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Role-Playing (RPG)

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Role-playing video games are descendants of pen-and-paper RPGs. In those games character development is the main driving gameplay mechanic. Typically one or more characters are created and shaped by the player, then embark on a series of encounters that increase the inventory, wealth, or combat statistics of said character(s).

A role-playing game is not just any game in which the player "plays a role", i.e. controls a character and participates in exploration and narrative. Rather, the defining characteristic of role-playing games is player-dependent character growth. A role-playing game can be seen as such when player-controlled characters become stronger ("levels up") because of the player's actions (usually depending on experience points received for vanquishing enemies), rather than being upgraded automatically as dictated by the storyline. The degree of the player's involvement in shaping the characters may vary considerably: some RPGs offer vast customization possibilities, while others tend to simplify and even nearly automatize the process.

Traditional RPGs have turn-based combat and a fantasy setting (Wizardry series, Ultima series, Roguelikes, etc.). Later, other settings were introduced, and many RPGs - such as Diablo - began favoring action-based combat. In these games, Action is used as a modifier to the RPG genre.

By the late 1980's, the genre has been distinctly split into two main sub-genres: Western and Japanese (sometimes called console-style) RPG. Western RPGs typically favored free exploration and player-made decisions, while Japanese RPGs focused on following a linear story line. Japanese RPGs also tended to retain simple turn-based combat mechanics, and in many cases also random enemy encounters.

In many early Western RPGs the player was given the option to create an entire party of characters (usually up to six). Ultima games introduced the possibility of recruiting initially non-playable characters (NPCs) with their own personalities from the game world into the party. Beginning with Phantasy Star, Japanese RPGs followed this template and even elevated it to their cornerstone mechanic.

Late 1990's saw a "RPG revival" in the West. Fallout greatly expanded the usage of non-combat statistics and moral decisions during gameplay, while Baldur's Gate popularized real-time party-based combat.
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N-Gage (2004)

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BREW (2003) and J2ME (2003)

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Dawnguard is the first official add-on DLC for The The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It centers on a prophecy written...

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2012)

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - High Resolution Texture Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: High Resolution Texture Pack is an add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It updates...

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

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Eldorado Gate Volume 1 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 3 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 4 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 5 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 6 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldorado Gate Volume 7 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Long time ago, the god Dios created the Earth and humanity. But the king of demons, Razin, the seducer of...

Eldritch Linux Front Cover Steam

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Eldritch is a first-person action game inspired by roguelikes, immersive sims, and H. P. Lovecraft.The player finds herself trapped in...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

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Elemental Masters Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Elemental Masters is a trading card-based fantasy game. The land of Elendior is threatened by a great demon that has...

PC-98 (1994)

The Guild Master and the Protectors of the Elements had the best intentions. All they wanted was to use the...

Browser (2011)

The weather was fine, and everyone decided it was a great day to be outside. Elephant dressed up in his...

Elixir Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The starting point of Elixir is an ancient prophecy about a long extinct tribe, the Ingoles, which were brutally murdered...

PC-98 (1992)

Long time ago, the elves were living peacefully in their homeland. But endless wars between different races - humans, dwarves,...

Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Elvira - a horror movie star, a witch, and your girlfriend - is in trouble. A demon Cerberus has kidnapped...

PC-98 (1990)

Somewhere in the galaxy, there is a planet named Sera. It is protected by a wall of energy which its...

SNES (1995)

This version of Emerald Dragon differs in several significant aspects from the earlier releases. The most notable changes include: World...

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