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The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time  

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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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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Tog... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
ChanceBattenberg added 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: Path of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added 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: Radiant Dawn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Jeanne d'Arc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added 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
12
Valkyrie of the Battlefield: G... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
JasonJ.Li added 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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Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Vandal Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
2003

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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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The Banner Saga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added 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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Shining Force is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
20
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lord... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Front Mission 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added 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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Summon Night 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
kitteness added 2013
Summon Night 5 is a tactical role-playing game in the long running Summon Night series of video games. It is the first and only original entry to be developed by Felistella and published by ...more
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Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
Pilleri added 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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Ogre Battle: The March of the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tactical Role-Playing Games of All Time
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