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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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DOS (1992)

The Kingdom of Syree is a RPG based on the novels by Lord Steven and heavily inspired by the earlier...

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an action RPG set in the fantasy world Amalur, which is divided into several kingdoms....

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This collector's edition contains: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Limited Edition McFarlane Toys Prismere Troll figure Concept art lithograph signed by...

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Special Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This special edition contains: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Parchment map of Amalur's Faelands. Amalur-themed 7-piece dice set featuring D4, D6,...

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom is the fourth video game in the Kingdom Under Fire series and it continues...

Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

This is the prequel to the action/RTS Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders for the Xbox. Six of the sub-characters from...

Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

This is a rare breed of console game: an RTS. It is the sequel of Kingdom Under Fire: A War...

King of Dragon Pass Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999), Macintosh (1999) and iPhone (2011)

In this turn-based strategy game, based on the role-playing game Rune Quest, you take control of a clan of Orlanthi...

The King of Fighters Kyo PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

The King Fighters of Kyo is a spin-off from SNK's successful fighting games that focuses on the series main character:...

King's Bounty: Armored Princess Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2012)

King's Bounty: Armored Princess is the sequel to King's Bounty: The Legend. It takes place years after the events of...

King's Bounty: Collection - Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This compilation contains: King's Bounty: Armored Princess (base game) King's Bounty: Crossworlds (expansion)

King's Bounty: Crossworlds Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

King's Bounty: Crossworlds is an expansion for King's Bounty: Armored Princess and requires the original game to play. Two campaigns...

Windows (2014)

The next game in the King's Bounty series focuses on the other side of Teana - the Evil Ones. The...

King's Bounty: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This compilations includes: King's Bounty: The Legend King's Bounty: Armored Princess

King's Bounty: Legenda o rycare (Podarochnoe izdanie) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This version includes: King's Bounty: The Legend in box Special edition of the user guide Pack of cards with game...

King's Bounty: Legions Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Browser (2011), iPhone (2012), Android (2013), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2014)

King’s Bounty: Legions is a social network focused take on the King's Bounty series. The battle portion of the game...

King's Bounty: Platinum Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This compilation includes: King's Bounty: The Legend King's Bounty: Armored Princess King's Bounty: Crossworlds

King's Bounty: The Legend Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2012)

This single-player epic story about good male knight hero (warrior, paladin, or mage) restores the original classic King’s Bounty game,...

King's Bounty: The Legend (Collector Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Collector Edition includes: King's Bounty: The Legend Artbook with 32 pages Black t-shirt Two-sided poster Map of Endoria Bonus...

King's Bounty: The Legend (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Special Edition comes in a wooden chest and includes: King's Bounty: The Legend Letter opener formed like a dagger...

King's Bounty: Warriors of the North Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

After The Legend and Armored Princess, the third story is presented with Warriors of the North. While the game takes...

King's Field PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

The powerful and holy Moonlight Sword was stolen from King Alfred of Verdite. Prince Alexander, one of the king's closest...

King's Field PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

The country of Verdite has descended into decay. Its royal family began practicing dark magic, guided by evil forces lurking...

PlayStation (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of FromSoftware, Inc, the developers, decided to have a special release of the four...

King's Field II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

A storm runs through the kingdom of Verdite, taking away the precious Moonlight Sword and spreading evil throughout the land....

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