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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Heroes of Might and Magic V (Silver Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Silver Edition includes the base game and the expansion:Heroes of Might and Magic VHeroes...

Heroes of Might and Magic V (Super Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This edition was limited to 4,000 copies and could only be purchased through Ubisoft in the UK. It contains: Heroes...

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Tribes of the East is the second, stand-alone expansion pack for Heroes of Might and Magic V once again set...

Heroes of Ruin Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

War raged for over a hundred years until strong, powerful Lords emerged from the fighting to bring a fragile peace...

Heroes of the Lance / Dragons of Flame / Hillsfar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This compilation, dubbed a collector's edition, contains three AD&D-licensed games: Dragons of Flame Heroes of the Lance Hillsfar

Heroes of Zulula Android Front Cover

Android (2011)

Based on the 1995 shareware fighting game Champions of Zulula. Heroes of Zulula is a strategy RPG in which you...

Heroes Rise: HeroFall Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

The very man that sentenced your parents to prison and has been a thorn in your side has gotten elected...

Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Ad Space Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

This add-on allows you to runs advertisements against President Victon. It requires that you have Heroes Rise: HeroFall installed already...

Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Perfect Legend Guide Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

This is a guide on how to earn the maximum Legend score in Heroes Rise: HeroFall. It required that you...

Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Warning System Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Warning System adds a system to your MeChip, in-game, that will warn you if the decision...

Heroes Rise: The Hero Project Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Browser (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

After the events of Heroes Rise: The Prodigy, you are trying to get your life back on track. To try...

Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Perfect Legend Guide Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Perfect Legend Guide give instructions on how to achieve the perfect Legend score, in-game....

Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Warning System Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Warning System adds a warning system to your MeChip, in-game, that will alert you...

Heroes Rise: The Prodigy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Kindle Classic (2012)

In this entirely textual superhero game, the player gets to customize story-relevant attributes of a Power user -- sex, sexual...

Heroes Rise: The Prodigy - Perfect Legend Guide Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Heroes Rise: The Prodigy - Perfect Legend Guide ads instructions on how to achieve the perfect Legend status in-game. It...

Browser (2010)

Hero Force was a free-to-play browser-based game. Players could create a superhero, choose and upgrade powers, and save New York....

Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is a tribute game to Sierra's classic Quest for Glory series. You play as...

The Hero of Kendrickstone Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Browser (2015), iPhone (2015), Android (2015) and iPad (2015)

The opening chapter in a fantasy series, this introductory game concerns itself with a youth's departure from the sleepy home...

Hero of the Kingdom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Hero of the Kingdom is a 2D role-playing game with fantasy elements. The gameplay is similar to those of classic...

HeroQuest Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

The famous fantasy-themed board game was converted into an isometric-viewed role playing game in which the evil Wizard Morcar must...

HeroQuest + HeroQuest: Return of the Witch Lord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

This compilation includes: Hero Quest (base game) Hero Quest: Return of the Witch Lord (expansion)For the DOS version, this bundled...

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The isometric role-playing game engine of the original Hero Quest license is reused in this sequel, set in the evil-infested...

Hero Quest: Return of the Witch Lord Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

This is a Hero Quest expansion pack with a set of new quests and adapted from a similar expansion to...

Browser (2011)

Hero's Adventure is a short role-playing game that follows the adventures of a little boy living deep in the woods...

Hero Siege Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Hero Siege is a fast-paced, top down action game with roguelike qualities. The player will choose one of several classes;...

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