Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Role-Playing (RPG)

Description

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.
Viewing Page 52 of 158 (items 1276-1300 of 3946) Previous | Next
sorted in ascending orderGame Title
Fengse Huanxiang 3: Zui yu Fa de Zhenhunge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The 100-year battle between humans and ghosts ended when the hero Jiaseduo used the seven magical emblems to seal the...

Fengse Huanxiang 4: Shengzhan de Zhongyan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This installment of Fengse Huanxiang (Wind Fantasy) series is connected plot-wise to its predecessor, and is set in the same...

Fengse Huanxiang 5: Chi Yue Zhanzheng Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Long time ago, the humans have discovered the secrets of nature. They have built a powerful civilization with advanced technology....

NES (1995)

During the final days of Shang-Yin dynasty in China (11th century BC), general Li Jing had a son named Ne...

Genesis (1996)

Fengshen Yingjiezhuan (translated as "The Heroic Legend of God-Sealing"), is a Chinese strategy role-playing game based on a famous legend...

Windows (2001)

Zhuo Shan is a fisherman living in a Chinese village with his wife and two children. He doesn't remember a...

The Fifth Disciple Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Help Engeor, a student at the University of Magic, save Rovenland from the evil wizard Wahargem. In the beginning of...

Fighting Fantasy: City of Thieves iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

This is a digital conversion of Fighting Fantasy gamebook #5, dating back to September 1983, and the last of Big...

Nintendo DS (2009)

After some hiatus, this game sees the founding member of the venerable Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, first published back in...

Windows (2001)

Fighting Legends Online is an MMO/ Real-Time Strategy game with role playing elements set in a kung fu anime style.A...

PC-98 (1995)

Long time ago, seven gods who were guarding the Earth defeated the evil god Gadim. But time has passed, and...

Final Fantasy NES Front Cover

NES (1987), MSX (1989), BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The world is veiled in darkness. Winds don't blow, the seas are stormy, and the earth rots. All people can...

Final Fantasy PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and Windows Phone (2012)

This release of Final Fantasy is built upon the Game Boy Advance version of the game. It retains the bonus...

Final Fantasy PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002), PSP (2009), WonderSwan Color (2000), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Final Fantasy is a remake of the Famicom (NES) game of the same name. This version includes the following changes...

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2012), PlayStation 2 (2012), PSP (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This box set is a compilation of the first thirteen games from the core Final Fantasy series released in Japan...

Final Fantasy Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Set after the event of Secret of Mana, you play a young man who escapes from his captors, only to...

Final Fantasy Anthology PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Final Fantasy Anthology is a two-disc collection containing two games: Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy VI Each game has new...

Final Fantasy Anthology: European Edition PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Final Fantasy Anthology: European Edition differs from the US version as it consists of: Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy V...

Final Fantasy Chronicles PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Final Fantasy Chronicles contains two role-playing games: Final Fantasy IV Chrono Trigger The most noticeable changes in this release are...

Final Fantasy Collection PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Japanese collection of the three Final Fantasy games: Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy VI All games come...

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

The world is enveloped in a poisonous vapor. Anyone who comes into contact with it must die. But humans have...

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Echoes of Time Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

When a girl in the village falls ill after a birthday party, the Hero has to go in town to...

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - The Crystal Bearers Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Set in the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles universe, in a time when the Lilty Tribe is dominant and the Yuke...

Final Fantasy Dimensions Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Final Fantasy Dimensions is a Final Fantasy game for mobile phones. Final Fantasy Dimensions features 2D graphics and a job...

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, tells the story of two Final Fantasy regulars, who now have become treasure hunters, Cid...

Goto Page: 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59