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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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KnightShift (Director's Cut Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is an upgraded version of Once Upon a Knight, featuring: 150 new weapons and armor components 25 new enemies...

Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008) and PSP (2010)

A great war once raged across the land with many a valiant knight falling on the field of battle. In...

Knights of Honor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Knights of Honor brings together many genres. Although the game is mainly a real-time strategy game, it offers much more...

Knights of Legend DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple II (1989)

Knights of Legend is set in the fantasy land of Ashtalarea. The evil Pildar has captured the ruler of the...

Knights of Pen and Paper + 1 Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Knights of Pen and Paper + 1 Edition is an 8-bit retro-styled RPG with a twist; you play the players...

Knights of the Chalice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Knights of the Chalice is a turn-based old style RPG similar to the Dark Sun series of games. The game...

Browser (2010)

Knights of the Crystals is a quest-based medieval fantasy game on Facebook where players can choose a job class and...

Knights of the Temple II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

In Knights of the Temple II, you again play the role of a Templar knight: Paul de Raque, the grandmaster...

Knights of Xentar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

Knights of Xentar is a sequel to Dragon Knight II, and is the only Dragon Knight game that was released...

Windows (1999)

This is a gift edition of Legend of the North: Konung. It contains: Legend of the North: Konung in box...

Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns - Special Awards Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The first game in the Kohan series packaged in a new Game of the Year edition. The GOTY edition comes...

Konung 2: Blood of Titans Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The sequel to Legend of the North: Konung, from Russian developer 1C. Set in the same Scandinavian fantasy realm as...

NES (1993)

In this game, you control Murobo, a kobold fighter. One day the queen tells you an evil demon is preparing...

SNES (1992)

The main hero of this game is Shun, a teenager who lives in modern-day Japan. One day, when he was...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

This release walks a fine line between an updated version and a full remake of KO Seiki Beast Sanjūshi: Gaia...

PC-98 (1992)

The game is based on the anime series known in English as K.O. Beast. In the future, the Earth is...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Kōsoku Card Battle: Card Hero is a card-based role-playing game. The protagonists are Satoru and Haruka, who live in a...

Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito is a card battle game. You play as a training kotodama card battler. A long...

Koudelka PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

The year is 1898. A young gypsy woman named Koudelka, who possesses unique spiritual abilities, is off to Wales, to...

Kowloon Yōma Gakuen Ki PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The year is 2004, and you play the role of an exchange student who arrives at the Kamiyoshi School in...

KrabbitWorld Labyrinth Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

It’s twilight in this dark and troubled time of KrabbitWorld’s past. The great, bumbling, old wizard Fivinus’ dampening field has...

Krakrox the Barbarian Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

Making light of the typical barbarian themes of revenge and redemption, this tile-based game puts our sinewy hero (you have...

Krater: Shadows over Solside Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Krater: Shadows over Solside is a post-apocalyptic RPG set in Sweden. The whole game plays around the city hub Solside...

Krater: Shadows over Solside (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This collector's edition is available as a digital download and in retail. It includes: Krater: Shadows over Solside (base game)...

Kudos 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

Kudos 2 is a strategic life simulation game. It's a turn based, 2D interface game where the player makes (usually)...

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