I was looking through past threads for tactis games that were not Disgaea or Front Mission 4, and came up reasonably empty. Then I realized, there really haven't been many tactical strategy games period
in recent memory beyond the Japanese SRPGs.
So I decided that instead of a request thread, I'd just make a general love thread.
I think my favorite experience so far, actually, has been Battletech, through both the boardgame version and MegaMek
. There are a million mechs and loadouts, and each has a great deal going for it. A little while ago, I lost to a friend of mine, 4 well rounded medium mechs to 5 small ones, because the small buggers never left cover except to sprint behind me and release SRMs. The game manages to be diverse as hell, while still being fair enough that you know
there is some way to beat that opposing force if only you can figure it out.
The other game I've played on and off since discovering it has been "The Legend of Wesnoth"
. It has gaping flaws in some areas, but the way that random attacks come together with simple, solid rules for movement and unit types, really makes the game a joy to play. It manages to avoid the bloat that usually comes with open source, have a few important statuses and unit abilities, and just lets you figure out the best way to use and abuse them. Plus, it tells you how likely you are to give and take damage each attack, and the transparency is nice, especially for a beginner.
And, though I said turn-based, I remember Myth
being a wonderful game for people who like tactics more than unit-production. The online play was gold, just you, 20 points, and any units you felt like.
I decided to try Front Mission 4 and so far it seems really really fun. I like that it's much more of a "pick a good loadout and team" game than a lot of SRPGs. I know the one NIS game I tried (Phantom Brave) was pretty fun, but quickly became "beat the boss in ten seconds with any class, or level until you can".
So, what tactical strategy games do people really love? What makes a good tactical strategy game in general? What have I missed?