Turn-based RPG's where you move characters around in battle?

Hexa

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Most Compile Heart RPGs do this, such as Fairy Fencer, Death End Request, or Dragon Star Varnir. Dragon Star is especially interesting in terms of this because characters can fly so positioning doesn't just matter on a flat grid but rather verticality matters as well.
 

Dinjoralo

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Phantom Brave is sort of a weird in-between. It's a strategy RPG, but there's no grid, but movement isn't something you do while you can do other actions.
 
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Magna Carta: Tears of Blood

Valkyria Chronicles

Grandia

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Does Grandia really count for this? It's been a while (like, since I was a kid) so I could be wrong, but don't characters move automatically in battle depending on which actions you choose (like that's what I remember anyway, and the pathfinding being really weird at times and screwing me over when I thought I could reach but the AI taking some weird movement instead)? That doesn't really sound like what the OP's talking about. Like yeah, characters nonetheless do move on the battlefield and positioning is definitely important (because if an enemy is too far away your character will move as far as they can but then just not do anything), but you don't have direct control over that, so that's a huge ehhhhhhh to me.
 
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Strings

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Dragon ball fusions has a system like that
Yep, and it's quite good. Would love a sequel, or at least another franchise attempted with the same mechanics.

EDIT: Nvm, OP wants direct control of movement, so this doesn't count. In which case...

Summon Night 6 does this. You're still travelling around SRPG square grids, but you move and control your character in those squares like what you've mentioned. The abysmal Natural Doctrine functions the same way.



I would have liked the new Fire Emblem to control like that actually. It just feels nice.
 
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Grandia.
It's one of the options from the battle menu along with attack, defend, item, etc. It's best used when an enemy is charging a area of effect attack so you can choose to scatter your party preventing them all from getting hit. For standard melee attacks, characters run up to the enemy to perform it and stay where they ran to as opposed to returning to their original place.
A good example is the boss on the haunted ship near the beginning of the game. It has a move where it inhales, sucking all your party members into an area in front of it. It's follow up attack is a powerful AOE so the sensible option is to use a turn to run away instead of attacking. It's this fight that seems to drive home the nuances of the battle system and teach the player they can't just spam attack to win every fight.
 

thomasjast

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I’m always going to go into a thread to mention Valkyrie Profile 2.

I also believe it’s the hardest JRPG ever made, along with Xenoblade X.
 
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Nice Arc the Lad TotS call out OP. I love its battle system, a beautiful fusion of turn based and strategy. What really makes it click for me is that different characters have different attack ranges and widths, and these can be further tweaked by weapon attachments. Super satisfying finding ways to smack multiple enemies at once. Also, TotS has one of the best narratives in a PS2 jrpg. Sadly underrated and forgotten game.
 

Pariah

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Vagrant Story might fit the description, though the system is so peculiar (and unique) that I'd understand if some think otherwise.

Transistor also follows a similar style, what's most singular here is the RPG element: existent, but rather light.
 

Dreamboum

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Definitely Resonance of Fate, everyone takes their turn and you move around an arena. Positioning is very important



 

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I am no longer surprised people considered my opinion that ATB is not turn based, but cooldown based controversial. When people think even xenoblade is turn based, of course idea that ATB doesn't have turns, just cooldowns would sound like absolute heresy.
Been a while since I played an ATB game, didn't they have settings to let you switch between "active" active-time battle and "waiting" where you still could take your time?
 

Kyoufu

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Check out Valkyrie Profile 2. Incredible battle system. Incredible game period.
 

Hentailover

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Been a while since I played an ATB game, didn't they have settings to let you switch between "active" active-time battle and "waiting" where you still could take your time?
Wait system would pause everything while you are scrolling through options, while active would mean even menuing had to be done real time, with enemy atb gauges ticking
 

Lord of Ostia

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Does Grandia really count for this? It's been a while (like, since I was a kid) so I could be wrong, but don't characters move automatically in battle depending on which actions you choose (like that's what I remember anyway, and the pathfinding being really weird at times and screwing me over when I thought I could reach but the AI taking some weird movement instead)? That doesn't really sound like what the OP's talking about. Like yeah, characters nonetheless do move on the battlefield and positioning is definitely important (because if an enemy is too far away your character will move as far as they can but then just not do anything), but you don't have direct control over that, so that's a huge ehhhhhhh to me.
You can also move your characters, there is an option for it. It may only be in Grandia 2 though, that's the only one I've played so if you are thinking of the first one that may be the source of confusion.