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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 XIII-2 Pack: Fight in Style PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This is a compilation of additional content for Final Fantasy XIII-2 released in Europe that includes the following: Opponent: Omega...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails? PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails? is an additional scenario for Final Fantasy XIII-2 featuring Sazh in the...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Beachwear PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This outfit is a pink, yellow and white...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - N7 Armor PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This outfit is based on Commander Sheppard's armor,...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Style and Steel PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This modern outfit was designed by Japanese idol...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Summoner's Garb PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This pink outfit is the traditional garb of...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - White Mage PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Serah's Outfit - White Mage is downloadable content (DLC) that adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah....

Xbox 360 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the bow Azrael to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. It increases Serah's chain bonus,...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Weapon - Genji Bow PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the Genji Bow to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. It increases Serah's ATB gauge...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Weapon - Seraphic Wing PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the Seraphic Wing bow to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. It heals Serah's whenever...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Snow - Perpetual Battlefield PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Snow - Perpetual Battlefield is an additional scenario for Final Fantasy XIII-2 featuring Snow in the Void...

Final Fantasy XIII (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Limited Collector's Edition includes: Final Fantasy XIII Original sound selection soundtrack CD Hardback book entitled "The World of Final...

Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

International Zodiac Job System is a Japanese-only re-release of the original Final Fantasy XII. It comes in a slipcase and...

Xbox 360 (2010)

Final Fantasy XIII: Ultimate Hits International is a Japanese-only re-release of Final Fantasy XIII. It includes the following changes and...

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is a strategy game with RPG elements. It acts as a sequel to the PS2...

Final Fantasy X International PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and PS Vita (2013)

Final Fantasy X International is the Japanese re-release of Final Fantasy X with content not available in the original NTSC...

Final Fantasy XI Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Final Fantasy XI Online is an MMORPG which is played in the persistent medieval world of Vana'diel.Create your own character...

Final Fantasy XI Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

This collection is an updated release of Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection. In addition to the previous compilation...

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

A Crystalline Prophecy is a scenario add-on for Final Fantasy XI Online. It requires the Rise of the Zilart expansion,...

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

A Moogle Kupo d'Etat is a scenario add-on for Final Fantasy XI Online. It requires the Rise of the Zilart...

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

A Shantotto Ascention is a scenario add-on for Final Fantasy XI Online. It requires the Rise of the Zilart expansion,...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

This is the 2nd Expansion Pack for Final Fantasy XI Online. In this expansion, players can learn more out about...

Windows (2010), PlayStation 2 (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Heroes of Abyssea is the third battle add-on for Final Fantasy XI Online and the final episode of the Abyssea...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

This is the first expansion for Final Fantasy XI Online. It includes 3 advanced jobs (Samurai, Ninja and Dragoon) and...

Windows (2010), PlayStation 2 (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Scars of Abyssea is the second battle add-on for Final Fantasy XI Online. It requires the Rise of the Zilart...

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