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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

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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Tog... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
ChanceBattenberg added Fire Emblem Awakening 2012

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Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
XCOM 2

The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2001

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Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 3 1999

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Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden II 1998

The Best Dogs for City Living

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The Banner Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added The Banner Saga 2012

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Direct... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut

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Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lord... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Ogre Battle: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time

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Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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UFO: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added UFO: Enemy Unknown 1993

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Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shadowrun Returns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shadowrun Returns

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Shining Force III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force III 1997

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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Ogre Battle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Ogre Battle

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Front Mission 4 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 4 2003

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Front Mission is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgott... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Vandal Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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X-com: UFO Defense is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added X-com: UFO Defense

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Suikoden Tactics is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden Tactics 2005

The Best Super Nintendo Action Role-Playing Games

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Vanguard Bandits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Vanguard Bandits 2000

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Warsong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Warsong

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Valkyria Chronicles II is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Valkyria Chronicles II 2010

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Bahamut Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2008

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X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added X-COM: Terror from the Deep 1995

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Shining Force: Resurrection of... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon