Strat­egy games weren’t en­tirely ex­com­mu­ni­cated from con­soles. Tac­ti­cal RPGs thrived, from Fi­nal Fan­tasy Tac­tics to Valkyria Chron­i­cles. The lat­ter, in par­tic­u­lar, took ad­van­tage of con­sole and hand­held con­trol schemes, so there was no sense that you’d be bet­ter off with a mouse and key­board. There was an abun­dance of them on hand­held con­soles, and be­ing able to play large, com­plex strat­egy games on the bus or on the loo was some­thing of a rev­e­la­tion. They’ve been mak­ing their way onto PC re­cently, too. Valkyria Chron­i­cles ap­peared in 2014, fol­lowed by Valkyria Chron­i­cles4 in Septem­ber, along with sev­eral en­tries in the dev­il­ish Dis­gaea se­ries.

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