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The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time 

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These are the best tactical role-playing games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated tactical RPGs are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest tactical role-playing games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these tactical RPGs are considered the best in the genre. From franchise games like Fire Emblem to modern tactical RPGs like XCOM, this is the best guide for beginners who are new to the tactical RPG genre. This list includes all challenging tactical role-playing games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new tactical role-playing games.

Games include everything from Final Fantasy Tactics to Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.This list answers the questions, "What are the best tactical RPGs?" and "What is the greatest tactical role-playing game game of all time?"
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Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1997 (Square)
Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Sony PlayStation video game console. It is the first game of the Final Fantasy Tactics series and ...more

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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cli... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1995 (Square Enix)
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a Japanese tactical role-playing game created by Quest. The game was originally released in 1995 on the Super Famicom in Japan and then re-released on the ...more
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Final Fantasy Tactics: T... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix originally for the Sony PlayStation Portable. The game is an updated version of ...more
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Fire Emblem: Path of Rad... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Intelligent Systems)
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, known in Japan as Fire Emblem: Sōen no Kiseki is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo ...more
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Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Intelligent Systems)
Fire Emblem, released in Japan as Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance, developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The game was ...more
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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
ChanceBattenberg added Released: 2012 (Intelligent Systems)
Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical role-playing video game, developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo 3DS, and published by Nintendo. The thirteenth game in the main ...more
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Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Level-5)
Jeanne d'Arc is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable. The game was first released in Japan on ...more
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added Released: 2012 (Firaxis Games)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a military turn-based tactical alien invasion/planetary defense strategy science fiction video game, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. The game is a ...more

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Fire Emblem: Radiant Daw... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Intelligent Systems)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, known in Japan as Fire Emblem: The Goddess of Dawn, is a tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It is the tenth Fire ...more
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Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Camelot Software Planning)
Shining Force II, is a tactical role-playing game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console developed by Sonic! Software Planning in 1993. Its storyline is not directly connected to the original ...more
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Fire Emblem: The Sacred ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Intelligent Systems)
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, known in Japan as Fire Emblem: Seima no Kōseki, is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance published by Nintendo. It is the eighth game in the Fire ...more
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Tactics Ogre: The Knight... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Released: 2002 (Quest Corporation)
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is a tactical strategy game developed by Quest. It was originally released by Nintendo in Japan in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance, then later released by Atlus in ...more
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Final Fantasy Tactics Ad... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. A spin-off of the popular Final Fantasy series, the game shares ...more
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Valkyrie of the Battlefi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added Released: 2008 (Sega Wow)
Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 in 2008. A Microsoft Windows version was released in November 2014. The game is set in ...more

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Disgaea: Hour of Darknes... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Nippon Ichi Software)

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Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (New Entertainment R&D Dept.)
Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, is a 1992 fantasy turn-based tactics role-playing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console. While primarily a traditional fantasy-themed game, ...more

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Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Konami)
Vandal Hearts is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo for the PlayStation and later ported to the Sega Saturn by Konami Computer ...more
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The Banner Saga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Released: 2012 (Stoic Studio)
The Banner Saga is a Viking-themed tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic, a trio of indie game developers formerly of BioWare, and published by Versus Evil, an independent video ...more

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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Final Fantasy Tactics A2... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. Grimoire of the Rift is the ...more
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Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Released: 1999 (Square)
Front Mission 3 is a tactical role-playing game for the PlayStation developed by and published by Square Co., Ltd., and was released in Japan on September 2, 1999, and later in North America on ...more
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Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Released: 2001 (Intelligent Systems)
Advance Wars, later released in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance is a turn-based tactics video game developed for the Game Boy Advance by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It was ...more
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Ogre Battle 64: Person o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Nintendo)
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, sequel to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, is a real-time strategy role-playing video game developed by Quest and published by Atlus for the ...more
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Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Released: 1998 (Konami)
Suikoden II is a role-playing video game developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation video game console and the second installment of the Suikoden video game series. It was released in ...more
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Ogre Battle: The March o... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Quest Corporation)
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a 1993 real-time tactical role-playing video game directed by Yasumi Matsuno with artwork by Akihiko Yoshida. It is the first installment of an ...more