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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
Final Fantasy Tactics 1997 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 Cling Tog... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 1995 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: The War... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions 2007 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 Awakening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
ChanceBattenberg added Fire Emblem Awakening 2012 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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Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fire Emblem 2003 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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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 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: Path of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance 2005 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: The Sacred Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 2004 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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Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Shining Force II 1993 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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Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added Valkyrie of the Battlefield: Gallian Chronicles 2008 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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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn 2007 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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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness 2003 Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is a tactical role-playing video game developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. Nippon Ichi has also licensed or ...more

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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
Pilleri added Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis 2002 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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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
XCOM 2

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Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Vandal Hearts 1996 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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Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Jeanne d'Arc 2007 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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Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Shining Force 1992 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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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2003 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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Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 3 1999 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) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2001 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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Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden II 1998 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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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 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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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift 2008 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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Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Direct... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber 1999 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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Ogre Battle: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen 1993 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

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Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Jagged Alliance 2 1999 Jagged Alliance 2 is a tactical role-playing game for PC, released in 1999 for Windows, and later ported to Linux by Tribsoft. It is the third game in the Jagged Alliance series, and was ...more

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories 2006 Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software for the PlayStation 2 video game console. Disgaea 2 is the sequel to 2003's Disgaea: ...more

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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
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness 2007 A port for the PlayStation Portable named Disgaea Portable was released in Japan on November 30, 2006. It was later released in the United States on October 30, 2007 under the name Disgaea: ...more

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Shining Force III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force III 1997 Shining Force III is a video game designed for the Sega Saturn by Camelot Software Planning. It is a continuation of the Shining series. Comprising three separate but overlapping storylines, the ...more

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UFO: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added UFO: Enemy Unknown 1993 UFO: Enemy Unknown is a science fiction strategy video game developed by Mythos Games and MicroProse. It was published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS and Amiga computers and the Amiga CD32 ...more

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Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu 1996 Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu is a tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Super Famicom only in Japan. It is the fourth title in the Fire ...more

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Shadowrun Returns is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shadowrun Returns Shadowrun Returns is a turn based tactical role-playing game developed and self-published by Harebrained Schemes, an independent video game company led by Jordan Weisman, the creator of the ...more

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Ogre Battle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001 Fallout Tactics is a turn-based/real-time tactical role-playing game set in the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe. Developed by Micro Forté and published by 14 Degrees East, Fallout ...more

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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 Front Mission 4 is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix Co., Ltd., and was released in Japan on December 18, 2003 and in North America on June 15, 2004. Front ...more

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Vandal Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Vandal Hearts II 1999 Vandal Hearts II is a tactical role-playing game for the PlayStation and the sequel to Vandal Hearts.

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Front Mission is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Front Mission Front Mission is a tactical role-playing game developed by G-Craft and published by Square Co., Ltd., and was released in Japan on February 24, 1995 for the Super Famicom. Front Mission is the ...more

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgott... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten 2011 Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten is a 2011 tactical role-playing video game for the PlayStation 3 and the fourth in the Disgaea series by Nippon Ichi Software. The game tells the story of ...more

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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
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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
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon 2009 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, known in Japan as Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken, is a tactical role-playing remake of the first Fire Emblem video game, Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to ...more

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Warsong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Valkyria Chronicles II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Valkyria Chronicles II 2010 Valkyria Chronicles II is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation Portable. Released in 2010, it is the sequel to Valkyria Chronicles. Set two years ...more

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Vanguard Bandits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Vanguard Bandits 2000 Vanguard Bandits, known in Japan as Epica Stella, is a tactical role-playing game for the PlayStation. The game was developed by Human Entertainment and originally released in Japan on July 30, ...more

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Suikoden Tactics is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden Tactics 2005 Suikoden Tactics, originally released in Japan as Rhapsodia, is a tactical role-playing video game developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 console as part of their Suikoden ...more

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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
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 2003 Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, known in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance 2 is a turn-based tactics video game for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by ...more

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Bahamut Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Bahamut Lagoon 1996 Bahamut Lagoon is a Japanese tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Nintendo Super Famicom on February 9, 1996. It was never officially released outside of Japan, ...more

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Shining Force: Resurrection of... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Shining Force CD is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force CD Jan 01 1994 Shining Force CD is a 1994 strategy role-playing game developed by Sonic! Software Planning for the Sega CD, and a remake of the games Shining Force Gaiden and Shining Force Gaiden II that were ...more

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Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2008 Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is a turn-based tactics video game for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It is the fourth installment in the Advance Wars series and was released in North America ...more