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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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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...

Final Fantasy II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), Game Boy Advance (2005), SNES (1991), PSP (2012), WonderSwan Color (2002), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

The military country of Baron is one of the strongest in the land, with a proud army and a majestic...

Final Fantasy II NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The Paramekian Empire decided to take over the world. Its soldiers and Dark Knights persecute innocent people, burn whole villages,...

Final Fantasy II PSP Front Cover

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

Like the previously re-released Final Fantasy, this remake of the original Final Fantasy II is built upon the Game Boy...

Final Fantasy II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009), WonderSwan Color (2001), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Final Fantasy II is a remake of the Famicom (NES) game of the same name. This version's changes and enhancements...

Final Fantasy III PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Game Boy Advance (2006), SNES (1994), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011), Android (2014) and PS Vita (2012)

A thousand years ago, the War of the Magi occurred. People remember it as one of the most horrible tragedies...

Final Fantasy III NES Front Cover

NES (1990), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In a remote village of Ur, four orphan boys were raised by the priest Topapa. Once, the Crystal of Wind,...

Final Fantasy III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Nintendo DS (2006), PSP (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2013) and Ouya (2013)

In 2006, Final Fantasy III reached North American shores in an official update/remake for the Nintendo DS, finally bringing all...

Final Fantasy I•II NES Front Cover

NES (1994)

Final Fantasy I•II is a compilation of the first two Final Fantasy games, released in Japan only for the Nintendo...

Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls is a re-release of the two remakes of the original Famicom (NES)...

Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Front Cover

Windows (2014), Nintendo DS (2007), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Final Fantasy IV is a remake of the classic Japanese RPG that was first released for SNES, known as Final...

BREW (2008), J2ME (2009) and DoJa (2008)

Shūketsu Hen: Tsuki no Inryoku (Gathering's Tale: The Moon's Gravity) is a downloadable tale for Final Fantasy IV: The After...

BREW (2008), J2ME (2009) and DoJa (2009)

Shūshō Kōhen: Hoshikui (Final Tale Part Two: Planet Eater) is a downloadable tale for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years....

BREW (2008), J2ME (2009) and DoJa (2009)

Shūshō Zenpen: Shingetsu (Final Tale Part One: True Moon) is a downloadable tale for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years....

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