The 12 Best Turn-Based RPG

If you have a lot of time to spare and can’t be bothered trying to defeat enemies in real time, then turn-based games are for you. As the name implies, you will be taking turns attacking or defending or casting spells until you or the enemy has zero hit points.

Here are 12 of the best turn-based RPGs to get you started.

XCOM 2 (2016)

If you enjoyed XCOM: Enemy Unknown, then you need to play this sequel, which covers events two decades after the first game. Unfortunately, the military organization that was supposed to fight off an alien invasion has lost the war and are forced into pockets of resistance.

The Banner Saga (2014)

Anyone who is a fan of the Norse myths will love this game. It focuses on a caravan of humans trying to fend off the Dredge. The humans are led by two playable characters whose destinies are determined by the player’s decisions.

Sacred (2004)

Players can choose from six playable characters from different races. Each skill, item, and rune for that character are also unique. The goal is to find the five elements to defeat the Sakkara demon.

Darkest Dungeon (2016)

If you want a mix of both turn-based and real-time combat, then this is the title for you. The goal is to take care of your roster of 25 heroes to improve their combat skills but to keep them physically and mentally strong throughout the game.

Ys I & II (2007)

This is a compilation of the first two games of the series which tells the story of Adol Christin whose mission it was to look for the Books of Ys.

Wild Arms 3 (2002)

This game introduces players to Virginia Maxwell whose goal it was to explore a desert planet. Following an attempted robbery, however, she and her newfound friends found out about the ancient war that took place.

Octopath Traveler (2018)

The player controls one of the eight travelers at a time, making this an ideal game for players who love to replay. Each character has a unique origin story and abilities.

Legend of Dragoon (1999)

The game is set in the warring nations of Endiness where the player controls Dart Feld and his companions. The combat uses both turn-based and real-time attacks which allow the player to deal more damage.

Suikoden (1995)

The game includes up to 108 companions and has two types of battle systems to keep any player entertained for weeks. The series is set in the Scarlet Moon Empire which is loosely based on the novel Shui Hu Zhuan.

Grandia III (2005)

Yuki just wanted to be the best pilot, but his meeting with Alfina changed everything. In this game, players need to take note of the distance and timing when executing their attacks.

Chrono Trigger (1995)

What makes this game interesting is the ability to travel to different timelines throughout Earth’s history. The story begins in the year 1000 when the player is introduced to the six characters, including Crono.

Xenogears (1998)

This introduction to the Xeno series follows Fei Fong Wong’s quest to overthrow Deus. The player is required to master the different martial arts combos.

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