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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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Windows (2003) and iPhone (2009)

Flatspace is a game in the veins of Elite/Frontier etc, although with a bit of the roguelike-Game approach. Gameplay strongly...

The Fleet iPad Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

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Windows (2005)

Flyff is a fantasy MMORPG set in the lands of Roika where all characters can move about by flying. Shade,...

NES (1990)

The game is about a team of superheroes called the Flying Warriors who have to fight a demon before he...

Folklore PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Folklore is an action game with some RPG-style customizability. There are two main characters. One is a girl named Ellen...

Football Superstars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Football Superstars is a massive multiplayer online football game. The player gets to create his own footballer and can join...

PC-98 (1991)

Klaus is a young man who has seen Jessica, the love of his life, killed in front of his eyes....

DOS (1995) and PC-98 (1994)

Dolly is an android who escaped from the factory under mysterious circumstances. She was captured by its creators, but eventually...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

A chance encounter with Bigleg, a dying dwarf, hastens your wary adventurer to the tower of the helpful wizard Yaztromo,...

The Forest of Doom iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Following up on their work on Blood of the Zombies and House of Hell, Tin Man Games are engineering further...

Browser (1999)

A semi-feral shape-changer, recently enslaved to the warlike Dwarfs of Mirewater, escapes from its imprisonment into the sinister wilds of...

Forever Kingdom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Forever Kingdom is the prequel to Evergrace set directly before those events. The player controls Darius (the main character), Ruyan...

DOS (1998)

Forever Legend is a freeware role-playing game inspired by Final Fantasy series. A young child from the outside world came...

The Forgotten Realms Archives DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This compilation contains nearly all (at the time of release) of AD&D's Forgotten Realms games released for the PC.The following...

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Windows Front Cover

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

Centuries ago two unspeakably evil forces were entrapped in a Demon Stone while battling each other. Now three adventurers happen...

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999)

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two is a compilation of seven games released for the PC based on the...

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

Latein is a powerful kingdom that dominates the Asirian continent. One day, a party of adventurers enters the quiet town...

Forsaken World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Dyos, the God of Creation, discovered the world of Eyrda and alongside other gods he called upon while studying a...

Windows (2012)

After the Second Nino War, when the Gods withdrew from the world, they also took with them the sacred Nightfall...

Windows (2012)

That the Lycans fight for the Storm Legion is well known, yet this doesn't necessarily mean that all of them...

Fortress of the Witch King Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1983)

Fortress of the Witch King blends strategy and role-playing. The basic premise is to build up an army to assault...

Fort Zombie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Scientists thought it was a disease, but those who believed in their cures only died in hospitals. The clergy thought...

Browser (2008)

Forumwarz is a humorous browser-based role-playing game that takes place on the internet and skewers online culture. Users derail fake...

Fossil Fighters Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Fossil Fighters starts with an upcoming Fossil Fighter arriving on Vivosaur Island, a goldmine of dinosaur fossils. The fossils are...

Fountain of Dreams DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Following on the popularity of Wasteland, Electronic Arts released this unofficial sequel, using a modified version of the Wasteland game...

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