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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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725 242
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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494 153
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added XCOM: Enemy Unknown Oct 09 2012

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528 177
Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
ChanceBattenberg added Fire Emblem Awakening 2012

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530 180
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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418 159
Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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390 154
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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354 136
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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324 135
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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209 78
Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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190 80
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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238 117
Jeanne d'Arc 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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Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden II 1998

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 3 1999

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The Banner Saga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added The Banner Saga Nov 01 2012

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162 86
Jagged Alliance 2 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

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Direct... is listed (or ranked) 27 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: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Shadowrun Returns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shadowrun Returns

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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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Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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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

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Front Mission is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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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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Shining Force III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force III 1997

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X-com: UFO Defense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added X-com: UFO Defense

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgott... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Front Mission 4 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 4 2003

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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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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising Jun 23 2003

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Ogre Battle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Ogre Battle

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon 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

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Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added Shadowrun 1994

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X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Vanguard Bandits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Vanguard Bandits 2000

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Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2008

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Advance Wars: Dual Strike is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Dual Strike Jan 01 2005

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Bahamut Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice 2008