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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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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...

The Four Crystals of Trazere DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

The Four Crystals of Trazere is an epic fantasy adventure through the land of Trazere. Armies of mutants are marauding...

Fracas Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Fracas is Stuart Smith's very first game, using the game system which would later develop into Ali Baba and the...

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Fragile Dreams takes place after an apocalyptic event that wiped out most of mankind. Young Seto finds a note from...

Freedom Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Freedom Force is a real-time tactical role-playing game which allows you to create and customize your own superheroes.Along with the...

Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Freedom Force return in this sequel to 2002’s original superhero strategy game. Fighting Nuclear Winter’s menace in *snowy* Cuba, Freedom...

Windows (2011)

A technologically superior and futuristic universe is populated by robots and men in harmony until the succession of an event...

Free Realms PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Free Realms is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy world known as the Sacred Grove. It...

PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

The hero of the game is an apprentice swordsman who lives in a secluded tower, studying martial arts with the...

From the Abyss Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

From the Abyss is a dungeon crawling RPG where the player takes command of a custom created character. The story...

Front Mission SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and WonderSwan Color (2002)

In the future, many military forces are dependent on huge mech robots, called Wanzers (Walking Panzers) for combat. At Huffman...

Front Mission 1st PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (2003), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Front Mission is a strategy RPG set in a futuristic world. This is a remake of Front Mission. Various organizations...

Front Mission 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

The player assumes the role of an OCU Wanzer squad in 22nd century Aroldesh. One night while on routine patrol,...

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