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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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700 225
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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471 137
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 2012

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517 162
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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523 169
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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403 150
Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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178 43
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
XCOM 2

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383 147
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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337 129
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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311 128
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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368 163
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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276 112
Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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202 74
Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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188 67
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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409 202
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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269 119
Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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196 79
Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars 2001

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165 67
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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143 57
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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Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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283 150
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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198 109
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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158 82
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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The Banner Saga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added The Banner Saga 2012

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98 43
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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96 43
UFO: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added UFO: Enemy Unknown 1993

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147 82
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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147 82
Ogre Battle: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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128 73
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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Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgott... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten Feb 24 2011

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X-com: UFO Defense is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added X-com: UFO Defense

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Front Mission is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Mar 15 2001

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Shining Force III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force III 1997

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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76 44
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 Jan 01 2003

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120 83
Vandal Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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60 31
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Ogre Battle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Ogre Battle

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Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Days of Ruin 2008

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surv... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
oni_ahmed added Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2009

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time

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63 38
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Advance Wars: Dual Strike 2005

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice 2008

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66 42
Valkyria Chronicles II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Valkyria Chronicles II 2010

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37 16
Shining Force: Resurrection of... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon

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Vanguard Bandits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added Vanguard Bandits 2000