts after World War II (1945 - present). Two specific wars from this period have their own category: the Korean War (1950-53) and the Vietnam War (1945-54 & 1965-75). In its narrowest sense, it is merely a synonym for contemporary warfare.

For more information, see the Wikipedia entry on modern warfare.

Other historical games

Modern warfare games are also considered a wargame.

In addition to Modern Warfare games, we have created a general list of games based on historical events - and further divided them below into several, more detailed historical categories.

List of the best games with modern warfare 2024 ⚔️

This list was last updated on February 25, 2024. We compared 1366 board games for this list and selected the top 10. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Captain Sonar

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    Embark on an adrenaline-pumping undersea adventure with Captain Sonar, a board game that plunges you into the heart of intense submarine warfare. In this gripping scenario, every move and decision can be the difference between victory and defeat. Form a skilled crew aboard a cutting-edge submarine as you strive to locate and eliminate an enemy sub before they do the same to you. The underwater battlefield is unforgiving, and effective communication and coordination are paramount for success.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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  2. Twilight Struggle

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    Twilight Struggle offers an immersive journey through a pivotal period in history, where the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation. This two-player game takes place during the forty-five year rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States. Instead of traditional warfare, players engage in a dance of intrigue, prestige, and the occasional outbreak of hostilities. As the superpowers strive to make the world safe for their ideologies, you'll navigate a complex web of politics, espionage, and strategy. The game begins in the aftermath of World War II, with both superpowers scrambling for control, and concludes in 1989, leaving only one superpower standing.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  3. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

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    13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis is a tense, strategic two-player game set during the critical moments of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It captures the high-stakes Cold War atmosphere, offering a rich thematic experience in just 45 minutes. The game challenges players to navigate complex dilemmas, such as choosing between gaining prestige or risking global nuclear war, and strategically managing their hand of cards to outmaneuver their opponent.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships and Planes

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. TANKS: The Modern Age – M1 vs T-64 Starter Set

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. This War of Mine: The Board Game

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    This War Of Mine: The Board Game is a profound tabletop adaptation of the acclaimed video game, capturing the harrowing experiences of civilians in a war-torn city. It's a game that delves deep into the survival narrative, emphasizing the human aspect of war and the tough decisions that come with it.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for This War of Mine: The Board Game
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 120 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  8. Cold War: CIA vs KGB

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    Cold War: CIA vs. KGB is a strategic game that immerses players into the tense and intricate world of espionage and global manipulation in the aftermath of World War II. As the head of either the CIA or the KGB, players engage in a delicate dance of influence, using spies, double agents, and any means at their disposal to sway foreign governments towards their ideology. The game captures the essence of the Cold War, where indirect actions, influence, and subterfuge define the struggle for global supremacy rather than direct military engagements.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cold War: CIA vs KGB
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Nuclear Escalation

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Israeli Air Force Leader

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    • 1 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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