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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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TurboGrafx CD (1993)

You start the game as a nameless warrior (you can name the hero as you like). He returns to his...

Windows (2005)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo is a re-release of Her Knights. This version adds voices to some dialogues, a remixed soundtrack,...

Windows (2000)

Princess Lemian has spend much of her life studying in a foreign school. One day, as she is strolling through...

Windows (2003)

GhostBlood is a role-playing game reminiscent of DOS RPGs of old.When the game starts, a figure hooded in a brown...

Ghost Lion NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

A mysterious white lion once attacked a small village and killed many of its inhabitants. But a brave soldier defeated...

Giftpia GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

The citizens on Nanashi Island have the custom of organizing a ceremony to celebrate children's transition into adulthood. The young...

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1995)

Jackie was having an ordinary life which seemed to culminate with an intimate intercourse with his sweetheart Mika. However, shortly...

Ginormo Sword Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Although it offers more direct gameplay, Ginormo Sword is basically a graphical interpretation of Progress Quest, a metagame like You...

DOS (1989) and Windows (2000)

This game pits the player as a single man on the prowl for some action. Custom-building the personality and traits...

Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku PC-98 Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PC-98 (1997)

The game is set in an alternate reality, in which Tokyo is invaded by hordes of demons. You play the...

MSX (1992), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

A young adventurer is walking through the desert. Nothing but sand everywhere - it's hard to believe that 500 years...

Gladius PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Gladius is a turn-based gladiatorial RPG. Players try to build a championship gladiator school by gaining experience through fighting battles...

Glory of Heracles Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Glory of Heracles is a role-playing video game for the Nintendo DS.The story begins with a boy, washed up on...

SNES (1996)

The year is 1999. A boy named Gen lives together with his mother in a small Japanese city. One day...

PlayStation (1998)

G·O·D Pure is a remake of G.O.D: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga Kikoe.The story and the gameplay system remain the...

Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising is a online Role Playing game set in Ancient Rome. The player takes the role...

GODS: Lands of Infinity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Xarax, ruler of the Gods of Bellarion, was murdered and thus another God needed to take his place on the...

GODS: Lands of Infinity (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Special Edition is a greatly enhanced version of the original GODS: Lands of Infinity.The biggest change is the inclusion...

PlayStation 2 (2000)

The first PS2 title in the Ganbare Goemon series, Goemon: Bōken Jidai Katsugeki aims to re-invent the Goemon series once...

PC-98 (1990)

The story of Gokuraku Tengoku: Omemie no Maki is fairly simple. Somewhere there is a country called the Happy Paradise,...

Golden Sun Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Isaac is from the town of Vale, on the island of Angara. He is an Adept, meaning he is skilled...

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn takes places 30 years after the event of Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age....

Golden Sun: The Lost Age Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Following on from where Golden Sun left off, you play the role of Felix, another powerful magic user who has...

Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris, the main part of the game is a puzzle-solving adventure in third-person 3D perspective....

Gorasul: The Legacy of the Dragon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

A little baby was abandoned by his parents, and one fine day a dragon found a cradle near his door....

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