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

Edward's Tale: Star-Crossed Damcyan is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is a separate download...

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

Kain's Tale: Return of the Dragoon is an episode of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years that was sold separately...

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

Palom's Tale: The Mage's Voyage is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is a separate...

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

Porom's Tale: The Vanished Lunar Whale is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is a...

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

Rydia's Tale: The Eidolons Shackled is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is a separate...

Wii (2009)

The Crystals: The Planet Eater is the final tale for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It consists of three...

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

The Lunarians' Tale: The Blue Planet That Was is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It...

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

Yang's Tale: The Master of Fabul is an optional story for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is a...

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection contains: Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsIt features enhanced high-resolution graphics,...

Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Final Fantasy IX tells the story of Zidane, the member of a team of theater actors who also happen to...

Final Fantasy Legend II Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

The second in the Final Fantasy Legend series increases the amount of detail over the original in gameplay and graphics.The...

Final Fantasy Legend III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

The final (no joke) Final Fantasy Legend title to grace the Game Boy, FFLIII tells the story of a great...

The Final Fantasy Legend Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989) and WonderSwan Color (2002)

The first 'Final Fantasy' title on the Game Boy, Legend allows you to choose from 8 different characters, from the...

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2014)

Focus Tower is the center of the world and balances the forces of the world. However 4 monsters have taken...

Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009), iPhone (2011), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Final Fantasy Tactics was a big move for the whole Final Fantasy franchise into different fields. Tactics combines traditional elements...

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Though a sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the direct story links are few. Luso is a young student ready...

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Marche and a few friends are out on a usual venture through their local town, St. Ivalice, only to discover...

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Deluxe Pack) Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Deluxe Pack) contains: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance An original mini booklet FFTA keychains (Moogle and Mewt's...

Final Fantasy Tactics (Square Millennium Collection) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Square Millennium Collection is a re-release of Final Fantasy Tactics for PS1. The game is packaged in a bigger box....

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Brandt is a fourteen-year-old boy living in the country of Horne. One day, the king summons him, only to send...

Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

Final Fantasy Type-0 was first developed as Final Fantasy Agito XIII. It is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis project...

PSP (2011)

This collector's bundle was released in Japan in a fancy presentation box, and includes: Final Fantasy Type-0 game UMDs A...

Final Fantasy V PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), SNES (1992), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011), PS Vita (2012) and Wii U (2014)

The Elemental Crystals are the life source of the planet. With them, gentle winds blow, the seas are active, fire...

Final Fantasy V Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

This version of Final Fantasy V for Game Boy Advance, also ported to iOS, has, much like Final Fantasy I...

Final Fantasy VII Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The seventh installment of the Final Fantasy series takes place in a post-modern, steampunk, sci-fi world where high technology reigns...

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