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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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NES (1989)

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Game Boy Advance (2003)

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Hobson's Choice Browser Front Cover

Browser (1998)

It's often said that civilization is only three square meals away from anarchy and riots, and this game opens with...

Hokuto no Ken 3: Shinseiki Sōzō Seiken Retsuden NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

This RPG is based on the anime series Hokuto no Ken, a.k.a. Fist of the North Star. In 1999, a...

Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Haken Den: Hokuto Shinken no Kanata e NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

This is a RPG set in the universe of the animé series Hokuto no Ken, known outside of Japan as...

Hokuto no Ken 5: Tenmaryūseiden: Ai * Zesshō SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The RPG is based on the Japanese animé series Hokuto no Ken, also known as Fist of the North Star....

Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

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Windows (2000)

Long time ago, an evil creature known as the Devourer of Souls was banished to the Void by powerful mages....

Browser (2006)

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DOS (1993)

Hong Gildong-jeon is a role-playing game based on the classic Korean novel Tale of Hong Gildong by Heo Gyun. The...

Horizons: Empire of Istaria Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Horizons: Empire of Istaria is an MMORPG from Artifact Entertainment, the makers of Demise: Rise of the Ku'tan. As a...

PC-98 (1995)

The sequel to Kōshoku Shikakenin tells us what happened to the brave hero Kazuya after he has overthrown the evil...

Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

A fantasy tactical RPG set in a 3D world. The storyline will take you through 40 missions on the continent...

NES (1987)

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House of Hell Android Front Cover

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

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How to Train Your Dragon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon is a game from the Dreamworks movie of the same name, which is in turn...

Hua Mulan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In 386 AD, the kingdom of Northern Wei was attacked by several neighbors, the most dangerous of which were the...

Huanxiang Sanguozhi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In China there is a legend about the mighty Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who lived about 3000 BC. He waged...

Huanxiang Sanguozhi II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Thousands of years ago, the great Xuanyuan, also known as Huangdi - Yellow Emperor - fought against the ruler Chiyou...

Hunters: Episode One Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

In 2981, overpopulation of planet Earth has led mankind to establish colonies in space. These colonies are under total control...

Hunter: The Reckoning - Wayward PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The town of Ashcroft is plagued by darkness once again. A cult of evil has formed; the undead threaten the...

Hybrid Heaven Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Aliens are trying to take over the US by eventually replacing the President with a clone. To do this, they...

Hydlide NES Front Cover

NES (1986), MSX (1985), PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1985) and PC-6001 (1985)

An evil demon named Varalys casts a curse upon the princess Ann, turning her into three fairies. You control Sir...

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