User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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iPhone (2008)

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TurboGrafx CD (1993)

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Windows (2006)

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Auto Assault (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

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DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985) and Macintosh (1988)

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Avadon: The Black Fortress Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

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DOS (1998)

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Avalon Code Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

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Windows (2000)

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Avencast: Rise of the Mage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

As always Jonesch went down to the river to get water. As he walked towards the stream he noticed a...

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Avernum is a remake of Exile, Spiderweb Software's first game. It uses the Nethergate game engine and plays in much...

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

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Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

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Avernum 6 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2009) and iPad (2012)

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Avernum: Escape From the Pit Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

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Avernum IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2005)

Avernum 4 has you in charge of a 4-character party, whose task is to discover why your homeland of Avernum...

Avernum V Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2007)

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Aveyond Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

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Aveyond 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

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Aveyond: Gates of Night Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

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Aveyond: Lord of Twilight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Lord of Twilight is the first installment in the Aveyond 3: Orb of Magic series and the third game overall....

Aveyond: The Darkthrop Prophecy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

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Aveyond: The Lost Orb Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

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Away: Shuffle Dungeon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

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