Test your tactical skills with these great games.
PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC
Perfect for: Genre veterans and character customization fanatics
Original Sin 2 plays very differently from Fire Emblem but scratches a similar itch. Its hectic combat has tons of interacting elemental effects that can set a whole battlefield ablaze, and its deep, dark story still has plenty of humor.
Triangle Strategy has a deeply rich story with important choices you need to convince your party to agree on. Each character fills a specific combat role, and stages often have gimmicks to spice things up.
Shadowrun Trilogy’s satisfying combat mixes cybernetic enhancements and magic, but its main appeal is story and worldbuilding. If you like bonding with teammates in Fire Emblem, you’ll love getting to know your squadmates here.
Into the Breach packs complex strategy into quick skirmishes on tiny battlefields. Each of your three mechs functions completely differently, and pre-determined enemy attacks make each turn into a miniature chess problem.
Mario + Rabbids may look like a kid's game, but its colorful exterior hides surprisingly tough tactical combat. It’s much more forgiving than most in the genre, making this the perfect way to chill out while still flexing your tactics skills.
The three games of The Banner Saga tell an epic Norse-inspired story of survival. Characters can be permanently removed in battle and gorgeously drawn story segments often have plenty of difficult, plot-crucial choices to make.
Final Fantasy Tactics battle play mostly like Fire Emblem with tons of character classes and skills to build your perfect team, plus a top-notch story and soundtrack. If you don’t have a way to play the original, the mobile ports are your best bet.