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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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EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

EverQuest: Shadows Of Luclin is the third expansion pack to EverQuest, the massively multiplayer role-playing game. This expansion pack adds...

Windows (2006)

EverQuest: Titanium Edition is a compilation that includes the original game and the first ten expansions:The Ruins of Kunark The...

EverQuest Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

EverQuest: Trilogy is an anthology that includes the original EverQuest and its first two expansion packs, The Ruins of Kunark...

EverQuest: Underfoot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

EverQuest: Underfoot is the sixteenth expansion of EverQuest. This expansion explores the story of Brell Serilis and his maze of...

Windows (2011)

This is the eighteenth expansion of the popular EverQuest series. The plot of this expansion involves the demise of the...

DOS (1988)

Evets is a relatively rare roguelike game that has several unusual features like controlling a party of characters instead of...

Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

There is trouble in the land of Gipath. Legends tell of the Chosen One that will come and save its...

EvilQuest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2012)

EvilQuest is 2D retro action-role playing game with unique story. The player controls Galvis -a evil Dark Knight, who wants...

Evoland Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Evoland is a journey through the history of role-playing games during its course of breaking off from the traditional adventure...

Evolution 2: Far off Promise Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Evolution 2 is a direct sequel to World of Sacred Device. The events of the game take place six months...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

A portable version of Evolution: The World of Sacred Device. Eternal Dungeon tells the story of the young explorer Mag...

Evolution: The World of Sacred Device Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Mag Launcher is the only child in a legendary family of adventurers. Several years ago, a cute little girl showed...

Evolution Worlds GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Evolution Worlds is a re-release of two games: Evolution: The World of Sacred Device Evolution 2: Far off Promise The...

E. V. O.: Search for Eden SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The storyline of E.V.O.: Search for Eden follows the same patterns as modern Evolution theories. The players first controls a...

Windows (2001)

ExcaliBug is a mixture between Commandos and RPG. The first noteworthy aspect of the game is its unusual scenario: It...

DOS (1993) and Windows (2000)

Excelsior is a tile-based RPG (in the vein of the early Ultima games). It places you on the planet of...

Windows (2000)

Excelsior Phase Two is a tile-based RPG (in the vein of Ultima 4-7). Sent as a "fixer" to the world...

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Master Chef Ogro, who is the head Chef of the King of Ograria himself, has been sent on a mission...

Exile Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1988), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1989)

After Sadler defeated the Caliph, he returned to his home village, greeted by his fellow assassins. A spy of the...

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

A 'classic' RPG, featuring level-based party advancement in various skills that define the character. Features turn-based combat, lots of enemies,...

Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1995)

Exile 2 plays very similar to the first Exile, featuring skill-based characters and level advancement in a 'classic' RPG system....

Linux (1996), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1996)

In Exile, you were cast down into the underworld by the Empire. In Exile II, you claimed the pit as...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Exile: Wicked Phenomenon is a sequel to Exile, following once again the adventures of the series' protagonist, the Middle Eastern...

Ex Machina Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In 1960s, a crashed scout space ship of the n'eri race was found by the USA in the desert near...

Exodus: Ultima III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Windows (2014), Amiga (1986), NES (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1988), Macintosh (1986), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985), Sharp X1 (1989) and FM-7 (1986)

After the defeat of the evil wizard Mondain and his mistress Minax in the previous two Ultimas, peace has returned...

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