DescriptionRole-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.
Nintendo DS (2009)
After some hiatus, this game sees the founding member of the venerable Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, first published back in...
Fighting Legends Online is an MMO/ Real-Time Strategy game with role playing elements set in a kung fu anime style.A...
Long time ago, seven gods who were guarding the Earth defeated the evil god Gadim. But time has passed, and...
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 is a two-disc collection containing two games: Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy VI Each game has new...
Final Fantasy Anthology: European Edition differs from the US version as it consists of: Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy V...
Final Fantasy Chronicles contains two role-playing games: Final Fantasy IV Chrono Trigger The most noticeable changes in this release are...
Japanese collection of the three Final Fantasy games: Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy VI All games come...
The world is enveloped in a poisonous vapor. Anyone who comes into contact with it must die. But humans have...
Set in the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles universe, in a time when the Lilty Tribe is dominant and the Yuke...
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, tells the story of two Final Fantasy regulars, who now have become treasure hunters, Cid...
Windows (2015), PlayStation (1999), Game Boy Advance (2006), SNES (1994), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), PS Vita (2012), Wii U (2013) and Fire OS (2012)
A thousand years ago, the War of the Magi occurred. People remember it as one of the most horrible tragedies...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 99 Chrono Trigger
- 95 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- 94 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- 94 Mass Effect 2
- 94 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- 93 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- 93 Vagrant Story
- 93 Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
- 93 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- 93 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 3.67 Angry Birds Epic (2014)
- 3.67 Angry Birds Epic (2014)
- 4.03 Anvil of Dawn (2013)
- 4.33 Avadon: The Black Fortress (2011)
- 5.00 Battle of the Youstrass (2000)
- 5.00 Black Isle Compilation (2002)
- 5.00 Black Isle Compilation Part Two (2004)
- 5.00 Borderlands 2 (Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collectors Edition) (2012)
- 4.76 Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep (2013)
- 3.67 Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (2010)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a User Score of 4.0 to be considered.