GameShard writes: "What do all good Role-Playing Games have in common? A story? Well, yes. Characters? Yes, those tend to be helpful. Fantastical worlds and some kind of experience system help, too. But what defines most RPGs - at least in the eyes of many gamers - is their battle system.
Combat in RPGs has come a long way since its earliest days, in which parties of characters lined up neatly and waited their turns to attack, or spammed buttons in the hope of inflicting the most damage in the least amount of time. Today's RPGs rely on tactics and reflexes, strategic decisions and carefully planned angles of attack.
Compiling a list of the 'best' is difficult, because doing so requires us to throw aside considerations like plot, story and character, and focus instead on the mechanics alone. Nevertheless, that's what we’ve done. And these are GameShard's 9 best RPG Combat Systems."