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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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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...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), PlayStation 2 (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Seekers of Adoulin is the fifth expansion for Final Fantasy XI Online.It offers a variety of new features, such as...

Final Fantasy XI Online Starter Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This starter pack was released in an attempt to allow more players to try playing FFXI. Due to its minimal...

Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox 360 (2005)

This is a collection of the original Final Fantasy XI Online game along with two expansion packs: Rise of the...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Treasures of Aht Urhgan is the third expansion for the original Final Fantasy XI Online game. It introduces a new...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection Windows Front Cover

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

This bundle includes Final Fantasy XI Online and its four first expansions: Rise of the Zilart Chains of Promathia Treasures...

Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

This collection extends the 2007 compilation with the inclusion of the fourth expansion pack. The bundle contains: Final Fantasy XI...

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

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

Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Wings of the Goddess is the fourth chapter of the Final Fantasy Online series and add-on to Final Fantasy XI...

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Cait Sith Doll Minion and Mog Cap (Pre-order bonus) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Cait Sith Doll Minion and Mog Cap are in-game items for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn available only...

Final Fantasy XIV Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Final Fantasy XIV Online, like its predecessor Final Fantasy XI, is a MMORPG. Upon subscribing, a player can create a...

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Final fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is both a remake of and a sequel to the original Final Fantasy XIV....

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

This collector's edition was released as both physical and digital media. It contains: Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn...

Final Fantasy XIV Online (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Final Fantasy XIV is, like its predecessor Final Fantasy XI, an Online MMORPG. The player creates a character of one...

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster is a compilation of: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster Final Fantasy X-2 HD...

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014)

This Square Enix Online Store exclusive Collector's Edition contains: Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster PS3 game Final Fantasy...

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Limited Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014)

This limited edition of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster comes in a special artbook packaging. It contains: Final...

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Ultimate Box PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This Japan-only compilation includes the Ultimate Hits releases of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, packaged into a single...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Final Lap Twin is an open-wheel F1-style racing game loosely based on Namco's Final Lap arcade game. The game display...

PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1985)

Final Lolita has little to do with PSK's previous similarly-named titles gameplay-wise; however, it shares with them the macabre premise...

Finding Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

In the beginning of Finding Eden, two girls start to talk about reality. One of them was unconscious, and when...

Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

The rightful heir to the throne of Rikea is finally returning home after many years lost to her people. But...

Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1990), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Dark Forces have attacked the land of Aritia. You're controlling some of the members of the Aritan's forces that escaped...

Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Chrom is the prince of the Halidom of Yilesse. A chance encounter with an amnesiac strategist leads him and his...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi is the sixth entry in the Fire Emblem series, and its first handheld installment. The...

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