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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Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This collector's edition is limited to Europe. It contains: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Composer Selected Soundtrack ¬ęThe Art...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Mog's Outfits - A Wondrous Wardrobe PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC is a pack of sixteen costumes for Mog, who accompanies the protagonists.

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Outfit - Battle Attire PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Noel. This gold and crimson leather armor is the...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Outfit - Black Mage PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Noel. It is inspired by the Black Mage class...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Outfit - Ezio Auditore PlayStation 3 Front Cover US version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This outfit is based on Ezio's cloak, from...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Outfit - N7 Armor PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Noel. This outfit is based on Commander Shepard's armor,...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Outfit - Spacetime Guardian PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Noel. This armor is said to be the Goddess's...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Weapon - Catastrophe Blade PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the weapon Catastrophe Blade to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. The Catastrophe Blade increases...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel's Weapon - Muramasa PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the weapon Muramasa to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. Muramasa increases Noel's Chain Bonus....

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Nordic Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Nordic edition is limited to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It contains: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fight in Style (DLC:...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Gilgamesh PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 add-on enables the player to face Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V in the Coliseum. Gilgamesh's paradigm...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Lightning & Amodar PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This battle Add-on for Final Fantasy XIII-2 allows the player to face Lighning (Ravager) and Lieutenant Amodar (Commando) from Final...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Nabaat PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This battle DLC introduces the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Coliseum opponent Jihl Nabaat, a PSICOM officer from Final Fantasy XIII. She...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Omega PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

With this Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC, Final Fantasy V'S Omega becomes available as an opponent in the Coliseum. Omega fights...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - PuPu PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC features PuPu from Final Fantasy VIII as an opponent in Final Fantasy XIII-2's Coliseum. A UFO carrying alien...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Ultros & Typhon PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This battle Add-on for Final Fantasy XIII-2 introduces Ultros and his bodyguard Typhon from Final Fantasy VI as opponents in...

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Pack: Fight in Style PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This is a compilation of additional content for Final Fantasy XIII-2 released in Europe that includes the following: Opponent: Omega...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails? PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails? is an additional scenario for Final Fantasy XIII-2 featuring Sazh in the...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Beachwear PlayStation 3 Front Cover US/Canadian version

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This outfit is a pink, yellow and white...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - N7 Armor PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This outfit is based on Commander Sheppard's armor,...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Style and Steel PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This modern outfit was designed by Japanese idol...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - Summoner's Garb PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah. This pink outfit is the traditional garb of...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Outfit - White Mage PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Serah's Outfit - White Mage is downloadable content (DLC) that adds a new outfit for Final Fantasy XIII-2's protagonist Serah....

Xbox 360 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the bow Azrael to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. It increases Serah's chain bonus,...

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah's Weapon - Genji Bow PlayStation 3 Front Cover PAL version

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC allows the Genji Bow to be purchased from Chocolina's shop. It increases Serah's ATB gauge...

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