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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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744 225
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Tog... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

3
784 259
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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573 188
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

5
569 186
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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517 174
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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379 141
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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412 158
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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447 170
Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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343 142
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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233 83
Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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394 185
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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215 71
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
XCOM 2

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207 82
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time

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453 230
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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298 139
Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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298 133
Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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260 122
Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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191 92
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden II 1998

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213 109
Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2001

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173 75
Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 3 1999

The Most Annoying TV Hosts

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314 173
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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160 82
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 2012

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112 52
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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198 107
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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207 122
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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176 92
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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156 92
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness 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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158 85
Ogre Battle: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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105 52
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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114 65
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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68 30
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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134 78
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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88 47
Shining Force III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force III 1997

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79 40
X-com: UFO Defense is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added X-com: UFO Defense

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

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106 67
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgott... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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149 96
Front Mission is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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72 37
Ogre Battle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Ogre Battle

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86 51
Front Mission 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Front Mission 4 2003

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132 87
Vandal Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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48 21
Vanguard Bandits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Vanguard Bandits 2000

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49 23
Warsong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Warsong

The Best Super Nintendo Action Role-Playing Games

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119 81
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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66 40
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 44 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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86 56
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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55 35
Suikoden Tactics is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Suikoden Tactics 2005

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71 44
Valkyria Chronicles II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Valkyria Chronicles II 2010

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49 28
Dragon Force is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Dragon Force 1996

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87 65
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2008

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90 63
Bahamut Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time