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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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Gothic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

With the orc hordes invading, the king needs a lot of magical ore to create enough weapons for his army....

Gothic 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

At the end of Gothic the nameless hero destroyed the Avatar of the god Beliar known as the Sleeper. But...

Gothic 3 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The collector's edition of this game has some big differences between countries:The German & French collector's edition includes:Gothic 3 "The...

Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is a stand-alone addon for Gothic 3 and continues the story of the main game based...

Windows (2008)

Gothic 3 (Game of the Year Edition) is a fully patched (including the community patches) re-release of Gothic 3 and...

Gothic 3 (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gothic 3 (Gold Edition) is a collection of two Gothic games: Gothic 3 Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods

Gothic (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This compilation includes: Gothic Gothic 2 Gothic 2 - Night of the Raven (add-on)

Gothic (Fan Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This Fan Edition is a DVD re-release of the original game. It includes: Gothic Gothic screensaver Gothic wallpaper Printed world...

Gothic II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The demon known as The Sleeper has been banished and the magical barrier around the prison mining colony on the...

Gothic II: Limited Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This Limited Gold Edition contains: Gothic II (base game) Gothic II: Night of the Raven (expansion) Soundtrack disc Digital strategy...

Gothic II: Night of the Raven Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is the official add-on to Gothic II. Gameplay is handled similarly, but there is much more to do. The...

Gothic Universe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This compilation includes all previously published parts of the Gothic-series and also the Add-On for Gothic II. So the games...

Graffiti Kingdom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Prince Pixel is in a pickle. His parents have been kidnapped by an evil demon, called...Demon! Pixel has to rely...

Windows (2006)

In the land of Vermencia, all creatures lived together peacefully. The two human reigns of Canaban and Serdin had a...

Grandia PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), SEGA Saturn (1997), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

The ancient Angelou civilization has ceased to exist centuries ago, and technology in the world develops rapidly. General Baal, the...

Grandia II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Dreamcast (2000)

Long ago, the battle of light and darkness was held, pitting the god Granas against the demon Valmar. Though scars...

Grandia III PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

In Grandia III, you play Yuki, a young boy who has a passion for constructing and piloting airplanes. Finally he...

Windows (2009)

Grandia Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is set in the same world as the previous Grandia...

Game Boy Color (2000)

This is a Game Boy spin-off from the original Grandia game on Saturn and Playstation.It tells the tale of three...

Grandia Xtreme PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The Spirits, who once protected the world, have gone loose. Running around wildly, they created monsters who disturbed the peace...

SNES (1995)

You are a young man named Toru, and you are about to marry Lu, your sweetheart. Everything is ready for...

The Granstream Saga PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Many years ago, the Allied Spirit Army fought the malevolent Imperial Wizardry in a prolonged war. Neither side could gain...

Gravity Rush PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012)

Gravity Rush is an action game set in a free open world to be explored. The game's story is set...

The Greatest NES Games Ever! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The Greatest NES Games Ever! is a compilation issued by Nintendo Official Magazine UK. It contains the following games; Super...

Great Greed Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

As Great Greed begins, you are accidentally warped to another dimension by a wizard by the name of “Microwave”. With...

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