The Best Battle Games

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Update : Senua\'s Saga: Hellblade II added at rank #9.
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Monster Hunter Rise (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5

Monster Hunter Rise combines the best elements of past entries and the more recent Monster Hunter World, offering a fresh and exciting experience that will keep you coming back for more. With an engaging story, challenging combat, and a plethora of features, Rise has something for everyone.


What we like:
  • Open hunting grounds with no loading zones between sections
  • Rich story with fully voiced cutscenes
  • Switch Skill system to customize your playstyle
  • Tons of weapon balancing and updates
  • New Rampage Quests for intense battles against multiple monsters at once
What could be improved:
  • Separate quest lines for solo/multiplayer play
  • Visuals are not quite as detailed as those in World

  • rpg
  • online
  • fight
  • battle
  • combat
  • cooperative
  • crafting
  • tower-defense
  • action
  • farming
  • japanese
  • multiplayer
  • skill
  • local
  • vertical

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Monster Hunter: World (2018)

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Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4

In Monster Hunter: World, you embark on an exciting journey to hunt down ferocious creatures in a living ecosystem. Explore stunning locations, use a variety of weapons, and craft new gear by collecting materials from the fallen beasts. This exciting and immersive RPG offers fun gameplay and addictive combat, with the ability to hunt alone or alongside up to three other players. You can even put your personal flair on the game with stickers, gestures, and armor customization.


What we like:
  • Immersive world
  • Amazing creature designs
  • Engaging main quest
  • Fun gameplay
  • Addictive
What could be improved:
  • Combat may take time to get used to
  • Tricky controls on mouse and keyboard
  • Lots of grinding for specific items
  • Some fights require large groups of players

  • rpg
  • fight
  • online
  • cooperative
  • battle
  • crafting
  • combat
  • action
  • farming
  • multiplayer
  • skill
  • japanese
  • difficult
  • dragon
  • customization

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Fire Emblem Engage (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Engage is a tactical JRPG series that brings together classic elements of Fire Emblem and adds modern touches. You will take part in strategic battles, build relationships with your team, and find magical rings to defeat a dark dragon.

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What we like:
  • Challenging difficulty levels
  • Rewind feature to turn back turns
  • Variety of customisation options
  • Engaging storyline and characters
  • Beautiful level design
What could be improved:
  • Unpredictable luck system in some parts of the game
  • Limited activities outside of combat
  • Traditional narrative structure might not appeal to all players

  • tactical
  • battle
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • grid
  • combat
  • narrative
  • fight
  • japanese
  • anime
  • war
  • skill
  • remake

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is an innovative turn-based tactical RPG. You play as Mario and his Rabbid allies as they battle a space monster named Cursa and her Darkmess. The game captures the energy of the Rabbids, and provides supercharged weapons, flinging allies into the air, and Sparks to power up your team.

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What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay
  • Vibrant and lively atmosphere
  • Strategic maps without grids
  • Lots of fun characters with unique abilities
  • Smooth controls
What could be improved:
  • Not for those who don't like turn-based tactical RPGs
  • Some jokes may be too dumb for some players

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • grid
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • crossover
  • puzzle
  • rpg
  • exploration
  • fight

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WILD HEARTS Karakuri Edition (2023)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 PC Windows

Master ancient tech to hunt down giant beasts. WILD HEARTS™ is a twist on the hunting genre where technology gives you a fighting chance against giant nature-infused beasts. Hunt alone or with friends.

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  • battle
  • fight
  • cooperative
  • combat
  • crafting
  • hunting
  • fantasy
  • resource
  • multiplayer
  • exploration
  • souls
  • action-hunting
  • inventive
  • umbrella
  • online

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Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a spin-off title based on the 2019 edition of the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It exchanges the turn-based strategy gameplay of most Fire Emblem titles for brutal real-time combat and allows players to take down legions of enemies while exploring the mysteries and intrigue between heated battles.

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What we like:
  • Down-time activities well balanced with complex battle mechanics
  • Helpful AI controlled teammates
  • Rich characterisation
  • Tactical depth
What could be improved:
  • System can be heavy at times
  • Tedious upgrading process for weapons & unlocking new weapons is expensive & requires tracking materials

  • battle
  • tactical
  • hack-and-slash
  • strategy
  • combat
  • alternate
  • war
  • fight
  • spin-off
  • rpg
  • narrative
  • turn-based
  • action
  • political
  • combo

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a revolutionary game that takes players back to the roots of the Pokemon series, with a revamped catching mechanic and open-world gameplay reminiscent of Breath of the Wild. The addition of a research system and new types of Pokeballs enhance the catching experience. It successfully addresses annoyances that have plagued the series, making it one of the most exciting Pokemon games in years.

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What we like:
  • Revamped catching mechanic
  • Open-world gameplay reminiscent of Breath of the Wild
  • Research system adds depth
  • New types of Pokeballs enhance catching experience
  • Addresses annoyances that have plagued the series
What could be improved:
  • Lackluster graphics in certain areas
  • Sparse and barren world design

  • battle
  • open-world
  • crafting
  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • exploration
  • boss-fight
  • fight

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (2023)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Dive into the electrifying world of Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol. 1! Unleash your ultimate deck of special moves in grid-based battles, explore the net for rare BattleChips, and fight network crime with Lan Hikari and MegaMan.EXE. With improved graphics, engaging gameplay, and a jammin' soundtrack, this action-packed collection will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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What we like:
  • Nostalgic gameplay
  • Enhanced online features
  • Improved graphics and music
  • Polished story and balanced gameplay
  • Unique playstyles with style changes
What could be improved:
  • Confusing maps
  • Lack of quality of life improvements
  • Inability to play offline

  • rpg
  • battle
  • grid
  • card
  • online
  • compilation
  • dungeon
  • classic
  • trading
  • sprite
  • combat
  • retro
  • platform
  • real-time
  • action

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (2024)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X/s j Xbox Series X Xbox One

The sequel to the award winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua returns in a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Intent on saving those who have fallen victim to the horrors of tyranny, Senua faces a battle of overcoming the darkness within and without.


  • narrative
  • puzzle
  • battle
  • fight
  • combat
  • mythology
  • story
  • demons
  • horror
  • action-adventure
  • exploration
  • psychological
  • dark
  • adventure
  • realistic

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Coromon (2022)

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Android Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Coromon is a modern take on the classic monster-taming genre. Tame Coromon and explore a vast world filled with thrilling turn-based battles, brain-twisting puzzles, and a mysterious threat to the world awaiting defeat. Nobody said being a Battle Researcher was easy!


  • turn-based
  • battle
  • rpg
  • collector
  • creature
  • japanese
  • pixel
  • collectathon
  • customization
  • jrpg
  • character
  • boss-fight
  • dungeon
  • in-battle
  • retro

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