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Tactical RPG

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Tactical RPG, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
91% 4,033 votes
88% 21,858 votes
94% 420 votes
97% 175 votes
94% 374 votes
90% 1,230 votes
87% 4,433 votes
96% 91 votes
89% 785 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Tactical RPG is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Tactical RPG, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. RPG 78%
  2. Strategy 69%
  3. Turn-Based Tactics 48%
  4. Strategy RPG 47%
  5. Turn-Based Strategy 45%
  6. Fantasy 42%
  7. 2D 42%
  8. Singleplayer 40%
  9. Turn-Based Combat 37%
  10. Adventure 36%
  11. Tactical 32%
  12. Indie 26%
  13. 3D 26%
  14. Story Rich 24%
  15. Pixel Graphics 24%
  16. Action 23%
  17. Party-Based RPG 20%
  18. Colorful 18%
  19. Top-Down 18%
  20. Exploration 18%
  21. Anime 17%
  22. JRPG 17%
  23. Action RPG 17%
  24. Casual 17%
  25. Medieval 16%
  26. Simulation 16%
  27. Roguelike 16%
  28. Character Customization 16%
  29. Turn-Based 16%
  30. Cute 16%
  31. Magic 15%
  32. Early Access 15%

The Tactical RPG tag describes a genre of role-playing games that emphasize strategic combat and tactical decision-making. In these games, players typically control a group of characters or units and engage in turn-based battles or grid-based combat scenarios.

Tactical RPGs often feature complex gameplay mechanics that involve positioning, movement, terrain advantage, and utilizing the unique abilities of each character or unit. Players must carefully plan their actions and consider various factors such as enemy placement, range of attack, character strengths and weaknesses, and resource management.

Key elements found in Tactical RPGs include:

  • Grid-Based Combat Many Tactical RPGs use a grid system for battles where each character or unit can move within set spaces on the battlefield. This adds an additional layer of strategy as players must strategically position their units to gain advantages in attack range or take cover behind obstacles.
  • RPG Elements Tactical RPGs often incorporate traditional role-playing game elements such as character progression, leveling up abilities or skills, equipment management, and story-driven narratives.
  • Turn-Based Combat Battles in Tactical RPGs are usually turn-based with each player taking their turns to execute actions. This allows for more thoughtful decision-making as players assess the situation before making their moves.
  • Tactics and Strategy True to their name, Tactical RPGs prioritize tactics and strategic thinking over reflexes or fast-paced action. Players need to carefully consider factors like positioning units effectively on the battlefield for maximum impact while minimizing risk.

Examples of well-known Tactical RPG titles include:

  • Fire Emblem series Developed by Intelligent Systems for Nintendo systems since 1990; these games incorporate turn-based battles with grid-based combat and a focus on character relationships and permadeath. The latest installment is Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A spin-off from the popular Final Fantasy series, it introduced tactical gameplay mechanics to the franchise, featuring a deep job system and intricate strategy elements.
  • XCOM series These science fiction strategy games blend turn-based tactics with base management and resource allocation as players defend Earth against alien invasions. Titles include XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and its sequel XCOM 2.

Tactical RPGs offer players engaging gameplay experiences that combine strategic thinking, character development, and immersive storytelling.

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