Never played a Tactical RPG before.

Which one should I play?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shining Force 2 is probably the best for a beginner, though I personally prefer the first one and Shining Force CD.
    Vandal Hearts is a good one to start with as well, much more so than FFT, I wouldn't recommend anyone starting with FFT.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      why you no like Tactics? I had alot of fun 2nd playthru with added handicap Ramza can only damage wiegraf the whole game
      and only generic peeps unless forced story.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        he's a raging homosexual hipster with a chip on his shoulder, that's the only reason.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        My guess is what he meant is FFTactics might be a bit too in depth for someone's first go at a TRPG. I don't know if I would agree but Shining Force is a very good beginner entry and a solid game.

        If you do go Tactics, I would pick FF over the main series titles. It's not perfect but it's better than the others.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >added handicap Ramza
        Wrong board

        is PS Vita retro now? still a shit version.

        ironic weeb:

        is just shit X-com.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        nta but I always found FFT gameplay annoying, there's a lot of clicks before you can do an action

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Both of those games are much more difficult than just about any other tactics games. Certainly not impossible to start with but just a hell of a lot more effort required.

      Unironically GBA Fire Emblem would be the best place to start or anything else. There are a ton of simple Tactics games that are good to start with compared to the complexity of either FFT or Tactics Ogre

      What about FFTA? There's always FFTA!

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        FFTA is fun. I don't get the hate.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fire Emblem

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you coulda at least mentioned best one, which is fire emblem 4
      when you start looking into fire emblem games it becomes nightmare to figure out what follows what

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Weeb: One of the Fire Emblem, probably Blazing Blade
    Non-weeb: XCOM Enemy Unknown

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      EU is both not an rpg and not retro. It is however a fantastic game that OP should play regardless.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Not retro
        I'm assuming they meant to refer to the 1994 game, which was called XCOM UFO Defense in America and UFO Enemy Unknown in Europe.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ironic weeb:

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      EU is both not an rpg and not retro. It is however a fantastic game that OP should play regardless.

      Be warned that X-Com is absolutely brutal on the default difficulty. It will kick your ass and you’ll have to learn a lot.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It sure filtered me. Made 2 attempts but even with the power of save states it's such a grind that it wasn't fun.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >you’ll have to learn a lot.
        might as well read a walkthrough because research bugs or download the fan patcher? actually you probably need a walkthrough to reach the endgame research. the plot progress requirements just aren't well explained, even if you ace the randomly missions.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's not that it's "brutal", you're just too attached to your units. You're expected to spend piles of cash and not save it.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Little money

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    never played a tactics ogre game. ff tactics is good but i would recommend playing on an emulator to speed up random battles. the game is a huge time sink. vandal hearts is also good and more accessible.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    jagged alliance 2

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    NTA but even if you like fft you should see it's a bad starting point
    Way too easy and freeform and grindable, it will not give a newbie any sense of direction after the prologue. If someone is a huge sperg they might love grinding for jp or something but odds are they will only like it if they see the actual appeal of the genre first and appreciat
    I'd recommend one of the simple fire emblems like 7 or or XCOM EU if that's too weeb

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ogre Battle. Nothing like any of the other games mentioned. Then Tactics Ogre, ideally the Saturn translation. Actually Saturn for both. Go nuts, OP.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ogre Battle isn't a tactical game though.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Both of those games are much more difficult than just about any other tactics games. Certainly not impossible to start with but just a hell of a lot more effort required.

    Unironically GBA Fire Emblem would be the best place to start or anything else. There are a ton of simple Tactics games that are good to start with compared to the complexity of either FFT or Tactics Ogre

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >much more difficult than just about any other tactics games

      FFT maybe, but LUCT you just need archers and ninjas. and maybe 1 healer/exorcist.
      UNLESS you really wanna beat all the optional battles. there is really only 2 hard boss fights.
      ---
      1 boss fight just before you decide to go lawful or neutral route. if you levelled up enough in a "fighter" class, it's easy.

      and the final boss fight where the boss has very high defences, spawns new mooks after you defeat them, and changes his element each time you hit him.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's by no means the best of the genre even on GBA alone, but I really liked Onimusha Tactics. It's not a genre I like that much but I finished this one. It's simple but good.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Neither they are way too hard for beginners.

    Honestly I would say play "Arc the Lad Collection" WITH A GUIDE!
    https://www.angelfire.com/rpg2/cgamingden/ArcHelp/ArcOnehelp.html
    Do every sidequest, and play through monster arena in Arc 2.

    Either that or play FFTA

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SNES LUCT with engrish patch. the PSX game have useless loading screens and are just as buggy.

    (MEN and AGI of some characters will randomly drop to 0 if you ever recruit uniques or recruit anyone outside of a store. Act 3 tends to freeze up every now and then. likewise for "Hell's Palace")

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Front Mission 3
    is what I'd like to say but definitely not beginner level

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >but definitely not beginner level
      Depends on how much you used the training sim to learn 1-slot skills, which are easier to combo. Without learning those skills ASAP, the early missions can be hard. Late game gets easy unless you refuse to use those 1-slot skills ,or keep using crappier robot parts.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Advanced wars.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Battalion wars

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Tactics ogre. Fft is boring easy mode derivative garbage for children

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shining Force
    Jagged Alliance 2

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've tried FFT, Shining Force and Fire Emblem before and couldn't really get into them. I didn't really see the tactical aspect and felt like the battles were just like normal turn based RPG battles but with 10 minutes of painstakingly moving units across a field.

    This past week I've been trying Tactics Ogre and felt the same way about that, but have stuck with it because the graphics, music and tone of the story were all appealing, and now that there's more variance in the available equipment and classes I'm starting to enjoy the battles.

    The only thing is, I'm a couple battles into chapter 2 with a death toll of 3 so far. I feel like every new battle, my units are 1-2 levels below the enemy, and I have to spend an hour making the game play itself in training to not get slaughtered. Is the game supposed to be as grindy as I'm finding it, or would I be able to clear these battles without so much training if I got gud?

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Play FFT first because the LUCT version of Tactics Ogre has so many quality of life improvements that it can be hard to go back afterward. Both games are amazing regardless. Also I recommend the PS1 original FFT over the PSP WotL version.

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