want to command units and destroy bases without those boring turns?
Dawn of war, age of empires 2 (or if you want fantasy, age of mythology), warcraft 3 (not reforged)
want to make cities and look at pretty pictures while occasionally fighting?
Civilization 5, alpha centauri (less pretty pictures, more thinking and sci-fi)
want to make cities and fight traffic control instead of other people?
want to see huge battles or larp in your favorite time of history?
Total War: -> Rome, Napoleon, Shogun 2, medieval 2, warhammer (fantasy, 1 and 2 are basically the same. 1 for usual races, dwarves humans, chaos, beastmen. 2 is more elves, lizard, rats oriented)
some anons will argue this is all pleb tier and shit but for absolute beginner its pretty good, every strategy fan played it once at some point. my recommendation is to start with warcraft 3 and civ 5. for warcraft there was a thread a few weeks ago with a megahttps://archive.nyafuu.org/vst/thread/123775/#137724