Tactical RPGs have roots way back in the ancient times of gaming, almost as old as standard JRPGs themselves. But the hybrid of strategy and story-based gaming is having a renaissance on modern PCs, with AAA titles like XCOM sitting next to new indie darlings like Into the Breach and refreshed classics like Disgaea. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWord’s number one TRPG fan, tried out a stunning 24 different tactical games over on our YouTube channel.
It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that with turn-based combat and generally low visual requirements, the tactical RPG genre is a fantastic match for portable gaming. Some work better than others — older games and 2D titles can go longer on the Steam Deck’s battery and play smoother. Same PC-focused games lacked official control schemes, but there were generally options available from the Steam community. A few games with more complex controls, like Möbius Front ’83, had some control issues, while a few oddballs like XCOM 2 had weird one-off issues.
Here’s the full list of games with timestamps for the video above, if you’re short on time:
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